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AstroMaster La Palma Workshop 2015

Dates: 03 Oct - 08 Oct

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REGISTRATION OPEN 14 March 2015 for the 4th edition of the AstroMaster. Organised by AstroLaPalma.com with TWAN (twanight.org).

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About the Workshop

International Workshop about Advanced Timelapse imaging & processing & Landscape astrophotography. Aimed at photographers & astronomers with some experience on digital photo processing and essentials of digital photography.

AstroMaster attendees will receive instruction and knowledge about TWAN landscape astrophotography, get the latest best practice processing techniques both on timelapse and landscape night photography as well as instructions on how to plan and execute successful imaging sessions. They will learn the fundamental differences between classic day landscape and night landscape astrophotography: Low ISO vs High ISO, high aperture vs low aperture, short shutter speeds vs long shutter speeds. No previous knowledge of night photography is required.

Participants: maximum 18 people / min 7 people. Ratio instructors:participants is 1:8.

See a review of AstroMaster 2013 here.

About the Lecturers

Babak Tafreshi - MAGIC telescope in La Palma - startrails TWAN Babak Tafreshi - Panorama Image from one of the highest picks in La Palma - TWAN
Lecturers Babak Tafreshi & Christoph Malin belong to The World at Night (TWAN), a group of outstanding international astrophotographers that aim to promote stunning nightscape photos and time-lapse videos of the world‚landmarks against celestial attractions. Both lecturers are ESO ambassadors and have published on National Geographic, TV channels, countless international magazines & APOD. They have been visiting La Palma for many years. To know more about them and see their work, click below. AstroMaster Workshop announcement on the TWAN website here.

Workshop Topics

Scheduled in 5 full intensive days (and nights), the AstroMaster workshop will train participants into many topics including:

  • Preparation: Storage Technologies, preferable Image Format
  • Processing techniques in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Capture NX
  • The LRT Workflow for Timelapse content
  • Deflickering
  • Exporting
  • Creating the sequence movie out of sequences with AE, Motion, PS, Quicktime (various ways)
  • Export formats of sequences
  • Showcase: Vimeo export, description, hints and tricks
  • Hands on processing supervised by instructors
  • Main celestial events to photograph and how. Best practises for TWAN Night Photography.
Detailed schedule will be emailed to those interested.

Participants requirements

For best performance at the AstroMaster workshop, participants need to bring to La Palma the following: Required Camera Gear
  • Digital SLR camera - if participant has two bodies, he shall bring both, with their instruction manual!
  • Camera should be capable of ISO of ISO 800 or higher and shutter speeds up to 1 to 2 minutes
  • Lenses - Participants should try to cover a range from very wide (14-24mm) and normal focal lengths 24mm, 35mm to 50mm. Lenses with large aperture of 2.8 or 1.4 are preferred.
  • Tripod - A solid tripod is a MUST for night photography
  • Extra batteries - Long exposures can drain batteries very quickly
  • Extra memory cards
  • Shutter release cable with intervalometer
  • Camera Backpack
  • Own laptop with Photoshop software

LR Timelapse licenses will be provided for the duration of the workshop free of charge.

Other Recommendations

  • Warm, Wind- and Rainproof Clothing - Temperatures drop dramatically at night and high altitude
  • Hiking Shoes
  • A red headlight (no white lights please)
  • Small notebook and pen for notes
  • Robust Outdoor Sleeping Bag and (insulated) Mat. This is to rest while photoshooting on long sessions.
  • Beeing able to stay on high altitude (2450 m) for a while

Workshop Price

Although the schedule of the 5-day workshop is quite intensive, there is enough time to enjoy the beaches and the wonderful nature of La Palma. We have designed a full travel package while on La Palma so participants can focus on lectures & practical sessions while the workshop offers theoretical and practical sessions, meals, transportation, etc. However, if you wish to do so, you can book accommodation and meals separately.

PRICE for the package is: **pending on update*** Euros.

  • 7-night accommodation on a full-board basis (4* hotel)*
  • 5 Photo shooting excursions
  • Visit to the Observatory at El Roque de Los Muchachos.
  • Day tour around the island
  • Course Fees
  • All Meals during workshop
  • Hot beverages and snacks at photo sessions
  • Insurance, tax & assistance**
  • Participation on a TWAN Lecture and/or related talk about science behind the photographs

*Accommodation will be on a shared basis. If a single occupancy is required, an additional supplement of 250 EUR applies. See "Registration", Step 3. Full package price excludes flights, alcoholic drinks, drinks apart from those ones provided at meal times, phone calls from rooms and anything not included above.
**European Participants are strongly advised to travel to La Palma with a valid European medical card. The Insurance will cover participants while in La Palma only (accident related to workshop). Participants are strongly adviced to get a suitable travel insurance from and to your place of origin and during workshop. Please notify any food allergies and altitude sickness.
**Up to two professional photography or filming students can register at 10% discount on course fees. Prove of ID required.
** Additional accommodation dates or family holidays are available on request.


OPEN for REGISTRATION: 14th March 2015

Steps for registration.

Step 1. Please fill in the following form for registration: Registration form.
Step 2. Wait for confirmation email including your booking reference. You can book your flights once you get your booking reference. However, your reference will confirm your workshop reservation for 7 days only.
Step 3. Please transfer course fee to the following account within 7 days from receiving your confirmation email. Please add your name & booking reference on the transfer. On single occupancy basis, please transfer a total fee (course fee + single supplement). For those staying extra days or being accompanied by family members, we will send you your total on Step 2.
Bank account number: (on email with booking reference)
Step 4. Email: info@astrolapalma.com a copy of your bank receipt with the payment and also please let us know your arrival date/times.
Step 5. You will receive a payment notification from us. Invoices are sent on request for those claiming expenses.

Cancellations. We understand that your plans may change after registration. You may cancel with a 150 EUR cancelling fee if cancellation takes place before the 1st August. Cancellation requests made between dates up to 1st Sept will be charged with a 300 EUR fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations from 1st Sept. Please take this into account when you sign up for the workshop.

*NOTE: La Palma (SPC airport) is very well connected with mainland Europe by direct flights (from Spain, Germany, Netherlands) or with local flights (via Tenerife - TFS or TFN with BinterCanarias) and boat trip from the neighboring island of Tenerife (Naviera Armas or Fred Olsen companies). For tips on connections to La Palma at reasonable prices, please email us at info@astrolapalma.com.


Organised by AstroLaPalma.com - La Palma | Astronomy tours and Events, Telescope rental & Astronomy holidays. Email: info@astrolapalma.com, in collaboration with: TWAN Twanight.org