Shooting After Dark

Scott Stulberg

June 26, 2017
5–9 pm (South Studio Sedona Arts Center)
June 27, 2017
7:30–11:30pm (Shooting outdoors, location TBD)





From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Movement, color and light combine to give results that are often unseen with the naked eye. Longer shutter speeds can produce imposing cobalt blue skies, surreal car trails and star trails, one of a kind silhouettes and gorgeous motion blurs, electrifying lightning and of course the awe inspiring Milky Way Galaxy.

This short workshop will focus on capturing the night sky and the elusive & spectacular Milky Way. One of the best parts of being in Sedona is the extreme dark sky & gorgeous red rocks are a perfect mix to get breathtaking images of the Milky Way Galaxy and the night sky. In the class you will learn everything you need to know about; scouting locations, knowing when and where the Milky Way will be, all of your camera settings & what is the best gear to use.

This class will also go over all of the best apps for your computer and your cell phone for understanding the Milky Way and night sky. It will also go over some good and useful post processing techniques to make your images look their best possible. There is a lot to know about shooting the night sky & the Milky Way and this class will go over everything you need to know.

The workshop will be in two parts on two consecutive nights. The first evening's classroom session will cover photographing after dark and all of the endless possibilities. Scott will cover time exposures, evaluating existing lighting situations, composition, camera set ups, milky way panoramas, light painting and scouting locations at the beginning of the class and then move to understanding how to capture the night sky.

During this second part of the evening class, he will show many examples of the night sky with and without the Milky Way and also show how to easily capture star trails, which so many people love to do. Scott will also go into camera settings and gear that you need to know to be able to capture the best images possible. There is a lot to discuss to get you ready for the next nights Milky Way shoot.

The second night, hopefully a clear night, will have the students meet at a predetermined location and time, in Sedona where everyone will be setting up to capture the Milky Way. Scott will be helping out everyone with their gear and if there is time, you might even go to a second location to capture more Milky Way images. Students are expected to be familiar with their camera gear and with basic photographic techniques.

Certain gear will be good for this workshop:
1. A good tripod is absolutely a must
2. A decent wide angle lens for the night sky is key. A fast f/2.8 lens is best but if you do not have one then at least an f/4 lens is needed.
3. A wired cable release is good if you want to learn how to do star trails
4. You will need a headlamp that has both a white light and a red light
5. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom will be helpful for this class.

Tuition: $275


Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. 

About Scott Stulberg

Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique stock opportunities. Scott is a contributing writer for Shutterbug Magazine and EOS magazine and he has led photography workshops to many places around the globe. He also teaches digital photography and Photoshop at many schools including UCLA Extension. Scott is the author of Passage to Burma, a photo pictorial of his favorite country and also co-author of The Digital Photographer's New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins. From Microsoft, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler and ABC News to greeting cards, calendars, bill boards and book covers, his images are used internationally.

"Getting a camera at age 10 and then a darkroom at age 13, I guess I pretty much knew at that young age what I wanted to be when I grew up. Traveling the world shooting stock and travel photography has given me an amazing appreciation for this big beautiful world.

Capturing perfect moments in time from around the globe is where my heart is at and I love sharing so many insights with my students on how to open your eyes as a photographer. The quote by Marcel Proust pretty much sums it up for me:  "The journey of self discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes".  It is all about thinking differently and trying new things and the ride along the way can be so enlightening.
Just as dedication and experimentation was a big part of working in the darkroom, Photoshop and the digital workflow is a huge part of being a successful photographer nowadays. I love how the digital darkroom has changed through the years and what it can do for your photography is pretty amazing. For me, working and mastering both is essential but I also realize that photography is more than talking about pixels. It's about vision, ideas and the willingness to allow your imagination to soar."

See more of Scott's work on his website www.asa100.com.








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