Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Is the Coronavirus going to affect the NightScaper Conference?

As of March 9, 2020

QUESTION: Is the Coronavirus going to affect the NightScaper Conference?
Short Answer: No—unless things change dramatically.

Long Answer: Our conference only has 13 people attending from outside of the United States. Eight from Canada, one from Chile, one from Australia, one from the Dominican Republic, one from Switzerland, and one from Finland. None of these countries are on the CDC restricted travel list or even on the Sustained Risk Level (see map above).

All of our other attendees are from within the USA, where the CDC currently has only 423 cases of COVID-19, and these have been isolated.

The state of Utah has two confirmed or diagnosed cases of COVID-19. In both cases, the persons made contact with the virus while traveling outside the United States.

At this time, NO FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE to prevent meetings and travel in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the current risk to the general American public is low. So while events in Asia, Iran and Italy may be taking reasonable measures according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, the U.S. shouldn’t expect much of an impact for the time being.

QUESTION: How serious is the coronavirus?

ANSWER: On March 9th, President Trump Tweeted: "...last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!"

Compare that with what Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview the previous week with NBC News that the coronavirus poses unique threats beyond those of the common flu. “When you have a brand new virus in which no one has had any experience before, that gives the virus kind of an open roadway to spread,” Fauci said.

Others, like Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer, feel differently: "Coronaviruses are responsible for the common cold, so it's something that all of you may also be quite familiar with. Because of the current outbreak that originated in China is a new member of this family, our experience to date, though, is that most people -- more than 85 percent -- will have mild or no symptoms."

Somewhere, in between these opinions lies the real truth. Either way, we need to stop the reckless overreaction based on panic and not science.

At this time we are moving forward with the event as planned and are monitoring the situation. We wish to stay in constant contact with all attendees and suppliers to update you on any changes. In the meantime, check out the COVID-19 resources available at John Hopkins Medicine and what you can do to protect yourself.

QUESTION: What if the CDC places a travel restriction on my country or travel to/from Utah just before the conference begins?

ANSWER: Should any of these travel restrictions take place on or before April 19, 2020, the conference will refund 75% of the conference registration fees paid by those affected. Should CDC travel restrictions take place between April 20 and May 19, 2020, the conference will refund 50% of the conference registration fees paid by those affected.

Question: Why won't the conference refund 100% of my registration fee, if my travel is restricted to the conference?

Answer: Actually, our refund policy is quite generous within the event and travel industry. Many events, airlines and hotels offer no refunds for cancellations that are beyond their control.

The conference has already prepaid or partially paid for many items that pertain to this conference, such as the venue and its many speakers. As we draw closer to the conference, more and more expenses have to be paid and cannot be refunded to us. Both of us will have to bear some of costs of this disease, if it spreads too quickly.

Travel Insurance and COVID-19: Most travel insurance will not cover a cancellation since travel insurance is "designed to cover unforeseen events," and coronavirus is considered a "foreseen event" unless travelers purchased the insurance before a designated date. As of February 3, 2020, both the CDC and the WHO have recognized 2019 Novel Coronavirus as an Epidemic.

A comprehensive travel insurance policy typically needs to be purchased within 15 days of when a deposit on the trip is made. This policy allows travelers to get reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their trip costs. Most travel insurance policies can cost between 7 percent and 10 percent of the trip price, however a policy that allows travelers to cancel a trip for any reason can cost about 40 percent more. Here is some additional advice on travel insurance.

March 14 Update

On March 12, our Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, limited mass gatherings in state to 100 people. "...we are eliminating mass gatherings above 100 for the next two weeks beginning Monday, March 16,” he said. He also asked people over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.

President Trump added travel restriction from most European countries, and later added the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the United States, many states, universities and large companies are starting to take this proactive approach to limiting the spread of the virus.

The main byword right now for controlling the spread of the coronavirus is "Social Distancing." One the best article I've seen came out two days ago, written by Tomas Pueyo and published in MediumCoronavirus: Why You Must Act Now.

This is a great article on the importance of social distancing and timing. It has some interesting stats and graphs that my scientist friend, Eric Benedetti knows to be off axis and filled with a lot of hyperbole (see his great comments below)—however, the reason for my referencing this article is to show the benefits that can come from social distancing in stemming the spread of COVID-19.

If Tomas and the experts are right, the majority of our coronavirus problems could be over by May when we have our NightScaper Conference! Using the same timing model, our most vulnerable period for exposure could be over the next few weeks. Hence, the reason our Utah state governor has asked for this two week limitation on gatherings.

We applaud social distancing efforts that are being made to help control the spread of the coronavirus. These measures may be required for a few weeks or a few months. Time will tell how well this works.

Our friends over at Outsiders Photo just announced the postponement (until March 2021) of their March 20-22, 2020 conference in Kanab because of this limitation. We still have about two months to get past this pandemic, so we'll wait at least a month before we make any postponement decisions for our NightScaper Conference.

Pending announcement set for April 30: We will make a final decision on April 30th as to whether we will go ahead with the conference as planned or postpone it until May 12-14, 2021.

Waiting until April 30th gives us six weeks to see if conditions will improve and restrictions will be lifted. This also gives people almost three weeks to make final preparations for the conference or cancel their travel and lodging plans. We are working on a refund package, should some attendees not be able to postpone to 2021.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Youth Scholarship Program - 2020 NightScaper Conference

2020 NightScaper Conference Youth Scholarship Program: Up to three* youth will be selected by our conference scholarship board (made up of selected conference speakers) to review Youth Scholarship applications. Scholarship awards will be announced on or before March 21, 2020.

Scholarship Award: Those chosen to receive these scholarships will receive up to $2,000.00 (but no less than $1,000.00) to cover travel expenses to the conference (for the youth and their legal guardian). Monies for this scholarship program come from our "Youth Scholarship Sponsors" and the "Pledge $20 or more" personal pledges listed in our 2020 NightScaper Conference Kickstarter project. Tuition/registration to the conference is donated by the conference and is included with the scholarship (any legal guardian who has purchased a Youth Mentoring Conference Ticket will have that fee or pledge refunded to them, should their youth be awarded a scholarship).

Youth scholarship applicants who are awarded a scholarship, will be given free registration to the 2020 NightScaper Conference for themselves and a legal guardian, who will be required to attend the conference with the youth. One-half of the travel expenses award will be given to the scholarship recipient prior to the conference, and the other half of the travel expenses award will be given to the recipient upon completion of the conference.

Youth Scholarship Application: Please download, complete and submit this application to on or before March 7, 2020. Youth applicants must be less than 18 years of age on November 1, 2019 to be eligible for this scholarship. (We prefer that you scan your completed application and email it as a PDF; however, taking a cell phone photo of your completed application is also acceptable. NOTE: To protect the youth applicant's privacy, we suggest that all email correspondence be done through the minor's legal guardian.)

The 2020 NightScaper Conference is directed by Royce Bair, president of Stock Solution, Inc., a Utah corporation, located in West Jordan, Utah. Programs taken at the conference do not provide credit at any college or university, and are only for the enjoyment of learning.

*If more than $6,000.00 in scholarship funding is received by March 3, 2020, we may increase the number of scholarships awarded, or carry the remainder of the funds over to the next conference year. If less than $6,000.00 is received by the above date, we will divide the funds according to need; however, each scholarship recipient will receive at least $1,000.00 for travel expense to the conference.

Monday, January 13, 2020

A Podcast Conversation with Royce Bair on F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

A Conversation with Royce Bair on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen PODCAST - January 15, 2020.

Just a few of the topics discussed are:

  • How to make your nightscapes more creative
  • Learning how to say "no"—means saying "yes" to what you really want!
  • Nightscape ethics and artificial lighting

A Milky Way nightscape of Rainbow Bridge mixed with moonlight ~ © Royce Bair

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2020 NightScaper Conference Schedule

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View and Download our 6-page Conference Schedule PDF.  More information about the 2020 NightScaper Conference can be found on our conference website. This conference is slated to be the most comprehensive, diverse and knowledgeable group of nightscape speakers ever assembled for an event!

The color coding in the schedule corresponds to the color coding on our conference room map:

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Conference parking and location in Kanab, Utah:
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Friday, November 22, 2019

Low Level Lighting with Lume Cube

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada - Low Level Lighting with a single Lume Cube ~ © Royce Bair

Original Lume Cube 1.0
1.6" x 1.6" (about golf ball size)
Lighting with Lume Cube. This November marks the 5th year anniversary of Lume Cube, the amazing little company in San Diego, California that started a photographic lighting revolution. The initial concept came to life via a Kickstarter Campaign. Their powerful little LED lighting cubes were rugged and waterproof, making them perfect for GoPro camera users who wanted to add lighting to their adventure sports videos and still photos. Cell phone camera users and professional photographers also started adapting the Lume Cube for their needs. Once the cube started to rise in popularity, requests began to pour in for accessories to make them more useful in a variety of lighting situations. Original accessories included a snap-on filter holder that allowed magnetic diffusion filters and various color filters to attach in front of the light.

A little too bright! At 1500 lumens (750 LUX @ 1M), the Lume Cube was very powerful for its size. Manually adjustable via a power button on the top, it could do 10 different brightness levels in 10% increments, from 100% to 10%. This power range works great for my regular photo projects, especially as fill and accent lighting for outdoor portraits. However, even 10% was too bright for Low Level Lighting (LLL) of some close nightscape foreground subjects.

Dimming down the Lume Cube: Early users of the the Lume Cube found they had to use several layers of cloth or tissue paper to filter-down the intensity. Some of these same users found that Lume Cube's early mobile phone app could remotely reduce the original Lume Cube intensity even further (the above photo was lit with the early Cube reduced to 1/32 power). The current Lume-X iPhone/Android App will wirelessly control the original Lume Cube 1.0 and the new 2.0 version from 60 feet away (both are Bluetooth enabled devices). The app allows remote brightness adjustments in 1% increments, all the way down to 1 percent!

Moon Caves (slot canyon) in Cathedral Gorge lit with moonlight and a Lume Cube, with a diffusion bulb and a CTO warming gel attached to the front of the light. Brightness @ 50% walking into the cave. Lowest brightness walking out of cave ~ © Royce Bair

The NEW Lube Cube 2.0 is LLL ready! On the outside, the newly redesigned Lume Cube 2.0 doesn't look a lot different than the original, but inside, it is packed with some great new features and technology. For Low Level Lighting users, the most exciting is its new 2 button control system to increase and decrease brightness manually. Although you can use the Lume-X app to remotely go to lower light levels, you can now manually enable the LOW LIGHT MODE by holding down both buttons. This allows super fine-tune low-level brightness control from 1%-10% right from the Cube's buttons! Price is $89.95 per unit.

2.0 with included accessories
Light modification accessories included: The 2.0 also comes with a Magnetic Softening Diffuser and a Magnetic Warming CTO Gel for warming color temperature (Down from 5600K to 4500K), plus a Modification Frame for mounting those and other accessories you may chose to purchase later on.

Longer running and better light quality: Full power light output from the 2.0 is the same 1.0, but runtime has been increased to an amazing 1.5 hours (I was getting only about 20 minutes with the original)! Of course, when you lower your brightness down to 10% or less, you'll be able to get several hours of runtime, which is perfect for timelapse work. Light color quality has gone from a somewhat bluish 6000K to the more natural 5600K, and from a 91 CRI to a 95+ CRI (while this may not mean a lot to landscape photographers, portrait photographers will love the better skin tones).

Other included features: Five other features I like in the 2.0 are 1.) wider 80º angle beam coverage vs. the older 60º beam; 2.) faster USB-C charging; 3.) the new charge indicator light that more clearly shows power condition of your battery; 4.) a new 360º optical sensor for slave flash capability; 5.) and the new aluminum body that is much more rugged and durable.

Additional lighting accessories: The Lume Cube 2.0 and the original 1.0 have many other lighting modifiers available to them via the Modification Frame. Once the frame is snapped onto the front of the Lume Cube, any one of these filters or diffusers (and combinations in stacks) can magnetically attach to the frame. System items can be purchased individually or in bundles for greater savings:

Should I buy the less expensive Lume Cube AIR? The Lume Cube AIR is $20 less than the Lume Cube 2.0, and is a great product. It is a little smaller and lighter, but it has reduced features that may not be the best light product for some photographers, especially those doing LLL nightscapes. Here are some of the major differences between the AIR and the 2.0:
  • AIR does not have the "Low Light Mode" feature
  • AIR only has 4 brightness levels: 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%
  • AIR does not have Bluetooth, so will not work with the Lume-X app
  • AIR's 1000 lumens (400 lux @ 1M) at full power is 33% less bright than 2.0
  • AIR's handy magnetic back is a problem for drone use (can interfere with GPS)
  • AIR is not a rugged as the 2.0's aluminum frame

NEW Lume Cube Panel! I've saved this amazing new product for last. It's fast becoming my favorite light. The Lume Cube Panel is a bi-color LED panel light and also functions as a power bank to recharge my mobile phone! It's incredibly small—about the size of my mobile phone, or about 1/4 the size of other panel lights I have been using in the past for my LLL. Featuring an intuitive LCD screen on back, the Panel not only allows you to adjust color temperature and brightness, but gives you immediate feedback on how long the light will last at each brightness setting. Although its compact and sleek design allows it to fit nicely on top of your camera, where I use it as a fill light in my portrait, macro and video photography; I typically use it off-camera (on a light stand), especially for my LLL work, so I can create more modeling, texture and drama in my foreground landscapes. Price is $149.95 per panel.

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  • Color Temperature: 3200K - 5600K
  • Brightness Range 5%-100%, adjustable by 5% increments 
  • Max Brightness: 400 Lux @ 1M
  • CRI: 96+
  • Run Time on 5% Brightness: 7.5 Hours
  • Run Time on 50% Brightness: 3 Hours
  • Run Time on 100% Brightness: 90 Minutes
  • Rechargeable via Micro USB and USB-C
  • Built-In Li-Polymer Battery: 3.85V 4040mAh
  • Power bank Output: 5V 2A
  • Dimensions: 151x80x9.8mm
  • Weight: 180g

How does the Lume Cube Panel compare to other panel lights I've used? For many years I've used the Z96 LED Panel Lights that I've mentioned in this blog and in my Milky Way NightScapes eBook. This is one of the oldest and most compact panel light designs, yet it is about 2X larger and heavier than the Lume Cube Panel. This old design requires magnetic snap on CTO filters to change the color temperature from 5600K to 3200K (and there are no in between color temperatures available). Power comes from 5 replaceable AA batteries (about 15-20 minutes of run time at full brightness) or snap on Sony style NP-F Li-ion batteries (larger NP-F batteries sizes will give you longer run times). Batteries are not included, and the NP-F batteries can get pretty pricey. The genuine F&V Z96 brand will cost you $159. Chinese rip-offs on Amazon usually cost under $100. F&V has a newer bi-color Z180S panel light design, that allows you to dial in your color temperature like the Lume Cube Panel, but this will cost you $365.

Before the Lume Cube Panel, I used the Genaray LED-6200T 144 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light when I wanted a bi-color panel light. It's about 4X larger and at least 20% heavier (depending the battery size you buy) than the Lume Cube; and it will cost you $139. The Genaray only uses the snap in NP-F batteries (a small NP-F550 is included). Full power brightness is about 25% greater than the Lume Cube panel, but minimum brightness stops at 10% with the Genaray, whereas the Lume can go all the way down to 1%. Two big problem I see with most light panels is that 1.) none of these other panel lights have any type of a battery meter, and 2.) nearly all use a low-tech analog dimmer knob with no brightness reference markings. The Lume Cube has a digital LED brightness readout that can be accurately referred to or repeated in future photo setups, and they have a great battery meter with accurate projections as to how long the battery will last at the current brightness.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Speakers for the 2020 NightScaper Conference

Speakers for the 2020 NightScaper Conference, May 20-22, in Kanab, Utah. The largest and most comprehensive "Astro-Landscape Photography" conference ever assembled—33 speaker experts and 'legends' from 4 countries! Fourteen returning speakers from our 2019 conference (with all new programs), and 21 new speakers.

A complete program schedule is now availableTickets and accommodations are going fast. Make your conference reservations now!

DISCOUNTS: Many of these speakers are offering discount coupon codes of up to $100 off. Check their websites and social media postings.


Alan Dyer - Co-author of the popular guidebook, The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, and author of the ebook, How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses. Alan will present two programs: "Chasing the Northern Lights" and "Diving into Deep-Sky Photography."

Brad Goldpaint - 2018 winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year and producer of the upcoming time-lapse film, “Illusion of Light." Brad’s program, “Photographing the Milky Way with Moonlight,” might sound counter-intuitive, but the results may surprise you. One of the most challenging aspects of night photography is capturing the dark, ambiguous landscape beneath a starry night.  Artificial lights and longer exposures can be used to help avoid this problem, but what if there was a natural way to bring life to your images?

Ben Canales - Ben is one of the earliest nightscape innovators. In 2011, he received international attention as National Geographic's Travel Photo of the Year. Ben's program, "Humans in Night Photos–Yourself or Others," will talk about the power of adding the human figure into a night shot, and how that can be just you or friend/model you bring along.

Yuri Beletsky - Yuri is an international astro-landscape photographer and a professional astronomer from Chile. "Living in Chile, the country famous by its dark clear skies, gives me a unique opportunity to reveal the majesty of our cosmos and to share my passion with people around the world." Yuri will do two programs: "Natural color of the night sky," and "Mastering panoramic images of the Milky Way."

Jack Fusco -  Jack was a recent TEDx speaker about nightscape photography. His upcoming conference program, "The Art of Chasing the Shot," embraces the journey of both failure and success to elevate your images and storytelling. In Part II, Jack covers "Capturing vs. Creating" – finding where your personal line gets drawn.

2nd Row:
Ron Risman - Producer and director of dozens of timelapse videos that have received national attention in advertising and documentaries, Ron's program, "9 Ways to Improve Your Astro Photography with Timelapse," you'll learn how capturing a time lapse can benefit you when you're in the field. Few night photographers actually stay out long enough to capture time lapse footage. But there are eight reasons why time lapse footage has quickly become the swiss-army knife of astro photography.

Eric Gail - Eric’s program will show you how to “Master the Power of Photoshop.” The owner and founder of the Adventure Photography Network, Eric has been color processing and retouching for Hollywood and the music industry for more than 30 years. His work can be seen on TV, online and in print all over the world. He has logged more than 40K hours in Photoshop and has taught on a corporate level.

Bryony Richards - Bryony's program, "Nightscapes and Science: what stories are your photos hiding?," will focus on some of the scientific elements of nightscape photography including: Airglow versus aurora. Airglow colors and their significance—how can you enhance airglow in your images Telling the difference between planes, satellites, meteors, comets, or iridium flares. Composition of meteors based upon color. Chemistry of nebula and how getting this right can help your color balancing!

Joshua Snow - Josh’s program, “Verge of Reality,” discusses the mindset of conceiving a vision for your imagery, and bringing it to life in post processing through creative choices, staying true to the art and dealing with the mental struggles of being an artist. Josh will help you move away from just "taking photos" to a higher level that transports the viewer into your soul.

Aaron King - Producer of the popular Photog Adventures series of podcasts, video tutorials and workshops, Aaron will do two programs: "Know your Cosmos!" (Key tips and tricks to know when and where your Milky Way Opportunity will be.) "Milky way Panoramas!" (Why something you think is hard is actually the easiest thing ever and you still only need Lightroom to do it!)

3rd Row:
Christine Kenyon - A popular writer on nightscape photography, Christine's program, “Come Along on a Virtual Nightscape Adventure,” will take you on a nightscaper adventure; executing a plan, from concept to completion. Through immersive multimedia you will be transported "virtually" from the conference room to the field.

Wayne Pinkston - Co-founder of the Low Level Lighting method for landscapes, Wayne will present an extensive step-by-step program on how he does his unique artificial landscape lighting, showcased with his amazing nightscape panoramas.

Russell Brown - A live performance of the 'Russell Brown Show' is not to be missed! As Senior Principal Designer at Adobe Systems Inc. and an Emmy Award-winning instructor, his ability to both teach and entertain has endeared him to audiences around the world. His program, "The Wonders of all Things Mobile," pushes the boundaries of mobile phone technology to capture long exposure night photography.

Miles Morgan - A professional airline pilot, based in the Pacific Northwest, Miles' unique style of twilight photography is proof that there is much more to nightscapes than just capturing the Milky Way! You'll discover this in his program, "Finding Variety in Night Sky Photography.”

Bettymaya Foott - Bettymaya is the Director of Engagement for the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). A fellow nightscaper, her passion for saving our night skies from the encroachment of light pollution is contagious! Her program, “Save the Stars,” will both enlighten your understanding and move you to action.

4th row:
Mike Berenson - Mike is the founder and lead instructor at Night Photography Workshop and owner of Colorado Captures fine art photography. His program, “Stacking Deep Dive,” will look at stacking multiple exposures - including how it's done and why you'd want to use it. Mike has a second program,  "NightScaping Without Wanting To Kill Someone," on how to keep shooting NightScapes fun for everyone.

Marc Toso - Marc's website and program, "Ancient Skies," focuses on humanity’s relationship with the night sky. Marc will discuss archeoastronomy, how night photography intersects science, culture and religion and how learning about and appreciating the night sky can ultimately teach us about ourselves, our origins and humanity’s place in the universe.

Roger Clark - A planetary and NASA scientist, with over 300 scientific papers to his credit, Dr. Clark's programs will cover "Natural colors in the night sky," and "Post processing to preserve star and nebula colors."

5th row:
David Kingham - David’s program, “There is more to the Night Sky than the Milky Way Core!” will expand creative horizons. You’ll learn how photograph and process meteor shower image files to create something that actually looks like a shower! Are you putting away your cameras in the winter? David will show you why the winter is his favorite time to photograph the night sky!

Mike Shaw - Author of two books on astro-landscape photography. Mike’s program, “Astronomy 101 for Nightscapers,” will give you a crash course with fun facts about the Earth’s place in the Solar System, Milky Way and Universe, and how the Earth’s daily and annual movements give you ever-changing views of the cosmos. You’ll also explore the lesser photographed features of the Earth’s night atmosphere.

Eric Benedetti - Eric's program, "Tracking Mounts: Increasing Accessibility to Astrophotography and Nightscapes," will help dispel the myth that people need to spend thousands of dollars on things like Full Frame cameras, highly expensive and specific lenses, and other equipment that the photography community considers the norm!

Wenjie Qiao - Sony World Photography National Awards Winner and author of Planit Pro, an app utilized virtual viewfinder to plan landscape photos precisely. Wenjie’s program is about “Planning Night Photography in an Easy Way”. It will not only cover the Milky Way, but also every aspect that you can possibly plan in the starry night. You will find out how his creative planning ideas can also be part of your night photography workflow.

Ryan Smith - Ryan will help your define your vision as a photographer and as a businessperson. He will do three programs: "Photography, the perfect Side Hustle" - Tips for making your passion pay it’s own way. "Photographer or Artist" - Defining your own personal vision that’s best for you. "Photography Life is a journey, not a competition" - Enjoying the craft without “playing the game.”

6th row:
David Swindler - Creating high-quality panoramic images at night is much more difficult than during the day. David's program, “Creating Extraordinary Night Panoramics” will discuss his best tips and tricks to putting together the perfect night panoramic image from shooting to post-processing.

Mike Taylor - Mike and Sonia Taylor operate the freelance imaging studio out of a 19th century farmhouse in central Maine. Mike’s program, “New England Night Photography,” discusses how Maine is one of the last bastions that offers dark skies on the east coast. Behind the Scenes graphics and RAW files show how he blends long foreground exposures with the night sky.

Derek Sturman - Derek's program, "Perceiving and Portraying Reality," will present the methods by which photographers attempt to replicate an entire experience within the confined dimensions of an image. Using Photoshop, you will be able to express more of the emotion or experience from that moment than the camera is able to capture. Derek will focus on composites as well and blended images and the method of creating art that replicates an experience rather than just an exact mechanical replication of a moment.

Ross Schram von Haupt - Although camera technology has come a long way, night photography still faces a lot of complications, including noise, coma and astigmatism. Ross' program, "Techniques for Clean Night Shots," will cover several in field and post processing techniques to overcome these limitations.

Royce Bair - Founder of the NightScaper Conference, author of the eBook, Milky Way NightScapes, and co-founder of the Low Level Lighting method for astro-landscapes; Royce will present two programs: "Nightscape Ethics," and "Advanced Techniques for Low Level Lighting."

Three more speakers (not on this poster) have recently agreed to present at the conference:

Joyce Harman - Joyce's "Saving Dark Skies Locally," will teach you how to use your images for a good cause. Joyce embarked on a personal project to document the night sky that was still present within 60 miles of Washington DC, and educate landowners to help preserve it. Using her own images as inspiration, residents have replaced lights, she has sold many images, and has created a traveling exhibit. She will explain how you can do something similar in your own area.

Shreenivasan Manievannan - Shreeni will present two programs, "Maximizing & pushing the limits with GoPro cameras," and "Capturing Starscapes on a Budget." The first is highly recommended those wishing to see what a budget “sports” camera is capable of doing with astro-landscapes, when applying the best techniques, and the second will allow you to see what a budget camera is capable of doing with astro-landscapes, when applying the best techniques.

Jess Santos - Jess' program, "Telling Stories Using Composition," will take a look at the traditional compositions and discuss how to turn these into more unique story telling opportunities. Learn how lens choice, focal length and other compositional tools can be used to better tell a story through your night sky images.

A complete program schedule is now available.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Learn Milky Way NightScape photography

Milky Way 'nightscape' photography over
Palouse Falls ~ single exposure by Royce Bair.

Most of these starry nightscape photos,
by Royce Bair, are single exposures

Here are Four Ways to Learn Milky Way NightScape Photography...

“Two Rivers” ~ The Dark River (a.k.a.
The Great Rift in the Milky Way) rising
over Colorado River in Grand Canyon. 

1. Free: Follow this blog - Royce Bair's Into The Night Photography. There are hundreds of How-To articles here. Popular articles include: How to Shoot the Milky Way • Post Processing NightScapes • NightScapes in the Grand Canyon • Creating Natural NightScapes Podcast interview with Royce • Overcoming Lens Coma • Video Hangout with my Friends.

Top 12 night photos featured last year on
Royce Bair's NightScaper Instagram account

2. Free: Follow Royce Bair's NightScaper Instagram account and his NightScaper Facebook group. Both of these galleries showcase some of the best Milky Way and night sky astro-landscape photographers in the world. Many of the images featured also give behind-the-scenes information on how the images were taken, including technique and EXIF. Royce's Instagram account has over 300,000 followers, and the NightScaper Facebook group has over 25,000 members.

3. Read Royce Bair's Milky Way NightScapes eBook. This book is considered the "Bible" for astro-landscape photography by thousands of photographers, world-wide! Get 25% off when you use discount code TWAN at checkout!

4. Attend the NightScaper Conference. Over 32 top speakers from four countries will instruct you on dozens of nightscape photography techniques and skills (here's a sample presentation by one our 2020 speakers and a presentation from one of our 2019 conference speakers). You'll be able to network with 300 like-minded photographers for 3 days, and go out and shoot at night in one of the least light-polluted areas in the world, that is close to 3 national parks and 3 national monuments.

Don't delay! Conference tickets and hotel rooms are going fast.

DISCOUNTS - Get $100 to $200 off your conference registration: Use discount coupon code ROYCE100 at checkout for $100 off your conference registration. You can also use discount coupon code 4SURE200 at checkout for $200 off your conference registration (there are no refunds using this discount code).