Lightning Course: Astrophotography


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Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
11 January 2019 | 10.30am - 2.30pm
Adults £32 | 10% off for 16-17 year olds
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & courses
10% members discount

Learn how to capture the stars using your DSLR and lenses in this perfect introduction to astrophotography.

NOTE: This course is now fully booked. The Beginner's Astrophotography Lightning Course will run again later in 2020. Check the website again in Summer 2020 for more information. If you would like to express interest in this course or have a suggestion for another topic you feel would be interesting for our Lightning Courses programme, please email or the Royal Museums Greenwich switchboard at +44 (0) 208 858 4422.


Are you inspired by the award images in Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year? Get a headstart in astrophotography with our lightning course, specifically crafted for absolute beginners. Led by Royal Observatory astronomer Brendan Owens, this primer will give you all the information you need to get started shooting the night sky with a DSLR camera on tripod.

Learn how to capture your own photos of the Universe like the ones on this page, using DSLR cameras and lenses - no telescopes required! This course features concise information, live processing demonstrations and a chance to put your questions to an experienced astrophotographer.

Students will get clear and up-to-date advice about:

  • How to choose and buy cameras and lenses for astrophotography
  • How to plan an astrophotography session for the best results
  • Which camera settings to use for different situations
  • How to process images of all sorts using freely available software
  • How to go beyond standard camera lenses and enter the world of telescope astrophotography

Please note this course will be using example images rather than shooting live and no participant needs to bring a DSLR with them. The course includes 30 minutes break for self-facilitated lunch. Students will be given access to exclusive image data, captured by the instructor, so they can practise processing right away.

Age: 16+