Learn photography and developing techniques to capture the lights and colors of space
Astrophotography is a side of photography that specializes in the night capture of celestial bodies, that is, stars, planets, satellites, comets and more. In the observable universe there are more than ten billion galaxies, each with more than one hundred billion stars, which makes astrophotography a limitless discipline in which something new can be discovered every day.
In this course you will learn the techniques of the photography of the cosmos from the hand of Jheison Huerta, a Peruvian photographer awarded by NASA and whose work has been disseminated by renowned international media such as BBC, National Geographic, The Mirror and Telemundo, among many others.
About this course
You will start by knowing Jheison and how he specialized in the world of astrophotography thanks to its privileged location over the Andes. He will also tell you about some of the photographers he considers referents.
You will discover the necessary tools to perform landscape astrophotography and the required equipment, from flashlights and tripods to the camera itself. You will also learn to configure your camera to get the most out of it
Jheison will show you some apps that will help you plan your photographic trips and you will understand the importance of knowing the lunar calendar to get good results.
You will learn two methods to focus during the night: the infinite focus and the focus with hyperfocal distance, which you will learn to calculate and transfer to the camera lens.
You will see how to develop a RAW file using Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop and the plugins Nik Collection. You will learn some tips to reduce photographic noise and correct color dominants and precise adjustments to give a personal and artistic touch to your photographs.
At the end of the course, you will have obtained the knowledge to perform a landscape astrophotography from planning, execution and editing.
What is this course's project?
You will perform a wide-picture astrophotography, integrating the terrestrial landscape with the celestial bodies of the sky: Milky Way, Magellanic clouds, stars, the Moon, etc.
Who is it for?
To amateur photographers interested in the world of astrophotography and professional photographers who want to expand their knowledge in the areas of capture and processing.
What you need
You will need basic knowledge of photography, especially the relationship between exposure, ISO and diaphragm.
You must have a camera with manual controls, a tripod, a headlamp and, optionally, a remote trigger.
For the postproduction of your images you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Nik Software installed.
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Jheison Huerta is a photographer born in Huaraz (Peru) in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, and perhaps that is why landscape photography was already embedded in her DNA. For over eight years he has been recording the night sky of the Andes and his photos have been awarded by NASA with the prestigious APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day), as well as being disseminated in media such as the BBC, National Geographic and plus.
Through the Astrofoto Andes group, he teaches workshops and conferences in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Italy and his native Peru.
The purpose of Jheison's work is to make the space feel closer than we think, incorporating elements of the Milky Way into other terrestrial elements and people, as in his mesmerizing photos of the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia.