AAA Night Sky Photography-Level 2, Feb.-Mar. 2017

Night Sky Photography-Level 2 Workshop with Stan Honda

Summer Triangle, North Window, Arches National Park, 2016

Going to the next level of night sky photography with digital cameras (digital SLR or mirrorless cameras), this class will cover composition, deep sky objects without a telescope, using tracking mounts, panoramas, advanced image processing and printing techniques. Two of the classes will be field trips—one in New York, the other out of town. The field trips are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Equipment: students should have a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and a tripod.

Tuesday, Feb. 21:  Composition, fundamentals, using tracking mounts, deep sky objects.

Saturday, Feb. 25:  Field Trip—New York location.

Thursday, March 2:  Planning the shot, reading star charts, image processing: Photoshop.

Thursday, March 9:  Shooting panoramas, more image processing—working in layers, detailed work on files.

Saturday, March 18:  Field Trip—Jenny Jump State Park, NJ.

Thursday, March 23:  High quality prints: preparing files, paper surfaces, labs. Image processing from field trips.

(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 Feb. 25 and Mar. 18 field trips).