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This workshop takes place between 4pm and 11pm in the evening. We will start and end at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis. Overnight accommodation is not included.
Based deep within the dark skies of Snowdonia, we start with a theory session covering everything you need to know to be able to capture the night sky and all its wonders.
Alyn will be sharing his expert knowledge on all things Astro related, including gear, settings and techniques recommended to achieve the best possible photography. Alyn will also walk you through how to understanding the night sky - and how to plan and capture various night sky wonders, including the Milky Way, Northern Lights, Planets, Meteor Showers and Star Trails.
The session will also cover post-processing – looking at the best use of software including Lightroom and Photoshop, plus working through techniques including stacking multiple exposures for noise reduction, creating stunning astro-panoramas and more.
After that we’ll go out on location in the national park, to put everything to practice. We’ll visit 2 or 3 different locations (based on weather) and hope to capture some incredible images in the heart of the Snowdonia Dark Sky Reserve.
Who should atttend?
The workshop is ideal for beginners and intermediate photographers alike. The workshop will cover all the basics required to capture incredible pictures at night, but also tips and tricks that intermediate and even advanced shooters will appreciate.
You will learn how to understand the motion of the night sky and where to find the Milky Way at different times of year.
Finally post-processing tuition will teach you how to get the best from your image files and also how to get better performance out of your gear, even if you’re using entry-level cameras.
What do you need?
It’s Snowdonia in the middle of winter and at night. As such, it is essential you have appropriate clothing.
- Think along the lines of waterproof, windproof and multiple layers.
- Good walking boots are a must - no trainers please. Time to dig out your winter boots for this workshop, remember the ground may well be wet!
- Don't forget the accessories! Usable gloves (by usable, we mean thin enough to use the camera's buttons with!), a neck warmer, a hat - whichever you require.
- A suitable rucksack - ideally this needs to be waterproof, comfortable and able to hold your equipment, spare clothing, snacks and drinks.
- Camera (DSLR or mirrorless) and memory card
- Wide angle lens (e.g. 18-55mm, 10-20mm, 14mm, 16-35mm)
- Cable shutter release (optional)
- A sturdy tripod (please get in touch ahead of time if you need to borrow one)
- Headtorch - it's going to be dark and you need your hands to be free
- clothing as above
Locations will all have easy access and therefore low fitness levels are required - please just consider that we will be outside in the cold for a prelonged period. If you are unsteady on your feet, please also consider that we will be walking on uneven ground in the dark.
About Alyn Wallace:
Alyn Wallace is a self-taught landscape astrophotographer from South Wales whose work has been featured by the likes of NASA, National Geographic, and BBC Earth. With a burning passion for capturing the night sky wonders, Alyn left his engineering career behind to pursue his quest to find the darkest skies and most otherworldly locations.
Alyn was recently the feature of the BBC Documentary ‘Moonshot’, a documentary that uncovers the links between Wales and the Moon, as he set out to capture the perfect shot to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings.
Alyn now continues to uncover unique places to run his group workshops and share his knowledge and passion for all the night sky wonders whilst raising awareness to the issues caused by the increasing problem of light pollution, not just for his personal love of astrophotography but also for the negative impacts on humans and wildlife.
Cancellations - Cancellations made within 28 days of the event are non-refundable.