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The Dark Side of Photography -- Star Trails Photography Workshop
(This workshop is limited to 10 students)
Authorized permittee of the National Park Service
Photography during the day is tough. Night Photography in a city full of lights is even trickier for getting that right exposure. What happens when you leave the comforts and light of civilization and still want to get some great images using the light of the stars?
Welcome to the Dark Side of photography!
The pun is intended. Star photography is tricky, and left to figure it out on your own it could be a frustrating endeavor for sure. Join the rebel instructors of the Aperture Academy for an night of photography and fun under the stars!
This workshop is designed to teach you what you need to know to get started with photography at night. How do you make the stars streak? How do you capture them so they're not moving at all? How do I make my foreground visible as well? We'll cover everything from star trails to light painting in this photographic adventure in the dark.
Going out in the dark at night alone can be a daunting even frightening experience. Why not join a group of other like-minded photography enthusiasts, and professional instructors and make a night of it. We'll drive you to the location and our instructors will help you capture the beauty and take the mystery out of star photography!
This workshop will begin at the Aperture Academy Studio. We will spend the first 30 minutes with a classroom presentation to talk about the various techniques that will be taught so that, once in the field, everyone will understand the camera settings and techniques. We will then travel south to Pinnacles National Park so that we can escape the light pollution of the city to increase the quality of stars in the night sky!
Results may vary based on time of year, weather and atmospheric conditions however you WILL leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the proper techniques for capturing the night sky.
This goal of this workshop is to teach you the fundamentals necessary to photographically capture pinpoint stars, star trails, light writing/painting and the Milky Way.
Below is the itinerary for this workshop. (Start and end times vary with the time of year for sunset):
Equipment To Bring (No filters are needed for this workshop)
What's Included/Not Included
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What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date for one-day workshops and 120 days before the workshop date for 2-3 day workshops. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!