Photographing the Moon, Stars and Milky Way By Jennifer Wu

Duration
1 hr 14 min
Lessons
12

Landscape photography doesn’t end when the sun goes down! Join Jennifer Wu, a Canon Explorer of Light, as she guides you through everything you need to know to start photographing stars and the night sky. You’ll learn about the equipment you need to capture the scene, how to research your subjects, the importance of scouting your location, the key camera settings, how to post process your photographs, and so much more!

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Join Jennifer as she goes over the topics that will be covered in this class.
Learn about the recommended cameras, lenses, and other equipment for night photography.
There are a number of excellent resources to help you determine where to find the milky way and the moon in the night sky.
There are 5 settings to understand for capturing stars as points of light.
Focusing on a night sky presents some challenges to overcome.
After you've done your research on where the milky way or moon are going to rise it is time to scout your location for interesting foreground elements.
Having all the elements in place, it is now your job to create the most compelling composition possible.
There are a number of factors to consider when shooting the moon.
Light painting is a really fun way to expand your photographic options after the sun goes down.
Your post processing workflow is where you can correct problems and really make your photos pop.
Photoshop can also be used to blend different exposures into a single image with a greater dynamic range, or to come up with other creative effects.
Jennifer wraps up the class with an introduction to time-lapse photography.
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Jennifer Wu

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Jennifer Wu is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world's 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of internationally recognized photographers. Jennifer is the co-author a...

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    1. Profile photo of samuelto samuelto

      It will be great if you can provide a short PDF file to outline those tips and tricks with the suggested lens used. Great presentation and tons of information to explore.

    2. Profile photo of Ivan Boden Ivan Boden

      Wow! Jennifer Wu covers everything you need to know to get started in night sky photography. Excellent class.

      And, the time lapse film at the end is spectacular.

    3. Profile photo of andreas.haenny@gmail.com andreas.haenny@gmail.com

      Exactly what I was waiting for. GREAT COURSE. Well done Jennifer. I decided to buy your book as well!!! I hope your tips and tricks work as well here in Switzerland ;-)

    4. Profile photo of Jan Doddy Jan Doddy

      Very interesting! Something I think I’ll try with my travel photography. Great course Jennifer, I really enjoyed it!

    5. Profile photo of marieglynn marieglynn

      I didn’t think I was interested in shooting the night sky but it’s a new class and I had some free time so I figured what the heck, check it out.

      Jennifer is a GREAT INSTRUCTOR and between the knowledge she shared, her enthusiasm and the fun she had teaching, now I can’t imagine life without taking shots of the night sky. Her presentation is clear; the presentation slides sum up all the equipment needs and technical considerations. I am so fired up.

      Once again, thanks KelbyOne!

    6. Profile photo of pcarbonell pcarbonell

      Really great class. Clear, concise with just the right amount of examples. Having tried some night sky photography,I can certainly identify with the challenges involved.

      Though I wish I’d had these insights before, I really did learn a lot from the class. I thought the guidance on aperture and focal length will come in very handy. But the best tips for me were the different focusing methods! I’d been tossing around the idea of springing for a Hoodman Loupe and this was just the reason I needed to put me over the edge.

      Great job Jennifer! And thank you Kelbyone for taking on this topic.

    7. Profile photo of Joseph Crawford Joseph Crawford

      This was a great video training course. I loved watching it and gained some insight into how to photograph the night sky.

    8. Profile photo of micolh1 micolh1

      Really enjoyed the the course. Now if I Could lose my D90 and get a D4

    9. Profile photo of barbaraz6 barbaraz6

      Excellent

    10. Profile photo of pkolenda pkolenda

      Great class and wonderful photos.

    11. Profile photo of SergeAMH SergeAMH

      Very nice and interesting tutorial. I learned quite a bit of things. All I have to do now is leave Mexico City and it’s lights from 25 million people far away enough for me to be able to capture some beautiful images!

    12. Profile photo of azef azef

      Can I shoot the Milky Way existence of the city lights?
      Is there a way?

    13. Profile photo of x_tine x_tine

      Thank you for sharing all your wonderful knowledge! I watched every second of this course and loved it! I cannot wait to get started!