Crater Lake National Park, The Cascade Range, & Smith Rock
2016 Night Sky Photography Workshop
This workshop will cover several iconic locations within the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. We will begin at Crater Lake National Park, home to some of the darkest skies in Oregon. Just beyond the caldera rim, learn powerful and creative techniques as America’s deepest lake mirrors the magic of the night sky. Moving north up to the closely grouped volcanic peaks of the high Cascades, we may capture parts of the Ring of Fire including, the Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor, and Broken Top. In addition, we will visit Smith Rock State Park, one of Oregon’s most scenic river canyons with sheer basalt cliffs jetting up to the sky, around the meandering Crooked River. All wilderness destinations offer a rich and complex backdrop, illuminated under a starry night. This workshop is structured around all skill levels from beginners to professional photographers desiring to learn more about capturing the night sky.
August 3 – 7, 2016: SOLD OUT
A total of 6 students may participate in this workshop. Limiting class sizes allows me to provide you with the best learning environment possible. My goal is to provide you with expert guidance, instruction, and personal attention according to your learning styles, so I never bring my own cameras to a class!
This is a 5-day workshop and will include three nights under the stars and two days of tutorials. During this workshop, we will be concentrating on capturing the Milky Way, creating star trails, light painting, panoramas, and much more. You will also learn about time lapse photography, motion control systems, and create time-lapsed videos. You will receive a more comprehensive, 65 page booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing for personal reference. You will receive with this course a much deeper understanding of the night sky and a thorough combination of skills, tools, and resources to move forward with your abilities after leaving the workshop. During all field work, we will follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize any impact on the desert environment. With over 70 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, and time-lapse photography
• Learn about light painting still images and time-lapse sequences
• Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
• Receive personal tips and special techniques
• Learn how to create time-lapse videos similar to Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen.
• Hands-on experience with the Kessler Crane TLS System and Second Shooter. Learn more about this incredible 3 axis, time-lapse system HERE.
• Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, & After Effects
• A DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera with at least 2-4 extra batteries (depending on your camera body) and a minimum 32gb memory card. We will be shooting in RAW format all night so you will need a large memory card and additional batteries.
• A wide angle lens, at least 24mm or wider, and f/2.8. Note: You can rent lenses and camera bodies at www.borrowlenses.com for the workshop if needed.
• Intervalometer (Click HERE for an example)
• A sturdy tripod
• Headlamp (Must include a red light. Click HERE for an example.) and flashlight
• Warm/Layered Clothing (it can get very cold)
• Extra food and/or necessities you may require (coffee and teas will be provided during the workshop)
• You will not need your computer during the shooting portion, but I recommend all participants bring a laptop to the post processing tutorial with a copy of Bridge/Photoshop installed. You can install a 30 day trial from Adobe. Click HERE for more details.
$1895 per person
Alumni Price: $1695 – You must have taken a previous workshop with Goldpaint Photography
* 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.
Booking and Refund Policy
A 50%, non refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop via Paypal using the button ‘Add to cart’ above. Sorry, because we’re on-assignment, checks cannot be accepted. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start date. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by June 4, 2016, your space will be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for cancellations and transfers before signing up.
Easy to Moderate. This workshop will require approximately 1 mile of hiking throughout each night. Please be prepared for uneven terrain and rough surfaces.
Ultimately, weather is an uncontrollable factor with night sky photography. Regardless of the conditions (for example, a freak blizzard) we will stay out and shoot as long as it is safe to do so. I suggest all participants attending my workshops to arrive one day prior and stay one day later (if possible). If weather becomes an issue, we may need to be flexible and shoot the night before/after the scheduled workshop dates. Clouds play a significant role while capturing the night sky. However, even during completely overcast conditions, I promise you will come away with beautiful images, knowledge, and capabilities of capturing the night sky.
Am I allowed to bring a spouse or friend who will not be taking pictures?
Sure you can! However, due to additional permit fees, materials, logistics, etc… a 50% additional fee will be charged per person.
Accommodations & Transportation
Accommodations and transportation 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 as soon as possible inside Crater Lake National Park for the first night and the SW area of Bend, OR for the remainder of the workshop. 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 in early 2016, well before the workshop date.
If you have additional questions or would like to be added to the waiting list, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Fill in the contact form below and I will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.