Landscape astrophotography

Taller de fotografia nocturna de larga paisaje

Landscape astrophotography workshop

When night comes everything changes, what seemed to be uninteresting suddenly turns into something wonderful thanks to the lack of sunlight. That, accompanied by the stars, makes us see the sky with new eyes; we can start to think about new compositions to shoot, including the Moon or the Milky Way in our framing, as well as the different planets and constellations we find in the night sky.

Astrophotography is an extremely technical branch of photography. There are several factors that affect the shots – how good or bad they’ll be. Since there’s little to no light, all camera automatisms won’t work as expected, and because of that we must understand very well our camera and how to use it in that kind of situations.

Objectives

My main goal is to teach how to take pictures at night in different light situations, be it with or without Moon (trying to avoid light pollution). This can be achieved with good planning and observation of the scene during the day and finally taking the shots at night.

Every participant will learn about astrophotography techniques, in which we avoid to use any camera automatism. They’ll also learn about the different options the night sky has to offer when looking for interesting compositions, and to do that they will learn a thing or two about astronomy.

The workshop is for people who

  • Have basic knowledge about photography (know how to use manual mode)
  • Have a camera with manual mode
  • Have a tripod

Contents

  • What is long exposure night photography?
  • Types of lighting
    • Natural ambient light
    • Artificial ambient light
      • Light pollution
    • Combination of both types of lighting
    • Lighting with flashlights, speedlights or emergency lights
  • Scouting: why you should explore a location
  • Technique
    • Basic considerations
    • Exposure
      • Exposure according to the Lunar phase
      • How to quickly compose in the dark and avoid wasting time during a shoot
        • Reciprocity
      • How to use the histogram
    • Focal lengths
    • How to focus in the dark
      • Hyperfocal distance
      • Focus to infinity using Live View
    • White balance
    • Camera configurations
      • File format: raw vs jpg
      • In-camera noise reduction
    • Digital noise
      • Luminance noise
      • Chrominance noise
      • How to reduce it
  • Composition
    • Basic information to find astronomical objects in the night sky
    • How to get stars like spots
    • How to get star trails
    • Milky Way
    • The Moon as part of the composition
  • Smartphone apps for planning shots

Duration

6hs divided in two modules: theory and practice. 2.30hs for the theory and 3.30hs for the practice.

Study material

You will get the presentation I use to teach after the theory class.

Language

Currently I am teaching in Spanish only, I am trying to improve my spoken English before teaching in that language.

Online support group

I offer free help after finishing the workshop on a Facebook group, where you can also share ideas and experiences among other students, as well as the results you get from the workshop.

Certification

You can get a workshop participation certificate for an extra ARS 100.

Special offers

Upcoming workshops

Face-to-face workshop in Córdoba

In-person workshops can be done privately or by group and they have very flexible hours.

  • Date and time at student’s convenience (theory is 2.30hs long and practice is 3.30hs)
  • Theory location: Córdoba downtown
  • Practice location: Copina suspension bridges – We can share cars when going to the location to save money on gas
  • Price:
  • Keep in mind that if there’s bad weather (rain or clouds), the practice gets postponed to the next day with good weather

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More information and registration

Contact me via email at info@leandroperez.com.ar, clicking here or calling/texting to +54 9 351 2457662.