Star Trails – Starry Night Crash Course with Charles Ruscher
Take your digital photography skills to the next level with a Starry Night Crash Course!
Taking photos of the night sky and seeing just how many stars there are is always awe inspiring. Creating new compositions and experimenting with the stars has been an on-going quest for instructor, Charles Ruscher. In this workshop we will run thru the complete workflow; establishing compositional ideas using software to scout and pre-visualize, planning the shoot with astronomical software, exploring camera settings and lenses, being out in the night to photograph the stars and the next day into the computer where we cover organization, development, noise reduction, star stacking, stitching, compositing and finishing touches.
Software Covered: Google Earth, Photo Pills (phone app), Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, StarStaX, Hugui (stitching) & Color Effects Pro plugin
Required Gear (see Materials List above)
Schedule: Day 1: 1pm-10/11pm with a 1.5 hour break for dinner – North Studio / Outside (specific location to be determined and communicated by instructor – somewhere under the starry skies!)
Day 2: 9am-4:30pm with 1.5 hour break for lunch – South Studio
Charles combines his love of beauty, nature, adventure and people into a creative outlet where he seeks to produce extraordinary works of art. He has a deep connection to the night sky having lived and camped in Northern Arizona for the over 29 years with brilliantly dark skies. This love of the stars and a fascination with the sky as it changes from season to season calls him out quite often. His late-night forays into nature is also a time for him to find peace, contemplate life, and be in constant appreciation of our magnificent planet. Over the last few years he has enjoyed sharing this awe by playing with clients out in these landscapes and showing them this beauty while photographing them in it. Always willing to share his experience, a degree in Technology Education serves him well while teaching workshops and helping fellow photographers that cross his path.
Required Gear: • Laptop computer with following software installed (accounts created and ready to use): Google Earth, Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, StarStaX, Hugui (stitching) & Color Effects Pro plugin. Will also cover Photo Pills phone app • Camera with manual/bulb mode, preferably with good low light performance • 35mm lens (equivalent), preferable wider (24mm) that is f2.8 or faster • Tripod • Remote trigger • Head lamp/flashlight preferably with red led
Recommended Gear: • Full frame camera • Camp chair • Bug spray • Appropriate clothing/shoes
Each student must register individually. Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).
Student may cancel or transfer up to 7 days before the first day of class for a 15% fee. There are no refunds after the 7-day cut-off date. The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. If the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the class for any reason, all fees paid will be refunded in full.