We want to thank you for signing up for the Lehigh Valley Photography Club Night Sky Workshop. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this event. The forecast for the nights of Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 is for more clouds and scattered rain.
We will examine the sky charts for moon phase and watch the weather and, hopefully in the near future we will reschedule this event, but no future date is being set at this time. We thank you for your patience, but unfortunately we hit a patch of really bad weather the past few weekends and this upcoming weekend.
April 9, 2016 POSTPONED UNTIL ARPIL 29 May 6 DUE TO PREDICTED CLOUD COVER, WIND AND COLD.
weather permitting. We need a cloudless night for this event to be successful. If the forecast is not favorable 4 days prior to the event, the event will be postponed and we will try to find an alternate date.
Time: Sunset until everyone is tired of shooting (probably between 10 pm and mid-night)
Location: West of Allentown at the private home of Mr. Mike Lanyi, 3 Coopers Way, Kempton, PA 19529 (near I-78, exit 40 Krumsville Exit)
How to sign up: The event is open to all dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. Please send your request to info.LVPC@gmail.com
Cost: We will be accepting donations of $10 at the event to cover cost of supplies and food/drink. Please bring exact change to the event.
Maximum Class Size: We are not setting a limit, but you must register to attend so we have enough supplies.
We will cover everything you need to know about the shooting/field aspects of night sky photography, provide beginners with a strong foundation to build upon, and give already knowledgeable star photographers more information and new views to work with.
We will begin the workshop with a sunset shoot providing amazing views of the mountain and surrounding landscapes. Join us for a night of adventure, learning, and star.
During the workshop you will learn the following:
- Learn the key points of planning for your adventure under the stars. I will provide you with the tools I use for planning my night sky shoots and the knowledge base to plan for future trips and shoots.
- In depth knowledge of “The BIG 3”, ISO, Aperture and Exposure time and how they pertain to the broad array of night shots you may want to capture.
- Composition: How to “see” and visualize a great composition. This is one of my favorite topics. There are so many tips & tricks that can help you achieve great composition. I will teach you everything I know about composition.
- The 500 Rule: Selecting the optimal exposure time for different star photography scenarios.
- Troubleshooting 101: How to set up for the perfect night shot in any conditions. This includes focusing at night, multiple exposure images, etc.
- Using your creativity and external light sources to bring the night to life, while still capturing a natural looking and well-lit photo.
- How to capture great shots of the Milky Way.
- How to photograph star trails while decreasing noise or light pollution.
- How to ‘light paint’ a foreground in night photography.
- The ability to capture a sharp foreground as well as the Milky Way or stars in the background.
- Using multiple exposures, settings, and advanced tools to improve the level of your star photography.
- Weather permitting, you will leave this workshop with an in depth understanding of all aspects of night sky, Milky Way and star photography along with some great photos.
What to Bring:
A dSLR camera or mirrorless camera, any will do, but keep in mind star photography is one of the few fields where a better camera really does help to produce better results. A full frame sensor will really help you to capture the best of the stars, but is not required.
- A wide angle lens gives best results. Any lens will work depending on your camera, however wide angle allows you to capture more sky and have longer exposures. You will also need an aperture of at least f/4 minimum speed.
- A tripod. Any will work but the bigger/stronger the better.
- A big memory card. Two 16-32 GB cards are preferable.
- Batteries, batteries, batteries, I carry at least 2. Long exposures drain the battery quickly. Also consider bringing your charger as we may be able to ‘top off’ your batteries during breaks.
- Camera Cable release or remote timer—Even a cheap knock off works, check reviews online before buying these brands to avoid disappointment in the field. We will be doing exposures as short as 15 seconds and as long as 3 hours.
- Dress warm. While we have planned this for early spring, there will be long periods of inactivity during exposures and it’s easy to get cold standing around outside.
- It’s early spring so mosquitoes shouldn’t be out, but if you think they are by then then insect repellant.
- A head lamp, it does not have to be anything expensive, but preferably one that has a RED light option. HomeDepot carries an ‘Energizer’ model for approximately $20 that works well (see link)
- Tasty treats, snacks, food or anything you may like to eat or drink outside of the following: Water and soft drinks will be provided and, if we can come up with a grill, we will also cook some burgers and hot dogs.
- Blanket (for low angle shots or relaxing in the grass during tutorials)
- Lawn chair