Introductory Astrophotography Course – Fall 2014
Presented by Drs. Ian Shelton & Tuba Koktay
Learn to Photograph Stars, Constellations, Planets, Lunar Eclipses and Get the Most Out of Your “Point-and-Shoot” or DSLR Camera in Low-Light Situations
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of how your camera works and teach you how to take beautiful pictures in low-light situations like twilight and at night without using your flash. You’ll learn about the nighttime sky and how to capture pictures of stars, constellations, aurora, the Moon and other celestial objects.
Each class consists of a short presentation followed by a hands-on tutorial to help you learn basic skills needed for astrophotography and to give you more confidence and control with your everyday picture-taking. Some optional assignments will be provided so participants can practice their newly learned skills at home during the course.
The workshop begins by discussing the minimum in terms of camera and accessories you will need to succeed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own camera and an assessment of each camera’s suitability will be provided during the first class. Those without a sufficiently capable camera will be encouraged to partner with participants that have suitable hardware so everyone can get first-hand experience with what is being taught. Today’s inexpensive “point-and-shoot” cameras can often deliver surprisingly detailed nighttime photographs. Classic non-digital film cameras (new and old) are also generally suitable for low-light and astrophotography. So bring whatever camera you have. A telescope will be provided during the course for use with your own camera to photograph the Moon, planets and dark-sky objects, as weather permits.