Astrophotography Post-Processing Course - 2020 Edition


The Astrophotography Post Processing Course was designed to show you exactly how I edit my Milky Way and Deep Space images.  I'll take you along for my full workflows, explaining each step along the way.  In order to get the most out of this course, I highly recommend getting a star tracker.  This will allow you to capture much longer exposures, which will drastically increase the detail and quality of your astro images.  However, you will always need two images for your Milky Way photos - a sharp foreground exposure, and a sharp sky exposure.  With that said, one of the main goals of this course is to teach you how to cleanly blend two photos together.  Therefore, I recommend checking out my Star Tracker Tutorial Courses!  If you purchase any of the Full Courses, you'll get this Astro Post-Processing Course included in the bundle!  

As of May 2020, there are over 40 videos and 12 hours of content!  For beginners, I've included basic tutorials for each application we will be using throughout the course, including Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Camera RAW, and Sequator.  This will help you to get comfortable with the interface of each application and learn how to do the basics of photo editing.  I've even included my personal RAW images, so you can follow along during the videos.  This will make things much easier if you are still working on capturing your own images.

For advanced users, I've included multiple high-level techniques in this course.  You will learn how to quickly blend two exposures together using Luminosity Masks, create a beautiful and nebulous Milky Way, make your nebula or galaxy photos come alive, and much more!

If you are mainly interested in editing nebula and galaxies, then I would actually recommend checking out my Deep Space Course instead.  The Deep Space Course is entirely focused on finding, photographing, and editing 12 different objects that are perfect for beginners and those with a star tracker and telephoto lens.  The post-processing videos included in the Deep Space Course are different from those included in this Astro Post-Processing Course.  To be clear, the Astro Post-Processing Course is mainly focused on wide angle images, with a few different deep space workflows.  If you have any questions, you can always send me an email at: [email protected]  

For this course, you will need a recent version of Adobe Photoshop CC, Bridge, and Camera RAW.  Thankfully, Adobe now offers all 3 programs for just $10 a month through their Photography Plan.  For Windows users, you might also want to check out Sequator, which will help in our photo blending tutorials.

 

Create a Stunning Milky Way

The milky way galaxy is an amazing sight that few people can actually see anymore, due to the terrible light pollution found across the planet.  In fact, about 80% of Americans can no longer see the milky way galaxy!  In order to get a fantastic view of the milky way galaxy, you will need to travel to a truly dark sky.  However, even in the darkest places, the milky way will still look pretty dim in your camera.  Therefore, we'll need to do some special techniques to really make the galaxy pop!  Throughout this course we'll cover multiple ways to create a stunning milky way galaxy.  The image below shows just one technique you'll learn, which I call the "Dreamy Milky Way Look."  

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Bring a Distant Galaxy to Life!

When you are photographing distant galaxies or nebula, you might be disappointed by the photos straight out of the camera.  In fact, it might be hard to even see if you've captured your subject!  Believe it or not, these photos hold a stunning amount of detail, but it's up to you to bring it out!  Throughout the course we'll cover multiple workflows for making your distant galaxy or nebula images come to life.  In order to get the best results, you'll need a star tracker.  A star tracker opens up the world of astrophotography for DSLR users who have a simple telephoto lens, whether that's a 150-600mm lens or even a 70-300mm lens!  You might also want to check out my Star Tracker Tutorials, if you want to learn how to capture these images.  However, I will be including my own RAW photos in this course, so you can practice these high-level editing techniques.

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Blend Intricate Scenes Together

One of the most difficult problems I encountered once I had a star tracker was blending two images together.  Normally, you'll take a long exposure for the foreground, where the star tracker is turned off.  This causes the stars to blur out over the course of your exposure.  Then, take an exposure with the star tracker turned on.  This will give you sharp stars, but a blurred foreground.  

While blending can be done relatively easily if you have a simple horizon, it's nearly impossible to do when you have trees, or other delicate objects, on the horizon.  Thankfully, after dozens of hours of experimentation, I've developed a very easy workflow that will allow even a complete beginner to blend an intricate scene!

As an added bonus, you can always send in your own scenes through the "Challenge Peter" tutorial series.  So if you're having problems blending, I can create a unique tutorial based on your own photos!  Scroll down for more information on the "Challenge Peter" tutorials.

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Blend Simple Scenes Together

In this video, I will show you how to quickly blend two images together and create a compelling final photo.  One thing we'll focus on is how to deal with blurred foreground elements.  Whenever you have the foreground visible in your tracked exposure for the stars, the foreground elements will blur out.  This can be incredibly annoying to deal with in post-processing, but I'll show you a few tricks to make those ugly blurred areas disappear!  

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Unveil a Hidden Nebula

Creating a beautiful nebula photo can be quite difficult!  Since most nebula are very dim, you'll need a lot of exposures to bring out the hidden detail and color.  Throughout the course, and future updates, we'll look at how to take a seemingly black photo and unveil the hidden beauty.  To get the best results, you'll want a star tracker for this process.  Once you have a few dozen photos of your chosen nebula, you're ready to turn those dark, boring photos into an amazing final image!  As always, I'll be including my own RAW photos so you can practice the skills, if you don't have your own images yet.

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Bring it All Together

The Astrophotography Post-Processing Course contains multiple full-length workflows which will show you my entire editing process, from start to finish!  This is where you can see how I approach different photos, work through unique problems, blend photos, and create a mood for a final photo.  After following along with a few workflows, you'll be ready to edit your RAW images and create your own unique style!

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Challenge Peter


As an added bonus, I will be releasing monthly "Challenge Peter" tutorial videos.  This will give you the unique opportunity to send in your own astro images, along with the problems you might be having, or an effect you want to try.  I will then create a tutorial based on your own image(s)!  These free video updates will be uploaded each month, so that way everyone can see the new techniques we discuss.

As of May 2020, there are 10 "Challenge Peter Tutorials" currently available. 

If you have some images you would like to enter, please send the RAW photos to: [email protected]

* Please note, not every submission will be turned into a tutorial.


 

 

Download


The Astro Post-Processing Course is a collection of video tutorials.  Once you purchase the course, you will be sent a download link.  After you've downloaded and unzipped all of the files, you can easily transfer the videos onto your phone, tablet, laptop, etc...  This gives you freedom to watch the videos when and where you want, no constant internet connection required.  

You can click the PayPal button below to purchase the pack.  Once your purchase has been completed, you will be sent a download link via email.  The email will be sent to your PayPal - linked email account.  Please note, it may take up to 24 hours to receive your download link.  If you have any questions, please send an email to: [email protected]

Before you purchase my Astro Post-Processing Course, I would recommend taking a look at my new bundles.  This is a great way to get even more content and save up to $50!

 

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