Basic Astrophotography Online Only

November 16, 2020 - November 30, 2020

This class is taught online only. RMSP uses Zoom for online education. We limit online classes to 25 participants to ensure there is time for students to ask questions. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. Click here to download the Zoom app on your computer. A Meeting ID number and password will be emailed to all registered students no later than 24 hours before the first class session. Headphones are required for all RMSP online classes.

Class sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. Please click "Schedule" for specific dates and times.


Are you looking to get started with astrophotography? Maybe you've already started and aren't getting as many successful images as you had hoped for? Astrophotography 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 astrophotography concepts such as how to shoot star trails and the Milky Way. We will then move on to basic deep sky astrophotography and how you can take your star images to the next level.

Topics include:
  • Milky Way
  • Star trails
  • Deep Sky Objects
  • Camera settings
  • Exposure at night
  • Focusing at night
  • Stacking
  • Equipment
  • Calibration frames
  • How to grow with astrophotography as a hobby

Prerequisites: 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!"

"Forest did such an amazing job teaching us difficult concepts. He really made us feel like we have the tools already to do basic astro."

Schedule

This online class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Monday, November 16: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session
  • Monday, November 23: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session
  • Monday, November 30: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session

Equipment

Headphones or earbuds are required for the purpose of minimizing audio feedback during the online class sessions.

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 do I attend an online course?

RMSP uses Zoom for online education. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. To download the Zoom app on your computer, please do that here. A "Meeting ID" number and password will be emailed to all registered students 24 hours before the first class session. Headphones are required for all RMSP online classes.

How many participants are in Evening Courses?

Evening courses taught in the classroom enroll a maximum of 12 students. Courses taught online enroll a maximum of 25 students.

What is RMSP's Evening Courses cancellation policy?

For Evening Courses taught in an RMSP classroom, 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.

For Evening Courses taught online, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

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

For Evening Courses taught in an RMSP classroom, 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.

For Evening Courses taught online, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

Tuition
$45
  • Tuition Notes
    This class is taught online only. Registration is limited to 25 students to ensure that questions can be asked by all participants.
This course is past its starting date.

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.