These astrophotography workshops take place in some of the most beautiful places in the New York City Metropolitan area. Traveling just a few hours away, these workshops are geared to help you understand the technical aspects of your camera. Do you need prior experience in night photography to join one of these workshops? The answer is, NO. However, you should have a pretty good idea how the camera operates. What does that means? It means, you should have an simple understanding of how your shutter speed, aperture and ISO work together to form your "exposure". There will not be any "auto or program" modes used for this night photography workshop. Priority modes are fine for shooting during the daylight hours, but not at night. If you have an questions please contact me.
Dates and Locations
Dates and locations selected to work with the Moon and around the Moon. To witness the darkest sky possible from whatever location you are at, it is best to observe when you are close to the New Moon phase. Moon glare hides most of the stars, so it is best to shoot dark skies when the Moon has set.
Weather and Equipment
Weather can be a photographers best friend, it can also be their worse enemy at times. Night time photography is planned for nights with the least amount of cloud cover. There are many different ways our equipment can get damaged and / or destroyed. Weather is the most constant thing on Earth. It can not be predicted and we can not guarantee that the weather will be perfect during our workshops. If we encounter poor weather conditions ( ex. thunderstorms, rain, snow, sleet, etc..), we will modify the schedule. If snow or ice threatens the safety of the instructor or clients during the workshop, we may be forced to reschedule. Leading up to the workshop, I will inform you of what to expect weather-wise during our stay.
Post processing tips and techniques are discussed during all workshops. These will apply to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. It's doesn't matter if you use CS2 or the current version of Photoshop. All principals apply.
Camera Equipment / What You Need
Your camera and a wide angle lens, ideally:
A 24mm or wider lens for full frame sensor cameras
A 16-18mm or wider lens for crop sensor cameras
A lens that has a maximum aperture of f4 at it widest focal length, f2.8 is even better.
A sturdy tripod A remote shutter release.
A torch or headlamp to help you see at night.
A laptop with Lightroom and / or Photoshop installed.
Cold weather clothing, it can get quite cool at night.