Our 2019 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 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 both dark skies and moonlit wilderness landscapes.

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” -Stephen Hawking


August 22 – 24, 2019

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Contact us to be put on the waitlist



Physical Difficulty

Longest hike is 3 miles round trip

  • Brad Goldpaint

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

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Katie B.

GP Alumni

2017, 2018
“I wish I could do a workshop with Brad every weekend! I just returned from Lassen National Volcanic Park for a 3-day workshop. I hadn’t heard of the park before it was mentioned on this website so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The park is beautiful and quiet.  We had so many different landscapes to shoot from including the geothermal hot springs, high alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, as well as beautiful streams and wildflowers.  In addition to the sunset, the Milky Way, and star trails, we focused on using moonlight to illuminate the different landscapes as mentioned above. I have done one prior workshop with Brad in Joshua Tree and felt the small groups in both Lassen and Joshua Tree really let me become more comfortable in my night photography. I’m amazed at how Brad is able to give personal attention to everyone and is always there to answer your questions. I’m looking forward to more workshops!”

Topics Covered

This 3-day workshop begins with a 4 hour ‘Introduction to Night Sky Photography’ class at a nearby indoor facility near 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, 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 how to use moonlight to your advantage
  • 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 National Park Night Photography Workshop: August 22 – 24, 2019


SKU: LVNP3 Category:

Additional information

Workshop Payment

Nonrefundable Deposit, Remaining Balance

*Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. A 50%, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start date. Please pay the balance in full by June 23, 2019, or your space may be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for more info.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodation and transportation 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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