Our 2017 workshop season finale will be held in Northern California’s best kept secret, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Located on the southern edge of the Cascade Range, this under-discovered wilderness area is home to remarkable bio-diversity and hydrothermal activity. Lassen is one of the oldest parks in the US and home to the Lassen Dark Sky Festival, contributing to the important role of protecting our night skies. What makes this hidden gem special as a new destination for us is that Lassen is less known, less crowded-but no less spectacular for exploring your artistic expressions within four types of volcanic regions. You will be expertly guided around smoldering features of boiling springs and mud pots, gas vents, and natural watersheds under majestic skies. Come photograph the Milky Way’s phenomenon as it reflects off of high alpine, moonlit lakes surrounded by wildflowers, volcanic diversity, and a rich ecosystem teaming with natural and historical abundance. This workshop is structured around all skill levels from beginner to advanced photographers desiring to learn more about capturing the night sky in concert with moonlit wilderness landscapes.
September 8 – 10, 2017
6 Participants Maximum
Moderate. Longest hike is 3 miles round trip.
Topics CoveredThis 3 day workshop begins with a 4 hour ‘Introduction to Landscape Astro-Photography’ class at a nearby indoor facility in Chester, CA. In addition, we will shoot two nights at numerous locations throughout the park, and end with a 4-hour post processing in-class session. During this workshop, we will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way and moonlit landscapes, create star trails and panoramas. You will receive a copy of our 50 page workshop booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing for personal reference. During all field work, we will follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize any impact on the environment. With over 65 topics you will:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the night sky (Earth’s orbit, location of the Milky Way, meteor showers, moon cycles, etc.)
- Appreciate the importance of planning for your shoot
- Understand the differences between shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance, and more
- Learn how to focus your lens at night
- Begin to master the art of capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, composites, and more
- Learn about light painting
- Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
- Receive personal tips and special techniques
- Learn how to blend multiple exposures together in post processing using Adobe Photoshop
- Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Bridge & Photoshop
What equipment do I need to bring?We encourage you to visit our ‘Workshop FAQ’s Page’ for required equipment during your workshop, itinerary examples, and much more.
* Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. You are responsible for supplying your personal necessities. Please visit our terms & conditions for more info.