Photographing The Night Sky - Milky Way and Star Trails
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Photographing The Night Sky - Milky Way and Star Trails

A hands on guide to long exposure photograpy of the Milky Way and Star Trails with an introduction to Time-lapse
4.8 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
328 students enrolled
Created by Sandy Dee, Matt Dee
Last updated 9/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 45 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Plan and prepare for a night shooting the Milky Way
  • Create a Star Trail Image
  • Enhance the images in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Bonus Timelapse section
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Requirements
  • You should be familiar your camera's manual settings - we will also cover the fundamentals
  • The basics of Adobe Bridge/ACR/Lightroom
  • A sense of Adventure!
Description

Are you fascinated with the night sky and wondered how they get those Milky Way and Star Trail images?

Looked outside and all you see is an orange, light polluted sky? Where are all the stars?

The night sky is one of the most awe inspiring sights that we have the privilege of witnessing.

We’ve been photographing the night sky since moving out to California from rainy England in 2012. The skies literally opened up with possibilities now that we could count on good weather most of the time, but learning how to photograph the night sky could be challenging and confusing. We've traveled all around California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, going through many nights of trial and error to pinpoint the best and easiest steps to get great results and we are going to share them with you in this course.

It’s estimated that 80% of the US population cannot see the Milky Way due to light pollution. This is a sight that should not be missed for the world - but it will need some planning and some traveling. How much traveling is really down to your proximity to a big city.

After this course, you will be able to know how to take images of the Milky Way and star trails by following a clear set of guidelines. You will get outdoors, capture the wonder of the universe and create great memories at the same time.

Note - this course is from a Northern Hemisphere perspective, but the principles are still applicable everywhere!

In this course you will learn:

  • How to find the perfect location for photographing the Milky Way and Star Trails
  • Understand the best times of year and how to work around the Moon cycles
  • The equipment and settings needed for surefire results
  • The retouching process to bring out the best in your images.
  • A bonus: create a Timelapse at the same time

And more.

This course is for the photographer who wants to take images of the amazing Milky Way but has either tried and not gotten far yet, or who wants to get fully prepared before heading out and not to waste time. No special equipment is needed besides your camera, tripod and a few accessories

Go ahead and enroll to start on you way - I promise you will never look back and the night sky is an addictive place to photograph!

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers who are fascinated by the night sky
  • Photographers who are looking to try something new
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
04:10:47
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Introduction
7 Lectures 51:34

Preparation is Everything! Location, Direction, Light Pollution
04:52

A Brief Overview of the Big 3 - Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed
14:19

Night Sky Compositions - Milky Way
06:15

Night Sky Compositions - Star Trails
05:49

Night Sky Compositions - By The Light Of The Moon
05:05

How to Plan a Time-lapse Movie
12:01
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Road Trip Time! Onsite
7 Lectures 36:42
Equipment - Your Camera, Lens, Tripod and Accessories
07:14

Camera Settings Part I
06:06

Camera Settings Pt II
05:26

How to Change Settings on your DSLR (Based on Canon)
06:07

A Star Trail Primer
00:55

Scouting The Location During The Day
05:32

The Shoot Itself
05:22
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Night Sky Image: Workflow and Editing in Bridge / ACR
12 Lectures 49:34
Equipment that Sandy uses to edit (excerpt from her Photoshop Udemy Course)
02:18




Rating and Labelling in View Mode
04:02

Edit Your Milky Way Images with ACR - White Balance, Clipping & Contrast
05:37


Sharpening
03:16

Color Adjustments on the Airstream
03:38

Toning the Image and Finding the Ideal Crop
05:34

Enhancing the Overall Image & the Milky Way Even Further
07:14

Vignetting with the Radial Filter
02:22
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Editing the Night Sky in Photoshop
4 Lectures 17:52
Removing Distracting Elements
03:36

Changing the Color of the Night Sky with Color Lookup
02:40

Changing the Milky Way with More Color & Contrast
07:45

Final Adjustments
03:51
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Speeding Up Your Workflow in ACR
6 Lectures 28:06
Presets
02:28

Sync Settings to Speed Up Your Workflow
05:06

Workflow for Star Trails
03:47

Star Trail Preset & Sync Up
06:04

Star Trail Manual Adjustments
04:18

Timelapse Preparation
06:23
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How to Create a Panorama
5 Lectures 29:56
Panorama Intro
01:12

Why to Blend Multiple Exposures to Get the Best Panorama
01:56

Blending Images in Photoshop
09:41

Edit in ACR
08:45

Edit in Photoshop
08:22
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Quick Development Overview for Lightroom
3 Lectures 21:38
Developing the Image in Lightroom
09:29

Opening an Image from Lightroom into Photoshop plus Quick Edit
09:29

Speed Edit
02:40
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Timelapse and Star Trails
2 Lectures 13:47
Creating a Star Trail Image
08:48

Creating The Time-lapse Movie
04:59
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A Final Note
1 Lecture 01:38
Thank You And More Example Images
01:38
About the Instructor
Sandy Dee
4.8 Average rating
62 Reviews
2,947 Students
6 Courses
Photographer/Owner at Sandyseyecatcher

Sandy is originally from Germany and studied Photography in London, where she earned a Diploma in Professional Photography. Following her passion for creative conceptual portrait photography, she moved to San Jose, California where she runs stylized portrait workshops, and wrote the book 'Posing Like A Pro' which covers all aspects of posing for the contemporary photographer.

Sandy loves teaching and helping photographers reach new levels in their technique and creativity!

Matt Dee
4.8 Average rating
2 Reviews
328 Students
1 Course
Photographer/Composer @ sandyseyecatcher

Matt's specialty is spontaneous road trips to the middle of nowhere to photograph the night sky, as well as writing songs and composing instrumental music. Passionate about anything new, creative and interesting, he also owns perhaps a few too many guitars.

Born in the UK, he has lived in Germany, the UK (again) and now in California.