July 2019 Program Meeting

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Meeting Location: Eau Gallie Civic Center

1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, 32935

Presentation Topic: AstronomicalPhotography 101

Presenter: Brevard Astronomical Society

July 2nd CCB Program
"AstroPhotography 101"
Presenter: Steve Ratts- Vice President Brevard Astronomical Society
The Camera Club of Brevard’s July program will offer members unique and exciting ways to take photographs.  This first-time program for the CCB will teach you how to use your DSLR, or even your smartphone, to take pictures of the night sky and celestial bodies.  You will see amazing photographs throughout the evening.  Also, you don’t need huge telescopes to take astro photos.  Topics will include Star-Trails, Constellation Shots, Cell Phone Astrophotography, Streak Shots, and lots more nighttime photography techniques.  
The program will be combined with two nighttime photography outings with the Brevard Astronomical Society.  We’ll arrange a wide-angle dark sky outing with BAS members. And, there will be a second outing later in the year at one of the BAS's star parties. You’ll be able to use your cameras/smartphones with their advanced telescopes and gear.  This thrilling program, combined with the outings, will be spectacular and a ton of fun.
Steve Ratts bio:
Steve Ratts is the Vice President of the Brevard Astronomical Society and has been honing his astrophotography skills since he got his first real telescope back in 2000. During that time Steve has explored numerous ways to capture the wonder and beauty of the night sky with gear as simple as a web cam all the way up to specialized astrophotography-specific cameras costing thousands of dollars. Most of Steve's astrophotography work has been done with various Canon DSLRs, and some of it is even done without needing a telescope using only ordinary photography gear you very likely already have or could obtain inexpensively.
Additional Program Details:
This presentation covers the basics of astrophotography - or how to capture images of the night sky that will delight and amaze using ordinary photography gear. The topics covered are organized as accessible photography projects you can take on to capture stunning images from the night sky. Astrophotography is really just a specialized form of photography where the subject is in the night sky - and consequently often very dim requiring longer exposures, wider apertures, and possibly higher ISO. The concepts you already understand from photography all apply, but the shot recipe may be quite different from what you're accustomed to.
Some of the specific topics which will be covered include Star Trails, Constellation Shots, Cell Phone Astrophotography, Streak Shots (rocket launches - not college hijinks), Piggyback Astrophotography, and Prime Focus Astrophotography. Some of these projects require that you've got a telescope or some other device that can enable your camera to track the night sky. For that reason we are planning a couple of joint CC/BAS outings where you'll get the chance to try out your camera gear with our telescopes!
Brevard Astronomical Society Website: http://www.brevardastro.org/
Steve Ratts Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scubasteveratts/

Monthly Competition

Competition Theme: Open, Includes Creative Class

Competition Type: Monthly

Competition Rules:
  • Members in good standing may submit one print photograph.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the previous 18 months.
  • Monthly and Quarterly contest winning photographs (those who have won ribbons) CAN NOT be re-submitted for another monthly contest.
  • Please write your name on the back of the photograph.
  • Photographs are to be no larger than 15 inches on a side (note: see panorama sizes).
  • Photographs are to be no smaller than 7 inches on a side.  Photographs with special printing techniques may be smaller.
  • For panorama images, defined as a photograph with a minimum 2:1 ratio long side to short, the maximum long side shall be no more than 20 inches.  For example, a 2:1 ratio image shall have a maximum size of 20 inches long side to 10 inches short side.  A 3:1 ratio image shall have a 20 inch maximum long side and 6 2/3 inch on the short side.  The maximum size mount/matte for a panorama photograph shall be no larger than 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs may be mounted or matted. Framed or gallery wrapped photographs are not allowed. The maximum size of a mount/matte shall not exceed 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs must represent the monthly theme.
  • One or more judges will determine the awarded photographs.
  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plus honorable mentions.