Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Ely Folk School

Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails

with Les Conrad


This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 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. Weather permitting, we'll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence). 

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

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 CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

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.


  • Oct 5 - 6th, 2019
    Sun and Sat from 6:00 - 11:59 pm

Ely Folk School

209 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 Get directions

Location map for Ely Folk School

Forgot password?