Photographing star trails involves a lot of complications. In this video I go through the entire process of photographing the star trail including dealing with light pollution. Then I go through an entire edit from start to finish. I edit the RAW files in Capture One, and then iterate through stacking the images in StarStax […]
- September 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
He is a self taught experiential learner who is addicted to the possibilities that new (to him) gear open up. He loves to share the things he has worked out. Andrew started with a passion for landscape and night photography and quickly branched out to work in just about every form of photography. He is an ex-software developer with extensive experience in the IT realm.
When making milky way photos or star trail photos, a remote shutter release is vital. There are a number of different options and I see a lot of confusion during my beginner astrophotography classes. This post addresses the different options and the trade offs for each type. When thinking about releases, there are several factors […]
Shooting star trails with a cheap camera is relatively easy. All you need is the right method and a wired remote. Shooting Star Trails with a Cheap Camera Sometimes it seems like you have to have the latest ultra-lowlight camera body and the fastest lens to do astro-photography. However, you can accomplish great things with […]
Which Tripod Should I Buy? “Which tripod should I buy?” It is a question I hear a lot from my students. At first glance a tripod seems like a simple device. Three legs and some way to bolt a camera to them. Of course, as soon as you start trying to buy your first tripod, […]
Editing star trails can be complex. I walk through using Capture One, StarStax and Affinity photo. We start with a pile of RAW files and end up with an edited star trail. Editing Star Trails Editing Star trails seem complex. Lots of things have to go right for them to come together easily. Often those […]
One of the most common questions I get asked when I present one of my star trails is “wow, what is that?” It is an understandable question. Star trails are a view of the world that we can’t see directly. With a camera, the photographer can show hours of time at once, presenting the world […]
Join our own Andrew Fritz for a two night introduction to astrophotography on location on a private ranch near Langtry, Tx. You will learn the fundamentals of night sky photography including star trails and milky way photography. With dark skies and a wide variety of natural desert settings, the ranch will be our private photography playground and classroom.
- Date/Time: Friday, July 17th - Sunday July 19th
- Where: Langtry, Tx
- Class Size: Maximum of 2 Students
- Instructor: Andrew Fritz
Food & Transportation
The ranch home has a fully equipped kitchen. Students and instructor will split the cost of food and the work of cooking.
Transportation plans are still in flux but carpooling may be possible.
- Camera with Manual Mode
- Bright Head Lamp or Flashlight
- Cable Release
Loaner and test equipment will be available for student use. Please inquire.
Star-trail photography is a unique type of long exposure. With extremely long exposures, or sets of exposures, it is possible to show the perceived motion of the stars in the sky. With forethought, this motion can be used to great effect in landscape and fine art images.
To the human eye, the Milky Way appears as a band of pale white arching across the sky. Digital photography opens up a new way of seeing our galactic home, capturing the subtle colors of the dust and stars that make up the galactic core. The summer months are the perfect time to photograph it.
Our location is a private ranch outside Langtry, Tx situated along the Rio Grande. It offers a variety of beautiful desert settings including cliffs over the Rio Grande, a deep canyon with side slot canyons, shear cliffs and stone washes.
The ranch home is air conditioned and will serve as a base of operation and shelter during the days. The road into the property is gravel. There are sections (through washes) that may be difficult to pass in a standard car. Normal SUVs or light trucks will have no problem with the road.
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