Introduction to DSLR Astrophotography


For Image Processing Tutorial

In the image processing tutorial portion, we will all work on the same data together, process it, and share our results.

We will work on one deep sky image and one wide-angle Milky Way image.

Required equipment:

  • Laptop Computer (Windows or Apple)
  • Adobe Photoshop (CS2 or above)
  • Adobe Camera Raw

Recommended but NOT required:

  • Adobe Bridge or Lightroom
  • Astronomy Tools Action Set

For Hands-on Instructional portion (Optional)

The hands-on portion of this event is what really sets this class apart. We will, weather permitting, head to a dark sky location and take images of the night sky including deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies. Participants can capture their own photos under the instruction of Trevor from AstroBackyard.

Jones will capture a deep-sky image using a star tracker and small telescope, while the participants can capture a landscape astrophotography image using a DSLR camera and tripod.

Required equipment for outside portion:

  • DSLR camera
  • Camera lens (Wide angle, minimum 18mm)
  • Camera Tripod
  • Memory Card, Charged Batteries
  • Class Outline

COURSE SCHEDULE (to be finalized)

Day 1

  • Introduction to Astrophotography
  • Key Concepts and Ideas
  • Dealing with Light Pollution
  • Recommend Beginner Gear
  • Camera Settings and Advice
  • Creative Composition and Inspiration
  • Best Practices in the Field

Day 1 Evening

  • Hands-on field work (weather permitting)

Day 2

  • Introduction to Image Processing
  • Setting Expectations
  • The Power of Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Recommend Software and Tools
  • Create Inspiration and Resources
  • Hands-on image processing workshop

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