Nightscapes: Landscape Astrophotography Premium class

Ian Norman, Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

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9 Videos (29m)
    • Trailer

    • Finding a Dark Sky Location and Setting a Date

    • Seasons of the Night Sky

    • Basic Astrophotography Gear

    • Setting Up for Your First Astrophoto

    • Expose for the Milky Way

    • Composing Astrophotography

    • Painting with Light

    • Processing Landscape Astrophotos


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. 


149 of 150 students recommendSee All

Perfect overview--and so quick! I'm ready to find a dark sky area near me and get started. Thanks for this!
great program broken up into very digestible chunks and clear directions





Ian Norman

Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

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.

You can find more about Ian at his site's facebook pages for Lonely Speck, Photon Collective and on twitter and Instagram.