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Advanced Stacker PLUS Version 14E
This action is power. You can create star trails and stack images with a minimum of effort and a maximum of control. You can create "comets", "midgets" streaks and much more. And you can create intermediate files along the way to put interesting motion effects into your timelapse. Version 14e also preserves EXIF data, includes Ultra Long Streaks and more! Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS2 through CC including CC 2014. Not compatible with any other version of Photoshop, particularly not compatible with Photoshop Elements or Photoshop Lightroom. Indicate your operating system and Photoshop version. If you have more than one, please indicate which you use the most. You will be sent links for BOTH the Mac and Windows versions.
Price: $41.99
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AP201: Astrophotography in the Field
NEXT EVENT: Not Scheduled

Astrophotography is a sub species of night photography that requires more specialized knowledge, more discipline, and usually more investment in time and equipment (i.e. cost!). In this event Steven will take you to a relatively dark sky site. We will generally meet at about sunset and then cover the following topics:
  1. Using a Planisphere
  2. What is an Equatorial Mount? How do they work?
  3. Setting up an Equatorial Mount - polar alignment.
  4. Learning to navigate the night sky
  5. Using an Intervalometer (or) an automation program to capture images.
  6. Focusing stellar images
  7. Choosing a target.
  8. Tips to make the whole process easier.
  9. Getting all the image types needed (light frames, dark frames, flats, bias frames)
  10. Image capture.
  11. Image Processing primer
  12. Q&A
Note: It is not necessary that you have already attended Astrophotography 101, but it is recommended. By registering for this event, you'll get access to the next Astrophotography 101 Webinar and an online video for only $12 more.
Price: $65.95
Astrophotography 101: Getting Started NOTES
Astrophotography 101: Getting Started NOTES
Notes from the StarCircleAcademy Astrophotography 101 Webinar.
Price: $5.00

Astrophotography 101: Getting Started Video with Notes
Astrophotography 101: Getting Started Video with Notes
Unlimited online viewable Video and Notes from the Astrophotography 101 Webinar (total time is 107 minutes) Astrophotography is a sub species of night photography that requires more specialized knowledge, more discipline, and usually more investment in time and equipment (i.e. cost!). Those super cool pictures of nebula and galaxies do not happen by accident.  Astrophotographers also have developed their own curious language with terms like guiding, tracking, mounts, GEM, integration time, flats, bias, and dark frames. The goal of this course is to provide the background information a potential astrophotographer will need to get started on the best foot - at the lowest investment.

  1. Theory of astrophotography (long exposures, multiple exposures, integration time)
  2. Tracking (what and why)
  3. Lenses and cameras.
  4. Inexpensive solutions for equipment, mounts, software.
  5. Dark vs suburban skies
  6. Proper exposure(s) - with visual examples
  7. The top 3 challenges
  8. Recommendations, costs and summary.
  9. Q&A
  10. Resources (Clubs, Books, Web Sites)

Note: If you're even moderately interested in Astrophotography, this class might save you from making 100s of dollars worth of bad investments.

Here is a photo taken with a cheap equatorial mount, a Canon 40D, a 1.4 tele-extender and a 70-200mm f/4 lens (cost of the equatorial mount < $350). Note this image was taken in town with an 80% illuminated moon.

Colorful Neighbor

Price: $19.00
CLOSED: Workshop - Alabama Hills, California
Friday, June 20, 5:00 PM through Sunday June 22, 10 am
Registration closes on June 16, 2014
Three nights chasing the Milky Way, Star Trails, and amazing landscapes. The nearest town is Lone Pine, California. Indeed, it is very conveniently close. We recommend that you book a room in the Dow Villa which will be our base of operations. Mention "StarCircleAcademy" when you book! Lodging not included.
Price: $945.00
Luminous Photos
Luminous Photos
Notes from the NP150 Photo Manipulation Webinar: Luminous Photos Covers specific topics in Photoshop (PS), Photoshop Elements (PS), Adobe Premiere Elements (PE) and/or Lightroom(LR)

 

  1. Workflow Tips
  2. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR = LR, PS, PSE) Tricks
  3. Turn down Milky Way noise and turn UP the wonder (PS, plugin)
  4. The "Dust" Technique for Creating Star Masks (PS)
  5. Three time saving features of CS6
  6. Luminosity masks - targeting those adjustments.  (PS) - going farther.
  7. Batching in Adobe Bridge
Price: $6.00

NP150: Fixing Night Shot Problems. Video and Notes
NP150: Fixing Night Shot Problems. Video and Notes
The price includes notes and unlimited views of an online 1 hour and 7 minute video featuring Steven Christenson, Astronomy Photographer of the Year and founder of StarCircleAcademy presenting Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw processing techniques.

This recording is from the February 19 StarCircleAcademy webinar entitled "Salvaging Night Shots" and demonstrates several Photoshop techniques for correcting or repairing photos.

  1. An out of focus star trail is saved by using an in-focus foreground element.
  2. Using the Move tool to put Meteor streaks in their proper sky location
  3. A star trail that suffered alignment problems due to an unstable tripod is salvaged.
  4. Fixing star (or meteor) brightness using two different techniques.
  5. And plenty of Photoshop tips, tricks and shortcuts.
Price: $12.00

NP150d: Luminous Photos Video and Notes
NP150d: Luminous Photos Video and Notes
The price includes notes and unlimited views of an online 78 minute video featuring Steven Christenson, Astronomy Photographer of the Year and founder of StarCircleAcademy presenting Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw processing techniques.

Lost in Yosemite [C_033706]  Runner Up - Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2012

Luminous Photos covers

  1. Workflow Tips
  2. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR = LR, PS, PSE) Tricks
  3. Turn down Milky Way noise and turn UP the wonder (PS, plugin)
  4. The "Dust" Technique for Creating Star Masks (PS) so you can make those stars pop.
  5. Three time saving features of PS CS6
  6. Luminosity masks - targeting highlight and shadow adjustments (PS)
Price: $15.00

NP150e: Sophisticated Masking Online Video
NP150e: Sophisticated Masking Online Video
Unlimited online viewable Video and Notes from the NP150e Webinar
  1. How to mix differently lit foreground and background scenes using advanced masking techniques. [PS]
  2. Many different ways to create masks using channels, selections, copying and pasting of images, Luminosity, and more.
  3. How to use Curves, Thresholds and filters to adjust and enhance masks - and your image. [PS]
  4. A quick revisit of a powerful method for reducing noise: image averaging. [PS]
  5. Useful tips for managing file sets in Lightroom and Adobe Bridge [PS,LR]
  6. How to exploit the Power of Actions [PS] to save tedium. (Automating tasks)
Price: $15.00

NP175: Panorama Extravaganza Online Video and Notes
NP175: Panorama Extravaganza Online Video and Notes
The price includes notes and unlimited views of an online 95 minute video featuring Eric Harness, Mr Panorama of StarCircleAcademy presenting Comprehensive Instructions on techniques, equipment and software for creating Panoramas and Vertoramas.

Bixby Panorama

Panorama Extravaganza covers

  1. Types of Panoramas
  2. Equipment (with recommendations)
  3. Compositional Tips
  4. Set-up and shooting tips
  5. Recommended Software
  6. Stitching and Blending
  7. Extensive information about PT GUI, Microsoft ICE and Photoshop Photomerge
  8. Printing, Web Display and more...
Price: $25.00

Online Video: Catching The Moon with Notes
TWO Videos and class notes from the Catching the Moon (and the Sun) Webinar. Shows how to use various tools to plan to catch the sun or moon rising or setting near a landmark, also includes notes (PDF reader required). Unlimited online viewing. Includes access to the MoonChaseTool. Total time is 3 hour, 20 minutes. Yellow Moon [5_032356-8tm] Have you wanted to capture the moon "right where you want it" but weren't sure how? If you know you could resort to photo editing and fake it but you'd rather get the real deal then this class is for you.

Steven demonstrates how to determine when and where to go to capture an image like the Moon over Lick Observatory (below), or the moon at the Transamerica Building (left) or the sun shining through a portal in the Pacific Ocean (below).

Moon Lick [5_009717]
In this video, you will be introduced to several free (and almost free) tools that you can use to plan a moon (or sun) shot. One indispensable tool covered in detail is the Photographer's Ephemeris by Stephen Trainor.

Steven shows how to plan a moon or solar "contact" shot. How to use the moon to illuminate your foreground, how the presence of the moon affects photos of the night sky, how to find information about interesting celestial events, how to find compelling locations for "alignment" images, and what camera settings you need to get it all exposed just right.

Photon Worshippers **Winner Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010 - People and Space **

A Portrait of the Artist [5_004262]How many of these questions can you answer? The answers will tremendously help you capture the moon when and where you want it.

1. By definition a new moon is when what occurs?
2. What time of day is it when the Full moon rises?
3. How big (in angular degrees) is the moon? What focal length lens would you need to fill the frame with a shot of the moon?
4. How many days are there in a lunar cycle?
5. By approximately how much does the moonrise time change from one day to the next?
8. A full moon, directly overhead in the sky requires approximately what length of exposure at f/9, ISO 200 to preserve detail? How long would that exposure need to be for a fully eclipsed moon?
9. How long does it take for the moon to move it's full diameter in the sky?

Price: $22.99
Online Video: Creating Star Trails with Notes
Online Video: Creating Star Trails with Notes
Live Videos from the NP105 Creating Star Trails Webinar. Includes notes (PDF reader required) from the presentation. In the notes you will find a link and password allowing unlimited online viewing. Total time is 1 hour, 45 minutes.

What You'll Learn

  1. Equipment recommendations
  2. Camera settings for shooting star trails
  3. Recommended workflow
  4. What "Stacking" Is
  5. How to create star trail images using free tools - StarStax (free)
  6. Special tips and hints about where to point the camera and when.
  7. How Moonlight affects your shot(s).
  8. Some sneaky processing tips
  9. How to overcome some common problems
  10. Learn about the Advanced Stacker capabilities
  11. Links to great resources
This video and notes are included in the Advanced Stacker PLUS bundle.
Price: $14.50
Salvaging Night Shots  (NP150c )
Salvaging Night Shots (NP150c )
Notes from the NP150c Photo Manipulation Webinar on Salvaging night shots.
Price: $4.00

Stacker Light 2f
Our most popular Photoshop addition since 2011 with thousands of users. Use this action to create conventional star trails and to test your system compatibility before graduating to the Advanced Stacker PLUS. This version of the Test Stacker comes packaged as a ZIP file and removes the size restriction present in earlier Test Stackers. When you purchase this TEST stacker you will receive a discount code for up to $7 off of the Advanced Stacker PLUS. It is like we're paying YOU to get the Test Stacker!
Price: $3.97
Using Your Intervalometer (Notes)
Using Your Intervalometer (Notes)
Notes on Using an Intervalometer by Eric Harness. 17 pages. Is your intervalometer driving you nuts? Having trouble understanding the manual? These tips cover many different types of intervalometers - though none are covered in detail. From these notes you may figure out why your attempt to program your intervalometer to take repeated shots fails. You may also be interested in our article on Intervalometer Tricks.
Price: $10.00
Video: Creative Night Photo Post Processing with Harold Davis
Video: Creative Night Photo Post Processing with Harold Davis
Video: 1 hour, 15 minutes. Unlimited online viewing. Harold Davis, author, professional photographer, and workshop leader presents his approach to Post Processing Night Photos. Includes stacking using the statistics capabilities of Photoshop Extended; An explanation of color space - and why you do not want to work in sRGB (default space) Creative sharpening of night images using LAB color, and a look at a workflow to make a New Jersey night scene stand out by applying multi-raw processing, and a handful of filters and special effects. Many of these techniques are covered in his books, particularly
The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing
Price: $19.00
Webinar AP101: Astrophotography Without Busting your Budget
Next Event: Not Scheduled Total Time: About 2 hours

Astrophotography is a sub species of night photography that requires more specialized knowledge, more discipline, and usually more investment in time and equipment (i.e. cost!). Those super cool pictures of nebula and galaxies do not happen by accident.  Astrophotographers also have developed their own curious language with terms like guiding, tracking, mounts, GEM, integration time, flats, bias, and dark frames. The goal of this course is to provide the background information a potential astrophotographer will need to get started on the best foot - at the lowest investment.

What You'll Learn

  1. Theory of astrophotography (long exposures, multiple exposures, integration time)
  2. Tracking (what and why)
  3. Lenses and cameras.
  4. Inexpensive solutions for equipment, mounts, software.
  5. Dark vs suburban skies
  6. Proper exposure(s) - with visual examples
  7. The top 3 challenges
  8. Recommendations, costs and summary.
  9. Q&A
  10. Resources (Clubs, Books, Web Sites)
Note: If you're even moderately interested in Astrophotography, this class might save you from making 100s of dollars worth of bad investments.

Andromeda
Price: $49.99
Webinar: NP111 Catching the Moon and the Sun
Tuesday, July 8 7:00 PM PDT (7 MDT / 8 CDT / 9 EDT) for 2 hours
Captured [C_044450-2tc] In this 110 minute Webinar, you will be introduced to several free (and almost free) tools that you can use to plan a moon (or sun) shot - including a tool written by Steven and made available only to attendees. Have you wanted to capture the moon "right where you want it" but weren't sure how? If you know you could resort to photo editing and fake it but you'd rather get the real deal then this class is for you. Steven will demonstrate how to determine when and where to go to capture an image like the Moon over Lick Observatory or the moon at the Transamerica Building or the sun shining through a portal in the Pacific Ocean (below). This is a Webinar so you can conveniently attend from your computer at work or home anywhere in the world. This course includes notes, access to a private page with details - including landmark events Steven has already solved for you, an online viewable recorded webinar with unlimited online viewing that you can watch NOW before the webinar is held. One indispensable tool covered in detail is the Photographer's Ephemeris by Stephen Trainor.

What You'll Learn

Steven will show
  1. How to Plan a moon or solar "contact" shot.
  2. How smartphone based tools may help - or sabotage - your attempts to get an alignment
  3. How to use the moon to illuminate your foreground,
  4. How the presence of the moon affects photos of the night sky,
  5. How to find information about interesting celestial events,
  6. How to find compelling locations for "alignment" images, and
  7. What camera settings you need to get it all exposed just right.
Photon Worshippers **Winner Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010 - People and Space **
Remember that this event INCLUDEs online videos, notes, and access to a special tool that Steven uses to solve lunar and solar contact shots.
Price: $41.25

 

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