Join @tassiegrammer and @steph_vella for this series of astro photography workshops.

Learn how to capture images of the night sky with NiSi Ambassadors Jason Futrill (@tassiegrammer) and Steph Vella (@steph_vella) using the NiSi Natural Night Filter! Astro photography is sometimes a misunderstood niche of photography. Capturing the Milky Way, star trails and other astro images requires some knowledge of how to effectively use your camera to maximise image quality. During these Astro Photography workshops you will learn the best camera settings and techniques to use to capture pin point stars and Milky Way and methods for capturing multiple images to create star trail images. You will also learn how to maximise image quality for single exposures and to shoot for the process of blending images in post processing for higher quality foregrounds.

When: Tuesday 21st July, 2020

Where: Turimetta Beach

Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Price: $120 / person

Location and time planning is very important when shooting Astro Photography. Steph and Jason will take you through their process of planning when to shoot and how plan around moon cycles and position of the Milky Way to create amazing images.

The NiSi Natural Night Filter is as an extremely effective way of reducing light pollution from artificial lightning in certain situations and one of these filters will be avaliable to each participant to use on the night. Learn how to use this properly and how to set your camera up to maximise the image performance of this filter.

Other techniques such as light painting foregrounds for higher quality foregrounds will also be taught. Ettiquette when shooting night time images is also important in group situations and Steph and Jason will take you through many of these things prior to shooting in a workshop briefing to ensure the entire group gets the most out of the night and captures as many images as possible!

Note: Your camera must be capable of shooting in Manual mode and you require a tripod and a remote shutter / cable release / intervalometer. A wide angle lens with an effective full frame focal length of 16mm and an aperture of at least f/2.8 (but a minimum of f/4 equivalent will suffice) on a full frame camera is highly recommended. Wider apertures such a f/1.4 will also work very well. NiSi Natural Night Filters will be supplied on the night if you do not already have one.

*Weather note – Weather conditions are extremely hard to predict and all care will be taken to reschedule this event in the following days on the 22nd or 23rd July 2020 if the unfortunate circumstances of rain or complete cloud cover do occur. Obviously optimal conditions are a perfectly clear sky, but we will keep you informed of any changes ahead of time.

A little more information…

Location: Turimetta Beach

Date: Tuesday 21st July 2020

Meeting point: Turimetta Beach (See the maps below)

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Group Size: 10 People

Time: 6.30-9.00pm (Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start of the workshop – 6:15pm)

Skill Level: Suitable for all photographers from beginner to advanced

Fitness: Medium to high level of fitness with walking between shooting locations (can be a couple of km’s over the night).

What to bring?

A DSLR/ Mirrorless camera with full manual controls and a a “bulb” mode

Remote shutter release or cable release or intervalometer to allow for continuos shooting (required item)

Empty memory cards (required item)

A steady Tripod (Essential Item)

Fully charged batteries and a spare if you have one (required item)

A small torch to check your camera setting

Dress casual with good shoes

Warm clothes if the weather is cool

What lenses do i need?

A wide angle lens with an effective full frame focal length of at least 16mm is highly recommended. When calcualting these focal lengths for APSC cameras multiply the maximum focal length by 1.6x to get the effective full frame focal length. When calcualting focal lengths for Micro 4/3 lenses multiply the widest focal length by 2x to get the effective full frame focal length.

Lenses with wider apertures of at least f/2.8 are highly recommended. Wider apertures such as f/1.4 will perfrom extremely well. A minimum aperture of f/4 will also work.

Other information you need to know…

A NiSi Natural Night Filter will be provided to participants on the night if you do not already own one.

In the case of rain – a decision will be made in the late afternoon to proceed or postpone the workshop. If the workshop has to be postponed due to weather you will be contacted to arrange a place in the following days on either the 22nd or 23rd July 2020.

No refunds are offered if you choose to cancel your place on the workshop but will be provided if you cannot attend the workshop if it is rescheduled due to bad weather. A credit will be provided towards a future workshop if you choose to cancel your place.

in the case of any further COVID-19 restrictions – if any government enforced restrictions prevent this workshop from being run, a full refund will be provided.

COVID-19 Compliance

In compliance with NSW and Australian Federal Government laws all COVID-19 compliance will be adhered to throughout this event. Social distancing of 1.5 metres between all participants will be required. Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout the event. All equipment supplied will be correctly sanitised and cleaned ready for use.

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