Learn Astrophotography!

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 7:00 PM - Sun, 3 Jul 2016 4:00 PM

Learn Astrophotography

The John C. Wells Planetarium is proud to announce our first in-house astrophotography workshop series!

Join JMU planetarium educators and avid astrophotographers Daniel Stein and Jeff Storey for a 3-part Introduction to Astrophotography workshop. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible, via Facebook or Email. The cost for all 3 portions is $50. 

This event is RAIN OR SHINE. If it is cloudy, we can make use of the planetarium system to simulate outdoor shooting.


Saturday, July 2, 7pm -- 9pm 

An introduction to the shooting techniques and equipment for wide-field astrophotography, as well as definition of some important terms

10pm -- 1am
A shooting session with guidance and assistance from Dan and Jeff in a favorable location for dark skies, to be determined by weather and a polling of attendees’ preferences. 

Sunday, July 3, 2-4pm
An introduction to image post-processing techniques. 

What to bring

-Camera, with a “full manual” mode. Preferably a DSLR or Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) camera.
-Whatever lenses you own for your camera
-Tripod (and the proper adapter plate to attach your camera to your tripod).
-Warm clothes. Even in the summer, nights in the mountains can be surprisingly chilly.
-Water, drinks and snacks
-Laptop computer
-Flashlight or headlight (preferably with a red light mode)

Optional, but bring if you can!
-A remote release specific to your camera
-Camp-type chair

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