Come and learn to photograph the stars, Milky Way & night sky, while traveling to some of the darkest & most beautiful and photogenic locations in America. You would have received professional photography instruction teaching the best camera settings and shooting techniques in the training sessions. Workshops gives you an opportunity to implement those techniques you learnt. It’s an experience in itself to be able to watch the night sky and shoot it with other photographers.
You would not need any prior experience in night photography to join one of these workshops. However, you should understand how the camera operates, 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.
Learn how to photograph our galaxy, the Milky Way. Join me for two nights beneath the darkest sky of Big Bend National Park where you'll find the stars at night are indeed big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. During this workshop we will spend the nights out and about shooting ghost town ruins and beautiful desert landscapes beneath the stars. We will head out after dinner each day to shoot sunset, then patiently wait for the skies to darken and the stars to come out. Come out ready to be amazed at the night sky and even more amazed by the images you will create!
A feast of stars for your eyes and camera from one of the darkest places in the world, the Texas Big Bend.
Details instructions will be sent post registration.
The "International Dark Sky Association" (link) ranked the Texas Big Bend at #4 on their list of the "7 best spots on Earth" (link) for stargazing. The total lack of light pollution in this part of Texas allows you to bring out the faintest details of the Milky Way. This is the premiere stargazing spot in the United States
The workshop is limited to XX participants. We will be photographing the Milky Way from land overlooking the vast landscape of Big Bend National Park, as well as the ruins of the most famous ghost town in Texas, Terlingua.
We will spend much of the night hours shooting from some of the most stellar views of the night sky.
WORKSHOP DATES / WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
- You must be 18 years or older to participate.
- You should accept General Consent Form (sent after registration)
- You are responsible for your personal needs.
WHAT’S INCLUDED / What You Will Learn
You will leave this workshop with a thorough understanding of what it takes to create breathtaking images of the Milky Way and the night sky. I will teach you everything you need to know, from planning your shoots, to successfully capturing your images, and how to bring the images to life with post processing software. The astrophotography workshop will give you the foundation you need to go out, setup a camera, and take dramatic pictures of the heavens above. We will then build on that knowledge and teach you some of the finer nuances of night sky photography. You will learn years of knowledge in a matter of days.
- Workshops are topped at 6-8 participants so each student has one-on-one attention
- Post-processing instruction for Nightscapes
- Basic instruction to create < what type of pics you will help them click> - Travel within the National Park
- How to create compelling sunset and night sky compositions. - How to use your camera to its fullest capabilities. - An understanding for light and how to take advantage of it in all conditions. - How to create star trails. - How to successfully light paint.
- Understand the night sky
- Know how to locate stars and constellations
- Learn how to properly setup for shooting the night sky
- Learn how to focus your lens in total darkness.
- Learn how to shoot the Milky Way, the Moon, and constellations
- Learn how to light your foreground with a Speedlight
- Learn how to paint with light
- Create star trail images
- Create panoramas of the night sky
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Transportation to shooting locations.
- Meals and beverages.
- Park entrance fees.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- A DSLR camera body with a wide angle lens.
(It is highly recommended to be shooting on a full frame camera that has the capability to shoot high ISO’s. Also, it is highly recommended to have a lens that can shoot a 2.8 or 3.5 aperture)
- A sturdy tripod.
- An intervalometer
- A headlamp or flashlight.
- Multiple batteries.
- A desire to learn, have fun, be flexible, and explore nature!
- A sturdy tripod
- A DSLR or mirrorless camera with capability to shoot at least ISO 1000 with moderate to little noise.
- At least 2 batteries for your camera and a charger
- A wide angle lens of at least 24mm with an aperture of f/4.0 or less.
- Memory cards totaling at least 64 gigabytes Camera bag that can be easily carried
- Card Reader and/or USB cable
- An intervalometer
- Folding chair
DETAILS TO BE SENT POST REGISTRATION
DIFFICULTY LEVEL / Fitness Level
We may have a hike that is one mile each way on level ground until there is a small trail on a hill that is only a few hundred feet to the top.
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CANCELLATION OR CHANGE OF A WORKSHOP
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We will be lodging at the Chisos Mountain Lodge. It is pretty much the only place to stay in Big Bend National Park so it is highly recommended to book your room early. Also, make sure to book a room with air conditioning!
Lodging options in the immediate area include "Big Bend Resort and Adventures", "El Dorado Hotel", "Chisos Mining Co. Motel", "Big Bend Holiday Hotel", and "Nuevo Terlingua". There are other options in the area available on "Airbnb". If you need help finding lodging to suite your needs, let us know.
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