This workshop will cover the iconic location of Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra. This extensive and magnificent region, where the desert meets the high granite mountains, was created by a series of ancient glaciers, massive earthquakes, and erupting volcanoes. The salty region of Mono Lake lies just below the Sierra Crest to the east. Eerie skeletons of petrified stones called tufa’s, lurk between the shadows and provokes comparisons to a lunar landscape. This workshop is structured around all skill levels from beginners to professional photographers desiring to learn more about connecting the vast night sky to unique and fascinating landscapes.


May 9 – 11, 2019

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Contact us to be put on the waitlist



Physical Difficulty

Expect to hike 1-2 miles

  • 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.

Workshop Gallery

Patricia M.

GP Alumni

2017, 2018
“This is the second workshop of Brad’s that I have attended. I am so glad I participated, as I learned new ways to capture night images.  I am not a big Photoshop user, but Brad superbly explained both the photographing technique and the processing that is done afterwards. I also was encouraged to get out of my “comfort zone” in composition and really explore what is in front of me in new ways! Being out west at Mono Lake, CA location gave us natural wonders to work with and awesome, clear and open sky. I look forward to attending more of Brad’s workshops in the future.”

Topics Covered

This 3-day workshop begins with a 4 hour ‘Introduction to Landscape Astro-Photography’ class at an indoor facility in Mammoth Lakes, CA. In addition, we will shoot two nights at numerous locations throughout the Mono Lake Area, and end with a 4-hour post processing in-class session. During this workshop, we will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, light painting, panoramas, and much more. 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.


Mono Lake Night Photography Workshop: May 9 – 11, 2019


SKU: ML3-2 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 March 10, 2019, or your space may be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for more info.

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 in Mammoth Lakes, 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]
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