Intro to Night Sky Photography Workshop, Nov.-Dec. 2016

Introduction to Night Sky Photography Workshop with Stan Honda



This is an introductory in-depth workshop about wide field night sky photography with digital SLR or mirrorless cameras (not through telescopes). How to shoot starscapes, night sky landscapes, eclipses, the moon, the sun and astronomical phenomena. Two classes will be in-the-field sessions of shooting the night sky.

Rocky Mountain National Park, 2016

Rocky Mountain National Park, 2016

Equipment: students should have a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and a tripod. Smaller point and shoot cameras usually aren’t good for this kind of photography.

Thursday, Nov. 10: The beauty of the night sky, composition, visualizing, camera settings. Bring just camera to class.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Camera settings-part II, plus equipment, shooting techniques, planning, using charts and software. Bring camera to class.

Saturday, Nov. 19 or Tuesday Nov. 22: Field trip to Central Park– working with camera in the dark and we’ll shoot the skyline.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Discuss field trip images. Processing: will demonstrate computer processing of the images, adjusting brightness, color. Optional: bring laptop computer to class.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Field trip to Jenny Jump State Park in New Jersey to photograph from a dark sky site.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: Processing-part II, adjustments, making star trails. Optional: bring laptop computer to class.

(Please be flexible on the field trip dates since weather can alter our schedule.)


Instructor: Stan Honda is a professional photographer based in New York City. He has spent over 34 years as a photojournalist covering national and international stories, the last 17 years for Agence France-Presse. He now concentrates on independent projects including the night sky and gives workshops in New York and the southwest. Stan is a board member of the AAA and writes a photography column for Eyepiece.

See Stan’s pictures at: , or follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

Time:  classes start at 6:30 PM and go until 8:30 PM.

Location: all classes are held at Cicatelli Center, 505 8th Ave, at 35th St. in Manhattan, 20th Floor (except the Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 field trips).