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. An additional class is also included on how to post-process your images using Adobe Lightroom.
Beginner to Advanced photographers will benefit from this workshop.
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
- 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 500
- Identifying other lights in the night sky
5PM to 7PM Class at Mike's Camera - Colorado Springs
7PM to 9PM Break and travel time to shooting location
9PM to 10PM Setup and test shots
10PM to 12AM Milky Way / Night Sky shooting session
o (Milky Way rises at approximately 9:45 PM)
12AM to 1AM Travel back to Colorado Springs
Also included is a post-processing class using Adobe Lightroom on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Colorado Springs Location.
You will need your own laptop computer with a version of Adobe Lightroom pre-installed.
Workshop Dates – (At registration select from 1 of 2 dates)
- Friday, August 10, 2018
- Saturday, August 11, 2018
$199.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee
You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the Eventbrite fee.
- 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.