I am now offering an online Night Photography Course that you can do in your pyjamas! Let the awesomeness of that idea sink in for a moment… Do you realize what that means!? You don’t have to stay up all night, only to have the clouds roll in moments before the Milky Way core rises above the horizon. Best of all, there’s no risk of frost bite in the mountains, or heat exhaustion in the desert! Plus, you will be far better prepared with far sharper skills when you and your camera gear venture outside to the great outdoors.

This online workshop is fully customizable to suit your needs. The lessons I am covering are lessons I learned through trial and error over hundreds of nights in the field and more hundreds of hours in front of a computer. Join me for an online photography workshop that focuses on YOU, how you can create the images that you desire, images you can print, hang on your walls and be proud to show your family and friends.

Best of all, once you take the course you are ‘Astralis Alum,’ and you can join any of my future Online Night Photography classes to get a refresher, join special guest lectures, discover new material added to the course, or meet other astro nerds!

Dates: February 16th to 25th, 2022

In my online Masterclass you will be part of a small group of students in an interactive, online environment! This is my online classroom. Registration is limited to give each participant personalized instruction.

This course consists of ten live webinar sessions.  As many of you will be joining me from different time zones across the globe, I will be offering each webinar session twice a day (11:00 am, Mountain Time, and 5:00 pm Mountain Time). Please feel free to contact me if these times do not work out for you, as I can be flexible.

The course also includes daily one-on-one, private sessions for you to work with me on the concepts that are most challenging for you. Simply let me know what time works for you and we can meet to work on anything you choose. I will be available online all day long, for the entire duration of the workshop to answer your questions, troubleshoot problem areas, and guide you through editing.

My goal in teaching this workshop is that you all leave with the tools to create the images that YOU dream of creating. This workshop will be tailored to your individual needs. Nothing is off the table. This workshop is all about you!

Night Photography Masterclass at a glance:

  • portfolio reviews
  • daily interactive instruction
  • daily one-on-one sessions
  • fun and challenging assignments to help you work though technical concepts
  • daily editing assignments (using your own photos or raw files from my archives)
  • continual constructive feedback
  • as Astralis Alum you can join the course again for a refresher, any time you need it!

Every minute of this course is designed to develop your skills in landscape photography and be ready with new and sharpened skills for your next night out under the stars.

 

Course Outline:

February 16th

Webinar 1: Identifying the Challenges of Night Photography

Topics: Identifying challenges of low light shooting, including the limitations of wide apertures, long shutters and high ISO’s. I will  demonstrate how to deal with these challenges through in-field techniques, including focus stacking, blue hour blending, and focus stacking your foreground in the natural light. We will also spend some time talking about focusing at night, including focusing to infinity, and even focusing in complete blackness (it can be done!). Each webinar will end with an editing session; this session will be an introduction to editing night images.

Also starting on day one, I will provide exercises to help you progress through the content of the course.  I will be providing videos and raw files for you to work with as part of the daily assignments.

February 17th

One-On-One Mentorship:

I will be available through-out the day to schedule your individual sessions. You may have questions after our first webinar, or as you begin to work through course materials. This time is for YOU. I am here to answer any of your questions, help you with editing, navigate foreign functions on your camera, or help you plan your next shoot.

Webinar 2 (11:00 am MT):  PhotoPills Special Guest with Rafael Pons

I am often asked which accessory I absolutely cannot live without for night shooting. Most people would assume it is my headlamp but they are wrong; I can fumble around in the dark and eventually my eyes will adjust. The tool I rely on the most is PhotoPills, and today we will speak with Rafael Pons, one of the creative visionaries behind the app, to learn how we can plan out our night shots. As Rafael will be joining us from Spain, this talk will be at 11:00 am MT, and recorded for anyone who cannot attend.

February 18th 

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Webinar 3: All about Gear! Today we will discuss how to set up your camera for night shooting, including custom buttons, interval shooting, and in-field tips. We will spend some time talking about white balance at night, and variation in night time color temperatures. Then we will nerd out over gear and discuss cameras, the sharpest lenses, and my favorite accessories for night shooting.

February 19th  

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Webinar 4: Planning Your Shoot (11:00 am or 5:00 pm MT). This is an inclusive overview of how I plan my shoots starting with apps and how I plan for the settings and techniques I use in the field. These techniques include blue hour blends, time blends, moonlight blends, time lapse, focus stacking, and exposure blending. Then, we will do a deep dive into editing with a demonstration of focus stacking and exposure blending.

February 20th

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Webinar 5 Portfolio Reviews. We will spend the session going through an in-depth portfolio review of your top three images, discussing areas of strength and aspects that have room for improvement. I believe that constructive criticism is a vital component to progressing in any field. I offer constructive criticism at each step in this course to help you grow and create well planned and executed images.

February 21st

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Webinar 6: Field Techniques for Moonlight, Aurora & Milky Way Shooting

We pick up our discussion of planning the shot by taking a closer look at field techniques for photographing in varied moonlight, Milky Way, and Aurora conditions. We also will cover how to enhance your night photos using light painting, and low-level lighting. The editing portion of our session will look at time blending over rapidly changing light conditions. You will learn to blend multiple images shot over a period of hours with varied exposures and white balance using layers and masking.

February 22nd

Webinar 7: From High Resolution Snapshot to Fine Art: Creating a Visual Pathway

Topics: We will discuss how to choose the right lens for the shoot, properties of wide-angle lenses, and an in-depth look at composition. I will demonstrate my thought processes on compositional choices showing you the progression of my photos from raw images to fully edited images ready to print and hang on the wall. Our editing session will cover how to use Starry Landscape Stacker to stack star images for noise reduction. Finally, you will see me edit an image from start to finish that combines a blue hour blend with a sky that has been stacked for noise reduction.

February 23rd

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Special Guest Talk by David Grover with Capture 1 (Joining us at 2:00 pm Mountain Time, from the UK). Today we talk to the experts about one of my favourite editing tools. Capture 1 is second to none for colour management, and is coming out with new features in Alpha Capture 1! This will be a great sneak peak at what is new with this already amazing software!

 

Webinar 8: Putting it All Together Milky Way Edit

This session will cover any remaining questions you might have, and then walk you through a full Milky Way edit. This post-processing session will combine all the techniques we have covered in previous editing sessions in a single image, including combining a focus-stacked foreground shot during blue hour with a Milky Way shot at 20,000 ISO and stacked for noise reduction. We also will cover how to create masks using channels.

February 24th

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.

Webinar 9 (11:00 am or 5:00 pm MT): Special Guest Talk by Dan Steinhardt with Epson: Preparing Images for Print.

One of the biggest challenges for night photographers is translating dark scenes to print format. Dan will walk us through everything from colour space, to calibrating our monitors, and preparing our images for print.

February 25th

One-on-one mentorship through-out the day.Webinar 10 (11:00 am or 5:00 pm MT): That’s a Wrap! We will use our time today to discuss sharing your images with the world and building our brand on social media.  We will also cover any remaining questions you might have after working through the course material.

Building Your Social Media Empire . I have  grown my brand on social media.  I am fortunate to work with companies like Sony, B&H Photo, Slik USA, Cokin, and Acura. To wrap up our workshop, I will cover:

Setting up your IG profile

  • How to find your tribe on social media
  • The latest changes to the algorithms, and what this means for your following
  • How to get maximum exposure of your content
  • How to approach brands that you would like to work with

What You Will Need

You will need internet access, tools for taking notes, a camera and tripod for our in-home shooting assignments, and just before the workshop I’ll send you a list of software and apps that I use so you can download free trials.

About Me

I have been teaching for over ten years. My love of teaching began during my graduate studies in psychology. I taught various psychology courses and statistics at both the college and university level. Teaching at a major university required some creativity and flexibility on my part, as I had to tailor my instruction to a wide array of learning styles, and a diverse group of students of all ages.

I have always loved photography. Moving from teaching at a university to teaching photography was a natural transition for me. My goal is to give students the tools they need to bring their own creative visions to life. I will try my hardest to help you succeed and have some fun along the way!

If you are interested in seeing a preview of my teaching style, or of the topics we will cover in this course, check out my Night Photography Webinar with Capture One.

Contact

Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you in this online Night Photography class!

$950.00 – $950.00
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