Night Photography, 2-Night Workshop
Instructors: Aaron Priest & Vincent Lawrence
Up to 5 participants & 4 rooms--SOLD OUT
September 7-9, 2018
$992 (accommodation included)
Capture and develop breathtaking images of the Milky Way over Acadia National Park with experienced photographers and instructors Aaron Priest and Vincent Lawrence. We’ll enjoy pristine views of the night sky--some of the darkest skies on the East Coast--as we learn to photograph the stars. The planning and developing of the images is equally important to the shooting; this workshop will have a major focus on planning & processing and teach the best ways to get your images to really shine.
This comprehensive workshop will feature at least 6 hours of shooting (weather dependent) and 6 hours of planning and post-processing.
Workshop Schedule (weather dependent):
September 7th: Plan to arrive anytime after lunch and be ready for an intro class session 3pm – 6pm. We’ll head out shooting at 8:30pm - 11pm.
September 8th: Get a good sleep and be ready to dive into post-processing from 1pm – 6pm. Once again shooting from 8:30pm – 11pm.
September 9th: Wrap-up of post-processing in the morning, no set schedule, leave whenever you like!
• Camera settings for capturing the stars and the landscape
• Planning dates, times, and movement of the night sky
• Post processing the Milky Way with Lightroom and Photoshop
• How to shoot star trails
Anytime technology is pushed to its limits–in this case the minimal light of the night sky–the importance of quality equipment becomes obvious. You should have a camera that performs well at ISO 3200 or higher, full frame is preferable (see list below). You will likely need a spare battery for your camera and intervalometer, as long exposures at night quickly eat up battery power. The other basic gear you’ll need is a sturdy tripod, remote shutter release (wireless or cabled), and a fast, wide lens. f/2.8 or larger aperture is preferred, and 14-16mm range is ideal for sharp photos of the Milky Way. 24mm and 35mm f/1.4 primes make great secondary lenses for more detailed shots.
Nikon: D600, D610, D750, D800, D810, D810A, D850, Df, D3s, D4, D4s, or D5. If renting, the D750 is a particularly good value.
Canon: 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R, 6D, 6D Mark II, 1D X, or 1D X Mark II. If renting, the 6D & 6D Mark II are a good value.
Sony: a99 II, a7 II, a7S, a7S II, a7R, a7R II, a7R III, 7 III, or a9.
Pentax: K-1 (the Astrotracer feature is quite impressive, requires GPS accessory).
Several Fuji and and other mirrorless cameras are also suitable. Contact us with your list of equipment if you'd like advice.
Nikon: 14-24mm f/2.8 (exceptional).
Canon: 16-35mm f/2.8 II or III (Version III is much improved over II).
Rokinon: 14mm f/2.8, 14mm f/2.4 (very good), 24mm f/1.4 (very good), or 35mm f/1.4.
Tamron: 15-30mm f/2.8 VC (very good).
Sigma: 14mm f/1.8 (exceptional), 20mm f/1.4, or 35mm f/1.4 ART (very good).
This is by no means an exhaustive list! There are many specialized cameras and lenses not included here. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Be sure to bring your own laptop with required software. We will be teaching with Adobe Creative Cloud and the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. Bring an external drive to backup your images on.