Astrophotography Basics Part 1: The Milky Way

Paul Gana, Landscape and nature photographer from Colorado

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35 Lessons (3h 13m)
    • 1. Astrophotography Intro

      3:56
    • 2. About the Gear: What I use 5DmkII

      4:37
    • 3. About the Gear: What I use Canon 50mm F1.8

      2:59
    • 4. About the Gear: What I use Tripod

      3:04
    • 5. About the Gear: What I use Canon Rebel T2i

      0:55
    • 6. Camera Settings 1: ISO

      6:10
    • 7. Camera Settings2: Aperture

      3:20
    • 8. Camera Settings 3: Shutter Speeds

      6:46
    • 9. Camera Settings 4: White Balance

      5:00
    • 10. Camera Settings 5: The Final Pieces

      5:25
    • 11. Preshoot Planning: Bortle Scale

      6:09
    • 12. Preshoot Planning: Dark Site Finder

      7:43
    • 13. Preshoot Planning: Stellarium Setup

      6:56
    • 14. Preshoot Planning: Stellarium Fun

      9:35
    • 15. Preshoot Planning: Stellarium final

      7:07
    • 16. In the Field: An introduction

      6:26
    • 17. In the Field: Waiting for it to get dark

      6:31
    • 18. In the Field: When the Weather Does Not Cooperate

      2:50
    • 19. In the Field: Dusk

      4:32
    • 20. In the Field: Bulb and Magic Lantern

      4:34
    • 21. In the Field: Final Lesson, Focusing at Night

      3:39
    • 22. Post Processing: A Little About RAW

      3:11
    • 23. Post Processing: Lightroom Basics

      9:41
    • 24. Post Processing: Lightroom lens correction

      4:12
    • 25. Post Processing: Photoshop Noise Reduction

      9:15
    • 26. Post Processing: Color Efex Pro

      6:57
    • 27. Post Processing: Milky Way Sharpening

      4:15
    • 28. Post Processing: Curves

      5:24
    • 29. Post Processing: Dodge and Burn

      6:38
    • 30. Post Processing: Orton Effect

      7:06
    • 31. Merging Two Exposures: Lightroom

      5:03
    • 32. Merging Two Exposures: Photoshop

      8:06
    • 33. Lightroom When shooting with Entry Level Camera

      9:00
    • 34. Light Painting Basics

      5:22
    • 35. The End

      0:25

Project Description

The First half of the course involves the preparation process for a photoshoot. Projects and assignments are to practice with each individuals cameras, exploring and learning about resources and software for the purpose planning. Many lessons include individual easy assignments.

Following is the detailed methods on site while shooting the Milky Way, projects involve each student going out and photographing the Milky Way

Ending in basic post processing which is the final but necessary step, each student will process and edit each photo chosen in proper editing software to show the creative vision of each student and sharing it to the whole class.

Assignment 1: Practice adjusting the cameras ISO settings through the viewfinder without removing your eyes from the view finder.

Assignment 2: Take multiple photos of the same subject changing each cameras ISO setting and compare the noise levels

Assignment 3: Practice shutter speed with your camera's crop factor and focal length to determine what is too long and what is not long enough for photographing stars

Assignment 4: Practice manually adjusting your camera's white balance to the specified white balance of the Milky Way between 3400 to 3800 Kelvin

Assignment 5: Practice shooting in manual mode, also practice focusing manually

Assignment 6: learn the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, at what point the Milky Way is visible and at what point light pollution interferes with the viewing of the Milky Way

Assignment 7: locate your community on the Darksitefinder website and find the nearest locations to you where the Milky Way is visible and take a screen capture and share with the class

Assignment 8: Choose an area near you and set it as your default location in Stellarium, then determine the best times of night and best days to see the Milky Way and share with class

Assignment 9: Practice Light Painting with various light sources and angles comparing the effects of the painting

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