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We're excited to announce our upcoming 4-day Astrophotography Expedition in the stunning landscapes of Mt. Sandras, Turkey, in collaboration with the talented Christopher Anagnostopoulos. Join us for an unforgettable expedition that will unlock the secrets of astrophotography and take your nightscapes to a whole new level. 

Date
16-20 July 2023

Location

Mt. Sandras - Koycegiz, Mugla, Turkey (Köyceğiz)

Accommodation

Kaunos Hotel
Koycegiz, Mugla, Turkey

Age Criteria
18+

Duration

4 nights / 5 days

Clothing

Warm clothing is highly recommended

Drinks

Warm drinks will be supplied

Class Size

Minimum Participants: 12
Maximum Group Size: 24
Instructors: 4

Skills

All levels

Theoretical Content

Astrophotography Basics
How to Find Milky Way Galaxy Core
How to Make a Timelapse of the Night Sky
Introduction to Deep Space Astrophotography

Practical Content

Shooting Nightscapes, Capturing the Milky Way, Shooting Timelapse, and Stacking

Processing

Photography post-processing techniques and hints, Stacking Workflow, Noise Reduction

Price
€ 1250 for Shared Double Room (All Inclusive)
€ 1350 for Single Room (All Inclusive)
€ 750 Partner / Spouse (Additional)

Terms & Conditions

Levels

This workshop is suitable for all photography levels and skills, and it is intended for both amateur and professional photographers.

 

For those new to photography, it would be good if you have a basic knowledge of photography in theory and in controlling your camera. Another aim of this workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings while shooting in manual mode. We will have a session on the first day of the workshop, where we will cover some basic camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.

 

For experienced photographers and professionals, this workshop will provide knowledge of advanced techniques in both shooting and post-processing that can help the photographer further improve their portfolio.

 

Outdoor Experience

Working without lights in a dark location out in nature can make you feel strange or uneasy. The same happens when you are working under difficult weather conditions or simply, in an area that you are not familiar with.

Our goal for this expedition is to have the best possible experience out on the field while feeling safe to enjoy the beauty of the majestic night sky.

All shooting locations are carefully selected for being amazingly beautiful, with minimal levels of physical activity as also minimizing potential safety risks.

Workshop Program

Sunday 16th

Arrival and Settling
Welcome coffee, meeting of the group

Monday 17th

07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to Night Sky & Astronomy 11:00 - 12:00 Gear Selection
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Freetime
15:30 - 16:30 Preperation & Planning
16:30 - 17:30 Camera Settings
17:30 - 18:00 Q&A
18:00 - 19:00 Freetime
19:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 Location Scouting & On-Site Planning 22:00 - 02:30 Shooting

Tuesday 18th

07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 16:30 Photo Editing Session
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break
18:00 - 19:00 Introduction to Deep Space
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 Site Trip to Same Location & On-Site Planning (Choosing the same location to learn from mistakes of Day 1) (Location could be changed, shooting part will be the same) 22:00 - 02:00 Shooting

Wednesday 19th

07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:30 - 16:00 Photo Editing Session
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break & Freetime

16:30 - 17:30 Introduction to Stacking

17:30 - 18:00 Coffee Break

18:00 - 19:00 Timelapse Basics

19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

20:00 - 22:30 Location Scouting

22:30 - 03:00 Shooting Timelapse and Stacking

Thursday 20th

07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:30 - 16:30 Photo Editing Session

16:30 - 17:00 Farewell Coffee

Departure

The schedule can be flexible for the last day in case your flight is sooner. Please contact us for more details.

Schedule is subject to change if conditions require to.

Accommodation and Location

What is Included

  • Four (4) Nights of accommodation at Kaunos Hotel in a Double Room (Shared, Two Single Beds) or a Single Room (with Double Bed)

  • All Meals (Excluding Arrival Date) 

  • Transfers from & to Dalaman Airport 

  • Transfers to shooting locations and back 

  • Conference room for theoretical contents and photo post-processing
     

What is not included

  • Flights to and from Koycegiz, Mugla, TURKEY

  • Travel/Health Insurance

  • Any personal expenses during your stay in Turkey

 
Workshop Pricing

The cost per person is:

  • 1250€ for Shared Double Room (All Inclusive)

  • 1350€ for Single Room* (All Inclusive).

Click here to reserve your spot and book now!

 

In order to book your seat, a registration fee of 30% is required.

The full payment must be cleared on July 2nd, 2023

*In case you want to bring your partner along, please make sure to contact us prior to the booking to check available seats. If your partner wants to follow the schedule except for the photography part, the cost, in this case, is € 750 Partner / Spouse (Additional)

Payment Policy
The workshop fee can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer. In case you prefer another way of payment or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@stellarxperiences.com and/or workshop@christopheanagno.com.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations up to 30 days before the workshop starting date, there is the right to get a 100% refund of the money, minus the possible costs of banking transactions for booking and refunds.
 

For cancellations in the period from 30 to 7 days before the workshop, there is the right to get a 50% refund of the participation cost, minus the costs of banking transactions for booking and refunds.
 

For cancellations less than 7 days before the workshop starting date or a cancellation that occurs during the Workshop, there is no refund right BUT you have the right to attend a similar Workshop for the next one (1) year at a discounted cost.

In case the minimum number of participants (12) is not reached, there will be a 100% refund of the money, minus the possible costs of banking transactions for booking and refunds.

Please note that any cancellation of participation is valid from the moment we receive it written on email and AFTER you will receive a confirmation response from our side.

Shooting Locations

Mt. Sandras

  • Gokceova Lake (1700m Altitude, Bortle Scale 3) 

  • Eagle Lake (1900m Altitude, Bortle Scale 3)

Our base of operations will be the town of Koycegiz, Mugla in Turkey

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Theoretical Contents

Milky Way Photography and Nightscapes

Picking the right gear, theoretical knowledge of how to plan your milky way photos beforehand and how to do on-site planning, what settings should be used for photographing the Milky Way, and tips to improve your compositions.
 

Timelapse Photography

Theoretical knowledge of what is timelapse and how to prepare for a timelapse photography session, how to set up your gear properly, and practical applications of timelapse on site.
 

Stacking Milky Way Photos

Brief information on what stacking is and how it works on Milky Way photography, how stacking software works, and how to use Starry Landscape Stacker & Sequator to improve your Milky Way photography.
 

Introduction to Deep Space Photography

Brief information on gear, shooting, and post-processing of deep space photography.


 

Practical Contents

Photographing the Milky Way

Location scouting, learning how to set up your gear for photographing the Milky Way, and shooting landscape astrophotography in a dark location with beautiful sceneries.
 

Post-Processing Milky Way Photography

Learning how to post-process the photos you shot with Adobe Lightroom, tips and tricks to improve your post-processing skills.
 

Stacking Milky Way Photos

Learning how to stack the photos you shot with Sequator and Starry Landscape Stacker, tips and tricks to improve your post-processing skills and stacking knowledge.
 

Creating Short Timelapse Videos

Learning how to process your image sequences and how to create short timelapse videos

 

Necessary Equipment List
  1. A DSLR or digital mirrorless camera with the capability of manual exposure settings for long exposures (Micro 4/3 or above)

  2. Wide angle lens (35mm or wider on Full Frame - 24mm or wider on APS-C)

  3. Tripod

  4. Extra batteries

  5. Memory cards

  6. Headlamp (Preferably with red light, with extra batteries)

  7. Warm clothing (Temperature might drop at late night hours, warm clothing is highly recommended)

  8. Trekking boots

  9. Travel & health insurance (Highly Recommended)*

  10. Laptop [Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Starry Landscape Stacker (for MacOS), Sequator (for Windows) must be installed, LRTimelapse for Timelapse Processing (free)]

    *A note about travel and health insurance: due to international laws, the participant must issue the insurance in their home country prior to leaving for the workshop. Although the workshop locations are carefully chosen to be safe, easily accessible for all levels of mobility, and with minimum physical activity, it is highly advised to issue travel insurance.

 

Rules
  1. It is prohibited to build a fire in any area during the course.

  2. It is strictly forbidden to litter in nature, and participants are expected to exercise the utmost care in this regard.
    Each participant is responsible for collecting all trash in the vicinity before leaving the course area and leaving the area as they found it.

  3. Participants must adhere to the course program.

  4. Exploration and photography should be done in teams, and participants must stay within the designated areas, following the guidelines of the instructors.

  5. Bringing outside food and beverages to the accommodation area is prohibited.

  6. The use of any light, except for red LED lights, is prohibited in the observation and photography area, in order to both protect our night vision and also to respect the other photographers.

  7. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited during theoretical and practical training sessions

  8. Weather plays a key role in this type of photography, and if the weather conditions require, there is always the chance to have slight changes in the schedule.

Brochure
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