This night sky/Milky Way workshop is presented by Dark Skies member and award-winning photographer Mike Pach. The workshop includes use of a rental home in Westcliffe owned by Dark Skies Vacations. Check-in is as early as 5 pm. The workshops will start near dusk and end just after sunrise (we do not plan to sleep at the rental house, but it will be available if anyone needs to get some rest). Check-out time is 11 am the following day. Pets are not allowed.
The tentative schedule for each workshop is as follows:
5:00 PM - Check in
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Classroom Instruction
9:00 PM - Photographing the night sky at up to 3 locations through sunrise
7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Silver Cliff Inn
Times are subject to change based on weather, sunset conditions and the times the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is visible.
We'll keep an eye on the weather, but we don't have any control over Mother Nature. If the sky is cloudy, we will spend time photographing the barns at one of our locations and practicing light painting techniques. If the weather is poor, we will spend time discussing post-processing techniques at either rental house.
What you will learn
Workshops will be limited to 10 people and will be lead by Mike Pach with assistance from Don Savage. Keeping groups small will ensure that each participant gets the individual attention they need to learn ...
how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light.
how to photograph star trails.
light painting techniques (we will supply the lights needed).
how to post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Learning materials will be provided to each participant prior to each workshop.