Shooting Stars: The Art of Astro-photography

Overcome the common hurdles of astrophotography in this comprehensive, introductory course from one of the best photographers in the business.

Professional astrophotographer Paul Zizka takes you on a journey to the aurora, stars and Milky Way in this comprehensive introduction to shooting the night skies.

In this 3-hour self-paced course, you'll learn how to overcome the main hurdles associated with astrophotography, how to prepare for a nighttime shoot, how to predict aurora displays, how to create compelling images, and much more.

Your Instructor

Paul Zizka
Paul Zizka

Paul Zizka is an award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Canada. A prolific adventurer, Paul’s journey to capture the “under-documented” has taken him to all seven continents, as well as to each of Canada’s provinces and territories. He is frequently published in some of North America’s top magazines and has two coffee-table photography books: Summits & Starlights: The Canadian Rockies and The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered (respectively nominated and winner, Banff Mountain Book Competition “Mountain Image” category). A passionate teacher, he hosts workshops all over the world, as well as an online community for photographers, through OFFBEAT. Paul enjoys life in the mountains with his wife Meghan and their two daughters.


In this course, you will learn:

A Case for Astrophotography

How to Prepare for a Nighttime Shoot

Apps, Software and Other Resources for Astrophotography

Recommended Gear

Getting Your Camera Settings Right

A Nighttime Photography Workflow

How to Compose, Expose and Focus in the Dark

Advanced Topics, such as Star Trails and Aurora Borealis

Introduction to Post-Processing

Staying Creative


“When you view Paul’s night time images,
you know that learning astrophotography
from such an accomplished photographer is
your ticket to creating
your own amazing images.”

— T. Wityk

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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