Intro To Stacking and Tracking the Night Sky
March 27 2020 @ 11:00 pm - March 28 2020 @ 11:00 am$160.00
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.
What you need:
DSLR capable of ISO 3200 plus
A couple of fast lenses f2.8 or better
Remote shutter release
The on location tracking and stacking will be near Calhan, Colorado starting at 11 pm on Friday March 27th. After a small break, the post processing class will be in Colorado Springs near Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 on Saturday 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.