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Star Trails Photography

Additional Information

Star Trails and Astro Photography

One of the super powers a camera instills is the ability to bend time — to capture microseconds, or to show hours in a single frame. Combine this power with near total darkness and a photographer can show the very motion of the heavens. With the advent of digital photography, star trail photography has become accessible to just about anyone with a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera.


Join us for a workshop that will instruct you on the ins and outs of making star trails using simple equipment — a camera with manual mode, a lens, a tripod and a simple shutter release. During the course, students will learn how to frame and focus a star trail image (finding foregrounds, focusing), how to determine the appropriate settings in various situations, how to manage making a single image over hours and how to post process star trails to a finished image.


This is a hands-on workshop involving walking/hiking at night. The class will drive to a dark location about 90 minutes from the classroom after the classroom session to make star trails.


Topics Covered

  • Night Sky Orientation - what you will see
  • What are Star trails?
  • How star trails are made - Single exposure vs Stacking
  • Finding + Focusing a Scene
  • Exposure Settings for Star Trails
  • Assembling stacked star trails


Required Equipment

  • Camera with Manual Mode and 30s exposure available.
  • Fast wide or ultra wide lens - f/4 or f/2.8
  • Wired simple remote or computerized intervolometer. No IR remotes, or other "selfie" style remotes.
  • A Sturdy tripod
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and proper clothes including warm layers (it gets cold waiting). 
  • Snacks and water

If unsure about your equipment, please ask the instructor (email below) and remember your local camera store  rents equipment.


Audience

This is geared towards all skill levels. The concepts covered are "advanced" but will be presented in a way that any photographer can follow along and will be able to make star trails after the class. More advanced students will learn advanced tricks and tips for making and post processing star trails.


Schedule and Format

This is a hands-on, excursion-based class. The first 90 minutes of class are spent in the classroom going over the night sky orientation and learning the various steps to make a star trail. After the classroom portion, the class will drive to our hands on location at a private location. Students will then make star trails on their own with the help of the instructor. 

* Students are responsible for their own transportation.


The cost of most classes is $125.00 dollars; however, we have three discount options to fit almost any budget:


Whether you want to pursue your passion or start a new career, we have the photography course for you. You can sign up for any of our class by calling the studio at 1(210) 439-0570, leave your name and number and we will call you back to schedule your class, any of our classes could be yours for as little as $35.00 dollars.  


1)  Groupon Ad 

Which saves you 40% and brings your cost to $75.00 and can be found by clicking this link:     https://www.groupon.com/deals/schertz-photography

 

2)  Military Discount 

If you are active military or the spouse of an active duty member or veteran you would qualify for our military discount of 50% which makes your cost $62.50  


3)  Photography School Discount Pass 

Our best and most used discount is our photo school discount pass, by buying a one-year photo school discount pass you enjoy a 72% discount rate which brings the cost of your class or workshop to $35.00 dollars.  The cost of the one-year pass is $35.00 dollars. Got more than one photographer in the family no problem the family pass is only $50 dollars for one year.  (example when two family members take a class together the first family member's cost is $35.00 and the second family member's cost is $15 dollars for a total of $50 dollars for both students in the same class.)  


We also extend this rate to current members of photography clubs in the local area.  See the current supported clubs below.   


Current List of Sponsored Photo Clubs 

Schertz Photography Society located at this Link 

 New Braunfels Photographic Society located at this Link

To sign up for this class

Don't see this class on the schedule, no problem contact us and be the first to sign up on a date that works for you.