$99 – $129

Night Light and Star Photography

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Join Mark Fitzgerald & Lew Tarnopol to explore an evening of light-painting and Milky Way photography. We’ve picked out a location near Portland that is away from city lights that has picnic tables and restrooms. It will be a moonless evening, perfect for light painting and photographing the stars.

We will start off with detailed instruction on camera settings, tips for working in the dark, useful apps, night photography etiquette, and more. Then as darkness begins we’ll experiment with light painting and long exposures. Once it gets completely dark, we’ll settle-in for Milky Way photography and star trails. By the end of the workshop you will have learned everything you need to know to begin having fun with your camera at night and create stunning images.

  • Lecture with handouts containing tips for light painting, and shooting the Milky Way and star trails.
  • Optimal camera settings for ISO / Aperture / Exposure / Color temperature.
  • How to work with your camera in the dark and focus at night.
  • Overview of the best night photography apps and how to use them.
  • Proper shooting etiquette for working around other photographers and astronomers at night.
  • Light painting with camera movement before dusk and continuous lighting after dark.
  • Milky Way and star trails photography.
  • Additional tips and techniques to create stunning star photographs.
  • After you register you will receive detailed information on what camera-related and personal items to bring so that you’re prepared for the evening.

If you've wanted to explore night photography but didn’t know where to begin, this workshop is for you. This will be one of the best opportunities of the year for night photography because of the new moon and shorter days. We hope you can join us.

  • Note: A $10 non-refundable cancellation charge is included in your ticket price.
  • If we need to cancel due to weather, we will meet the following evening, Saturday September 8.
  • How we selected our workshop date: The best Milky Way viewing this year occurs between the 6th and 13th of each month due to Earth’s rotation on it’s axis and revolution around the sun. During these dates, there’s no moon in the sky and the Milky Way’s galactic center is at it’s peak. September works well because there are fewer clouds (we hope) in the sky. Fridays and Saturdays work best for our attendees.

About Lew & Mark:

Lew Tarnopol: Many of Lew’s images have won awards or accolades in local, national and international competitions. In 2015, Lew was named a Platinum Medalist by the Professional Photographers of America. “I’ve become totally seduced by the night sky and go out regularly each summer and fall to photograph it. Every time I learn something new and have finally perfected techniques that create interesting images.

Mark Fitzgerald: Mark is photographer, author and teacher based in Portland. He is a PPA Master Craftsman Photographer whose images have won numerous awards. "Modern digital camerasgive us the ability to create images that were difficult, if not impossible, to create only a few years ago."

Learn more about Mark at www.ddroom.com.

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