I started by teaching at Shoot the West, a fantastic workshop held in Winnemucca, NV. Each year this workshop/tradeshow brings in around 300 people for a long weekend packed with seminars, workshops and keynote speakers. My friends Stacy Pearsall and Andy Dunaway also were at the event, incredible photographers with sobering images from the war in Iraq and elsewhere.
One new piece of software I learned about is Starstax. This program, which is free, allows you to stack multiple exposures into one image. It is great for shooting one star trail image that is composed of hundreds exposures. The shorter images eliminate noise issues of one long exposure. I’ll show a few other things you can do with this software in a future post.