Landscape Astrophotography Course
This workshop will be led by professional photographer Robert Harvey and will have of maximum of 6 participants.
Start Time: 14:00
Finish Time: 23:00
Venue: The Castle Hotel, New Park Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1DS
Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. This one-day astrophotography workshop will introduce students to the wide range of astronomical phenomena that can be photographed using an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera (without a telescope). A full explanation will be provided of techniques to make stunning images of stars, planets, the Moon and the Milky Way, in conjunction with terrestrial landscapes. The course also covers photographing star trails as well as rare, elusive and fast-moving astronomical phenomena such as meteors, aurorae and eclipses. The course will be run at the Castle Hotel in the market town of Devizes, Wiltshire.
Sufficient scientific detail will be included to enable course participants to understand the astronomical phenomena they can photograph and the extraordinary variety of scales of the Universe that can be recorded with an ordinary digital camera, ranging from ~100 km in the case of aurorae and meteors to 25 million million million km for the Andromeda galaxy.
Subjects covered in depth are:
- The Moon
- Moonlit landscapes
- Stars and constellations
- Milky Way
- Aurora borealis (northern lights)
- International Space Station
- Lunar and solar eclipses
- Star trails
- Selecting and lighting foregrounds
- Exposure at night
- Focus at night
After the indoor sessions, there will be a meal followed by a field visit to a nearby Neolithic site where we can put into practice what we have learned. Guidance will be given on location, composition and exposure in the field to enable you to get the best out of the night sky with an iconic foreground. (Note: in the event of persistent rain the field visit would be cancelled.)
To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using manual exposure mode.
Recommended Photographic Equipment: Digital single lens reflex camera or equivalent, capable of taking acceptable quality images at ISO 1600 or higher, wide angle lens (at least 24mm on full frame or 16mm on cropped sensor) with maximum aperture of at least F/4 (ideally F/2 or F/2.8), sturdy tripod (essential), lockable remote cable release, chemical hand warmers and elastic band (to strap round lens to reduce likelihood of dew forming), warm clothes and hat, hand torch and head torch.
Indoor session: 2pm to 8pm followed by evening meal. Outdoor field trip: 9pm to 11pm.
Included: Tuition, evening meal, refreshments. Not included: transport to Castle Hotel, transport to field location, parking.
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Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.
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RPS Landscape Group Committee
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The Castle Hotel, New Park St, SN10 1DS Devizes
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