Join Julie for some night photography at a very special Dark Sky Preserve in the Muskokas, with little or no light pollution. The area offers a natural setting of peaceful wilderness, with trees, rocky out-croppings and a river. At night, enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Milky Way. On September 7th, the sun will set at 7:40pm, allowing us to capture great shots from evening into darkness. The moon will be nearly new, and will set at 8:30pm, giving us great visibility of the stars. The emphasis will be on captuaring both star point and star trail shots. We can also try some light painting.
This workshop include a detailed video tutorial to prepare you with instructions ahead of time.
Space is limited to a maximum of six participants on each night to ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!
- An instructional video (sent a few weeks ahead of the workshop) explaining and illustrating night photography techniques
- A light snack of muffins, juice or water, granola bars and apples
- In-the-field instruction on night photography techniques
- Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)
Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field (and especially in the dark!) is not the best time to learn your camera settings! Visit Julie's photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.
Please check the "What to bring to the workshop" list for the required equipment; a DSLR camera and tripod are necessary for this workshop.
A few weeks before the workshop, you will be provided with an instructional video on night photography. It is very important that you review this before the workshop, as it will teach you all the theory you need to know for night photography. The field workshop will be an opportunity to put the information in the video into practice.
What to bring to the workshop:
- DSLR camera with manual exposure controls and a bulb setting for > 30 sec exposures
- memory cards
- spare batteries for camera and flashlights
- a sturdy tripod (essential)
- cable or remote shutter release (one with a built in timer is ideal)
- digital watch or other timer, if not built into your release
- flashlight (one with adjustable brightness is desirable)
- coloured gels that fit over your flashlight (optional)
- other forms of lighting like candles, lanterns, or portable battery-powered flash (for off-camera use)
- appropriate clothing for the weather; layers work best
- sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots
- a flashlight or headlamp for navigating after sunset (a red light is very useful; it does not damage your night vision)
When: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 6:00pm until you flake out!
Where: A special "Dark Sky" Preserve in the Muskokas
(Exact location will be provided to participants.)
Tuition: $130 + HST per person for one workshop (includes video tutorial)
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