Do you stand outside at night, look up at the stars and dream of capturing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Milky Way? If you’re in possession of a DSLR camera, a tripod, warm clothes and a sense of adventure, then your dream can come true!
Join experienced astrophotographer and tutor Joe Cali for this hands-on workshop focusing on creating nightscapes. Together with fellow astro-enthusiasts, you’ll consider how to compose after-dark land and skyscapes, explore practical aspects of night shoots, such as forecasting clear skies and staying comfortable during long cold shoots, and experiment with processing your images to create striking stills, star trails and panoramas. During long exposures, you’ll no doubt also have lots of opportunity to discuss the wonder of the galaxy.
The workshop comprises three 3 hours classroom sessions at PhotoAccess and a Saturday field trip of about 6 hours (1 hour drive each way, with 3 – 4 hours field time). The field trip is scheduled for Saturday 1 June, but due to cloudy weather we may need to delay it. We’ll be able to give you 24 hours’ notice if it’s re-scheduled.
For this workshop, you’ll need basic to intermediate photography skills, a good working knowledge of your camera controls and any associated equipment and basic knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. If you’re not sure about your skill level, give us a ring in advance to discuss.
Session One | PhotoAccess
Wednesday, 29 May: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Session Two | Field Trip
Saturday 1 June: 5.30 – 10.30 pm (date to be confirmed, pending clear skies)
Session Three | PhotoAccess
Tuesday 11 June: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Session Four | PhotoAccess
Wednesday 12 June: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Enrolments for this workshop close at 12pm, Monday 27 May, 2019.
You’ll need to bring:
* We recommend that you purchase an intervalometer, which costs less than $30 on Ebay (https://tinyurl.com/y6qy9w25). Please make sure to purchase the cable adaptor/connector appropriate to your brand and model of camera.
** Red cellophane held over a white torch by elastic bands works fine.
You’ll be shooting outside in winter, so you’ll need to dress warmly – as in really, really warmly! You may also be working alongside country roads at night, so a Hi-Vis outer layer is recommended. There will be some Hi-Vis vests available for loan.
A PhotoAccess notebook and pencil. For the classroom session, tea, coffee and biscuits are available.
Nightscapes and Startrails will run over four sessions: Wednesday, 29 May, 6 – 9pm, Saturday 1 June, 5.30 – 10.30pm, Tuesday, 11 June, 6 – 9pm and Wednesday 12 June, 6 – 9pm.
Joe Cali has been taking photographs for more than 40 years. He’s worked extensively in most film and digital media. Joe began teaching with Photoaccess in 1996 and over the years has taught a wide variety of workshops in Black and White Darkroom & Camera, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Skills, Travel Photography and a range of boutique workshops. His photographs have been published in feature stories in large circulation glossy magazines and exhibited in over thirty solo and group exhibitions.
Image credit: Joe Cali, 2013, by Carl Were.