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Beginner's Guide to Astro Landscape Photography

Lesson 8 of 20

Light Painting


Beginner's Guide to Astro Landscape Photography

Lesson 8 of 20

Light Painting


Lesson Info

Light Painting

So I've returned back to this camera that I set up for a live composite shoot. It's now dark, night has set in and I'm ready to start the process. I've checked my settings, I've checked my composition. I could see Polaris, it's right over the rocks where I thought it might be and we're ready to begin and once I start the process, early on I'm gonna try some light painting, but I'm gonna do it in a slightly different way. Rather than using my headlamp, which cast a very bright, central beam and then lots of drop off, I'm gonna use this little BioLite that I picked up, solar power. It's got a beautiful even light, it's dimmable and I can paint some of these rocks here in the foreground, but I'm not gonna paint them from here 'cause, again, I wanna avoid a flat lighting. I'm gonna walk off into the distance and try to paint them from an angle so you get a brighter side of the rock and a bit of a shadow. So here we go. So it's creating the first base exposure. I'm now ready to begin the li...

ghting and we can just let that run then. And in two hours we'll have a mess.

Class Description


  • Scout for the best location to capture the night sky
  • Understand how to research the moon and what makes for the best opportunities
  • Camera setting and techniques
  • Gear guides for your night adventure
  • How to shoot meteor showers, star trails, the moon and other cosmic events


Night owl by nature? Get the skills and techniques to capture the night sky and the activity it presents. Peter Baumgarten, an Olympus Visionary, takes you in the field to discuss gear requirements, safety and camera set up so you can confidently go into any landscape and capture the milky way and beyond. With in-the-field examples, Peter will show you how to best prep and research your way to success as well as how to trouble shoot when the lights go out.


  • Night photographers
  • Beginners
  • Landscape and Outdoor enthusiasts


Peter is a professional photographer and educator living on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. He regularly leads photography courses and workshops for novice and enthusiast photographers and travels across North America as an Olympus Visionary providing lectures and seminars on landscape, wildlife, and astrophotography. His work has been published in a number of magazines in both Canada and the U.S. and has been recognized for excellence on a number of photography websites. Peter is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for wilderness camping, canoeing and kayaking.


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.

todd Tempco

I wish there was a sideways thumb because this is a great class if you are shooting with an Olympus camera. The instructor who I find very watchable is an Olympus shooter and I believe sponsored by Olympus. So every thing is demoed around that camera. There is no other workarounds if you shoot with another brand. When talking about lens selection his world is micro 4/3's he should have been converting to full frame sized lenses, so take his numbers and multiply by 2. I got it on sale and was worth the cost. While doing the class I was thinking of looking to see what other classes he has because he is a good instructor. But if they are all are optimized for Olympus cameras I'll pass.