Capturing the Dark Side – Part 1 – Mike Berenson

Lenticular Mountain Milky Way by Mike Berenson

As the first session in a 3 part series, I invite you to join us for an instructional series of presentations and field work focused on an introduction to night photography. At high level, the first session will provide a general background before going out into the field. Then, we’ll have a second session out in the field where we’ll shoot under the night sky up on Mount Evans. And then finally, we’ll have a follow-up instructional session where we’ll look at post-processing our images.

In the first session, I plan to cover a lot of ground…

I plan to cover a lot of ground, from the gear I use to the styles of lighting we have to choose from.  I plan to share many of the tools I use to determine when is the best time to go out to shoot as well as a discussion on light pollution that helps to determine the best places to shoot as those have both become big keys to my success.  This leads to a discussion of the different lighting styles that are available based on the conditions.  We’ll also talk about the challenges to getting a good sharp focused image and how the limitations of sensors affect our strategy.  I’ll share my approach to composite imaging that has worked well for me and some of the theory behind why astronomers like to stack multiple exposures.  And then finally, we’ll review the settings we plan to use as a starting point when we go out night shooting on Mount Evans.

High level list of what you can expect from the first session:

• See the gear I typically use for night-photography.
• Hear my strategy for planning where to go and when to do it.
• Learn about the different night-time lighting conditions so you can choose locations that make the most of it.
• Discover tools that reveal where the light pollution is and what that means for choosing locations.
• Learn how to manually focus your lens in the dark.
• Step over to the astronomy side of photography and see why they like to stack multiple images.
• See for yourself why I like to blend multiple exposures.

It should be a great session with a ton of useful information. There’s no requirement for you to attend this session in order to join us for the night up on Mount Evans (or the post-processing session), but it is encouraged. I look forward to seeing you on August 20th.

Capturing the Dark Side Part 1 August 20, 2012 at the Lone Tree Civic Center 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Capturing the Dark Side Part 2 August 24, 2012 on the Summit of Mt. Evans 8:30 p.m. – ?

Capturing the Dark Side Part 3 September 17, 2012 7:00 at the Lone Tree Civic Center 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Mike Berenson

Colorado Captures

Berenson on Flickr


Join members and guest of the Lone Tree Photography Club as we welcome Mike Berenson as he presents “Capturing the Dark Side”
Date: Monday, August 20,  2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO. (Meeting is downstairs to the rear.) There is an elevator for anyone who prefers to use it. Guests are welcome!