Unlock the secrets of the cosmos with a private astrophotography lesson! Experience the wonder of capturing breathtaking images of the nebulae and galaxies with expert guidance. These one-on-one lessons are tailored to meet your specific needs and skill level. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced photographer, I can help you master the techniques necessary for capturing stunning astro images. With optional access to my favorite astro equipment, you'll be amazed at the images you can create.
This photo of the Orion Nebula was captured with my little SpaceCat telescope (250mm), a ZWO ASI 533MM, and some RGB filters. The new ZWO AM5 and ASIAir helped to speed up the whole process. The data was captured from the dark skies of southern Utah.
Now that I've completed my winter workshop series, I'm excited to announce I'll be offering private 1-on-1 lessons throughout the year. These lessons can be configured to fit your personal interests. For example, if you really want to get an amazing Andromeda photo, we can find a nearby location with a nice view of the galaxy overhead. Then we'll spend as much time as possible gathering light for a clean, detailed image. I'll be right there with you to help with the inevitable troubleshooting of the gear and software. After we've captured our data we'll go through my latest editing workflows which utilize the power of PixInsight. (Although if you're more comfortable using Photoshop, that works too!)
As for the location, we've got a few options. We could meet up at a great dark sky site (like Southern Utah) to make the most of our time together. Or, if you'd rather not deal with the stress of traveling, I can come right to you! We can either shoot from your backyard (if feasible), or I'll scout out a nearby area that has a nice view of the night sky. Even if you live in a light polluted city we can utilize narrowband filters to capture stunning nebula photos!
While I have taught Milky Way workshops in the past, I will mainly be focusing on deep space this year. We can capture beautiful photos of nebulae and galaxies from a parking lot or backyard. This makes everything much easier. To get a great Milky Way photo you have to spend considerable effort finding nice foregrounds, and often there are additional permits and fees required to visit these locations.
Since there is a lot of travel involved on my end, the minimum lesson duration is 3 days / nights. This should be enough time for at least one clear night. We will also have plenty of time for processing lessons during the morning / day / evening. (whatever you prefer). If the weather does not cooperate, we can still go through some processing tutorials together and practice setting up the gear.
The cost will depend on a few factors, including the amount of days / nights we spend together, the meeting location, and whether I have to drive or fly. If you've got a friend or two that's also interested in learning, we can do a small private workshop instead. This should make things more affordable.
Based on current gas prices, hotel fees, and food, my travel expenses for a 3 day lesson will likely be around $2,000+. Therefore, the lesson will cost $5,000+. Once we have the details figured out, I can give you the final quote and you can either send a check, PayPal, or Venmo.
If you would like to sign up for a private lesson, please send an email to: [email protected]
We can discuss your learning objectives, your current gear, and where you'd like to meet. Once we have a clear plan, we can finalize the schedule and price.
You can use the Google Calendar below to see my current availability.