UUOnline Mentoring: Intro to Astrophotography with Temu Nana

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Join Unique Photo and Temu Nana for an online mentoring workshop that will cover everything you'll need to begin shooting and editing night sky and astrophotography images. From simple starscapes to Milky Way and composite star trail images, you'll learn how to capture them all! Specific topics include:

· Required—as well as recommended—equipment
· Preparing for a night shoot (planning/packing)
· Camera settings (exposure and non-exposure)
· How to focus and frame at night
· Evaluating on-site and adjusting settings
· Post-processing techniques in Adobe
· Understanding star trail planning
· Creating timelapse videos from star trail files

WEDNESDAYS (2pm - 3:30pm EDT)
Session 1: September 16th
Session 2: September 23rd
Session 3: September 30th
Session 4: October 7th
Session 5: October 14th

BONUS PERSONAL REVIEW: Each student will also get a 30-min online one-on-one session that can be taken any time during the rest of the year.

BE PREPARED: Students should be familiar with the main exposure settings (shutter speed, ISO, aperture), understand their relationship to each other, and be able to use their camera on "Manual". A working understanding of photographic terms/language is expected. Proficiency in Lightroom is suggested, and basic familiarity with Photoshop will be helpful.

HOW TO WATCH: Registrants will receive a Zoom invite the day of each session. As sessions are completed, they will become viewable as recorded videos under your "Unique University Online" account tab. You can rewatch any sessions at your leisure until a week after the last session.

*Limited to 14 registrants.
*See below for more info on each session.

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Session 1: Wed, September 16th  ••• Basics of Astrophotography  ••• 
We will cover all aspects of equipment, planning, shooting, and how to evaluate images in the field. At the end of this session, students should be able to produce focused, well-framed, and correctly-exposed images of the night sky and a foreground object.

Session 2: Wed, September 23rd  ••• Basics of Editing  ••• 
We will cover the basics of editing astro photos using both standard image editing software such as Lightroom, as well as more advanced techniques using adjustment layers and masking in Photoshop. At this point, students should be able to take and edit basic starscape and Milky Way photos.

Session 3: Wed, September 30th  ••• Shooting Star Trails  ••• 
We will cover all aspects of equipment, planning, and shooting star trail images. This session will also include a basic understanding of the night sky in the northern hemisphere: using the Big Dipper to locate Polaris, as well as understanding the apparent motion of the stars around Polaris and how this affects our star trail image.

Session 4: Wed, October 7th  ••• Editing Star Trail Photos  •••
We will cover two workflows (and associated software) to make our star trail composite images. The first will be in StarStax, a simple, free program that creates star trails easily but with very little editing control. The second will be in Photoshop, which offers far more editing control but includes a few more steps to create the final composite star trail. Following this session, students should be able to shoot and edit to completion a composite star trail image.

Session 5: Wed, October 14th  ••• Creating Other Media / Misc  ••• 
The final session will discuss how to use the very same base images with which we built our star trails to make a regular time lapse of the night sky, or perhaps a star trail time lapse (also called a "build"). This will be done using a combination of StarStax and Photoshop.
TEMU NANA has been a photographer for over 12 years and has spent much of that time leading small group photographic tours to international destinations on all seven continents.

He has won awards in nationwide competitions for travel and photojournalism, but his true photographic passion is for astrophotography. He began shooting the stars 10 years ago and has since expanded into teaching and educating others about the night sky and how to capture its beauty.

When not traveling for work, he spends clear nights imaging deep space objects with highly specialized equipment. Many of these images have been shared on social media by the country's largest astrophotography accounts.

Temu routinely provides instruction—both in person and online— to experienced "day" photographers who want to conquer the challenges of shooting at night, and he looks forward to sharing what he's learned with you!

Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our state-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Lakota Wolf Preserve, Wolf Conservation Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers Football, Longwood Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic digital photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlights, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much, much more. 


Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, most classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo Superstore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). We also hold classes at our Philadelphia, PA location (28 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

How do I register for a class? 
You can register online, in-store at the concierge, or by phone at either 973-377-6454 or 973-377-2007. Please note that you will need to provide payment information. 

Can I register at the door? 
For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register early for such classes. 

I wanted to register for ______ class, but it is now sold out. Is there a waiting list? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or university@uniquephoto.com with the following information: your name, phone number, email address, and the class name and date. 

My question has not been addressed here. Is there someone I can contact? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or university@uniquephoto.com with any additional inquiries.

Unique University Class Cancellation Policy
- Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
- Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
- Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
- Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).
** Attention American Express cardholders: If you cancel a registration for a class costing $100 or more, there will be a 3% cancellation fee deducted from your refund or store credit.

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