2-Day Intro to Star Trail Photography Workshop

Star Trails wrap around Polaris above Prostitute Butte, Moab, UT.  Captured with Canon 40D.

1:00pm - May 16 & 17 - 2015

I'll be kicking off my summer astrophotography workshop series with a two-day Star Trail seminar on May 16 and 17, when the moon calendar shows an approaching new moon. This will be a perfect time to go over Star Trail photography basics, including gear requirements (lenses, suggested bodies, bulbs, etc.), how to prepare, and post-processing steps, to help you get started on your way to taking spectacular Star Trail photos!

We will start the workshop at 1pm on Saturday at Stout Street Studio in downtown Denver. We will discuss star trail photography, equipment and settings and the importance of external shutter releases. We will also go over the image editing process so you can edit your images from the evening's field work.

At night, we'll head into the mountains (Guanella Pass) to work on what we learned! We will reconvene on the 17th to review work, discuss our post-processing work and critique photos.

Star Trails above Guanella Pass Road, Colorado

Star Trails above Guanella Pass Road, Colorado


  • DSLR camera (crop or full frame)
  • Wide Angle Lens (35mm or wider preferred, but we can make anything work!)
  • Remote shutter release (bulb) or timer/intervalometer
  • Tripod
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp (I recommend both!)
  • Cold weather attire (jacket, gloves, hat, long underwear, boots, etc.)
  • Must have access to a computer with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or other image editing sofware
  • A vehicle!

Skill Level:

  • Basic understanding of your DSLR camera 
  • You should be able to make adjustments to ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (f-stop)


Saturday 1pm-4pm :: Studio workshop covering astrophotography basics, gear suggestions, location and composition ideas, and a walk through of the photo editing process in Lightroom and Photoshop. I will also perform a complete "on computer" edit of a Star Trail composite, from RAW images to final export, ready for print.
Saturday 5pm ::  - dinner break -
Saturday 8pm :: We will reconvene at the studio and drive to the mountains to practice Star Trail photography (weather permitting)! Location will be Mt. Evans or Guanella Pass Road. You can drive individually or car pool with others if you choose.

Sunday 1pm-4pm :: Meet in the studio to discuss the previous night's work and critique our photos! This will also be open discussion for any questions you may have come up with during the editing process.

I will have a few remote bulbs and intervalometer timers available for purchase ($35). To save money, you can buy one ahead of time. You can find them on Amazon.com at reasonable prices for Canon T and D Series, and some Nikon cameras. If you are buying an intervalometer, make sure it is compatible with your camera before ordering!

Weather Notes:

Astrophotography is dependent on clear skies. If poor weather occurs, we will proceed with technique and post-processing instruction in the studio and reschedule the field portion of the workshop.



Please check back for future workshops.