Nightscapes: Landscape Astrophotography
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Finding a Dark Sky Location and Setting a Date3:13
Seasons of the Night Sky4:11
Basic Astrophotography Gear2:00
Setting Up for Your First Astrophoto4:50
Expose for the Milky Way5:53
Painting with Light1:56
Processing Landscape Astrophotos3:06
About This Class
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. You'll learn about the best equipment choices and how to select gear for astrophotography.
We'll 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, you'll create a collection of landscape astrophotographs and a unique self-portrait with the Milky Way as your background.
You'll 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 that's faster than written words and quicker than many other art forms. It's the art medium for the masses, and that's 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.
I'll see you in class.
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Now that I have viewed this series, I feel confident I can go out and snap at least a few good astroshots on my next camping trip. Looking at the environmental conditions for the weekend I will be out (based on the recommended websites in Lesson 2, "Finding a Dark Sky Location"), I should have an ideal night sky for pics. And using Stellarium to get the best galaxy images, I determined I need to get up from sleep at 1:00am. Thanks for this! I will be viewing it again and again to fully retain what the lessons teach.
Ian Norman is a commercial photographer specializing in Timelapse Photography and Night Photography. He is the creator of Lonely Speck, where he shares astrophotography techniques and tutorials, and Photon Collective, a creative photography project community.