Night Photography 111: Catching the Moon

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Cost $19.95

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One attendee will be drawn at random and their class fee will be refunded. Attendance is limited to 20 people.

You will be seated at your computer in the comfort of your home or office for this event.

Class will be 90 minutes and end at 8:30 PM PDT

Have you wanted to capture the moon "right where you want it" but weren't sure how? If you know you could resort to photo editing and fake it but you'd rather get the real deal then this class is for you.

Steven will demonstrate how to determine when and where to go to capture an image like the Moon over Lick Observatory (below), or the moon at the Transamerica Building (left) or the sun shining through a portal in the Pacific Ocean (below).

This is a Webinar so you can conveniently attend from your computer at work or home anywhere in the world.

In this 90 minute Webinar, you will be introduced to several free (and almost free) tools that you can use to plan a moon (or sun) shot - including a tool written by Steven and made available only to attendees. One indispensable tool covered in detail is the Photographer's Ephemeris by Stephen Trainor.

Steven will show how to plan a moon or solar "contact" shot. How to use the moon to illuminate your foreground, how the presence of the moon affects photos of the night sky, how to find information about interesting celestial events, and how to find compelling locations for "alignment" images, and what settings you need to get detail in the moon.

How many of these questions can you answer? The answers will tremendously help you capture the moon when and where you want it.

1. By definition a new moon is when what occurs?
2. What time of day is it when the Full moon rises?
3. How big (in angular degrees) is the moon? What focal length lens would you need to fill the frame with a shot of the moon?
4. How many days are there in a lunar cycle?
5. A first quarter moon rises at about what time of day?
6. By approximately how much does the moonrise time change from one day to the next?
7. What is the farthest north, and the farthest south you can expect the full moon to rise and set?
8. A full moon, directly overhead in the sky requires approximately what length of exposure at f/9, ISO 200 to preserve detail? How long would that exposure need to be for a fully eclipsed moon?
9. How long does it take for the moon to move it's full diameter in the sky?

Just for fun

Why isn't there a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse every month? Why are some solar eclipses "total" and some "annular" (incomplete)? What is a "Blue Moon" exactly?


You should have a decently fast internet connection! Dial-up won't work for audio or the data content.

The dial in number to listen to audio is a (408) area code number. There is no 800/toll free number. If you're like me and have an unlimited US calling plan this won't affect you unless you are out of the United States. A handsfree headset or speaker phone is preferable even if you use a telephone and unfortunately the quality of some speakerphones is dismal.

If tying up a phone line won't work for you there is also an internet voice option ( (Voice-over-IP) that incurs no additonal charges. To use VoIP you must have speakers and a microphone. VoIP is probably the most convenient even if you plan only to listen. If you do not currently have a headset I suggest getting a Plantronics headset with a microphone and a USB connection ( Such headsets can be found at Frys and Best Buy for from $25 and up. USB headsets with microphone can be used with Skype and many other online games, and calling tools. They come in many styles include behind the head and over the head, single ear, open ear and closed. Most laptops include speakers and microphones but the audio quality of these is generally very poor. Some webcams also include built in microphones but generally the quality of those is very poor.