"We want to make it possible for you to take great images and time-lapse videos of the night sky.” - Alan Dyer
Angelo Ioanides of ExtraOrdinary Vision magazine says, "... I’ve gone through the entire video training and I have to say, that not only is this the clearest, most comprehensive and most practical night photography training I’ve ever purchased, it’s also one of the best digital editing tutorials I’ve taken. The value of this training (not to mention the impeccable production quality) are worth way more than what you’re charging! You and your team should be extremely proud of what you’ve created."
Digital Download - You will be given instructions on how to download the video tutorial. High speed internet access required. You may also wish to download this PDF of the Nightscapes Video Course Time Index (see sample photo) This allows you to jump to any topic in the videos.
This extensive set of three tutorial videos offers Alan Dyer’s skill and experience, in his clear and engaging style, to show you how to shoot and process great nightscape images and time-lapse videos of the night sky.
Alan Dyer’s Nightscapes and Time-Lapses tutorial videos offer comprehensive and unique guides, illustrating in step-by-step fashion how to shoot in the field … then process in Photoshop at the computer.
Each tutorial video is 60 to 90 minutes long, for a total of 3 to 4.5 hours of instruction. The tutorial videos are available both as a digital download and on a USB drive. Your purchase here is for the digital download.
Over several hours of instruction these programs cover all you need to know to start shooting and processing still images and time-lapse movies of the night sky.
We take you from an urban location, then out to rural scenic sites to show you how to shoot the full range of images possible – from moonrises in the city, to moonlit star trail scenes in the country, then to Milky Way nightscapes at remote dark-sky sites.
The series takes you on a step-by-step progression from easy to more challenging subjects and techniques. You’ll start out as a novice but end up an expert. Watch the four minute "trailer" below about the video tutorials
PROGRAM 1 – Choosing and Using the Right Gear
• The best cameras to buy
• Choosing the best lenses
• Choosing zooms vs. primes
• Choosing automatic vs. manual lenses
• How to choose and use intervalometers
• How to set the best exposure
• How to balance aperture, shutter and ISO speeds
• How to minimize noise
• When to use, and not use, noise reduction
• Canon vs. Nikon – pros and cons
• How to focus at night
• How to set all other key camera menu functions!
• Plus Photo 101 segments on: Exposure basics, File types, Noise sources
PROGRAM 2 – Shooting Stills and Time-Lapses in the Field
• Shooting at urban sites: moonrises, twilights and conjunctions
• Software for finding locations and planning shoots
• How to shoot auroras
• Software for forecasting auroras
• How to compose scenes
• How to make use of moonlight
• Taking multiple images for focus stacking
• How to plan a moonlit shoot
• How to capture the Milky Way
• How to add local lighting – carefully!
• How to prevent – and create – star trails
• How to track the sky for maximum detail
• How to calculate and shoot basic time-lapses
• Software for aiding time-lapse calculation
• plus Astro 101 segments on: aurora, Milky Way, moon phases, sky motion
PROGRAM 3 – Processing Stills and Time-Lapses
• Choosing a processing workflow
• How to employ non-destructive editing at all stages
• Importing and selecting images in Adobe Bridge and Lightroom
• How to develop Raw files in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
• How to apply advanced settings such as Dehaze, Lens Correction, and HSL sliders
• How to apply masked Local Adjustments and Graduated Filters
• How to use Photoshop for advanced editing
• How to use Smart Filters and Adjustment Layers
• How to mask the ground and sky for separate editing
• How to layer and mask multiple exposures
• How to subtract a dark frame
• How to layer tracked and untracked exposures
• How to stack star trails using Photoshop and specialized programs
• How to export intermediate sets for time-lapses
• How to assemble time-lapse movies using Photoshop and other programs
• How to create an “accumulating” star trail movie