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Astro-Photography Weekend

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep 2017

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Discover the techniques for capturing the incredible night sky, including composition and post production.

Join local astro-photographer Stephen Banks for this fabulous opportunity to start learning how to shoot the stars!

The workshop will start with an introductory session in which Stephen will cover the details on how to plan your night shoot.  You will head out to the surroundings at Kingcombe to practise capturing the night sky and learn how to build your compositions.  Kingcombe is set in the heart of ‘dark sky’ country, west Dorset and offers fabulous star strewn skies with very little interruption.

With astro-photography, the image making process does not normally finish when you press the shutter; good post processing skills are vital to making the most of your image.  During the second part of the workshop on Saturday Stephen will show the basics of how to work with your image including hints and tips on how to make your images stand out from the crowd.  You will then have a second night and processing session to practise everything you have learnt.

Suitable for any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner, although you will need to have had some experience of working with a digital camera and be able to use photographic software. 

About the Leader:

Stephen Banks, aka DorsetScouser is based in Bridport and is one of a growing number of photographers who have set their lens to the distant galaxies.  He focuses on capturing many of Dorset’s landmarks at night with the Milky Way as a prominent feature.  His work has been featured in The Guardian, the Astronomy Photography of the Year book and also on television, including BBC Stargazing Live and more recently the One Show.


£289 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and dinner, all tuition/activities.

£209 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 5pm on Friday with an introduction session before dinner.  The course will finish at approximately 3pm on Sunday.

What to bring:

A camera, tripod, lens and any filters you have.  A rucksack or camera bag, plus a head torch or similar.  Notepad and pen.

Also bring suitable clothing and boots for being outside at night in early autumn.

Coming from further afield or wish to extend your stay?  We offer B&B accommodation.

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Comments from previous events:

The course on Astro-Photography really helped with gaining confidence in attempting this type of image taking.  The welcome, accommodation, meals, etc. were brilliant. The course leader was helpful and attentive to the group’s needs - Dawn.


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