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Astrophotography in Borrego Springs: Capturing Orion and Star Trails with Stan Moniz
January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
**SONY WILL BE PROVIDING LOANER CAMERAS AND LENSES FOR STUDENTS TO DEMO DURING THIS WORKSHOP!**
Borrego Springs was first official International Dark Sky Community in California and is the perfect location to capture the beauty of the night sky. It is also home to 150 of sculptor Ricardo Breceda’s supersized metal sculptures. Join Stan for the night and you will learn astrophotography techniques while being able to capture a T-Rex, Giant Scorpion, Serpent and Mammoth with stars and star trails in the background after dark.
Stan will teach the following topics so that you can make them your own:
The foundation for capturing sharp stars. Proper exposure times and image balance.
Creative compositions with the North Star.
Star trails in one exposure only.
How to shoot consecutive exposures to stack for a single star trail image.
The use of external lightning to enhance shadows and highlights in a scene.
In-field editing with LightRoom Mobile.
Things to bring and know:
CLOTHING/FOOTWEAR: Bring sturdy hiking shoes as the terrain can be a bit slippery as we walk and climb about. Layers of clothing including a jacket. Temperatures during the day can be in the 70’s – 90’s and then drop into the low 40’s – 50’s at night.
GEAR: Bring your own camera and lens. ALL CAMERAS ARE WELCOME. Bring a wide angle lens ranging from 11mm to 35mm, Headlamp, tripod, cable releases, interval meter, memory cards, and extra batteries.
OPTIONAL: Laptop loaded with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Last but not least: Let’s not forget an awesome attitude!
Stan is a published photographer with more than 10 years of experience. A Sony ambassador, Stan continues to push his boundaries in the creative arts. With his infectious passion for adventure, Stan has adapted a “nature journalist” approach to his content creating. At a moment’s notice, Stan will drop everything to chase those awe inspiring images. He seeks to move people and encourages students to get out there and experience what this big beautiful world has to offer and to appreciate the time we have here on planet Earth. Versed in a variety of photo and video techniques, Stan works with a number of clients in making their artistic visions become a reality. Stan has been inspiring others through educational workshops and heart-felt presentations for years, helping to spark that fire in others for photography and the creative arts.
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