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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.

We are currently offering our presentations online via Zoom.

Presentations are always being scheduled  - contact us for more information.

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2021 Speaking Engagements:

January 19 - Litchfield Hills Camera Club of Connecticut - 7PM online via Zoom   

March 25 - Adventures in Photography - 7PM online via Zoom

April 20 - Rockbridge Camera Club - 7PM online via Zoom

2020 Speaking Engagements:

February 12 - Rockport Public Library in Rockport, ME - 6PM

February 22 - Waldoboro Public Library in Waldoboro, ME - 1:30PM

April 30  - First Light Camera Club in Brunswick, ME - 6:30PM online via Zoom

June 30 - Bailey Public Library in Winthrop, ME - 6:30PM online via Zoom

October 29 - Stonybrook Camera Club - 7:30PM online via Zoom

November 10 - Seacoast Camera Club in Portsmouth, NH - 6PM online via Zoom

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

September 19 - Pittsfield Public Library in Pittsfield, ME - 6PM

November 19 - Capital Area Camera Club in Augusta, 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 

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