We wanted to take a moment to provide you with everything that is included during and after our astrophotography workshop in Acadia National Park, Maine.
INSTRUCTION & PLANNING
Our workshops are very detail oriented. We spend four days and three nights with a small group, teaching the key workflows to turn a raw file into a vibrant image with minimal noise.
On average instructors will spend 7 hours per night covering focus methods, camera techniques and settings, locating and planning for shoots, composition and much more, guiding you to achieve the right shot.
We bring out attendees to locations that are very promising for photogenic scenes of the Milky Way, star trails, and if we get lucky, the Aurora Borealis. During the tour of Acadia National Park, on the first day of the workshop, we will explain how to use cell phone apps to line up compositions with the Milky Way to then, revisit that location at night to capture a planned image. We also cover the necessary information need to be successful at chasing the northern lights.
Over the course of 3 nights we will visit a handful of locations within Acadia National Park to apply the learned planning, techniques, and camera settings in a real world environment. We then meet in a classroom environment the following morning, after each in field session with the stars. Here, we will spend 4 to 5 hours per day and dive deep into processing the images. Instructors will have a computer set up with a large display visible to all students where we will cover step by step processing. Our workflows not only cover basic Lightroom settings but also advanced layering in Photoshop to bring out the most in the raw data captured. Bringing a lap top computer along will allow for you to follow our step by step processes with the images captured the night before.
Within Lightroom and Photoshop we will cover basic settings in Lightroom then bring the images into Photoshop to apply more advanced work. Here, we will explore our methods of natural noise reduction using multiple stacked images instead of using the Lightroom and Photoshop noise reduction, which can be destructive to the image. When it comes to blended images, we show you how to take a long exposure of the foreground and an exposure for the sky and blend the images together to bring out more detail in the foreground. Last but not least, panorama stitching can be quite problematic at night with little detail in the sky. We will show you not only how to properly shoot for the panorama at night but also methods on how to stitch the images together without any flaws during the stitching process.
AFTER THE WORKSHOP
Upon completing the workshop, we provide each attendee with detailed notes accessible at anytime from our website. These notes cover everything we go over during our workshop from shooting techniques to post processing methods so you are left with a good reference guide when back home working on your own images.
Each attendee who has completed a workshop is discounted, for life, as part of our alumni program for future workshops. This means any workshop we create in the future, whether it be time lapse, landscape, seascape, etc. You'll be able to join us at a discounted rate.
You are also invited into a private alumni group on Facebook where we provide key information on a weekly basis. We are here to support you through your photographic journey, if you have questions, would like image critiques, live "course refreshers" on processing, and updates on gear, aurora alerts, as well as software updates essential to night sky photography.