Christopher Neal Photography

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Night Sky Workshop - March

Winter Milky Way & Orion

Winter Milky Way & Orion

I am planning at Night Sky Photography Workshop for Friday, March 22rd. We’ll get started at 730p with some classroom discussion and be ready to start shooting around 830 when astro-twilight begins. This workshop will be geared towards photographers who have at least a basic knowledge level. You don’t have to be an expert but should be familiar with how your camera works.

What I Will Cover

Night sky photography requires that you take the camera out of auto exposure and focus and switch to manual. I will show you how to find the best exposure and how to focus at night. I will cover my workflow and explain why I do some of the things do and help you work towards establishing your own. I will cover basic composition and show you how to apply them in the dark. We will shoot for several hours so that I can work with each of you until you are comfortable with the basics.

What You Will Need

  • DSLR Camera w/Manual capability

  • Wide angle lens - 24mm or less

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Headlamp

  • Jacket - Gloves (warm clothing)

  • Off camera shutter release -(optional)

Just about any DSLR will do, if you have any questions about your particular camera please let me know ahead of time. I would STRONGLY recommend you spend a little time with your camera and manual so that you understand how to switch out of the auto modes and adjust ISO. Each camera is different and if it’s one I’m not familiar with it will take extra time to help you figure it out, that’s extra time you could be shooting.


My plan right now is to meet at the Sunset Beach Pier in Sunset Beach, NC. They have bathroom facilities, an area that we can sit and talk and easy beach access. The pier makes a great subject for beginners and the beach doesn’t have hotels or condos so it very dark.

Post Processing

A large component of night sky photography is post processing. It won’t be possible to cover this topic during the workshop so I will do a live online post processing tutorial one night the week following using images that we captured.

Cost for this workshop is $125 and you can secure your spot with a $50 deposit. Follow this link to the store. If you have any questions please feel free to email or message me.

Christopher Neal