If you’ve ever been interested in star trail photography (as seen in the images in this article), there’s something exciting going on later this month that you should know about. Nature and landscape photographer Jim Goldstein is offering to share his knowledge in three ways.
The first option is a video course that he’ll be releasing next week. Jim will be offering the course via a free live stream from 9-10am Pacific time on March 26th-29th. The video course will cover how to:
- Select the Right Gear to Use
- Use an Intervalometer
- Choose the Best Lens For Your Shoot
- Compose Your Photo Before It’s Dark
- Calculate the Optimal Exposure Time
- Use Blending Modes Like A Pro
- Blend and Stack Multiple Images
- Use Masks Like A Pro
- Remove Light Pollution & Image Ghosting
- Color Correct & Enhance Your Photo
- Properly Touchup Your Photo
- Optimize Your Post-Production Workflow
If you can’t catch the livestream due to a pesky scheduling conflict, the video course is available for purchase. You’ll receive all four hours of the course and you’ll be able to watch the content at your own leisure. If you pre-order the video course before the livestream begins, you’ll save 25% off of the regular price, giving you all four hours of material for just $74.99. This rate is on par with many short photo seminars, but instead of sitting the class once you’ll have the content to review at your own pace, as many times as you’d like.
Do you prefer to learn via a book? Jim’s ebook Photographing the 4th Dimension – Time covers long exposure photography including star trails and other extended-time photography such as the creation of timelapse work. I was recently provided with a copy of the ebook and worked through it – it’s a good primer for a variety of photographic styles. Jim does a great job of covering what sort of equipment is required (or optional) along with instructions for various types of timed photography.
If long exposures are of interest to you, I’d jump on either the video course or the ebook and take advantage of Jim’s knowledge. When I heard he was making these available, my interest was piqued and I’m happy to be an affiliate to spread the word.