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Learn to Photograph the Milky Way (Digital)

  • Friday, July 22, 2022
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, July 22, 2022, 2:00 PM (PDT) Saturday, July 23, 2022, 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, July 22, 2022, 7:30 PM (PDT) Saturday, July 23, 2022, 1:00 AM (PDT)
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (PDT)
  • Painted Sky Center for the Arts - John Lennon Building
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Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the night sky?

Do you have a digital camera you’ve been wanting to use but aren’t quite sure how to get the most out of it?

This course may be for you!

Come and spend a weekend learning how to make your camera capture the beauty of the night sky.

Day 1 classroom (July 22nd 2:00pm-5:00pm)

  • Understanding concepts of exposure triangle
  • Learning to shoot in manual mode - objective: correct exposure with as low of ISO possible
  • Learning nightscape composition
  • Learn to plan Milky Way photos using PhotoPills
  • Learning/notes on how to take night photos with individuals cameras/manuals

Day 1 field (July 22nd 7:30pm - July 23rd 1:00am)

  • Meet up at location for night time shooting tbd at afternoon/golden hour. Can discuss foreground shooting/blending
  • Photograph sunset/blue hour
  • Milkyway photography

Day 2 classroom (July 23rd 12:30pm - 2:30pm)

  • Students bring laptops/editing software
  • Use of projector screen to teach editing concepts and strategies
  • Exporting for social media/print

Potential day 2 night shooting - if skies aren’t clear for day 1

Equipment required from participants:

  • DIGITAL camera able to shoot in manual mode - participants to email camera model and lens details prior to class time - mattfranklinphoto@gmail.com
  • Tripod
  • Headlamp
  • Warm clothing for night time shooting - 50’s are cold when standing around in the summer
  • Laptop with editing software
  • Ideally: camera manual
  • Ideally: remote shutter

Matt Franklin is a landscape and nightscape photographer originally from the Atlanta area. He came to Grant County for the first time as a travel physical therapist in 2019 and fell in love with the outdoor opportunities and dark skies. He came back to work as a traveler again in 2021 but signed on to stay as full time staff in March of 2022. He spends his free time chasing new scenery and fly fishing with his girlfriend, Katie and their pup, Taylor Mayd.

Physical Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845

Mailing Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845 Ste 9

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

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