BOLTON
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Upcoming Events

Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 24 February
Bolton Town Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Dominic Maloney
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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£24      
Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Sunday 10 March
Salford - 10am - 2 Hours
Dominic Maloney
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones. A model is present during the session.
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£24      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 16 March
Salford - 12pm - 3 Hours
Dominic Maloney
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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£61      

Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 23 March
Bolton Town Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Aaliyah Khan
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
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Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography

Saturday 30 March
Salford - 7pm - 2 Hours
Dominic Maloney
Learn the basics of long exposure to capture light trails along with tripod photography.

Long exposure refers to a technique where you keep the shutter open for an unusually long period of time. This results to interesting effects in your photographs.
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£24      
Headshot Photography Class

Headshot Photography Class

Saturday 06 April
Salford - 12pm - 3 Hours
Dominic Maloney
A headshot is a tightly framed face shot, typically from the shoulders up. The goal of your headshot is to clearly & creatively showcase your client's professionalism, personality, and brand. As a class, we will focus on creating headshots from the chest up with good lighting on your model's face.
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£61      

Colors of Spring Photography

Colors of Spring Photography

Saturday 13 April
Entwistle - 12pm - 2 Hours
Dominic Maloney
Spring photography is a beautiful way to capture the renewal of life that comes with the arrival of spring.

Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We'll be looking at composition, focus and colour in this Spring season!
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£24      
Animal Photography

Animal Photography

Saturday 27 April
Smithills Dean Rd - 12pm - 2 Hours
Dominic Maloney
Embark on a wild adventure with our Animal Photography Meetup! Get ready to capture the untamed beauty of creatures big and small. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a budding enthusiast, join us for an exciting experience. Share tips, tricks, and tales of your animal encounters as we navigate through a world of fur, feathers, and fins. Bring your camera, unleash your creativity, and let's focus on the fascinating world of wildlife together!

Note: Please bring £12 for the farm fee. Its not included in the booking fee.
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£24      

Nearby Photography Groups

Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Saturday 02 March
The Cross, Lymm - 11am - 2 Hours
Wigan Photography Group
Enisa Huso
Explore and capture the vibrant kaleidoscope of bustling streets--people, cafes, vendors, buskers, historic buildings, art installations, and so much more, with our immersive photography event. Our skilled team will guide you through enhancing your power of observation, the key to great street photography.

Master the art of unveiling fascinating details in common street scenes through easy-to-follow methods. These techniques will awaken your photographer's eye, revealing a world alive with extraordinary detail. Experience the thrill of engaging with intriguing people and persuading them to pose for your lens, a rewarding part of our class that often produces the most memorable shots.

Together, we will delve into the optimal settings, focusing techniques, and lens choices quintessential to street photography. This hands-on instruction aims to equip you with the know-how to effectively capture those unexpected encounters and fleeting moments that make street photography so captivating. Expand your visual narrative with us and discover the amazing stories unfolding on every corner.
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£24      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Sunday 03 March
Avenham & Miller Park - 11am - 2 Hours
Preston Photography Group
Sana Burney
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
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£24      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 09 March
Northern Quarter - 11am - 2 Hours
Manchester Photography Group
Warren McCann
Before colour film, there was only monochrome and in this session we'll be focusing on just that. Taking away the distractions of bright flowers and blue skies, we'll be shifting our attention towards shadows, textures and contrasting tones. By the end of this session, expect to be expertly capturing the world in black and white.
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£24      

Smart Phone Photography Class

Smart Phone Photography Class

Sunday 10 March
Town Centre Manchester - 2pm - 3 Hours
Stockport Photography Group
Zaina Chaudhary
Discover the latent potential of your smartphone camera with our specialized class. Dive into a comprehensive exploration of the various in-built features and editing apps. Learn how to capture stunning photographs right from your pocket. Our experts will guide you through the nuances of mobile photography, ensuring you take away the knowledge to create impactful and aesthetically pleasing pictures anytime, anywhere. Become a proficient smartphone photographer, starting now.
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£61      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 16 March
Great Underbank - 10am - 3 Hours
Stockport Photography Group
Olamide Bakare
Unlock the full potential of your photography skills by mastering manual camera settings. Dive into an informative session designed to demystify shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and discover the intricate ways these elements influence your shots.

Then, take your newfound understanding to the next level with practical, hands-on experience, guided by the expertise of a seasoned professional photographer. Come, harness the power behind each click, and transform the way you capture moments forever.
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£61       5 places left
Photographing Reflections

Photographing Reflections

Sunday 17 March
Harris Museum - 11am - 2 Hours
Preston Photography Group
Sana Burney
We will be using natural water reflections and seeking out man-made reflective surfaces in the area to explore how we can use reflections to add depth and intrigue to our images. Reflections can help us to show our subject from an unusual, or from multiple, points of view. We can use reflections to abstract our subject or to make perfect mirror images. We'll even have a look at how we can create our own reflections when there are none around.
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£24      

Portraiture With Natural Light

Portraiture With Natural Light

Saturday 23 March
Northern Quarter - 11am - 2 Hours
Manchester Photography Group
Warren McCann
This class is your time to learn and gain a proper understanding of Composition and the importance of light to help boost your photography skills.

We, as a class, will be photographing a model without any on-camera flash or strobe photography. Just the available light, we will walk through, troubleshoot, make adjustments and capture a portrait successfully.

We will also learn how to use light modifiers like a reflector to help capture appropriately exposed shots in not-so-great lighting
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£24      
New to Photography Class

New to Photography Class

Saturday 23 March
Town Centre Manchester - 2pm - 3 Hours
Stockport Photography Group
Zaina Chaudhary
Immerse yourself in the essential foundations of photography with our meticulously crafted class, offering a comprehensive grasp of the fundamental principles that constitute the backbone of great photography. Delve into the intricacies that form the "nuts and bolts" of the craft, unlocking a profound understanding of your camera and empowering you to craft remarkable shots. Equipped with these foundational skills, you'll gain the confidence to navigate through various photography styles seamlessly, whether it's capturing expressive portraits, breathtaking landscapes, or anything in between. Elevate your photography journey as you master the core elements that serve as the cornerstone for capturing compelling images in any scenario.
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£61      
WWC (Walk with Camera) Meetup

WWC (Walk with Camera) Meetup

Saturday 30 March
The Cross, Lymm - 11am - 2 Hours
Wigan Photography Group
Enisa Huso
Join us for a casual, enjoyable stroll with your camera as we explore diverse aspects of photography together. Be captivated by an array of different genres such as urban landscapes, architectural marvels, stunning seascapes and fascinating abstract compositions. Unleash your creativity in a friendly and supportive environment perfect for aspiring photographers. Experience the joy of photography with us and see the world through a whole new lens.
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£24      

Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 06 April
Northern Quarter - 1pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Photography Group
Warren McCann
Before colour film, there was only monochrome and in this session we'll be focusing on just that. Taking away the distractions of bright flowers and blue skies, we'll be shifting our attention towards shadows, textures and contrasting tones. By the end of this session, expect to be expertly capturing the world in black and white.
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£24      
Walk with Camera Class

Walk with Camera Class

Saturday 20 April
Town Centre Manchester - 2pm - 3 Hours
Stockport Photography Group
Zaina Chaudhary
Embark on a captivating exploration of visual storytelling by joining our Walk with Camera class. This unique experience invites participants to discover the art of capturing moments on the go, transforming everyday scenes into extraordinary narratives. Led by a seasoned instructor, this class provides a dynamic outdoor setting where participants can hone their photography skills in real-time. From mastering composition techniques to understanding the play of light and shadow, each step of the walk becomes an opportunity to refine one's photographic eye. Whether you're a novice or an enthusiast, this class offers an immersive journey to unleash creativity and see the world through the lens in a whole new light. Join us for a stroll filled with inspiration, and let your camera be the storyteller of your artistic vision.
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£61      
Nature Texture Meetup

Nature Texture Meetup

Saturday 27 April
Wigan Central Ward - 11am - 2 Hours
Wigan Photography Group
Enisa Huso
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of nature photography with our Nature Texture Meetup. Join us as we embark on a journey to capture the intricate beauty of the natural world. Participants will have the opportunity to explore key elements of composition using our frame and tools available, including the Rule of Thirds, Make Use of Leading Lines and Shapes, Change Your Point of View, Frame Your Subject / Negative Space, Balance, Depth of Field, Contrast, and Color. Moreover, we encourage experimentation and breaking the rules to foster creativity and unique perspectives. Whether you're an experienced photographer or just starting out, this meetup promises to inspire, educate, and elevate your photography skills while immersing you in the awe-inspiring textures of nature.

This project delves into the various textures found in the natural world, presenting a curated collection that showcases the beauty and complexity of these elements.
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£24      

Other Nearby Groups

Speed Landscape Drawing

Speed Landscape Drawing

Saturday 24 February
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
The focus of this two-hour structured session is "speed" and "form", i.e. capturing the essence of a subject. You will learn how to quickly sketch and capture multiple subjects in a city, park and peoples interactions. You will be advised to keep things rather loose and time your drawing.
You will have a chance to meet and greet like-minded people, choose your own images or from the printed ones from the instructor. All levels and experiences are welcome
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£24      
Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Sunday 25 February
Chorlton-on-Medlock - 11am - 3 Hours
Manchester Crochet Club
Kelli-Louise Plummer
Reignite your love for crochet or pick up this relaxing hobby for the first time at our beginner-friendly class. Whether you are completely new or have previous crocheting experience, this program will offer expert guidance on those quintessential basic stitches. The session opens with training on proficient ways of holding the yarn before advancing to the formation of stitches that build up a classic granny square. Moreover, we won't let you worry about materials - a crochet kit will be provided for each participant. To enhance your experience, a complimentary tea or coffee is also included in the package. Start weaving new memories and creating handmade treasures with us.
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£46      
Urban Sketch

Urban Sketch

Saturday 16 March
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
Immerse yourself in the urban landscape with a creative workshop dedicated to capturing the essence of our bustling metropolis, one shape at a time. Delve into the structural intricacies of our city's architecture and the dynamic movements of its inhabitants. Whether it's the everyday crossing of a road, the anticipation at the tram stop, or the vibrant performances of buskers on Market Street, each element will be mindfully deconstructed and artistically reinterpreted.

This session encourages a flexible approach, welcoming artists of various skills to explore their preferred mediums of pencil or pen.
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£24      

Park and Street Scenes

Park and Street Scenes

Saturday 23 March
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
A session focusing on capturing scenes of leisure during people's days off. Family walks, shopping, waiting for public transport, couples, feeding the ducks, people at the pub and nights out.

Figures and action will make up scenes the group will work on, at the end an option to show collectively the scenes of “Park Life” we will have all created.

People can complete their drawing just with a pen, or they can add colours with any medium they like to use, such as water-soluble colour pencils or watercolours.
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£24      
Nature in the City

Nature in the City

Saturday 06 April
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
Drawing cityscapes whilst balancing the contrast of foliage and buildings/ city structures making cityscapes intricate, and highlighting natural beauty in and around Manchester. Techniques including making making, composition and simplistic but effective colouring. Particularly good for drawers wanting to prioritise natural lines amongst hard foundational mark marking.
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£24      
Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Saturday 20 April
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
In this class, we will explore the basics of drawing and equip you with the skills needed to create beautiful and expressive artwork.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing, including perspective, proportion, shading, and composition.

We will also be practicing various forms of Mark Making techniques and hopefully will make an empty page less daunting to fill up.

Perfect for complete beginners.
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£24      

Drawing Cityscapes : Asia and Manchester

Drawing Cityscapes : Asia and Manchester

Saturday 04 May
Manchester City Center - 2pm - 2 Hours
Manchester Art Group
Chloe Harris
In this cityscape themed session Temples, greenery and street stalls are included in scenes approached in an elementary style. Brilliant for composing scenes and adding cultural nuances.

You will be guided whilst drawing typical city scenes with a cityscape artist. Choose from a selection of Manchester and Asia cityscape photographs on entry to draw from. A focus of composition and skills in fundamentally building up a cityscape scene are revised in this session. Images of Asia and Manchester provided.

Warm up activities and sketches to start, leading into 2 longer cityscape drawings at the end will leave you with the start of a collection of cityscape drawings.
A fab class whether your a keen cityscape drawer, or beginner!
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£24      
ABOUT BOLTON
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Bolton .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Bolton Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Before the course I wasn't good at portrait photography. However, Christy was very good at breaking down the structure into easy to understand parts. I came away with a lot to work on.
    5/5
    Martin
    2023-08-29
    Christy was a incredibly knowledgeable and personable.
    5/5
    Simon
    2023-08-15
    Fabulous .. Very much enjoyed it and learnt loads . Christie was brilliant .. very knowledgeable and happy to share and lovely company
    5/5
    Elizabeth
    2023-08-01

    The selective photography was very interesting to know and both Christy and Niamh, the tutor were great tutors. Thank you
    5/5
    Arise
    2023-06-18
    This event was fantastic, Christy really break everything down to more simple to make me understand the exposure triangle and I'm feeling more confident in taking pictures now. Everyone was very friendly, the group work well together.
    5/5
    Arise
    2023-06-06
    Christy was fantastic and she's very experienced in anything photography. She break everything down for me and make me to start realising my potential in photography again
    5/5
    Arise
    2023-05-19

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Dominic Maloney
    Hi I'm Dominic, a Manchester based photographer and cinematographer. I love the technical, creative and social sides to working around cameras. Whether it is doing a fun photoshoot with a client or shooting a short low budget film with a whole cast and crew. Being able to navigate a camera opens up so many rewarding opportunitities and so much enjoyment in life.

    I'm very excited to get to know you all, eager to share some knowledge and embark on this learning journey together!

    Check out some of my work at dominicmaloney.com
    Connect with me on instagram @dominiclloydmaloney
    PHOTOS
    Bolton Photography Group
    2024-01-26
    Title or Location: Smithills Lane in Bolton
    On a lovely winters day walk around Smithills Coaching house in Bolton on 4th January 2024. I love winters day walks and enjoy taking the time to find a picture I want to work with.
    Credit: Dawn Francis
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrancisArtsPhotography/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dawn__duncan_francis/

    Bolton Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: Chew Moor
    Walking around lostock near Bolton more specificially Chew Moor on the 14th January 2024.. seeing the water tower house on the horizon, with the grey clouds rolling in while the sun was lowering. Compliments the scene in my opinion
    Credit: David Southern
    Instagram: Photomyself.co.uk
    Bolton Photography Group
    2024-01-14
    Title or Location: Adlington Canal
    The perfect for a walk along the canal network as the mist creates such incredible scenes against the morning sunlight.
    Credit: Matt Smith
    Facebook: Matt J Smith
    Instagram: @[email protected]

    Bolton Photography Group
    2023-10-14
    Title or Location: Horwich, Wallsuches, Chorley old Road
    Captured during our Sunday Walk (081023) around Ridgmont, Wallsuches in Horwich which may I add was very warm and mild with temperatures around 23c. My viewing perspective and the reflection in curleys lodge made this possible together with the introduction of autumnal colours.
    Credit: David Southern
    Instagram: @photomyself.co.uk

    Bolton Photography Group
    2023-10-06
    Title or Location: Wayoh Reservoir, Edgworth
    A beautiful local ramble that includes Entwistle & Wayoh Reservoirs & makes for a fab 5.5 mile adventure &128526
    Credit: Grant John Robertson
    Facebook: Grant John Robertson
    Instagram: Gjr61
    Bolton Photography Group
    2023-09-22
    Title or Location: Sunset after showers

    Credit: Nicholas J Sorfleet

    Colchester Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March
    London Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch

    Peterborough Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd
    Wichita Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks

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