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Alabama Hills and Fabulous Night Skies

  • Jun 20, 2014 · 5:00 PM

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Catch the Milky Way and midnight moonrise.

Minimum Attendance:  3 participants (1 instructor)  - met.
Maximum Attendance: 7 participants 

Imagine photographing the night skies against the background of Mt. Whitney and the High Sierra! Under the auspices of Star Circle Academy, the Alabama Hills Workshop will be a chance to hone your night photography skills, learn new skills both behind the camera and in the digital darkroom, and come home with spectacular, unique images based upon the stunning clarity and unusual topography of California’s Eastern Sierra and the dark night skies.

Famous formation plus the Milky Way

The Alabama Hills Workshop by StarCircleAcademy is for anyone who wants to learn more about the exciting world of digital night photography, or who wants to take their night photography to the next level. We have extensively scouted the location and will take you to fantastic locations that will inspire you.

The workshop covers the following topics in the field among fascinating geological formations:

• Night exposures basics - and beyond.

• Tips for getting the composition just right:  including sneaky ways to insure your framing and focusing are just as you expect.

• Getting a compelling foreground using light painting, natural light, and photo processing skills.

• How to navigate the night sky – find your way around the sky, and learn some key constellations of note for photography.

• How to capture starry landscapes, and the Milky Way without getting streaks or trails.

• PLUS we will have astrophotography equipment which we will show you how to use. This equipment is particularly helpful if you do not have a “high performing” camera but wish to capture detailed images of the Milky Way.

In the Classroom you will learn

How to use Photoshop CS2 through CC and/or Lightroom to bring out the zing in your shots. Special processing techniques and tools to create star trails and timelapse animation. Masterful tips on planning for and then finalizing that fantastic image. Hands on help with your photo processing. Plus much more if time and interest permits.

Star Trails and light painted rocks

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  • Crystal B.

    Really excited about this workshop. Would be happy to drive if anyone would like a ride. I'm planning to return on Monday via the eastern route. I do have a question. I don't own a headlamp. Is there one that y'all like? I thought I'd try to find one that had both red and white light so that it's a bit more all purpose.

    June 4, 2014

    • Crystal B.

      I just went to Amazon to buy a headlamp and couldn't figure out what to buy... there were a lot of choices. :)

      June 4, 2014

    • Steven C.

      I usually go with the cheapest one that has a red light. It's not worth agonizing over. We will have spare flashlights for attendees.

      June 8, 2014

  • Steven C.

    Hey, those of you who are "looking for a spot" the sign up page is listed above. You can't sign up through Meetup. The early sign up deadline is June 8th. Then the rate goes up until the last possible signup which is June 14th.

    Sign up before June 9th and you can spend an extra informal Sunday night guided to yet another location.

    June 4, 2014

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