Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Wednesday April 1, 2020 Thursday April 2, 2020

2020 Astrophotography II: The Next Level with Grant Kaye – Tues, Wed, & Thurs

 Photo By Grant Kaye

Photo By Grant Kaye

Prerequisites: You must be comfortable operating your camera in Manual mode, and shooting in RAW. You should have experience developing images in Adobe Lightroom CC or with Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop. Please come to class with the app Photo Pills installed on your smartphone or tablet. Ideally students took Astrophotography from Grant or Rachid at Shooting the West previously.

Class description:  Want to capture the splendor of the night sky above the stunning landscapes around Winnemucca with your SLR?  Join renowned night photographer Grant Kaye and learn intermediate to advanced techniques of photographing after dark.  We will cover:

  • Advanced Multiple Exposure Shooting and Editing (masking and blending) techniques
  • Star trails Images through stacking and dark frame noise subtraction
  • Intro to Night-sky time-lapse planning, shooting, and processing
  • Advanced planning techniques with Photo Pills App for Summer Night Photography

We will meet first Tuesday afternoon for several hours of classroom instruction and go over the fundamentals of night photography. Then we will break for dinner and then get back together to photograph the night sky at a location TBD. The class will reconvene for Session 2 on Wednesday afternoon, when we will work on processing our images for a few hours. We will go out shooting on the second night, and then reconvene for a final post processing session on Thursday morning.

Although we may not be able to shoot all of these types of images due to weather/season, the class will cover strategies for planning and shooting milky way shots, star trails, and multiple exposure blending, with an emphasis on including the landscape in your photos of the night sky.

Student equipment/software requirements:

– Digital SLR camera and Lens, preferably wide angle and with a wide (f/2.8) aperture
–  Instructor will have Canon-mount lenses for students to try, students may consider renting cameras and lenses from BorrowLenses borrowlenses.com/ or LensRentals  www.lensrentals.com/ for this class.
– Tripod preferably with ball head
– Remote cable release
– Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom CC 2019 (trial available at http://adobe.com/lightroom)
– Warm clothes and sturdy shoes
– Water and snacks
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Charged back-up camera battery
– Empty media storage card for camera

NOTES: Students must be able to comfortably and safely walk over uneven ground on a mostly level hiking trail, which may be covered in dirt and/or mud. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in this class.  As this class takes place in the outdoors, it is subject to weather. If the weather forecast is determined to be unsafe or conducive to photography, students will be notified as far in advance of the class as possible


Workshop Session Details

Workshop Instructor


Grant Kaye – was born on the rural Hawaiian island of Lana’i, and was raised there as well as in California and Pennsylvania.  Pursuit of academic degrees and a career in geology and volcano hazard took Grant to Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii and California, and eventually to New Zealand where he earned a PhD in 2008.

Grant moved from being a scientist in New Zealand to return to Lake Tahoe, where he created maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the town of Truckee through 2012.

Photography has always been a fundamental part of Grant’s life, looking back to the lessons he learned in his father’s darkroom in Hawaii while his father was a professional documentary photographer.  As Grant was preparing to leave the town of Truckee, he was cultivating his passion for photography on nights and weekends, and eventually, he gave in and decided that creating imagery and teaching others how to achieve their vision would be his next career.

As a photographer, Grant specializes in landscapes and night-sky photography, motion-controlled timelapse, and creative filmmaking.  Breathtaking landscape photographs in the digital age are a dime a dozen.  When Grant creates photographs, he purposefully seeks out adventure and difficult places instead of joining the crowd and ending up shoulder to shoulder in ” the lineup” at iconic locations.

Learn more about Grant Kaye at grantkaye.com.

Grant Kaye / Workshop