Special Opportunity/class

Photographing the Milky Way 

Plus extra added session on photographing star trails.

   Friday Aug 30th, 2019 - 8pm   Only $50 (+tax+paypal fee)

This is a 70% discount from other local classes.

Williamson County, Texas location*

Contact  RADykstra.photo@gmail.com  or  858-485-8199

Reserve Now!  Limited number of photographers will be accepted. 

This class will teach you how to plan, locate and then photograph night time photos of the Milky Way. You will get instructions on how to determine where the Milky Way will appear in the sky; The best times to find it. How to determine good locations,  How to set up your camera for night-time photos;  learn how to focus your camera at night; Set up your tripods; Learn how to minimize blur in your photo; learn how to light paint foreground elements.  Then we will add tips on processing the photos when you return home.  Additionally , you will receive FREE a set of Lightroom presets to help you process your photos.   We will travel to one of the darker sites in the local area and then have an hour of instruction followed up by 2 hours of actual photography practice, with direct assistance available.  

This class is applicable for all levels of photographers, from beginners to pros. We'll teach you the basics of astro photography.  Planning aspects will be discussed and we will help explain the camera settings you will need to use, and provide assistance if requested during the photo sessions.  

Equipment needed. 

Camera*** with charged batteries (able to shoot at a 30 sec interval)

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)

Recommended Equipment

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.

More equipment that can help but not necessary

PhotoPills app or Photographers Ephemerius app

***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 *)


*(for example https://www.ebay.com/itm/Timer-Remote-Control-for-Nikon-D7500-D5600-D5500-D7200-D750-D90-DF-MC-DC2-Camera/362180028807?hash=item54539ca987:g:5hYAAOSwjodaKRiq )  

Cost of this event is $50.00 (+tax+Paypal fee)  Use PayPal right here.  --->

(See refund policy at bottom)

Location is in Williamson county  

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

Date: Aug  30th. Weather date Aug 31th. (If cloudy weather we will postpone one day)

Note: current weather forecast is good for this evening.

Start time 8:00 pm.   Duration 3 hours.

Contact me to sign up for this trip.

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 credit card charges, typically $.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.