I just returned from Brad’s Arches National Park workshop. Despite the overcast skies and rain, the whole experience was beyond amazing. Brad is a great teacher. He takes an interest in his students and wants them to leave with stellar shots, which is why he does not shoot during his workshops and why he added extra time on both the front and back end of the workshop. He is patient and freely shares his knowledge, both behind the camera and during the post processing part of the workshop. I had to overcome some challenges with my knee to do the physical part of the hike to Delicate Arch. Brad was with me every step of the way. He encouraged and inspired me! I learned how to light paint, focus at night and to create a time-laspe. Brad – thanks for this fab experience. I took what I learned and went Zion and captured the Milky Way. I can’t wait to take another workshop with you!
This was the first photography workshop I’ve taken – I’m largely self-taught and came in a bit nervous about what to expect. But Brad’s an awesome teacher. He’s great at immediately figuring out what everyone’s there to learn about and putting you at ease.
I spent three days at the Arches workshop, and we suffered overcast skies during the time we were there. But Brad dealt with it as well as he could, taking us out a day before and after the workshop’s scheduled dates and waiting out any showers that passed through. In the end, despite the challenges, we all came away with images we were proud of. That’s really a tribute to how dedicated Brad is to making the workshop experience great.
Definitely would recommend Brad’s class for photographers at any level – there’s a ton you’ll pick up in terms of the technical process of creating night sky images and the post-processing skills necessary to make them pop. What I didn’t anticipate, though, was the level of appreciation I’d come away with for the night sky and the threats it faces. Brad’s passion is pretty inspiring, and I’m psyched to join up with him again at some other stop on his tours.
I had the privilege of participating in the recent Arches National Park workshop with Brad. Though it rained every night and we never saw the Milky Way, Brad was willing to stay out as long as anyone wanted. Additionally, because of the poor weather, Brad added an evening before and after the workshop dates to make the most of the starry night that we did get. That was really a thoughtful and considerate gesture on Brad’s part, but once you meet and get to know Brad, you find out quickly that is the kind of guy he is. You see these fantastic images that he has produced and you may prepare yourself to meet someone who is full of themself, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth with Brad. He greeted everyone warmly and made you feel comfortable immediately. He provided his instruction in an encouraging and interactive manner and we just had fun while learning a ton. Most impressive (to me) was that Brad never had his camera out, he spent all his time with us reviewing compositions and offering suggestions. I was honored to spend time with Brad. He is a true master of photography. I look forward to participating in more of Brad’s workshops and would recommend them highly.
Great teacher. Great technique. Brad is totally dedicated to what he does. Due to bad weather he increased 2 nights of the workshop, always with full dedication. Learn from him is not like a normal class, it’s like being with a friend who spends his knowledge with you, very light, very deep, very easy.
Despite my horrible English, was always very easy to understand what Brad said.
He also makes an excellent coffee.
And thanks to my mates Kelly, Dan, Tom, Greg and Kirsten to help me.
I hope to find you all again.
I have just returned from the Arches workshop. Mother nature was not as cooperative as we would have liked, but the workshop was still outstanding! Brad really invests in his students to the point of spending portions of two extra nights with us and never breaking his own camera out even once. I learned many many things both photographically and in post production that I’ll be able to use no matter where my camera and I roam. I look forward to another workshop soon!
Great workshop! My second with Brad and looking forward to another next year. Despite the inclement weather Brad put together a great program to explain everything from
night photography, star trails, time lapse and Photoshop processing that was very helpful. You could not find a better workshop if you are interested in this type of photography.
The night of July 21-22, 2012, will be one of the most memorable of my life! I had the privilege of learning how to capture images of the heavens with one of the most talented photographers I may ever encounter, Brad Goldpaint. Like others that have written testimonials on this page, I am astounded by the beautiful images of nature and the night sky Brad has shared through his artistry. By trade, I am a professional astronomy educator with four decades of exploring the heavens, but I wanted to discover more about using modern DSLR cameras to record the night sky. My trip to Oregon to learn from Brad was absolutely incredible, for he was so giving of his knowledge and skills. Brad’s teaching is very thorough, clear and concise, humorous and unhurried. My fellow student, Sunil, and I were given his complete attention and together we learned so many techniques that allowed us to return home with our own fantastic photos. Fortunately, the Oregon weather was perfect, the skies pristine. Brad took us to several of his favorite locations, all the while assisting, guiding, teaching, and most of all sharing his love of photography and his reverence of the night sky. And yes, Sunil and I greeted the dawn, having enjoyed one of the most amazing nights we could ever have imagined. Will I sign up for another of Brad’s workshops? Absolutely, and I can’t wait for that next magical night! Again, a privilege to learn from a “master” and to make a friend. Thanks, Brad!
Brad has managed to capture some truly iconic astro images and his technique for capturing and bringing them to life is made readily available in his online 1-on-1 workshop. I entered it already familiar with a lot of what he was planning on going over, but he still managed to bring some new things to the table that I didn’t already know. I could tell it wasn’t over the top for even the newest of newbies while still offering something for everyone. He is very flexible with his time and truly wants you to get everything you want out of it. From planning to photographing to post-processing he covers it all. And he even throws in timelapse photography, star trails, and making movies. It was truly worth it.
I was scheduled to do one of Brad’s workshops on July 16th, and he invited me out to shoot with him on the 15th because the aurora were there, even though I was likely to be somewhat of a distraction. By the time I got out there I got a couple cool shots of the aurora, but it had mostly faded.
My point is… he’s truly dedicated to helping his students get great shots, and will do whatever he can to help you when you take one of his workshops. If you’re thinking about taking one, I highly recommend it.
When I take a photograph, I am often asked what were your settings? How did you get that shot? Its never that simple.
The techniques for astro-photography / night sky photography are out there on the web. They can be found in books. The workshop brings together those techniques with Brad’s experience and workflow to show you how to use that knowledge in your photographs.
Brad starts with getting you to better know your gear and its capabilities. The rules change for things as seemingly simple as focusing your camera when there is no light. Brad is knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating. I cannot thank Brad enough for having adjusted my workshop so I could travel for my father’s funeral the next day. We still covered 90% of the material. A full evening and night of shooting in remarkable settings, followed by a great post production workshop.
Its not about the settings, or the equipment or the techniques. Its about composition and applying what you know.
Brad is an artist. He has the eye for beautiful compositions and the technical skills to bring the image together. Brad is a wonderful guide to help you on your journey to great night sky photographs. I highly recommend his workshop.
I first saw Brad’s images on Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog – I was very impressed by them. Better yet, Brad offers hands-on workshops to share his experiences and insights. Bend, OR is a long way from Austin; but I was determined to learn from the best. I was totally blown away by his workshop; he shared his knowledge thoroughly and unreservedly. From planning preparations to image capturing and post-processing, Brad listed in detail the necessary equipment, proper adjustments and settings, and how to experiment with different options. By the way, he also shares with you how to stay warm on a freezing night too! All this knowledge was practiced in the workshop late-night hands-on shootings and post-processing. On top of all these, Brad described in detail how some of his price-winning images were done. What a great learning experience! As a bonus, if you are from out-of-town, he will share with you a list/map of his favorite shooting places around Bend.
If I had 3 wishes all of them would be to take more workshops from Brad. It was worth the drive from WA. He made a personal contact before the workshop started to insure I would have the appropriate gear for the night, and glad he did. It went so smooth. He explains his work in a easy mellow flow, that makes you want to abandon all day light and become a nocturnal photographer. One on one instruction- he hoards no secrets. Just the best. I am a better photographer because of this workshop. Thanks much Brad… the world needs photographers with your vision for us too view the world through. 100% best money ever invested. Thanks for your patience and for showing me all your cool ass spots!
I drove all the way from Arizona not knowing what to expect. My trip was well worth the cost.
I have some limited exposure/sucess to Landscape Astrophotography and Brad was able to
lift the curtain behind this process and fill in the missing parts. Both the image taking and post processing helped to improve my technique. I look forward to taking additional workshops he may offer especially in the area of Tim Lapse.
Good job Brad.
Brads low-key, unintimidating style of teaching makes the perfect workshop for everyone from the seriously novice to the high end pro wanting to pick up a new technique.
Not only did we have a lot of fun, we learned a lot at a pace that was comfortable for everyone. He covers things you would never even think of.
I left the workshop confident enough to go right out the next night and make the most of my rental lens.
I was as excited about the post-processing session as the shooting session and my expectations were exceeded in both areas. All I can say is, if you really want to learn some magical ways to step out of your normal photographic routine, take a workshop from Brad.
Brad taught us the skills to take amazing photographs and brought us to where we needed to go at exactly the right time.
Thank you, Brad for an amazing fun time.
Brad, I absolutely loved the workshop. It exceeded my expectations. Your presentation was excellent. Your help throughout the workshop was excellent. I feel so lucky that I was able to get into the workshop. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
There are some workshops which meets or exceed your expectations, this one just goes through the roof. It’s at least a hundred times better than any other workshop i ever attended. I have never gained so much of knowledge in such a short span of time with anyone.
Brad is such an amazing teacher besides being an awesome photographer. He is so dedicated to his work which so visible in his workshops. This was the best $$ i have ever spent on my photography.
Brad, you ROCK!!
Thanks for making it so much fun!
The first time I saw Brad’s photographs of the Milky Way & the star trails, I was flabbergasted and I was in awe. That by itself motivated me to do a workshop with Brad. First off, I must say Brad’s depth of knowledge in Astro photography is unassailable. Secondly, Brad as a person is AMAZING with an affable personality. Brad went above and beyond in giving me so many tips including backpacking, clothing etc and shared a plethora of information.
Brad covered all aspects of his technique including shooting panorama’s, the equipment, how to shoot star trails and more. The end to end experience from shooting to post processing, Brad makes sure that nothing was left out. Having some good experience shooting the Night sky, I came out more than satisfied. I took away the knowledge and confidence of getting these types of images from Brad’s workshop. I want to go back and shoot with Brad again! Thanks Brad for a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. I got more than my money’s worth, I must say. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Brad’s workshop.
Thanks Brad for a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. I got more than my money’s worth and I am still working through the very comprehensive workbook provided with the course. Not only did we get some great pictures, but the weather was just iffy and Brad kept up on the weather forecast so that we could get some nice shots of the milky way and Mt. Bachelor. Even though I am pretty weak in Photoshop, I was able to get the most out of my images with Brad’s patient tutoring. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to broaden their photographic expertise to include astro photography
I would like to start by thanking Brad for such an amazing workshop. I live in the country of Panama, and my initial idea was to fly to Bend to take this workshop. Once I started looking at air fair it would cost way to much money, so after emailing back and forth with Brad we decided to do the workshop ONLINE. Through Google+ Hangout. I truly cannot emphasize what a learning experience that was. Not only is he a great and friendly person, he also makes sure you understand fully all there is to know about astro photography, He teaches you from what good apps to get, to post-processing. And Google + has a share screen so Brad actually gets to see what you are doing and this way he makes sure you are understanding and doing things right. I WOULD TOTALLY recommend this workshop online. As for me, look forward to astro Photography 2. Sign me up!!
In May 2012 one other participant and I, took a workshop from Brad Goldpaint. I wondered why Brad prefers to have real small groups and now I totally understand. It’s very dark, unfamiliar territory; most people are not use to working with their camera settings, tripod, headlamp and time-lap controller in the dark. I had not used my intervalometer before had lost my directions – he had no problem teaching me how to use it and allowing time for my mistakes. The weather was against us but he still found an area to shoot the Milky Way and we ended up with unbelievable pictures. He doesn’t shoot himself, all his attention is on the students.
The next day around 11:00 he met us to process our pictures. First he started off with one of his pictures for us to practice on and went through the procedure step by step. Then we picked one of our own shots from the previous night and he helped us through that. We tried to do the third one alone but were still asking questions and getting very excited with the results – VERY. This was another time when I was especially glad that there were only two of us.
We never felt hurried – everything was at our pace. If you are thinking about taking one of Brad’s workshops and there’s a financial issue – Hawk Something! He is extremely well prepared and capable. When you see the results you will know you made the right decision.
The first time I saw Brad’s photographs of the Milky Way over Mount Shasta I was enthralled. When I saw his starry images in Arches National Park I was motivated to contact him for a workshop. I recently returned from a spectacular night of learning Brad’s technique of astrophotography that has taken him years to refine. I was not disappointed in any way and luck would have it conditions were perfect. Brad covered all aspects of his technique including finding the milky way, what equipment is necessary to capture stellar images, how to shoot star trails and light paint, how to expose for the milky way, and more. Brad thought of all details necessary for a successful shoot and he was eager to share his knowledge, even including advice on the best clothing to keep warm for an all night winter exposure. This kind of photography involves postprocessing the images to bring out colors and details and Brad makes sure that nothing is left out. He isn’t satisfied unless you are and I was more than satisfied. I went away from Brad’s workshop with the knowledge and confidence of getting these types of images anywhere in the world.
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