Presentations & Speaking Engagements
Very few people have invested the time to truly master the art of photographing the night sky. It takes passion, effort, energy and motivation to go beyond the basics of understanding a camera to truly knowing what your camera sensor is capable of capturing in the dark. Getting the most out of your camera gear and being able to calmly troubleshoot during challenging conditions at night is an art form in and of itself, where practical experience and empirical knowledge come only with time and patience. Mike Taylor has spent countless hours photographing the night sky in the past few years and he thoroughly enjoys teaching others everything he knows about landscape astrophotography and the processing techniques required to create extraordinary night sky images.
Mike is available for slideshow presentations of his work and speaking engagements where he discusses the general principles of night photography including in the field composition, lighting, camera settings, troubleshooting and the features of the night sky, as well as the necessary post-processing techniques to take your night photography to the next level. Simply contact us for rates and schedules.
Observing and photographing the features of the night sky is an awe-inspiring experience that so few people ever get to enjoy. The atmosphere of the night, the sights and sounds, are so very contrary from normal daytime hours that it is literally a different world - a radical world of diffused light, excessive shadows and noises that you will simply never see or hear when the sun is up. These existential awakenings will spark your inner child to marvel at the world again. There is so much to see, so much to hear, so much to enjoy during the dark hours of each day - the Moon, the stars, the Milky Way, the occasional meteor, and the spectacular Northern Lights displays. Accompany Mike on a journey through countless hours of scouting, photographing and processing night sky images - all within a specified time period that you decide.
Technical requirements: large screen TV with HDMI input or screen and projector with HDMI input.
Presentations are always being scheduled - contact us for more information
2019 Speaking Engagements:
January 30 - Harrison Village Library in Harrison, ME - 6PM
March 14 - Rice Public Library in Kittery, ME - 6PM
June 23 - Albert Church Brown Memorial Library in South China, ME - 2PM
July 2 - Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in Rockland, ME - 6PM
July 16 - Kennebunk Free Library in Kennebunk, ME - 6PM
September 17 - York County Audubon at Wells Reserve, ME - 7PM
2018 Speaking Engagements:
March 22 - McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, ME - 6:30PM
April 9 - Skowhegan Public Library in Skowhegan, ME - 6PM
April 10 - Mount Desert Island Photo Club in Northeast Harbor, ME - 6:30PM
July 25 - Witherle Memorial Library in Castine, ME - 7PM
August 29 - Belgrade Public Library in Belgrade, ME - 6PM
August 30 - Rockland Public Library in Rockland, ME - 6:30PM
September 7 - Private Presentation at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, ME - 1PM
November 13 - Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach, ME - 6PM
2015 Speaking Engagements:
November 17 - Capital Area Camera Club in Augusta, ME - 7PM
March 21 - Maine Science Festival in Bangor, ME - 3PM
March 31 - Photographic Society of Rhode Island in Warwick, RI - 7:30PM
April 6 - Photographer's Forum Camera Club in Nashua, NH - 7PM
October 23 - LL Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, ME - 7PM
2014 Speaking Engagements:
March 10 - Penobscot Valley Star Gazers in Bangor, Maine - 6:30PM
April 3 - Eastern Maine Camera Club in Bangor, Maine - 6:30PM
April 15 - Capital Area Camera Club in Augusta, Maine - 7PM
June 14 - Apollo Rendezvous Convention hosted by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society in Dayton, Ohio - 1:45PM