Joshua Tree 10/21/2017 Night Photography Workshop

Joshua Tree 10/21/2017 Night Photography Workshop


This workshop is for those who would like to learn fundamental night photography shooting techniques and advanced astrophotography concepts with hands on instructions from two of the most innovative landscape astrophotographers in the world! Sean Pierce (@prevailz) and I are so excited to combine our knowledge and passion into one awesome workshop. Taking place under the starry skies of beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, California; this will be an epic adventure of night shooting with a group of other individuals who are also extremely passionate about photography and want to learn how to capture the beauty of the night sky. This workshop is also for those looking to begin taking their astrophotography to a professional level, learn about advanced astro concepts, and hear lots bad astronomy jokes. What's the difference between a steak and a meteorite?
Ones a little meat and the other is a little meteor ;)

Summary: of what you are getting!

  • A full night of hands on Astrophotography Instructions from world class landscape astrophotographers
  • A follow up post processing/editing workflow video for our shoots (I use my student's photos for these)
  • A (up to) 25% discount on all future workshops, services, private post processing lessons, tutorail videos, and other awesome content.

Pricing: $200 total investment. Includes a whole night of shooting and learning, as well as a post processing video afterwards using student images we

Topics Covered: Including but not limited to

  • Learning about and planning your Milky Way shots around the Milky Way core schedule, moon cycles, light pollution and locations.

  • Discuss astrophotography equipment like lenses, camera bodies, intervalometers, and even advanced gear like german equatorial mounts, dew heaters, software, and post processing softwares.

  • Finding an artistic and interesting composition and foreground and what factors contribute in making a high quality astrophoto.

  • How to set up your gear and learning to maximize the full potential of your astrophotography set up.

  • Astrophotography techniques like how to focus your camera at night, orient yourself in the dark, find the Milky Way and important night sky constellations, stars, and celestial objects.

  • Concepts about balancing a proper exposure and the exposure triangle with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed.

  • Understanding concepts like Signal, Noise, Rule of 500, Coma, Chromatic Aberrations.

  • We will also discuss about innovative astrophotography topics like Signal to Noise Ratio, Quantum Effeciency, Tracking, Stacking.

  • Post processing and how what you can do in the lightroom (and photoshop) relates to your shooting technique. This workshop includes a follow up post processing video!

What do I need to bring?

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera body that has Manual mode capabilities. If you have never used your camera, please bring your user manual- I excel with Nikon gear but am only OKAY with newer Sony and Canon camera bodies.

  • A wide angle lens within the range of 10mm-35mm and an aperture of at least f/2.8 is recommended. However I do shoot anywhere from 14mm-75mm myself and will show you panorama techniques with longer focal length lenses that I love to use.

  • A tripod with appropriate mounting gear for your camera (I use a simple ballhead mount)

  • A headlamp with redlight capabilities (jimmies will be ruffled if you blast someone's night eyes with white light)

  • Memory cards and batteries. You can never have too many!

  • An intervalometer for exposures longer than 30 seconds.

  • Appropriate warm clothing and close toed shoes.

  • Snax! LOTS of snacks. And water. Night's can get long and you tired, so I recommend energy drinks, coffee, and proper nutrition to help keep you going through the night. I am known for sharing my own astro snax, if you're into watermelon sour patch candy, spicy nuts, and bananas.

  • A fold out camping chair recommended for for those who get tired during shooting and want to rest their legs inbetween exposures. Standing and bending over while operating your camera can become tiring!

Group Size: 10 participants total, 5 per 1 instructor.

Schedule: We meet up at our shooting location in Joshua Tree on October 21st, at 5:30pm to meet, then we go scout for foregrounds, and shoot the high Milky Way until visibility goes away and the North part of the Milky Way and Orion. The workshop officially ends at 2am but if you would like to stay around and shoot after (I probably will until 4-5am) you are more than welcome to.  That gives us plenty of time to talk and meet one another, a short (under 1 mile) hike to our epic shooting location and to set up our gear, talk obsessively about astrophotography, and learn an immense amount about landscape astrophotography and how to take beautiful images of the night sky.

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California. Just 2 hours East of Los Angeles and 3.5 hours West of Phoenix. Once you sign up the exact location coordinates, detailed schedule, contact info and other details will be sent out :) 

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