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Introduction to Astrophotography Workshop | Milky Way

Capture the enchantment of that ethereal night sky, the milky way and play with light on this exciting, overnight astrophotography excursion!

What's Covered

While Milky Way season is upon us, take the opportunity to learn how to capture the enchantment of that ethereal night sky. Astrophotography requires both the technical know-how of night photography as well as the savviness of knowing how to scout out a location, understanding the movement of constellations throughout the night, and meticulously plan your shoot. Not only will you learn the technical aspects of capturing and editing in astrophotography, you’ll also come away knowing how to plan your own astrophotography excursion in the future.

 

  • How to calculate, plan and scout for astrophotography and the Milky Way 
  • Learn the fundamental techniques for night sky photography: focusing in the dark, exposure, aperture, depth of field, ISO, composition and more 
  • Spend the night photographing the Milky Way, night sky and star trails 
  • Play with light through steel wool and light painting 
  • Simple and effective post-processing techniques for astrophotography in Lightroom and Photoshop


PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must be over 18 to attend this workshop. 
  • This workshop starts in the early evening and ends late in the morning of the following day. You may only be able to take a few short, on-the-go naps during the workshop, so we highly recommend getting as much as rest as possible prior to coming to ensure you have sufficient energy throughout the night. 
  • Night photography requires patience, so there will be down-time during the workshop as we wait for our camera to capture the magic. We recommend you bring a sleeping/foam mat, pillow and a light blanket if you wish to camp out under the stars while you wait for your camera to shoot. 
  • You will be in a non-air conditioned shooting location for up to 6 hours, thought the weather should be much more bearable than the typical UAE mid-day summer heat. 
  • When we are on location there will be no bathrooms so please expect to improvise, though there will be a Petrol Stop on the way to and back from the shoot location. 
  • Transport from our meeting location (GPP) and back is provided.

While Milky Way season is upon us, take the opportunity to learn how to capture the enchantment of that ethereal night sky. Astrophotography requires both the technical know-how of night photography as well as the savviness of knowing how to scout out a location, understanding the movement of constellations throughout the night, and meticulously plan your shoot. Not only will you learn the technical aspects of capturing and editing in astrophotography, you’ll also come away knowing how to plan your own astrophotography excursion in the future.

 

  • How to calculate, plan and scout for astrophotography and the Milky Way 
  • Learn the fundamental techniques for night sky photography: focusing in the dark, exposure, aperture, depth of field, ISO, composition and more 
  • Spend the night photographing the Milky Way, night sky and star trails 
  • Play with light through steel wool and light painting 
  • Simple and effective post-processing techniques for astrophotography in Lightroom and Photoshop


PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must be over 18 to attend this workshop. 
  • This workshop starts in the early evening and ends late in the morning of the following day. You may only be able to take a few short, on-the-go naps during the workshop, so we highly recommend getting as much as rest as possible prior to coming to ensure you have sufficient energy throughout the night. 
  • Night photography requires patience, so there will be down-time during the workshop as we wait for our camera to capture the magic. We recommend you bring a sleeping/foam mat, pillow and a light blanket if you wish to camp out under the stars while you wait for your camera to shoot. 
  • You will be in a non-air conditioned shooting location for up to 6 hours, thought the weather should be much more bearable than the typical UAE mid-day summer heat. 
  • When we are on location there will be no bathrooms so please expect to improvise, though there will be a Petrol Stop on the way to and back from the shoot location. 
  • Transport from our meeting location (GPP) and back is provided.
what's included
  • 15-hour excursion with photography instruction 
  • Transport from our meeting location (GPP, Dubai) and back is provided
  • 1 on 1 editing tips, post-shoot 
  • Digital notes
  • 15-hour excursion with photography instruction 
  • Transport from our meeting location (GPP, Dubai) and back is provided
  • 1 on 1 editing tips, post-shoot 
  • Digital notes
who should attend

Photography: Suitable for beginners to astrophotography who have a solid foundation in photography. You must (must!) have a thorough understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and hands-on experience shooting in manual modes. If you are not familiar with these terms or currently shoot in Auto or P mode, we recommend enrolling for our Photography Level 1 and Photography Level 2 workshops prior to attending. We reserve the right to turn away any attendee who does not possess the required skill level for this workshop.

 

Editing: To take part in this workshop, you also need to have a good understanding of Photoshop basic tools and Lightroom interface, as the instructor will not be able to give you personal attention if you are not at the right level for this class. If you'd like to catch up on this knowledge, please consider taking GPP’s Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Introduction to Adobe Lightroom workshops.

Photography: Suitable for beginners to astrophotography who have a solid foundation in photography. You must (must!) have a thorough understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and hands-on experience shooting in manual modes. If you are not familiar with these terms or currently shoot in Auto or P mode, we recommend enrolling for our Photography Level 1 and Photography Level 2 workshops prior to attending. We reserve the right to turn away any attendee who does not possess the required skill level for this workshop.

 

Editing: To take part in this workshop, you also need to have a good understanding of Photoshop basic tools and Lightroom interface, as the instructor will not be able to give you personal attention if you are not at the right level for this class. If you'd like to catch up on this knowledge, please consider taking GPP’s Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Introduction to Adobe Lightroom workshops.

What to bring
Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel your workshop a minimum of 7 days in advance of your workshop, you will be issued a 90% refund or may be rescheduled to another date(s).
  • If you cancel your workshop a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) in advance of your workshop, no refund will be issued, but you may request to be rescheduled to another workshop date(s).
  • If you cancel your workshop less than 3 days (72 hours) in advance of your workshop, no refund and no reschedule is possible.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Workshops can be rescheduled within 3 months of the originally booked workshop date(s).
  • Bookings can only be transferred ONCE, including in the event of a workshop relocation. If you transfer your workshop booking and later wish to cancel it, we will not be able to refund or reschedule you under any circumstances.
  • You must be 18 or over to attend this workshop.
  • GPP reserves the right to change the location of any workshop to another location within the same city and/or emirate as deemed necessary in accordance with management discretion.
Please Note: Our classes are open to ANY brand of camera: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji and any other intermediate to advanced cameras (As long as they have manual controls i.e. NOT point-and-shoots) are welcome!

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