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Are you looking to use long/telephoto lenses to capture images of small galaxies and nebulae in the night sky? Maybe you’ve already started, and you 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 by quickly covering foundational astrophotography concepts such as how to shoot star trails and the Milky Way. We will then move on to the main focus of the class: deep sky astrophotography and how you can take your images of galaxies and nebulae to the next level.Topics include:
Prerequisites: Confidence operating your camera in Manual mode as well as a thorough understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Preferably some night photography experience.
"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!"
"I appreciated that Forest started with some basics and gave us some tools to work with even as a newcomer to this type of photography."
"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."
For Online Courses, 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.
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
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.
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.