Mount Shasta Time-Lapse Photography Workshop

June 10 – 14, 2024

On a clear day, Mount Shasta can be seen from over 100 miles (160 km) away. Free from big city lights, this popular destination allows you to enjoy star-filled nights under a rich and complex wilderness backdrop. This snow-covered, sacred landmark towering over Shasta/Trinity National Forest land, is just 60 miles south of the Oregon border in wooded northern California, midway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Her dormant volcano peak rises 14,179 feet (4322 m) high and is the second highest volcano within the Pacific Basin’s notorious “Ring of Fire.” Water from five glaciers provide moisture for lush meadows teaming with wildflowers, great pine and red fir forests, high alpine lakes, tumbling streams and dramatic waterfalls before finally flowing down the Sacramento Valley and into the San Francisco Bay.

This 5-day workshop focuses on learning how to photograph and process time-lapse videos with few physical demands. It is specifically structured for those who desire very little hiking and on fairly easy terrain. This workshop is organized to accommodate intermediate to professional photographers desiring to learn more about capturing time-lapse videos of sunsets, the night sky, moon sets, and the Milky Way under some of the darkest skies in Northern California.

This workshop is designed around capturing early evening views of the Milky Way, utilizing moonlight to illuminate foreground elements, followed by dark skies without moonlight interruption. Due to the remoteness of each location, there are no facilities available during the in-field portion of the workshop.

“When I first caught sight of Mount Shasta over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, I was fifty miles away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since.”

John Muir, 1874


June 10 – 14, 2024

Group Size

6 Participants
1 Instructor



Spaces Available
Only 2 Spaces Remain!
Physical Difficulty

Less than a mile of walking each night

Lunar Cycle

1st Quarter
23 – 51% Illumination

Elevation Range

~5500 ft

Workshop Gallery

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.

Topics Covered & Materials Included

This 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Introduction to Time-lapse Photography’ class at an indoor facility near Mount Shasta, CA. In addition, we will shoot three nights at a few locations throughout the area with two 4-hour post processing in-class sessions. This workshop will concentrate on capturing time-lapse footage of the Milky Way, moon strikes, sunsets, and much more. As part of your introduction, you will receive an updated copy of our 60+ 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 fragile alpine environment. With over 70 topics you will:

  • Receive an exclusive, updated copy of our 60+ page workshop booklet. This valuable guidebook contains step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing, exposure guides for capturing the Milky Way, ‘Planning Your Shoot’, and much more.
  • 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 and know when to photograph in manual mode or aperture priority
  • How to choose the correct interval for each scene you capture
  • Begin to master the art of capturing time-lapse footage of the Milky Way, moonsets, animated star trails, and much more
  • Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
  • Learning about de-flickering your time-lapse videos
  • Receive personal tips and special techniques
  • Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, LRTimelapse, & Premiere Pro

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.

Register for the Workshop

Mount Shasta Time-lapse Workshop: June 10 – 14, 2024


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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 April 11, 2024, 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 near Mount Shasta, 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.


GP Alumni


“I recently attended Brad’s workshop at Mt. Shasta. I have waited 3 years to finally get a chance to work with him. I was so impressed! One of my favorite things, and a reason I booked, was the fact that Brad does not bring his own camera. No matter your level of knowledge, he was there to walk through settings, composition and answer any questions. I appreciated that the workshop was small, and it felt like a “one on one” because there was time for everyone. I learned more in three days than I did in a year on my own. Can’t wait to come back!”

Behind the Scenes


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

This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest & Klamath National Forest.
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