CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Introduction to Astrophotography with Nate Liles
Adult Classes

CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Introduction to Astrophotography

with Nate Liles

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 1:00 PM

Astrophotography, also known as astronomical imaging, is photography or imaging of astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky.

Learn how to create stunning images of the landscape under a night sky in the dramatic Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve! This class will introduce participants to pre-trip planning, camera settings and ideal equipment, composition, panorama creation, and post-processing techniques.

Participants will meet at the Sun Valley Museum of Art on Friday, Oct 1 at 5:30pm, arrange for carpooling as needed and depart for Little Redfish Lake by 5:45pm. Students will photograph the sunset (7:20pm), discuss camera settings and composition and shoot a bit of blue hour before astronomical twilight. Once a fully dark sky is in place, participants will practice creating night sky compositions before heading back to Ketchum around 10:30pm. If the sky is cloudy, alternate arrangements will be made to meet on this side of Galena Summit (location to be determined). On Saturday, students will discuss post-processing technique, including light noise reduction, panorama stitching, lens corrections, and image retouching. Age and ability: 18 yrs and older, beginners welcome!

This 2-session workshop takes place Fri, Oct 1, 5:30–11:30pm at Little Redfish Lake and Sat, Oct 2, 1–3pm at the Hailey Classroom, Hailey

About the instructor:

With more than a decade of experience, Nate Liles is a full-time photographer and videographer working primarily in the Western states. He is a landscape photographer at heart and is most at home under a dark sky full of stars.

Supplies needed for this class:

Camera—ideally DSLR or Mirrorless with wide angle lens or selection of lenses, Tripod, Remote Timer, Warm Clothing, Headlamp—ideally with red bulb, and a basic knowledge of how to operate your camera in manual mode—advanced photography skills not required! 18 years and older, beginners welcome!

BIG IDEA project of Sun Valley Museum of Art

Part of the BIG IDEA project Untrammeled: At Wilderness’ Edge


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Ticket Prices

$150 member / $200 nonmember

18 years and older, beginners welcome!

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