Free Instructional Tutorials

 

I present several comprehensive – and free! – video tutorials on the basics of Nightscape and Time-Lapse imaging to complement my eBook, in videos shot in the field and at the computer, to illustrate both how to shoot, then process, still images and movies. While each tutorial can stand on its own, for complete details on processing steps watch them all!

Tutorial #1 - Aurora

 

In a 24-minute HD tutorial I review how to capture the Northern Lights, the aurora borealis, advice applicable to the aurora australis.

 

In the field, at a site in southern Alberta on solstice night in June 2015, while awaiting a display of aurora, I cover:

  • equipment to use
  • exposures and camera settings
  • tips and techniques
  • and some of the science behind the Lights

 

At the computer, using images of the aurora I shot that evening, I cover:

  • developing Raw files in Adobe Camera Raw (but also applicable to Lightroom)
  • basic processing of still images in Photoshop using "smart filters"
  • and exporting multiple frames to make a time-lapse movie ...
  • ... by assembling an "intermediate" set of JPGs, in this case created, then assembled using Photoshop and its video functions.

Tutorial #2 - Moonlight

 

In this 28-minute HD tutorial I take you from “field to final,” to illustrate how to shoot, then process nightscape images taken by moonlight.

 

From a shoot in the field at Waterton Lakes National Park in June 2015 I explain:

  • what equipment, exposures and camera settings to use when shooting moonlit nightscapes,
  • plus provide tips on balancing the “Exposure Triangle,"
  • and on achieving good depth of field.

 

Back at the computer I step you through processing an image from “raw to rave,” demonstrating how to develop raw files in Adobe Camera Raw (steps also applicable to Lightroom if you prefer).

I then demonstrate how to go beyond Lightroom or Camera Raw to use Adobe Photoshop and non-destructive editing techniques:

  • the use of smart filters on smart objects,
  • adjustments layers,
  • and creating masks for the sky and ground.

Tutorial #3 - Star Trails

 

In this 35-minute HD tutorial I take you from “field to final,” to illustrate how to shoot, then process star trails, both as still images and as time-lapse movies of the turning night sky.

 

From a shoot in the field at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta in June 2015 I explain:

  • what equipment, exposures and camera settings to use
  • and provide tips on selecting intervals for time-lapses.

 

Back at the computer, I step you through processing a still image from “raw to rave,” demonstrating methods for stacking many short exposures to create a long-exposure star trail composite. I first illustrate developing the raw files, then how to stack images in:

I then demonstrate how to use that same folder of many raw images to create a time-lapse movie of the turning stars.