Free Star Trails Post Processing Video Tutorial

So you’re ready to capture and post process some star trail images? Let me show you just how easily this can be done! Using my free tutorials provided below I’ll show you my favorite methods to capture and edit your star trail images in a simple yet powerful manner.

First I’ll provide you with step by step instruction, next you can watch the free video tutorial to see these steps in action. Both are provided below the free eBook link below. If you haven’t taken any star trails images yet you can learn how to do so using my Free Star Trails Shooting Tutorial

Download your Free 40 page Star Photography eBook & access the tutorials below the next photo. 
You will learn how to take and edit / post process star trail photos as well as still frame photos during the workshop. This was taken from a view point high above Crater Lake. We will visit a ton of great locations within the park during the workshop.

Download Your Free 40 Page eBook

Below I’ve provided a free 40 page, Night Sky Exploration & Adventure eBook Bundle, which will be sent directly to your email address as a PDF file. Included in the eBook is everything you will need to get started in Milky Way, Night Sky & Star Trail Photography + some great night sky hikes as well!

Included in the free eBook bundle are the following 5 eBooks

3 Tricks for Focusing at Night
5 Simple Steps to View & Photograph the Night Sky
Dave’s Top 10 Planning Tools for Photography & Hiking
Star / Night Photography Camera & Lens Recommendations
3 Great Hikes for Exploring the Night

CLICK HERE & Receive Your Free eBook Bundle

Star Trails Post Processing Tutorial

After getting back from taking some star trails pictures here is my preferred method of post processing them explained in a very brief manner. I’ve also provided a free video below to show you these steps in action.
  1. Load all your images into a RAW photo processor of your choice such as Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW.
  2. Adjust a single exposure out of the series to get the white balance, darks, lights and all of the other settings to mimic what you would like to see in your final image. Now sync all of your other images from the shoot to exactly match this image. This is very easy using the “Sync” option in Lightroom.
  3. Export all of your files to JPEG, TIFF or whatever other format you like. Note: If you choose TIFF and plan to export a few hundred picture files you either need a really fast computer with lots of RAM or some magic. I would suggest JPEG in the case of star trail pictures.
  4. Layer all of the files on top of each other in Photoshop. I like to use Adobe Bridge to do this using the “Load Files into Photoshop as Layers” function.
  5. Select all of the picture layers in Photoshop EXCEPT the bottom one and change the blend mode to lighten.
  6. Boom, that’s it. You should now see a picture that mimics one long star trail for each star location.  I go on to do many different other adjustments to this image after completing the steps above, but that’s for another tutorial:)

Free Video Tutorial


Scouting & Planning for Star, Milky Way and Night Sky Photography – Free Video Series

Ready to take your night sky photography to the next level? Provided below is my free three part video series on scouting and planning for Milky Way, star & night sky photography.

These video tutorials are a great supplement to the Free Milky Way and Star Trail Photography Tutorials contained on this website. You can also find a bunch of other great information in both of the links noted above. I also provide a Free Star Trails Post Processing Video Tutorial and Milky Way Post Processing Video Tutorials for all of you Photoshop and Lightroom users out there!

Learn how I scouted & planned for this exact shot and many more.

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Check out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops

Make sure to check out the video notes which are provided below each video ( on YouTube ) for free eBooks, links and other helpful information which are mentioned in the tutorial. 

While you’re over there subscribe to my YouTube channel for more video tutorials.

Part 1 – Moon Phase, Dark Skies & Weather

Part II – The Photographer’s Ephemeris & Google Earth

Part III – Stellarium

Become Your Dreams – Olympic National Park, Washington

It’s great to be back with a new blog post for you all. With the launch of my How to Photograph the Northern Lights Tutorial & Star Photography Photoshop Actions & Luminosity Channels it’s been an insane past 2 months.

My goal as always is to bring you all top notch content from all aspects of landscape, night and star photography! Do you have any comments or suggestions on new tutorials you would like to see on this website? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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My latest goal is to simplify life by all means, and this includes photography. You’ll see what I mean in these emails, they are simple yet very powerful concepts and tools which you can implement right away!

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Let’s Get to It!

For anyone that missed it I made a free tutorial for you all. It will show you how to post process / edit your Northern Lights photos from start to finish in Lightroom & Photoshop.

Fresh out of some amazing hikes in the Pacific Northwest, winter is quickly approaching which means awesome snowshoeing and travels abroad.

Recently we spent some time in the Enchantments of Washington State. This place is unreal! I’d highly suggest it to anyone that wants to escape reality for a week. We spent 5 days out here exploring, hiking and taking photos!

Taken on a 5 day backpacking trip in fall of 2014.
Paul Weeks Shooting in the Enchantments of Washington State


The Shot

This is one of my favorite spots to shoot on the Olympic Peninsula. You can camp here, or even better hike up the beach for days without seeing a soul. The Wild Coast as they call it has is very remote once you get out there a day or two. It also has some really nice easy to access locations for day trippers.
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