Astrophotography workshop

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Discover The Dark Side Of Landscape Photography

Night photography can be tricky if you are forced to figure it out by yourself - so why not join a group of like minded "Dark Art Seekers" for a night under the stars to help take the agonizing guess work out and help you focus on taking your photography to the next level. 


The first time you experience the star-studded sky, and see the Milky Way span across its vast dome; it is truly an awe-inspiring sight. 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 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 classroom instruction at Mike's Camera in Colorado Springs followed by a shooting session at a dark sky location near Lake George, CO.

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 / 500 / 600
  • Identifying other lights in the night sky

Required equipment and accessories

  • 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
  • Intervalometer, wireless remote or shutter release cord
  • Extra Batteries
  • Headlamp with a RED filter (or a small red flashlight)
  • Small flashlight

NOTE: If you need to purchase or rent any of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact Craig at Mike’s Camera in Colorado Springs to help you get set up.  

$199, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

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

Recommended Items:

  • Warm clothes (as the night gets later it does get much colder) 
  • Gloves and hat
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Camping chair or any portable seat. We do a lot of standing.

Experience Level:

Beginner to Advanced photographers will benefit from this workshop. All age levels are welcomed.

Endurance Level:

Our shooting location is a short walk from the parking area. There is no hiking required.  

Transportation To Shooting Location:

Transportation is not provided. Transportation is either on your own or you may carpool.

Below is a basic itinerary for these workshops:  

6pm - 8pm (August 30th class) / 4.30pm - 6.30pm (August 31st class)

Meet for 2 hours of classroom instruction about gear, techniques and a equipment review

at Mike's Camera in Colorado Springs.

8pm – 9:30pm

Break and travel time to shooting location (transportation on own)

9:30pm - 10pm

Setup and test shots

10pm - 1:30 am

Milky Way / Night Sky shooting session  (Milky Way rises at approximately 9:45 PM)

1:30am - 3 am

Travel back to Colorado Springs

About your Instructor

Craig’s first experience with photography began in high school in journalism class as a yearbook photographer and also for the local newspaper in his hometown, Holland, Michigan. It was at this time he began his extensive journey and education in manual cameras, black and white film and printing in the darkroom. During this time he built a strong foundation and learned the true “art of photography”.

In the 90’s – completely self-taught – Craig worked at refining his photographic techniques using his trusty Nikon SLR and transparency film before finally moving over to the “digital world” in 2012.

Now, Craig 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.

Craig is a seasoned professional photographer and instructor who is passionate about all things photographable.

His photography is a collaboration of astrophotography, cityscapes, abstracts and landscapes. He has traveled the globe and has taught, led and organized numerous astrophotography workshops throughout the US.

Workshop Dates

Friday, August 30, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tuition $199.00,plus Eventbrite online processing fee

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

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

Register for Workshop

Optional Digital Processing Class Available

Digital processing is a crucial step in astrophotography for creating striking images.

This class is designed to give you the processing skills needed to create stunning Milky Way images from your files using Lightroom Classic CC! This 2 hour processing class will help to ensure your images are processed to perfection!  


Some of the information covered includes:

  • Setting correct exposure levels
  • Adjusting white balance
  • Setting black / white levels
  • Adjusting Dehaze and Clarity
  • Best sharpening techniques
  • Removing noise
  • Preparing images for print 
  • Exporting

What you’ll need:

  • Bring your laptop to the class loaded with a few images in a RAW format that you wantto process.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC loaded. 
  • If you don’t already own Lightroom Classic CC you can download a free 7 day trial.
  • Notebook paper and pen for taking notes. 

This instruction based on the latest version of the software that is known as Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. 


Digital Processing Class Dates – (At registration select from 1 of 2 dates)

Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
 4pm-6pm at Mike’s Camera Colorado Springs

Sunday, September 1, 2019 
- 4pm- 6pm at Mike’s Camera Colorado Springs


Tuition $59.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

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

Register for processing class

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