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Milky Way Photography

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Milky Way Photography
w/ support from Nikon

Man has gazed in wonder at the milky way throughout recorded history. Venturing into the dark with a modern camera allows that wonder to be captured in image form. Learn how, when and where to photograph the milky way during this hands on workshop.

We will begin the evening in the Precision Camera classroom learning the basics of astrophotography. We will cover camera settings and tips that you should be aware of when shooting the stars. Next, we will all drive out to a private ranch to get hands on experience with our professional photographer.

Nikon will be joining us for this workshop and will have several of their Z-Series Full-Frame mirrorless cameras and a selection of wide fast lenses available for loan at no additional cost. Terrence, our Nikon rep, will also be on site and in the field for Nikon specific questions and guidance. Attendees are not required to shoot Nikon for this event. 

Please be aware that this is a LATE workshop, and you will have to drive/carpool between Precision and a private ranch. We will be walking off road/sidewalk after dark. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes such as hiking boots. Long pants are also advisable.

*This class will take place in all weather, rain or shine. Hands on portion may be postponed. 

Topics Covered

  • An intro to beginner astronomy and what to expect in the night sky
  • Description of when certain parts of the sky are visible and where the best objects are for wide field photography
  • Equipment and Exposure settings needed to capture the milky way
  • How to deal with night time difficulties like focusing and framing

Required Equipment

  • Camera – Capable of ISO3200
  • Lenses – Wide or Ultrawide lens with a f2.8 or faster maximum aperture (and remember, Precision has rentals if you don't own one and Nikon will be on site loaning out equipment) Learn more about what lens to use here. 
  • Fully Charged Battery
  • Memory Cards
  • Cable Release
  • Tripod & Ballhead
  • Other Required Items
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Long Pants
  • Snacks and Water
  • Head lamp or other flashlight

Nikon On-Site

Nikon will be joining us for this workshop and will have several of their Z-Series Full-Frame mirrorless cameras and a selection of wide fast lenses available for loan at no additional cost. Terrence, our Nikon rep, will also be on site and in the field for Nikon specific questions and guidance. Attendees are not required to shoot Nikon for this event. 


This class is designed for all skill levels. The concepts covered are "advanced" but will be presented in a way that any photographer can follow along and will be able to make Milky Way photos after the class. More advanced students will learn advanced tricks and tips for making and post processing milky way photos.

Schedule and Format

This is a hands-on, excursion based class. Class will begin in the Precision Camera classroom and we'll spend 90 minutes going over the night sky orientation and learning the various steps to make Milky Way photos. After the classroom portion, we'll drive to a private ranch. Students will then make Milky Way photos with the help of the instructor.

* Students are responsible for their own transportation from Precision Camera to and from the private ranch.

About the Instructor

Andrew is a self taught photographer who comes from a software engineering background. On his very first trip with a camera he discovered night photography and has never looked back. He developed his night photography skills through trial and error in environments from the near perfect darkness of west Texas to bright urban settings around Washington DC and Austin. When not making night time images, Andrew is shooting for AzulOx Visuals making a variety of images from weddings, to architecture and everything inbetween. Andrew loves solving problems but more than that, he loves sharing his knowledge with others, helping them grow.

See more of Andrew's images at AMadTrip.com and AzulOx.com.

You can contact Andrew with questions about the class at Andrew@AzulOx.com

This is a special event. Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Mock Wedding, Flash Fest, Special Events and One-Time Classes
You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Flash Fest, Photo Campouts under $200 (including Caprock Canyon, Spring and Fall Photo Camping Extravaganza), special events and one-time classes to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a class that we are only holding one time or a class that we hold rarely, your class registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. We will not offer a reschedule attempt to individuals who don't show up to the Mock Wedding Workshop or Flash Fest due to the high amount of resources required for that class. 

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email classes@precision-camera.com to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.



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