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Class Introduction

Lesson 1 from: Beginner's Guide to Astro Landscape Photography

Peter Baumgarten

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

My name is Peter Baumgarten, and this is a beginner's guide to astro landscape photography. In this course, we're going to look at how to scout out a location so that you can have not only a great Milky Way in your image, but a nice foreground as well to balance the two. We're gonna look at the kind of gear that you need to get started. We're going to look at those camera settings that can be a real challenge sometimes, and we'll get you through that. We're going to look at how to photograph the moon, 'cause, let's face it, sometimes you can't get out to a dark sky area but the moon rises once a month no matter where you are. We're gonna look at how to photograph the Aurora should you have the opportunity to get a northern reach where you can actually photograph it. We're gonna look at how to shoot timelapse images and put them all together to create a timelapse video. We're gonna look at shooting star trails, and we're gonna wrap it all up by looking at post processing so that you can...

take those initial shots and make them really pop. When the class is all over, I'm hoping that you will have enough information in your arsenal that you can get out here and do some shooting on your own.

Ratings and Reviews

Lana Froemming

I purchased the Creative Live + Olympus Step Outside Conference Bundle some time ago, and it has taken me this long (too long) to view the astrophotography class. Although not a beginner, I have been using Olympus gear (EPL5 & EM1) for about 7 years now, I have only dabbled in astrophotography – and as a result, blown my fair share of what should have been killer shots. When I did give it a go, I obtained most of my settings’ tips by combing through Peter’s blog posts and then racing out the door. Although I feel that I know my camera pretty well I still learned so much from this course. I appreciate that he walked the viewer through multiple night time photography events including shooting the milky way, the moon, aurora, meteor showers & star trails as well as talked about the different camera features including night sky panoramas, in-camera multiple exposures, live comp & time lapse and presented a variety of lens choices and why (plus so much more). What I love about Creative Live is that once you purchase a “class” you own it and can return to your classroom over, and over again. I also appreciate that they work with experts who are also amazing teachers. Peter is one of those.

Doug Marshall

Some classes are just fantastic and this is one of them! Peter Baumgarten is a wonderful presenter of his extensive knowledge, experience and passion for the subject. This is a course I will return to watch again and again. Highly recommended if you are like me and are interested in getting into astrophotography and landscape.

elizabeth chambers

To my way of thinking this was the best photographic genre instructor featured during the Olympus Step Outside series. He may be a more seasoned instructor than the photographers demonstrating landscape and bird photography. Whatever the reason, I thought he seemed to understand his audience particularly well. Great advice and the post processing was interesting. Likely because of my familiarity with Lightroom, I found the post production done by the bird and landscape photographers rather mundane whereas the astro photography post production was new and interesting to me.

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