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CORE CLASSES

Photography 101 - Introduction

Photography 201 - Advanced

Canon Interchangeable Lens Camera

Nikon Interchangeable Lens Camera

Olympus Interchangeable Lens Camera

Panasonic Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony Interchangeable Lens Camera

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Video 101

LENS & CAMERA DEMO DAYS

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Denver Botanic Gardens

DENVER ZOO DEMO DAY

Sacramento Zoo Demo Day

SPECIAL EVENTS

Labor Day Lift Off, Hot Air Balloon Festival

Live Models, Interactive Photography & Lumix Gear Demo!

Portfolio Review

Starting Photo Business

SOFTWARE WORKSHOPS

Lightroom 101

Photo Management for Apple Devices

Photoshop Elements 101

MULTI-PART WORKSHOPS

A Morning With the Racehorses

All Owl Photography Workshop

Birds of Prey Workshop with Hawk Quest & Tamron

Birds of Prey Workshop with with West Coast Falconry

Composition Workshop with Photo Walk at Red Rocks

Garden of the Gods Photo Walk

Macro Photography Workshop at Hudson Gardens

Night Photography at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville

Night Photography: Painting with Light - 3-Part Workshop

Off Camera Flash Photography Workshop

Studio Lighting for Portraits

Train Museum Photo Shoot with Sony - 2-Part Workshop

Videography: Denver Chalk Art Festival

Wild Horses- 3-Part Workshop

Wildlife Photography Sacramento Zoo

Wild Bird Photography

Wildlife Photography Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

Color Management

Drone 101 - How to Fly a Drone: A Beginner's Guide

How To Take Great Landscape Photos

Lighting 101 - Perfect People Pictures

Lighting 201 - Outdoor Portraiture with Strobe Lighting!

EXPOSURE VALUES

MACRO / CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY

Smartphone Photography

Nikon Flash Seminar

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY - AN EXPLORATION OF EXPOSURE VALUE

Portrait Photography: LED Lighting

Portrait Photography: Natural Light

Vincent Versace Program

Portrait Photography: Off-Camera Flash / Strobe

FIELD TRIPS

How to Use a Film Camera with a Photo Walk

Astrophotography Workshop

Film Photography - Westwind Barn

Nature Photography - Japanese Tea Garden

Night Photography - Golden Gate Bridge

Night Photography - San Francisco Waterfront

Night Photography - SFO Palace of Fine Arts

Night Photography - Old Town Sacramento

San Francisco Photo Walk

Rambler Ranch WS

 

 

Astrophotography Workshop

Capture the Majesty of the Milky Way

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Overview

The first time you see the Milky Way on the back of your camera on a clear night, it's truly an exhilarating experience!

 

Learn the art of capturing the Milky Way during new moon when the skies are at their darkest. This workshop will give you the building blocks for photographing the night sky, location planning, post-processing, and much more.

 

We will focus on wide-field astrophotography, which can best be described as landscape photography in the dark, with an emphasis on capturing brilliant Milky Way images using wide-angle lenses.

 

Workshop includes class room instruction at Mike's Camera in Colorado Springs followed by a shooting session at a dark sky location near Florissant, CO.

 

Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

 

Endurance Level

All age levels are welcome on this workshop. We will drive to our location and take a short walk to position.

 

What you’ll learn

  • What You'll Learn:
  • The best times to photograph the Milky Way
  • How to find the best dark sky location
  • Best equipment to use
  • How to focus in the dark
  • How to set exposure and ISO
  • Rule of 400/600
  • Identifying other lights in the night sky

 

Workshop Schedule

  • 9 AM to 11 AM Class at Mike's Camera - Colorado Springs
  • 11 AM to 12 PM Equipment check and operation test
  • 12 PM to 6 PM Break and travel time to shooting location

    - Transportation is not provided, students will need to be able to get to the shooting location on their own.

  • 6 PM to 8 PM Setup and test shots
  • 8 PM to 12 AM Milky Way / Night Sky shooting session (Milky Way rises at approximately 8:30 PM)
  • 12 AM to 1 AM Travel back to Colorado Springs

 

Workshop Dates 

Saturday September 8th.

 

Tuition

$199.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the Eventbrite fee.

 

 

Suggested equipment

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with ISO range to at least 6400 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
  • Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/4 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 35 mm
  • A Sturdy Tripod
  • Headlamp with a red filter
  • Small flashlight
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves and hat

 

 

About Your Instructor  

Craig's first experiences in photography began over 40 years ago in high school journalism class as a yearbook photographer and also for the local newspaper in his home town. It was at this time he began his knowledge of film cameras, black and white film processing and printing in the darkroom. It was there he learned the “art of photography” and how to properly expose and develop film and print to photographic paper exactly what he had had seen.

 

In the 90’s Craig worked at refining his photographic techniques using his trusty Nikon gear and transparency film before finally moving over to the “digital world”.

 

Now, he enjoys all the creative doors digital photography has opened and all it’s post-processing challenges – similar to that of his early years in the darkroom but now using computers and software.

 

For the past several years Craig has organized and led Milky Way / Night Sky photography workshops throughout the US.

 

 

 

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