Nightscapes: Landscape Astrophotography

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Gain a new perspective on your universe that most people will never experience firsthand. This class will teach you all the tools necessary to photograph beautiful nighttime landscapes under the Milky Way. Whether you are a beginner that just got their first Digital SLR or a professional photographer looking to branch out into astrophotography for the first time NIGHTSCAPES will teach you a unique form of photography that pushes the bounds of what you thought was possible with your camera. To begin we will cover the bare essentials of astronomy needed to plan an astrophoto shoot. You will learn about light pollution and how to find the best dark sky locations near your hometown the phases of the moon and how to find important stars constellations and the Milky Way galactic plane. You’ll use your new astronomy knowledge to plan your first astrophoto shoot . NIGHTSCAPES will provide new insight to exposure settings for beginners and seasoned photographers alike. You will learn how to use your equipment to its extreme in the context of astrophotography including how to approach f-stop ISO sensitivity and shutter speeds. Youll learn about the best equipment choices and how to select gear for astrophotography. Well cover shooting techniques for focusing in the dark capturing and composing landscapes with the Milky Way and painting with light. For the NIGHTSCAPES class project youll create a collection of landscape astrophotographs and a unique self-portrait with the Milky Way as your background. Youll showcase your photographs in the Student Gallery and provide feedback for your classmates. Your final project will include making a unique nightscape self-portrait. A Note from the Instructor: The camera is the paint brush for everyone. With it we can communicate difficult ideas in a way thats faster than written words and quicker than many other art forms. Its the art medium for the masses and thats what makes the camera so very special to all of us. NIGHTSCAPES is about gaining a new perspective on your universe and capturing it with your camera. Ill see you in class. -Ian ______________ Class Outline Landscape Astrophotography. In this class you’ll learn how to create technically impressive nightscapes with simple step-by-step instructions. With Ian’s helpful photography tips for beginner and professional photographers alike you’ll learn how to create an amazing collection of landscape astrophotos capture unique self-portraits under the Milky Way and push your artistic perspective in new and exciting directions.