Summit County Advance Workshop July 2020
We have cut the Advance Workshop price by $200 due to the circumstances this year, come learn advance landscape astrophotography from Alex McGregor and I in Summit County, Colorado! We will be following strict COVID-19 guidelines and if any student is feeling under the weather they can get a full refund. We do not want to risk our students health so we will be asking how each student is feeling days prior. There are only 8 spots so reserve yours soon. This is a 4 day workshop, the itinerary is shown below:
- 17 July 2020, we will be hosting a zoom meeting the day before this or the day of covering advance techniques. This night we will be shooting at Summit Lake.
- 18 July 2020, we will be shooting at Boreas Pass right outside of Breckenridge that night.
- 19 July 2020, we will be shooting at Ute Pass that night.
- 20 July 2020, we will have another 3 hour class at the same location as Friday. This class mostly covers editing, and if you have a laptop feel free to bring it. On 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. On the last day we may have time to teach about tracker photography and allow our students to use our trackers, just to showcase the next step in astrophotography. Our final goal is for every student to leave our workshop with multiple images they are happy with. To achieve this, both Alex and I will not be shooting, this will allow us to continuously help all our students with any questions they might have. Although, we may set up our camera to allow to capture video, time lapse, or group pictures. When the workshop dates get closer we will send out a pamphlet to all our students with more information.
No accommodations will be provided, it is solely up to the attendee to find room and board for the duration of the event.
No food or meals will be provided 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 of the attendee to have adequate transportation. The instructors 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, 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). It is not required to have a full frame camera but it is recommended. Must have at least 1 lens that is equal to or faster than f/2.8 stop and the wider the better! I shoot primarily with a 20mm f/1.8 which 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.