Night Sky Workshops
*All Workshop Prices are Exclusive of Tax and Reasonable Travel Expenses.
NIGHT SKY WORKSHOPS
What you’ll need to shoot the night sky
- A DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting in manual mode –
manual adjustment of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO are required. You should already know how to do this, but we should be able to help you along if you get lost. We are Canon shooters, so menu specific information on other camera manufacturers is somewhat limited. Make sure your batteries are all charged up, you have extras, and make sure you have a large memory card or two – at least 32GB, as we will be shooting in RAW format.
- A Wide Angle Lens that can shoot at f/2.8 or wider –
We prefer a 24mm prime or wider lens, a zoom lens like a 16-35mm works well too
- A sturdy tripod –
it doesn’t have to be massive, but something that won’t blow over in the wind, or shake during long exposures is ideal. We use a Manfrotto 055 with a ball head for our main camera rig, and that has been a rock solid tripod for us.
- An Intervalometer –
A device that can trigger the camera remotely without touching it. Here is a cheap example from amazon
- Light –
A headlamp with a “Red” setting. Red light preserves your ability to see at night, while a white light will cause your eyes to focus on what is illuminated. You’ll also want to bring a flashlight just in case, and for light painting if we do any of that.
- Clothing –
Dress appropriately for the conditions. Some of the locations require small hikes to get to the shooting location. So comfortable shoes that are supportive like hiking shoes are recommended.
- Drinks/Snacks –
It’s important to stay hydrated and fueled up while on an adventure, so snacks and drinks are important. Just remember you have to carry it, and what you pack in, you pack out. Leave no trace mentality. We prefer simply water or Gatorade like drinks, trail mix and beef jerky for simple night time outings, with more expansive menus for overnight and multi-day trips.
- Physical Shape –
Our workshops are designed for most people to be able to attend. Most of the shoot locations are short hikes under a mile from a car. Everyone is expected to pack their own gear, food & water themselves.
What to expect on the workshop day/evening
- The Meetup –
We will meet up 2 hours before sunset at a location fairly close to the first shoot location. We will talk about the night sky including moon phases, milky way location, and star trails. We will also discuss shoot locations, planning your shoot, equipment choices, camera settings and composition for the night sky as well as post processing techniques and software.
- Hike in to Shoot Location / Sunset Shoot –
I prefer to hike in to the shoot locations before the sun sets so you have time to explore the area for the best composition. More conversation about camera settings, different techniques and post processing. If this is an advanced workshop, this is where we would start to collect foreground shots for layer blending and compositing. If this is a time lapse workshop, this is also the time we would start any holy grail (day-night or night-day transition) time lapse sequences.
- Shoot at Each Location for a Couple Hours –
We will be collecting different compositions, using different camera settings, capturing the milky way, different constellations, star trails and much more!
- Break around 3am –
We will close down the workshop mid-morning and return to our vehicles. What you do from there is up to you.
- Overnighters and Multi-Day trips –
If this is an overnight or multi-day trip, we return to the campsite if we choose. Some people like to stay out until sunrise before heading back to camp to catch some zzz’s.
- For Multi-day workshops –
We will meet up mid afternoon and go over the previous nights adventure. Talk about our shots, do some post processing on laptops and wait for the sunset to do it all over again!
- Weather plays a huge role in shooting the night sky. Short of severe weather events, we will stay out as long as possible as long as it is safe to do so.
- We do not offer refunds for rain-outs, but we will do our very best to accommodate your schedule and move to a different day if possible.