Night Sky - Tyler Sichelski Photography

Night Sky Workshops

A common misconception is that you need expensive camera gear to get incredible night sky landscape images, but I bet the camera, and lens you have with you right now can capture more than you imagine. I offer both group and one on one personalized, budget friendly workshops both in-the-field, and post-processing all year round. If you have any questions at all, please contact me.

- A starter guide PDF full of information to get you prepared for the workshop. Including: smartphone apps, websites, camera setup and exposure basics
- Night sky photography camera gear overview
- Camera setup/settings overview
- Sky Tracking using a star tracker (if requested)
- Understanding aperture, ISO, and shutter speed (exposure triangle)
- Understanding a method called ETTR (Expose to the Right), and how to capture more signal, with less noise
- Focusing at night
- How to visualize a great composition so you can apply it to your own style
- How to capture the Milky Way (the core of the Milky Way is available Late March - Early October in Arizona. The less dramatic, and more minimal "outer" Milky Way can be captured in the winter months) 
- Intro to timelapse night photography. Including: star trails, or meteor showers (if applicable)
- The professionals secrets behind long exposures
- Moonlit landscapes (if applicable)
- The secrets behind complex, and dynamic Light Painting using flashlight, low-level lighting, and flash
- How to capture full depth-of-field using multiple exposures
- How to capture a scene at different focal lengths for powerful images
- Understanding the night sky, and basic astronomy
- An optional, post-processing "Basics" lesson in Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop (an "Advanced" editing workshop is available) - Note: This part of the workshop is optional. Please bring your own laptop with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop installed.

Conservation is very important to me, and I abide by a strict "leave no trace" policy.

- Camera with full Manual control (M). DSLR/Mirrorless camera is recommended
- A fast/wide angle lens. A aperture of f/2.8 is recommended, but not necessary. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions. Lens rentals are available at Tempe Camera,, and
- Tripod
- At the very least have 1 backup battery and 1 backup SD/Compact Flash card (16-64 GB recommended)
- Headlamp/flashlight
- Cheap shutter release cable or Intervalometer (optional, but necessary for star trail photography and exposures longer than 30 seconds)
- Appropriate clothing
- Laptop (optional - for high-level basic post processing overview)
- Bug Spray for Spring/Summer/Fall months (optional)
- Camping chair (optional - we will be on our feet for hours at a time, it may be necessary to take a rest)
- I always carry a First Aid Kit for emergencies - you never know in the great outdoors! Be prepared, and stay safe. I highly suggest having your own.
- Water/Snacks

I focus on keeping the price low for people who want to understand the technical aspect of night photography, with personalized learning. Many full-time photographer workshops are booked in large groups, and focus on the destination. These can be incredible adventures, but can be expensive. 

I have scouted several locations just outside of Phoenix with great desert vista’s and very dark skies. There will be little hiking involved, as we explore the immediate area. Specific locations are decided on with registered attendees, as there are many variables to consider. Special location requests are available, but there may be additional expenses, as some locations require special permits.

To inquire about a workshop date, please contact me at Please note, reservations are made for the starting night date. Most early spring workshops start at midnight and will run well into the AM on the next day. 

List of Astronomical Events for 2017 can be found here
Sun/Moon information can be found here

One night, in-the-field workshops start at only $160

In-the-field workshop pricing is based within 50 miles of Phoenix metro. A "destination" workshop may have additional fees. 

Please contact me to discuss dates and location prior to making a payment via PayPal.

You must be 18 years or older to participate unless accompanied by an adult at no extra charge. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit that can be made at any time to reserve a spot in a workshop, but full payment must be made before the workshop date. If we need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, the non-refundable deposit can be applied to a future workshop. If a workshop is paid in full, and a cancellation is needed, a refund will be made for the additional cost over the $50 deposit. The weather is unpredictable, and there is no way to guarantee perfect conditions. You are responsible for your own transportation, gear and safety. Tyler Sichelski Photography will not be held liable for personal injury or camera gear damage. Destination workshops (outside of the general Phoenix area) will require additional expenses. Please contact me for a quote. By making a payment you are agreeing to these terms. Please email me at if you have any questions.

If you agree to the terms stated, then let's do this!

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