Summit County Advance Workshop July 2020
Come learn advance landscape astrophotography from Alex McGregor and I in Summit County, Colorado! There are 12 spots so reserve yours soon! This is a 4 day workshop and the itinerary is:
- July 17th, 2020 in the afternoon we will meet in Frisco for a 3 hour classroom seminar. We will be shooting this night at Summit Lake.
- July 18th, 2020 the location we will be shooting this night is, Boreas Pass right outside of Breckenridge.
- July 19th, 2020 the shooting location this night will be Ute Pass.
- July 20th, 2020 we will have another 3 hour classroom day at the same location as Friday. This class mostly covers editing, and if you have a laptop it might not hurt to bring it. For our final night on this workshop, we will be shooting at Clinton Gulch Reservoir.
This is an advance landscape astrophotography workshop, we will be teaching how to shoot panoramas, focus stacking, in front of the camera work, stacking multiple images to reduce noise, other options besides the Milky Way, and much more. This course will be Photoshop focused, and familiarity with Photoshop is recommended. Alex and I will put together a video of how we edit an advance image before hand. Each student will receive a copy of this video at the end of the workshop. This video has a copyright and is just for the students use. Students should have a bit of familiarity with panoramas as well, we recommend you try one on a landscape first. Also, a tripod such as a ball head or an actual panorama head is recommended.
The main goal of this workshop is for our students to gain knowledge on how to create more defined images. Using the techniques we teach, our students will be able to capture more gases in the night sky and this leads to more colors. After this workshop, our students will have the ability to create images that can be printed on a large scale without a high amount of noise. We might dabble into tracker photography a bit the last day of the workshop and allow our students to use our trackers, just to showcase the next step in astrophotography. Our goal is for every student to get multiple images they are happy with and we will be helping everyone the whole time. We will not be shooting, maybe just to capture video, time lapse, or group pictures but we will focus on students and helping them the whole time while they are shooting. We will send out a pamphlet closer to the date of the workshop to all our students with more information.
For this workshop no accommodations will be provided it is solely up to the attendee to find room and board for the duration of the event.
The instructors will not provide any sort of food or meals for the attendees besides a couple snacks like granola bars and water. It is solely the responsibility of the attendee to bring food and properly be nutritious during this workshop.
Transportation will not be provided by the instructors and it is the responsibility for the attendee to have adequate transportation. The instructors do reserve the right to transport someone in case of a severe medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention and 911 cannot be reached. The attendee acknowledges this and is solely liable in a situation as such.
The attendee is responsible to bring proper equipment to the workshop. This includes pen, notebook, laptop, to take notes during class, camera, tripod, and any item the attendee may need to properly succeed. The instructors may provide one item of equipment or two if it is necessary but will not have enough for every attendee so attendee must bring what they need.
Requirements: Must be over 21 (if under 21 must have parent or guardian sign contract). Must have a decent camera, it is not required to have a full frame camera but it is recommended. Must have at least 1 lens that is faster than f/2.8 stop and the wider the better! I shoot primarily with a 20mm f/1.8 it is perfect for astrophotography. Anything above a 35mm lens will be hard to shoot with and will not let you shoot for very long exposures. I recommend prime lenses as well, they tend to perform better than variable zoom lenses for astrophotography. Must have a tripod! Intervalometer or remote shutter release is recommended for any long exposure photography. I recommend using a wireless remote not a cable one. Also, be prepared for cold weather and possible wind.