Astrophotography Workshop at Stonehenge

DATE

Wed 25 Sep 

TIME

3pm to 10.30pm

LOCATION

Stonehenge 

SUITABLE FOR

Adults

(C) Robert Harvey

Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. This workshop will introduce aspiring night sky photographers to the wide range of astronomical phenomena that can be photographed using an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera (SLR) without a telescope.  

You will learn about the techniques used to make stunning images of stars, planets, the moon and the Milky Way, and will also provide an understanding of the star trails and rare, elusive and fast-moving astronomical phenomena such as meteors, aurorae and eclipses, and how to photograph them to best effect.  

Beginning with an afternoon classroom-based session,  this will be a comprehensive introduction to landscape astrophotography and all the technical details needed to photograph the night sky with a digital SLR camera. An evening practical workshop will follow,  where participants will have the chance to put into practice what they have learned, within and around Stonehenge, with Robert’s expert guidance.  

Course dates have been selected to optimise dark sky conditions.

To ensure that each participant get the most out of the workshop, attendance is limited to eight people, who should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using manual exposure mode. 

Subjects covered in depth are: 

  • The moon
  • Moonlit landscapes
  • Stars and constellations
  • Planets
  • Milky Way
  • Meteors
  • International Space Station
  • Aurora borealis (northern lights)
  • Lunar eclipses
  • Solar eclipses
  • Star trails
  • Selecting foregrounds
  • Lighting foregrounds
  • Exposure at night
  • Focus at night

The Tutor – Robert Harvey 

Professional photographer Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM has created Natural World Photography, dedicated to creative images of landscapes, wildlife and the beauty of the night sky.  A Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain and overseas. More than 250 of his photographs have been accepted in international exhibitions worldwide.

Living near the World Heritage Site of Avebury, some of Robert’s favourite images have been taken in Wiltshire, where our ancient past resonates through the landscape.  Ancient monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Devil’s Den, Lacock Abbey and Glastonbury Tor regularly feature in his astrophotography images. Robert’s astrophotography includes the moon, stars, planets, galaxies, aurorae and eclipses, for which he travels to locations such as Norway, Oregon and Chile.  He currently gives astrophotography courses in Wilshire and leads astrophotography tours to Dartmoor, Namibia, Madagascar and Jordan. 

Camera Technical Requirements for Students

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras.  Please bring:

  • digital single lens reflex camera capable of taking acceptable quality images at ISO 1600 or higher
  • wide angle lens (at least 24mm on full frame or 16mm on cropped sensor) with maximum aperture of at least F/4 (ideally F/2)
  • sturdy tripod
  • lockable remote cable release
  • chemical hand warmers and elastic band (to strap round lens to reduce likelihood of dew forming)
  • warm clothes and hat
  • hand torch and head torch

Should the skies by overcast, we will light the stones by torchlight which will still make for some dramatic photography. If it is raining we will increase the classroom based learning element of the course.

This event is part of the Celestial Stonehenge programme encouraging people from around the world to view the skies above stonehenge via Skyscape.

Prices

Type Price
Member (Adult) £200
Adult £200

Price Notes

Price includes a light supper and refreshments throughout the day.

How to book

To book please call the Bookings Team (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm) on 0370 333 1183. Telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event.

How to find us

Property: Stonehenge
Address: Near Amesbury, SP4 7DE
Location: Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, South West

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