Intro to Stacking and Tracking – May 2020


May 15-16, 2020

7 in stock

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’ll see stars you’ve 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.

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.


  • David Soldano (Sony)
  • Ken Childress (Nikon)
  • Lars Leber (Canon)

Learn more about us here. We have years of experience with Canon, Nikon and Sony Camera systems, so we can provide in-depth assistance with your particular camera.


We will meet Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:00 pm.  The Milky Way rises at 10:50 am, so be on time so we can be set up at our first location and catch it arching over the eastern horizon. We will be parking close to the location where we will be photographing the Milky Way, so no strenuous hiking will be involved.

Saturday night, May 16, 2020 will be used as a backup date in case weather conditions prevent us from conducting the workshop on Friday night.

What you need:

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


We will be photographing in the country east of Colorado Springs. We will sent out the specific meeting location information for those who RSVP for the workshop.

Class size is limited to 12, so sign up right away.

Refund Policy

Class A Workshops

These are workshops that will take place on a single day, or a single night.  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.

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