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

Class Size:
6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available:


Physical Difficulty:
Moderate. Longest hike is 3 miles round trip.

“To provide you with the best personal learning environment possible, I limit my class size and NEVER bring my own camera to a class.”

I have just come home from my first Goldpaint Photography workshop and I have to say that it was beyond my expectations. If you’re a photographer with an interest in capturing the night sky, you won’t find a better way to learn the necessary skills.” –David

Topics Covered

This 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.


Lassen Volcanic Night Photography Workshop: 9/8 – 9/10

* 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.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodations, transportation, and park entrance fees are not included in the workshop fee. We understand each person has different needs and may want to stay in a hotel or campsite. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend arranging your accommodations near Chester, CA. The group will meet for introductions and at that time, arrange to carpool, exchange information, etc. We generally try to arrange our classroom instruction in hotel meeting rooms similar to a Best Western or Holiday Inn Express when available. You will receive a detailed itinerary well before the workshop date to assist you as you make your travel arrangements. 


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by sending an email to info[at]goldpaintphotography.com.

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