These astrophotograhy workshops quickly get you taking photos of the stars with your standard DSLR camera. If you want to get together with your partner or friend for a joint night of tuition then that is great.
The huge advantage of the one to one tuition packages is they are completely focused on you. We often start before sunset so we can capture sunset and then whilst it is getting dark, we can talkk about the settings and get everything ready for when the stars come out. We will plan the location beforehand.
What to Expect
When we meet, we talk about how much you know so I can get a feel for your level so I can bring you up to speed. If we meet for sunset, we photograph the sunset, quickly covering a little of the daytime tuition. We have around 2 hours after sunset until it is completely dark so we talk about settings and set the cameras ready for the stars. Around an hour after sunset, the first stars appear and we start taking photos carrying on until we have had enough.
I have had workshops with people who can walk for miles and also people who have had limited mobility. The workshop will cater for your ability and for how much you are prepared to walk - this will all be discussed beforehand so we can work on an intinerary that suits you. If you have limited mobility, we can make sure we are never far from the car.
The astrophotography workshops are around 4 hours but if you want to finish sooner or carry on later, that is absolutely fine - there is no set end and we will play it by ear. There is no rush on the workshop and we take it entirely at your pace.
Even in summer, standing around in the dark can feel very cold so hats, gloves and plenty of layers are recommended. It is better to have them and not use them than wish you had brought them with you. A tripod is essential as well as a head torch - one that has a red light is recommended as this preserves your night vision. A hot drink and some snacks are great too. Any DSLR camera along with a wide angle lens (the faster the better - if it can go down to f2.8 that is good, but f4 is perfectly useable too) is highly recommended, but if you are unsure please do contact me first.
No real experience is necessary and I can cater for all levels of experience whether you are a complete novice or more of an expert. If you are a complete novice, I can teach you everything you need to know to take astrophotograhy photos. The more competent photographer often comes on a workshop to see how a professional photographer works and what he photographs rather than to learn about camera settings.
How to Book
When you decide to book a workshop, you pay online (or over the phone if you prefer) and then we arrange a date that suits both of us - avoiding a full moon is recommended as the brightness can wash out most of the stars. Should the skies be cloudy or if work gets in the way, we can postpone to the next suitable date. There isn't any expiry date on the workshops so there is no need to worry if we have to postpone several times. Please do feel free to email or phone me to discuss before booking. To pay online, select the workshop you would like below and add it to the basket.