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How to Photograph a Rocket Launch
Erik Kuna
with Erik Kuna
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Join Erik Kuna on location at the historic Launch Complex 39A, the epicenter of the space program, and learn everything you need to know to tell the story of a rocket launch. In th... READ MORE
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lessons: 14 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 57min
published: 2020
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How to Photograph a Rocket Launch
with Erik Kuna
Join Erik Kuna on location at the historic Launch Complex 39A, the epicenter of the space program, and learn everything you need to know to tell the story of a rocket launch. In this class you’ll learn about the history of space flight photography, the essential gear and camera settings you’ll need to use, how to capture breath taking streak shots, pad shots, and telephoto shots, the importance of pre-production, as well as tips and techniques for post processing all of your photos when the launch is over. 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.
2min, 7sec
lesson 2: History of Space Flight Photography
Learn about the history of space flight photography.
4min, 22sec
lesson 3: Streak Shots
Streak shots can be done from further away than you would expect, so anyone can do them.
5min, 51sec
lesson 4: Essential Gear
Erik goes over the core essential gear you’ll need to get started.
12min, 57sec
lesson 5: Specialized Gear
There are some scenarios where you need specialized gear to get the job done.
12min, 12sec
lesson 6: Camera Settings
A rocket is a mini-sun, so you need to be configuring your camera for a really bright subject.
13min, 37sec
lesson 7: Pre-production
The thing that separates an ok shoot from a good shoot is your pre-production.
22min, 5sec
lesson 8: Remote Setup
Watch as Erik goes out on the bus to set up the remote camera, and then scout for locations.
2min, 8sec
lesson 9: On Location Streak Shot
Miles away from the launchpad, Erik discusses what his plans are for capturing the streak shot.
5min, 20sec
lesson 10: Post Production: Streak Shot
Erik shares his workflow for editing the streak shot.
8min, 56sec
lesson 11: Post Production: Pad Shot
Erik shares his workflow for editing pad shots.
12min, 42sec
lesson 12: Post Production: Telephoto Shot
Erik shares his workflow for editing telephoto shots.
7min, 9sec
lesson 13: Conclusion
Erik shares some closing thoughts to help you move forward.
3min, 18sec
lesson 14: Bonus Lesson: Daytime Launch
In this bonus lesson to the class, Erik goes through his shoot of a daytime launch. He talks about taking the telephoto shots, streak shots, and light balancing with a ND filter.
4min, 23sec
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Erik Kuna
meet  Erik Kuna
Space Flight Photographer
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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