Photographing the stars

There is an amazement to standing out in a dark field and staring up at all the stars on a cloudless night. Making pictures of the stars and especially the colorful Milky Way is equally amazing. In the old film days it took expensive special equipment and special film to make images that today’s digital cameras can handle. In this presentation Loren Fisher will show you how to make stunning photos of the Milky Way, which includes how to know where the brightest and most colorful area known as the Galactic Center will be, how to know where to go, even how to know when the International Space Station will be flying overhead. Loren will talk about total solar eclipses and what you need to make photos of upcoming total eclipses. Loren will show you what equipment you need for the stars, including smart phones apps that are essential. You will learn how the tell the difference between a meteoroid, airplane or satellite streaking across your image. Loren will show you tricks to focusing in the dark, how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave your shutter open before stars start streaking and how to do some light painting to increase the interest of your foreground.

Loren Fisher bio:

Working as a professional photographer since 1978, Loren Fisher has photographed subjects as diverse the Olympics in Seoul, Korea, eagles in Alaska, transporting horses in a 747 from Germany, the 106 covered bridges of Vermont, in the dressing room with the Rockettes and backstage with Bruce Springsteen.

Loren has published two photography books: “Pope John Paul II: An American Celebration” which documented the papal visit to New York, New Jersey and Baltimore and “Branson Backstage” which looks at the phenomenon of 35 live music theaters in Branson, Missouri.

Crawling through the woods, donning waders in swamps and searching out what’s good is what keeps Loren excited. While he has traveled to 50 states and 18 countries, Loren loves to seek out the beauty that surrounds him locally.

Loren can be found displaying his work at art shows year round from Florida to Vermont. He teaches workshops locally and at great destinations around the world including Iceland, Chile, France, Italy and Guatemala.

Loren started working in newspapers in 1978 as a staff photographer and worked for seven newspapers in Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey, plus USA Today as a photographer, photo editor and graphics editor. He was Managing Editor/Digital for two N.J. Gannett newspapers, the Home News Tribune and Courier News and oversaw the combined website. He is a past president of the New Jersey chapter of ASMP and is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University teaching photography, multimedia and video in the journalism department.