workshops & tours
At a glance
Location: Southwold or Dorset coast e.g. Durdle Door
Main Techniques Covered: Planning and app use and camera settings and focusing techniques,
Main Subjects: The milky way or a star covered sky over an iconic landmark or beautiful scene
Fitness Level: depends on venue, Durdle door can be a slog but other venues can be used
Duration: From sunset to when the milky way is in the right position. Start finish times will be discussed when booking
Group size: the workshop is 1-2-1 however if you wish to attend with a friend or family member then this can be arranged, at additional cost. Max number 3 participants
Cost: of 1:2: £200 for the evening and follow up processing session. £140 for just the evening session
When? Dates available throughout the year, however the best time for the milky way is mid summer to early autumn
Equipment? Camera and a tripod. A fast wide lens of an aperture of F4 or below is desirable, F2.8 or below ideal
Next Steps: If interest contact me either through this page or facebook, If you wish to leave me a number i can call to discuss in more detail and answer any specific questions you may have.
In this workshop we will look at how to create great images of the the night sky, most commonly the milky way. My philosophy in night-sky images is the same as in any other type of landscape images. I want to create a beautiful scene which just happens to be at night with stars and the milky way in the scene. This means the image must be sharp and noise free as any image and the milky way must be in just the right place. To accomplish this multiple shots need to be taken over the course of the evening, with camera looked in position, stationary for the entire time. All this means just one thing planning. In this workshop I will run through my entire process from , using apps like photopils and scope nights, through to the images i need to generate across the night and when i need to capture them. In the field we will look at a few practical aspects such as focusing and camera settings.
This is then followed up either the next day or following weekend with a 2- 3 hour, PS LR session looking at combing the images taken into one image. Along with blending techniques we will look at how to process the milky way and stack multiple night sky images and calibration frames and a few other nice techniques to make these images really pop! This can be run without the processing if desired.
Southwold one of the possible venues for this workshop, not all night sky images need the milky way,
Meteor over Durdle Door captured using the techniques in this workshop
In this workshop we will cover all the skills need to be able to plan an execute your own milky way shots, like this one on an Anglesey beach.
Once you have the basics it is not too much more difficult to really get creative