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Star Trails and Astro Photography
with Josh Baker

One of the super powers a camera instills is the ability to bend time — to capture microseconds, or to show hours in a single frame. Combine this power with near total darkness and a photographer can show the very motion of the heavens. With the advent of digital photography, star trail photography has become accessible to just about anyone with a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Join us for a workshop that will instruct you on the ins and outs of making star trails using simple equipment — a camera with manual mode, a lens, a tripod and a simple shutter release. During the course, students will learn how to frame and focus a star trail image (finding foregrounds, focusing), how to determine the appropriate settings in various situations, how to manage making a single image over hours and how to post process star trails to a finished image.

This is a hands-on workshop involving walking/hiking at night. The class will drive to a dark location about 90 minutes from the store after the classroom session to make star trails.

Topics Covered

  • Night Sky Orientation - what you will see
  • What are Star trails?
  • How star trails are made - Single exposure vs Stacking
  • Finding + Focusing a Scene
  • Exposure Settings for Star Trails
  • Assembling stacked star trails

Required Equipment

  • Camera with Manual Mode and 30s exposure available.
  • Fast wide or ultra wide lens - f/4 or f/2.8
  • Wired simple remote or computerized intervolometer. No IR remotes, or other "selfie" style remotes.
  • A Sturdy tripod
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and proper clothes including warm layers (it gets cold waiting). 
  • Snacks and water

If unsure about your equipment, please ask the instructor and remember Precision rents equipment.

Audience

This is geared towards 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 star trails after the class. More advanced students will learn advanced tricks and tips for making and post processing star trails.

Schedule and Format

This is a hands-on, excursion-based class. The first 90 minutes of class are spent in the Precision Camera classroom going over the night sky orientation and learning the various steps to make a star trail. After the classroom portion, the class will drive to our hands on location at a private ranch. Students will then make star trails on their own with the help of the instructor. If you arrive late to the class and find the store closed, please head to the auxiliary door on the north side of the building and ring the door bell. Someone will come to let you in the building. 

* Students are responsible for their own transportation.

About the Instructor

For Josh Baker, life is one big adventure. He founded AzulOx Visuals in 2009 and has been exploring the world and new photographic techniques ever since. Josh loves to use his photographs to tell stories, and he excels in designing creative story-boarded shoots. Josh is passionate about photography and the creative development of his students. He uses a variety of teaching techniques to help his students realize their photographic vision.

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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