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. 

Overview

The amazing night sky is host to an array of fascinating and beautiful subjects. From stars and nebulas, to the planets and the moon, the night sky holds many secrets that cameras are getting better and better at uncovering. This 3 part workshop will go over many aspects and techniques in astrophotography, including a special event at Henry Coe State park where we can capture some of the beauty of the night sky free of much of the light pollution in the Bay Area.

This 3-part workshop includes Virtual classroom instruction in our Online classroom followed by a shooting session at Henry Coe State park. We will conclude this program with an editing class on how to make your images spectacular!

Part 1 - Virtual: Preparation - We will go over the basics of astrophotography, the gear, the plans, and the techniques used to take amazing photos of the night sky.

Part 2 - In-Person: Astronomy Shoot - During the new moon, we will head to Henry Coe State park and set up to photograph the night sky. Our instructors will be there every step of the way to guide you on the best settings and practices, including a tour of the summer night sky. The Milky Way will be high in the sky and will make a perfect background to the main valley of Henry Coe.

Part 3: Post Processing - Virtual - The third part of our event will go over the basics of processing images such as calibration, stacking, and final adjustments. Much of it can be done in free open source programs but will briefly go over many different software options and help you to navigate which one is best for you.

Due to the type of Workshop it is limited to 20 paying attendees

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
  • 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 us at 925-827-1571 or rentCA@mikescamera.com

Recommended Items:

  • Warm Clothes, gloves
  • Snacks and water (bring a trash container!)
  • Extra batteries, red light source
  • Camping chair or any portable seat. We do a lot of standing.

Tuition
$249, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

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

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. Parking is $8 and Cash is required at the parking office will be closed to accept credit cards.

Workshop Dates

Due to the type of Workshop it is limited to 20 paying attendees

Part 1: Online Seminar: Saturday July 23, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, PDT

Part 2: Workshop: Saturday July 30, 7.30pm - 10.30pm PDT

(while the class technically ends at 10.30pm if the conditions are good then our instructors may stay out for longer and you are also welcome to stay) 

Henry Coe State Park, 9000 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Part 3: Online Seminar: Saturday August 6, 5.30pm - 7.30pm PDT

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

Register today!

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