Looking for a workshop to improve your Milky Way photography, but want a class close to home? Well, here’s your chance. With the Out of Chicago In-Depth Workshop Weekend, you can right from the comfort of your home. And if that’s not enough, you can learn from MilkyWayPhotographers own MaryBeth Kiczenski and Aaron King. They are teaching “Beginning and Intermediate Milky Way Photography” on Saturday, August 22, from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Out of Chicago In-Depth

But MaryBeth and Aaron’s class is not all you’ll get. This Out of Chicago is an In-Depth Workshop. That means you can attend any of the courses from the six-course tracts held over the three-day workshop weekend. Over the four-hour-long session, the instructors share their extensive knowledge and shooting methods. But that’s not the end of the course. There is an assignment at the end of the course. You then have the opportunity to get out and practice what you’ve learned by shooting your class assignment. On September 2nd and 3rd, the course instructors will review the submitted images with the class. It’s a unique way to improve your photography.

Social events with the instructors will happen on the evenings of Friday, Aug. 21st and Saturday, Aug. 22nd.

And that’s not all – more than 30 classes are available! Two knowledgeable and inspiring instructors teach each course, including some living legends of the photography world.

All this for $400. And best of all – you have 12 months to watch any of the sessions you want. It’s nearly like having a year-long workshop!

Learn how to take Milky Way photos like this one MaryBeth took on a recent trip to New Mexico.

Beginning and Intermediate Milky Way Photography

MaryBeth and Aaron’s workshop will give you an in-depth look at shooting the Milky Way and night sky. They’ll start with the basics, like shooting single images. They’ll show how to take what you already know from daytime photography and how to use it to capture nightscapes. MaryBeth will share her extensive experience with a star tracker, and how you can use it in your Milky Way photography. And don’t be surprised if she discusses how to photograph the Aurora.

Topics you will learn:

  • How to focus at night
  • Gear considerations
  • Optimizing your single image exposures
  • Beyond the single image

A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a fast wide-angle lens (f/2.8 or faster)is recommended, along with a remote shutter trigger. A star tracker is not required.

You can sign up at Out of Chicago In-Depth.

Update – Discount Code

Get $50 off with discount code MARYBETH


  1. At today’s session, Aaron mentioned a workshop in November to the UP. Where can I find more details? Thank you

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