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Night Sky Photography


with Les Conrad

Calendar Jun 11, 2021 at 1 pm

Friday, June 11, 2021   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images. 

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. We'll go out in the field on Friday afternoon and discuss composition and planning of a night sky photography session.  

I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from some of my night photography sessions. On Saturday, we’ll work with these files to create our own edited night sky images. 

This class will provide you everything you need to plan, photograph and edit your own night sky images at your location of choice.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the Day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. Beyond adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is closely monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.


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