with Erik Kuna
Take your milky way photography to the next level! Join Erik Kuna in his follow up class to Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography, as he takes a deep dive into the practices... READ MORE
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Milky Way Landscape Photography Tracking and Stacking
with Erik Kuna
Take your milky way photography to the next level! Join Erik Kuna in his follow up class to Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography, as he takes a deep dive into the practices, techniques, hardware, and software of tracking and stacking. Tracking and stacking is all about increasing the signal and reducing the noise, and in this class you’ll learn the fundamentals of each technique, gain tips for putting them intro practice, and learn about the hardware and software used to get the job done. Be sure to watch Erik’s first class if you are new to milky way photography before moving to the next level with this one. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
The instructor introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
lesson 2: Why Stack and Track?
It’s all about the noise and finding that balance between stars and noise.
lesson 3: What is Stacking?
Stacking is all about merging multiple frames together into a single image to remove noise.
lesson 4: Stacking Foundation
Learn the reasons why we stack and how to improve your process.
lesson 5: Stacking Tips
Erik shares some more tips to help you up your stacking game.
lesson 6: What is Tracking?
Erik shares the reasons for why we need a tracking device, and what they are.
lesson 7: Review of Previous Night’s Shoot
Erik goes over what happened with their plans for shooting the night before.
lesson 8: Back to Studio
Erik returns to the studio and prepares to do the post production of the images from the shoot.
lesson 9: Stacking vs Tracking
Let’s understand the differences between stacking and tracking.
lesson 10: Types of Frames for Stacking
Learn about the frames needed for stacking.
lesson 11: How to Shoot Dark Frames and Flat Frames
Learn how to acquire the types of frames you need for your stack.
lesson 12: Software Used for Stacking
There are a few software options for stacking.
lesson 13: Stacking with Photoshop: Part 1
Starting in Lightroom Classic, Erik shows how to perform stacking in Photoshop.
lesson 14: Stacking with Photoshop: Part 2
Erik builds on the previous lesson to demonstrate additional Photoshop techniques.
lesson 15: Using Starry Landscape Stacker for Mac
Learn how to use the Mac software for stacking images with Starry Landscape Stacker.
lesson 16: Using Sequator for Windows
Learn how to use the Windows software for stacking images with Sequator.
lesson 17: Tracking Planning and Hardware
Learn about tracking devices, concepts, and hardware to get the job done.
lesson 18: Combining Tracked and Non-tracked Photos
There are reasons to take photos with and without the tracker, so that you can blend them together.
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meet  Erik Kuna
Erik is the Vice President of Operations for KelbyOne, and a passionate rocket launch photographer. His goal is to create images that help educate people about the space industry, and inspire them to learn more about the beauty of space exploration. His passion was ignited in 2015 by seeing the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster land successfully. He felt like from that moment, he had to be part of documenting and capturing the beauty and inspiration of spaceflight and has never looked back. He has recently pushed his work farther by working with Plotaverse to heighten his images with motion.
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