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Star Trails Photography and Light Painting Workshop


Star Trails Photography and Light Painting Workshop

Star-trail is a starting point to capture mysterious yet stunning night sky, celestial objects, milky-way, nebula and other deep sky objects. Star-trail can be captured placing camera on a sturdy surface or on tripod, pointing the lens towards the sky with a beautiful foreground (for a better composition) letting the shutter open for a longer period of time. Rotation of earth makes an individual star makes streaks and multiple stars makes an arcs. That’s the way to capture a stunning night sky with unique foreground or a subject. Star-trail photography requires time and patience. Generally this type of images takes 30 minutes to several hours of exposure. Relatively moonless night and dark sky are the primary requirement for this kind of images. In this workshop we will explain mystical starry night sky’s drama, general information about constellations, nebula, pole star and the techniques on how to take spectacular star-trail images. Moreover we shall be having light painting experimentations as well. This genre of photography is an art form where you can use a light source very creatively to capture some amazing effects in your image.

Scheduled dates

23rd - 24th November 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)


Day 1

Chalkewadi is a place near to Satara (MH), which is almost free of light pollution and have some windmills for background. We will start early morning from Vashi, Mumbai around 6 am, we will have breakfast on the way to Satara and reach Satara by 12 pm. After check in at Hotel, get fresh and have lunch. Post lunch we will have some briefing session about how to shoot startrail and milky-way and then we will move to Chalkewadi which takes 1-1:30 hrs, we will stop for some landscape with sunset photography on the way to location. We will have evening tea in between.

The amazing part will start from evening, we will do some light painting and light trail photography which is full of fun. We will carry dinner packs with us. After having dinner under the tiny stars, we will start startrail photography which will be a long session around 2 hours. After shooting startrail, we will shoot milky-way. Post shoot, we will proceed to hotel and take rest.

Day 2

We will wake-up in morning, have our breakfast and have short session on post processing the startrail. We will backpack and start to move to Mumbai around 8:00am.


We will be staying at decent hotel in Satara.

Things to Carry

1. Wide angle lenses – preferably 24mm or less.
2. Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
3. Carry extra pack of camera batteries.
4. Carry backup memory cards.
5. Carrying a Tripod is a must for this workshop.
6. Shutter release remote is a must. (wired or wireless)
7. It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.

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On-field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skill-set. Our expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

How to shoot in a dark night.
Long exposure control.
Equipment required for Night Photography.
Locating pole star.
Best camera setting for startrail and milkyway
Locating the raising of milkyway using mobile app.
Post process your startrails and milkyway in short.

Kane Lew, one of the finest artists in the DCP panel of experts. He is an arts graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, and is a commercial photographer. Kane is an experienced photographer and has travelled extensively across Indian geography for several years. He has brilliant photography skills and technical knowledge in all genres of photography with a special interest in wildlife photography. He is known for his innovations and his capability of giving shape to imaginations. He has a great teaching acumen. Apart from his love for art, sculpture and music, he is a skilled trainer, trekker and a biodiversity expert. He is a Masterclass Mentor in the panel and Head of Creative Photography Division, Team DCP.

Rs 7000 per head inclusive of all taxes

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Cost includes

Accommodation for 1 night.
Veg breakfast (2), lunch (1) and dinner (1) during the stay.
Tempo traveler or equivalent A/C vehicle from Vashi to Hotel, Satara and to shooting location.
DCP photography expert.
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:

Travel from your location to meeting point at Vashi
Camera-fee, if any.
Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.

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