Night and Astrophotography

April 08, 2020 - April 22, 2020

Are you looking to get into night photography? Maybe you've already started and aren't getting as many successful images as you had hoped for? Night photography can be one of the toughest genres in photography; it renders your camera's meter and autofocus unusable and challenges your camera's sensor to capture dim objects. That’s what makes it so fun!

In this class we will start with foundational night photography concepts such as exposure, focus, histograms, noise reduction and editing, and eventually work our way to basic astrophotography and how you can take your star images to the next level.

If you are interested in capturing images of the milky way, stars, cityscapes, fireworks or anything else at night, this is the class for you.

Topics Covered:

  • Milky Way
  • Star trails
  • Basic astrophotography
  • Noise and how to reduce it
  • Exposure at night
  • Focusing at night
  • Histograms
  • Equipment
  • Editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • How to grow with astrophotography as a hobby

Prerequisites: Photo Fundamentals I and/or confidence operating your camera in Aperture Priority mode as well as an understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:


"Forest is a wealth of knowledge. He's punctual, available, professional and a great teacher. I liked the speed of the class. Not too fast, not too slow. Didn’t spend forever working on things in class so we could get the most information!"

- Shannon D.

Meeting Space

This course will be held in Room #204 at RMSP. To get to Room #204, enter through the double doors at the address below. Take the stairs to the second floor, turn right and the classroom will be directly in front of you. There will be signs posted in the building directing you to your classroom.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(800) 394-7677


Schedule

This class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Wednesday, April 8: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, April 15: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Classroom session
  • Wednesday, April 22: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Classroom session

Equipment

This is a lecture class. No photo gear is needed.

  • Bring notetaking materials.
  • If you want to follow along with editing demo, bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic loaded on it.
What is RMSP's Evening Course schedule?

Please see our Evening Course listings.

What is the cutoff date for registration?

We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a course is full. Register early!

How do I register?
  1. Register online.

  2. Call the RMSP offices at (406) 543-0171 or 1-800-394-7677.

How many participants are in Evening Courses?

Depending on the course there can be a maximum of 14, 16 or 20 students.

What is RMSP's Evening Courses cancellation policy?

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per course) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the course start date. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the course is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

What equipment will I need for my class?

Please check under the Equipment tab for your particular class to see what you should bring.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Evening Course!

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refunded in full minus a $25 processing fee (per course) if you notify RMSP at least five business days before the course start date. If your cancellation is received fewer than five days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP. No refunds are given for cancellations or no-shows after the course is in progress. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

Tuition
$45

Instructor

INSTRUCTOR
Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, hike, photograph, and be an astrophotographer. Forest has a degree in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Astrophotography

His astrophotography can be found here: FoFoAstro

Forest and Sarah also own an aerial media company: Altitude Media

Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.