Intro to Stacking and Tracking

April 9, 2021 – South Park, Colorado


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Take your Milky Way photos to the next level!

If you love capturing the majestic beauty of the night sky, but yearn to make your images cleaner, clearer and more dramatic. Then this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Stacking is the process of capturing multiple images of the night sky at higher ISOs, then blending them to create clean, low noise images that look like they were captured at much lower ISO. Stacked images are blended with long exposure foregrounds to create beautifully clean and sharp photos.

Tracking is the process of capturing very long exposures of the night sky using an astro tracker. The tracker keeps the stars from streaking and brings out depth and detail in the night sky. You will see stars you have never seen before in stunning detail. Tracked images are also blended with long exposure foregrounds.

These are advanced techniques, so you should already be familiar with night sky photography to get the most out of this class.

American Photo Treks will provide you detailed instructions on both techniques before the workshop, then give you hands-on instruction during a Night Sky photo excursion in the field on Saturday morning. After the workshop, we will meet in a classroom where we will guide you through post-processing to bring it all together. The processing class will also be available via Zoom.

We will bring the astro-tracker and show you how to set it up, align it and get it tracking. We can take turns shooting with each guest’s camera mounted to the tracker so you can see for yourself the amazing detail revealed in long exposures. If you’ve been on the fence about getting an astro-tracker this will be very useful information.

We will also teach you how to calculate proper exposure of your foreground and demonstrate light-painting techniques.


  • DSLR capable of ISO 3200 plus
  • A couple of fast lenses f2.8 or better
  • Remote shutter release
  • Headlight
  • Warm clothing


The on-location tracking and stacking will be near South Park, Colorado starting at 10:30 pm on Friday April 9th. The post processing class will be in Colorado Springs near Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 on Sunday morning.

Recommend bringing a laptop to the post-processing class loaded with Lightroom or Camera RAW, plus Photoshop.

This is your opportunity to take your night sky images to a whole new level. Class size is limited to 12, so sign up right away.


Refunds are given if the participant cancels two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop.  If cancellation occurs within the two-week period prior to the workshop, a refund will be given if the spot is able to be filled by another participant.  All refunds are subject to a 10% cancellation fee.

The weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. We will be watching the conditions closely the day prior and day of the workshop. Please be watching your email for updates earlier in the day prior to the workshop time.

If we make the decision to proceed with the workshop, it is because we expect conditions to be favorable for photographing the Milky Way. In some cases, there may be cloud cover when the workshop starts. If this is the case, it is because we expect conditions to clear. It may take a couple of hours for this to occur. If you leave early due to conditions and the conditions improve, no refunds or other consideration will be given.


You will be required to read, sign, and return the American Photo Treks LLC liability waiver.


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