Moosehead Lake - Sept 10-12, 2018
3 Day Workshop
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While no knowledge of night photography techniques is required for this workshop, please understand this is not a Photo 101 class - you should have a decent working knowledge of your camera gear and how the Exposure Triangle (aperture, shutter speed & ISO) works. Please contact us with any questions or concerns BEFORE signing up for this workshop. Thanks.
This is a 3 day astrophotography workshop at Moosehead Lake. This workshop has been planned around the New Moon cycle to maximize the visibility of the features of the night sky in the surrounding areas of the lake. Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine, is located about an hour and a half northwest of Bangor and has beautiful dark skies that are perfect for capturing the Milky Way - and the Northern Lights!
This is a comprehensive workshop with an emphasis on post-processing that will consist of 2 nights and 3 days - approximately 9 hours of in the field photography and over 12 hours of classroom tutorials & processing time. Check out our Processing page for some examples of what we will be covering in class.
Sept 10: Afternoon - meet and greet, discuss camera settings and features of the night sky - in the field photography 9PM-1AM
Sept 11: 2-6PM classroom instruction & image processing - in the field photography 9PM-1AM
Sept 12: 2-6PM classroom instruction & image processing
In The Field Shooting: In early to mid September the Milky Way appears vertically in the sky after sunset. We will be set up & shooting before astronomical sunset and through the night for approximately 4 hours. We will be covering the entire skill set of shooting at night including the techniques involved in taking very long exposures for foregrounds to blend with sky shots and how to actively and statically use different lighting to light paint features in the dark. We will also be covering the process of shooting horizontal & vertical panoramas. Mike and Sonia will take turns helping each participant with composition, lighting, troubleshooting, etc.
Classroom Instruction: Our classroom time will mainly consist of processing tutorials and techniques via Lightroom & Photoshop and some of our favorite plug-ins to create remarkable images. Bring your laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed to learn techniques for processing in the digital darkroom. We will cover Mike's entire digital darkroom workflow from RAW file to finished image - from the basics of adjusting highlights & shadows, white & black levels, contrast, clarity, noise reduction, color balance, sharpening, lens corrections, graduated & radial filters, etc. to the more advanced techniques involved in layering, masking, and transforming as time permits. We will also go through detailed instructions regarding the capturing & processing of images featuring exposure blending, horizontal & vertical panoramas and star trails images as time allows. Mike will work with each participant on their images as we progress. Check out our Processing page for examples. The planning and scouting of night sky shoots, including the apps that are instrumental for reconnaissance, will be covered as well.
Home Base: For the forth year in a row, our home base and the classroom instruction for this workshop will be the Kineo View Motor Lodge, where we have secured a block of rooms. Contact them at 207-695-4470 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your room and tell them you're with the Mike Taylor Photography workshop in September. You are of course free to stay anywhere in the area if you wish.
Lodging, transportation and meals are not included. We will be carpooling to the photography locations. Our classroom sessions will be held in Mike & Sonia's suite.
More specific information regarding meet up time & location and a PDF covering the essentials of night photography will be sent out to participants via email well before the workshop date. All participants will receive a hard copy of the PDF handout to go over during our meet-and-greet session.
Availability: This workshop is limited to 4 participants.
Physical Requirements: Boots or shoes with decent tread are necessary. Photography locations will be in areas with uneven terrain including sand, tree roots and rocks but nothing that should bother anyone who is in decent shape. Anyone who has balance issues should contact us before signing up.
Investment: $1195 per participant. Alumni discount of 20% if you've taken a previous workshop with Taylor Photography. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot or you may pay in full. The full balance is due 60 days before the scheduled workshop date or your reservation will be subject to cancellation. If you have a friend or significant other who would like to attend the workshop but not participate, they will still need to register as a participant by paying 50% of the investment amount and sign the required waiver & consent form before we head out into the field. It is important that we have an accurate headcount for each workshop.
If you have any hesitation about signing up, check out the Testimonials page where clients have shared their experiences.
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