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Lecture: Astro-landscapes - Photographing stars, trails, Milky Way and Aurora

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This is part two of the Introduction to Night Photography series, where we will be focusing (!) on photographing the night sky, particularly stars. This is an intermediate to advanced lecture, prerequisite for this lecture is that you either attended part I, the Introduction to Night Photography or you have at least experience shooting at night. Even though I will briefly go over basic settings again, we will not spend much time on that.

This event is for paid members only and it is a member benefit free of cost. If you haven't done so yet, please make sure to pay your membership online, there is a link to the left to do so. This lecture alone will make your annual fee worth it.

There is also a night shoot scheduled soon after this lecture, so that we can practice what we learned. Attendance will be preferred to participants of this lecture, but others can come, too. You will need to sign up separately for the shoot. In addition, there will be a substantial number of events throughout this summer specifically for astro-landscape shooting in places like western MA and Acadia NP.

There are three parts to the workshop:

(a) this lecture of about 90 minutes

(b) a night shoot soon after the lecture and

(c) online critique for the pictures you took to get detailed feedback on your assignment execution here on this site (if you post your photos).

The lecture will cover these topics:

Exposure settings
White balance
Darkness and Light pollution, where to shoot, light painting
Focusing on stars, live demo
Types of astro-landscape photography
Star trails: nature and urban
Star points & Milky Way
Image Processing
Star trails: stacking photos
Milky Way / Star points and Aurora