by Richard Sherman
Mt. Lemmon Digital SLR Wide-Field Photo Class
WHO: minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 AAAP members for a private class with Sean Parker, professional photographer.
WHAT: Digital SLR wide-field private photographic class
WHEN: TBD, new moon; (from the Instructor: “they do have a heating room to stay warm while we shoot”). Upcoming new moons:
- 9/9/18 Sunday
- 10/8/18 Monday
- 11/7/18 Wednesday
- 12/7/18 Friday
- 1/5/19 Saturday
- 2/4/19 Monday
- 3/6/19 Wednesday
- 4/5/19 Friday
WHERE: Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. 90-120 minutes from Tuscon. More info at: https://skycenter.arizona.edu/content/welcome-skycenter
HOW MUCH? Total cost is ROUGHLY $650-$700 which includes:
- $375 per person for Milkyway and star trails photographic instruction
- $65 per person for the Astronomy Tour and look through the telescope (that includes dinner)
- $50/night/person in lodging
- Post processing class is $100/hour and lasts for 2-4 hours
What personal equipment will you need? (taken from last class offered March, 2017)
- A DSLR Camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode and user manual.
- At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 16GBs of memory card storage.
- A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended but not required. Lens Rental available through borrowlenses.com if necessary. Students get 20% off the rental!
- Shutter Release or Intervalometer
- Warm clothes.
- Laptop for post-processing, including Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop, Starstax
Recommended lenses from “Photography – Night Sky” by Jennifer Wu and James Martin:
- 14mm f/2.8
- 14-24mm f/2.8
- 15mm f/2.8
- 8mm f/4
- 16-35mm f/2.8
- 24-70 f/2.8
- 24mm f/1.4
- 35mm f/1.4
- 70-200mm f/2.8
Other Details from the last public class offered (March, 2017)
What will you learn?
- How to prepare for your shoot.
- Camera & lens overview.
- Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.
- How to focus your lens at night.
- How to photograph the milky way, capture star trails, long exposures, and light painting.
- Special tips and techniques.
- Advanced camera techniques for focus and exposure blending.
- Introductory post-processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
What is the workshop schedule (approximate)? (from the last public class offered March, 2017)
- 2:00 PM Arrive at SkyCenter and check into dorms
- 2:30 PM General overview of workshop and introduction to techniques
- 3:45 PM Break and change into warm clothes
- 4:15 PM Participate in the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter’s Sky Nights program (includes dinner)
- 9:15 PM SkyNights concludes
- 9:30 PM Optional telescope viewing of Messier Objects as part of Messier Marathon
- 11:00 PM Convene for Star Trail photography and instruction
- 2:00 AM Convene for Milky Way photography and instruction
- 5:00 AM Dorms!
- 11:30 AM Brunch and post-processing instruction
- 1:30 PM Workshop concludes