If you’re new to image processing, PixInsight is a very powerful and much less expensive alternative to Photoshop. It is an image processing platform specialized in astrophotography, available natively for FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
PixInsight is both an image processing environment and a development framework. It is the result of a dynamic collaboration between like-minded astrophotographers and software developers, who are constantly pushing the boundaries of astronomical image processing.
New modules are being added all the time, eliminating the need for astro-specific, 3rd-party plugins as with Photoshop. Because it was specifically designed for astrophotography, it has definite advantages over Photoshop and its postprocessing abilities now equal or surpass Photoshop in many areas.
PixInsight was created by Pleiades Astrophoto, a software development company based in Spain, Europe. The company works to provide cutting edge image processing and analysis tools for a broad range of technical imaging applications.
The introductory-level three-day PixInsight workshop will focus on the following objectives:
– Provide a comfort level in the PixInsight working environment
– Demonstrate a simple workflow to produce images from raw data
– Reveal intermediate techniques for further improving images
– Build skills by processing data with individual coaching from the instructors.
While the course is aimed at those nearer the beginning of their PixInsight journey, astrophotographers of all skill levels will pick up new tips and tricks for successful deep-sky astro-image processing. Day 1 focuses on learning the user interface and processing environment and takes a simple data set through a complete processing workflow.
On Days 2 and 3, the workshop will dig deeper, mining more complex tools and techniques to enhance workflow. The workshop includes three ‘Process Your Own Data’ sessions, where the instructors will provide targeted coaching and advice based on individual interests and needs.
The cost for three full days at either workshop is $595US and includes morning and afternoon refreshments. Click here for a detailed agenda, accommodation information, and to register for either workshop.