(Interest List) Webinar NP150: Photo Manipulation for Night Photographers


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This 60 minute webinar will be a "jam session" featuring some key topics in image processing for night photography. You'll see live operation of Photoshop, LightRoom or other tools. What exactly we do will depend on your interests and votes. See this discussion (http://events.starcircleacademy.com/messages/boards/thread/18483452) to indicate what most interests you or add your comment below.

This will be MUCH better than an online tutorial since you'll be able to ask questions and influence exactly what we cover both before and during the webinar.

Some past topics included:

Sharpening, Saturation, and contrast improvement *Fixing light pollution (brown crud) in the night sky Selective topics in stacking a. *Noise Reduction b. *Easy HDR c. *Foreground brightening d. Star Trails
Compositing Images Adjusting white balance for accuracy and appeal
Fixing image rotation/misalignment Increasing Star Brightness and visibility Putting Meteors in their Proper Spot in the sky (rotation, alignment and masking) How to optimally process star trails to reduce gaps.

Here are some examples of past course content:

For Easy HDR we'll show you how to take these:

To get this

If you need more intensive help/training small attendance workshops will be offered where 4 or fewer students can get their questions answered interactively by one of our instructors.

During the Q&A format webinar we'll address what YOU want us to. Make a comment about what most interests you when you RSVP.


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

We recommend that you use your computer microphone and speakers to talk and listen so you must at least have speakers. My recommendation is get a headset for this if you do not already have one. Specifically I suggest getting a Plantronics headset with a microphone and a USB connection (http://support.citrixonline.com/GoToTraining/all_files/GTT030002). Such headsets can be found at 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 poor.

Don't have a microphone? That's OK, too... you can interact through text chat.

You can also join via your iPad.

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Will there be a recording of the webinar in case I want to listen again?
Possibly, at an additional cost. Some of our past Webinars are available in the StarCircleAcademy.com Store (http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/videos)
Will you repeat this webinar? When?
Most likely. But we make no guarantees.
Where should I send any questions I have?
During the webinar we will let you know where to send your questions. If you have a question before the webinar, please post it in the comments below.
What about notes, can I get notes?
See the answer to 1. Sometimes we have notes and make them available for free or at a small additional charge.