Madeline Island School of the Arts
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
2017 Night Photography Workshop
We’re excited to offer a new workshop experience in the unique landscape setting of the Apostle Islands at the Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)! This area offers vast ecosystems along lush and diverse shorelines, unmatched dark skies, world renowned sea caves, and an ideal setting for possible sightings of the Aurora Borealis. During this workshop, you will learn how to capture views of the night sky, experience an off island boat excursion, and learn how to create time-lapse videos.
Madeline Island School of the Arts is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. The Island is known for its magnificent light and colors, creating an unparalleled setting for a week of creativity. MISA’s workshop environment is known for its world renowned instructors in writing, painting, quilting and photography. Classes are held June – October in spacious studios, superior on-site accommodations with a staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience.
August 14 – 18, 2017
This workshop will be taught by Brad Goldpaint and his associate, Glen Murray. A total of 15 students may participate in this workshop. Our goal is to provide you with expert guidance, instruction, and personal attention according to your learning styles, so we never bring our own cameras to a class.
This 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Introduction to Landscape Astro-Photography’ at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. In addition, we will shoot three nights at numerous locations throughout the island, including a boat tour and island hopping excursion for one of the nights. This workshop also includes two 4-hour post processing in-class sessions. During this workshop, we will be concentrating on capturing the Milky Way and moonlit landscapes, creating star trails, light painting, panoramas, time-lapse videos, and much more. To make the most of your week and also have flexibility for additional shooting time, we recommend staying on campus for easy access to locations. You will receive a comprehensive, 65+ page booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing for personal reference. You will receive with this course a much deeper understanding of the night sky and a thorough combination of skills, tools, and resources to move forward with your abilities after leaving the workshop. During all field work, we will follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize any impact on the environment. With over 70 topics you will:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the night sky (Earth’s orbit, location of the Milky Way, meteor showers, moon cycles, etc.)
- Appreciate the importance of planning for your shoot
- Understand the differences between shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance, and more
- Learn how to focus your lens at night
- Begin to master the art of capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, composites, and more
- Learn about light painting
- Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
- Receive personal tips and special techniques
- Learn how to blend multiple exposures together in post processing using Adobe Photoshop
- Learn how to create time-lapse videos similar to our upcoming film, “Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen.”
- Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Bridge, Photoshop, & After Effects
- A DSLR or mirrorless camera with the ability to shoot clean images at high ISO settings ranging from 2000 – 3200
- 2-4 extra batteries (depending on your camera body)
- 32gb memory card (we will be shooting in RAW format all night)
- A wide angle lens, at least 24mm or wider, and f/2.8. I prefer to shoot with a wide-angle zoom lens for additional flexibility. For example, a 14-24mm or 16-35mm. You can rent lenses and camera bodies from Borrow Lenses or Lens Pro To Go for the workshop if needed. Brad will work with each participant to confirm they have proper equipment for their workshop.
- Intervalometer (Click HERE for an example)
- A sturdy tripod
- Headlamp (Must include a red light. Click HERE for an example) and flashlight
- Warm/Layered Clothing (it can get very cold)
- Extra food and/or necessities you may require (coffee, hot chocolate, and teas will be provided during the workshop)
- You will not need your computer during the shooting portion, but I recommend all participants bring a laptop to the post processing tutorial with a copy of Bridge, Photoshop, & After Effects installed. You can install a 30 day trial for Photoshop/Bridge & 7 day trial for After Effects from Adobe. Click HERE for more details.
How to Register
To register and find out more information regarding this special opportunity, visit: Madeline Island School of the Arts Landscape Astro-Photography Workshop.
Moderate. Please be prepared for uneven terrain and rough surfaces. Our longest excursion will be a 1 mile round trip hike.
Ultimately, weather is an uncontrollable factor with night sky photography. Regardless of the conditions (for example, a freak blizzard) we will stay out and shoot as long as it is safe to do so. We suggest all participants attending our workshops arrive one day prior and stay one day later (if possible). If weather becomes an issue, we may need you to be flexible and shoot the night before/after the scheduled workshop dates. To make the most of your week and also have flexibility for additional shooting time, we recommend staying on campus for easy access to locations and schedule changes if needed. Clouds play a significant role while capturing the night sky. However, even during completely overcast conditions, we promise you will come away with beautiful images, knowledge, and capabilities of capturing the night sky.