Night Sky Photography Workshop

Dec. 13, 2018 – 7:30pm- Dec. 14, 2018 2:30am

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Date:  Dec. 13, 2017

Instructors:  Brian Merry

Diminishing moon rises at 3:37am.  The sky should be free from moonlight pollution lending itself well towards good astrophotography.  

Start/Meet time:  7:30pm.  The sunset is at 4:35pm so perhaps you could shoot the Sunset before you come to the workshop!

Finish:  Dec. 14th at 2:30am

# of Guests:  12 photographers

Cost:  $275* – $50 ILPA refund on regular priced tickets*.

* ILPA members, please contact me to receive your $50 refund *before the start of the workshop*.  The refund is not available after registration closes.  Visit http://internationallandscapephotographers.com/join-ilpa/ for ILPA membership details if you would like to join ILPA to receive this discount, and enjoy all of the other ILPA benefits.

Transportation:  Transportation is provided.  Traveling as a group in the same vehicle creates a better learning environment.

Banff Aurora Night Photography
The Aurora in Banff National Park, © www.brianmerry.ca

Workshop Description:

After checking in for the workshop I’ll give a presentation on night sky photography with an emphasis on night sky meteor photography.  There will be a Q&A session during and after the presentation before we collect our things and start the night sky photography.  Our location shoots towards the section of the sky where the meteor shower will be emulating from.

Geminid meteor over Mount Fuji, Japan © www.brianmerry.ca

Suggested/essential gear list:

–  tripod

–  Dslr with native sensor sensitivity of ISO 6400 or greater (high native ISO essential)

–  wide angle prime or zoom lens f/2.8 or wider (f/4 constant aperture lens are usable but a lens with f/2.8 or wider is significantly better)

–  cable release or an intervalometer.  Either one will work.  A built in intervalometer in your camera menus will work too.  Please read your equipment manuals before the workshop.

–  many extra batteries that are fully charged

–  warm clothes!!  Nothing kills your creativity faster than being cold.  Dress from the weather.

The Aurora over the Tombstone Range, Yukon Territorial Park, © www.brianmerry.ca

A note about required cameras and lens:

It is possible participant with a constant maximum aperture f/4 constant aperture lens.  However, the ability of your lens to resolve the stars and meteors will be limited with an f/4 maximum aperture lens.  Additionally, a lens with a variable maximum aperture of f/4-5.6 is not going to produce desirable results.  This is due to the optical physics in the lens design.  A lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 will render very good resolution in the night sky, even if we shoot at f/4.  A lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 can optically resolve the ambient light from the stars best producing beautiful night sky images.  I’ll have more information on night sky photography gear during the equipment section of the workshop presentation if you have one.

Please contact me with any questions you may have!

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