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Advanced Astro-Photography

Beyond the Basic techniques 

Three different sessions   

Classroom via Zoom Thursday July 16  7:00pm

Field trip to capture images Friday July 17 9:00pm

Post-processing Session July 22 7:00pm

   Session 1 & 2 combined is $39.95 (+tax+paypal fee)

Session 3 is $29.95 if all sessions are purchased (+tax+paypal fee)

This is a considerable discount from other local classes.

Field site is in Williamson County*

Contact  or  858-485-8199

Reserve Now!  Limited number of photographers will be accepted. 


This class will teach you additional steps are needed to plan for these advanced techniques.   You will be building upon the skills learned in the Beginning Milky Way photography Class.  You will get instructions on how to set up your camera for night-time photos, and further techniques for special affects such as Star Trails, Time lapse, low noise photo stacking.  Then you will have an entire 2 hour session on various post processing methods so you can get the most out of your photos when you return home.  Additionally , you will receive FREE a set of Lightroom presets to help you process your photos.  Due to social distancing, I will present the camera collection techniques via a Zoom meeting a day prior to the field trip.  Then on site* I will demonstrate all the concepts and allow you to gather images and practice.  Finally, a few days after the field trip, I will conduct another zoom meeting on post-processing, primarily using Lightroom and some Photoshop and other software apps.


*(At all times we will stress maintaining 6 foot separation and face masks are required)*



This class assumes you have a working knowledge of your camera and also Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  It is highly encouraged that you have attended my Beginning Photographing the Milky Way Class, but contact us if you have not. I'll be teaching techniques that are built up upon what is taught in the "Beginning" class.  We will be discussing additional Planning aspects, new capture techniques, and post processing techniques to make your images pop.  This is not intended to teach you beginning aspects of lightroom and photoshop and so it is assumed you have are familiar with use of those products, including using layers, masks, and blending modes.  I will provide instruction for any additional software apps used.  

Equipment needed. 

Camera*** with charged batteries (capable 30 sec Shutter Speed and blub mode)

Empty memory storage card. 

Sturdy Tripod 

Wide angle lens (35mm or less)

(faster the better... IE Max Aperture number low as possible f/4, f/2.8, f/1.8 etc)

Remote shutter release/Timer for your camera also called Intervalometer

(or camera which can program multiple shots at prescribed interval)

Flashlight or headlamp with a Red filter or light.

Optional Equipment  (More equipment that can help but not necessary)

PhotoPills app or Photographers Ephemerius app (will be discussed in the class)

Folding Chair and beverages

***It is best if students have a camera that has Bulb mode or can set shutter speed to 30 secs.  Also, have a remote shutter release/timer for their camera   ( You can buy one on Ebay for  $12-15 *)


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Sessions 1 & 2 is $39.95(+tax+Paypal fee) Must attend classroom to attend field site                  SOLD OUT!

PayPal Right here.---> Zoom Class+Field Trip  July 16 7pm  and  17th 9pm


Sessions 3  Post-Processing Zoom class $29.95 (+tax+Paypal fee)

          (refund policy at bottom)       PayPal Right here.--->   Wed  July 22nd 7pm*


If you want to only attend Session 3 without taking Session 1&2

I'll provide that alone for $44.95              


Field Site Location is in Williamson County, TX 

   Exact location will be provided to all photographers who are reserved to this event.  

*Date: July 17th. Weather date: July 18th     

*(If cloudy weather we will adjust field trip to best weather day)  Note: long range weather forecast is good for 19th.

Start time: 1st Zoom meeting         7pm. Approx 60-90min  

                  Field Trip                        9pm  Approx 2 hours

                  Post-processing Zoom  7pm  Approx 2 hours

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We only accept PAYPAL or check/cash.

Refund Policy:  100% refund# (#minus any PayPal/credit card charges) is available up to 1 week prior to event.  50% of cost# is available up to 5 days prior.  Within 5 days - no refund is available.  You can sell your spot to another person as long as you have not received the class materials.  Please inform RADykstra Photography (here-forth indicated as RAD)  of the change.   RAD reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. you will be notified within 48 of the event.  RAD will offer refunds (minus any PayPal charges, typically 3% +$.50) if RAD has to cancel the event. No other costs such as transportation or other reservations are covered.   Note:  Since this is a weather  and Sky position dependent event. Postponement date could be any date within 1 week of the event.  If you cannot attend the postponement date no refunds are available (but you may attend a future class of the same subject)   If photo shoot portion is not able to be scheduled within 1 week, a credit for a future class will be issued when conditions are favorable.  

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