Mt Rainier Workshop 8/10-13/2018

Mt Rainier Workshop 8/10-13/2018

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Thursday through Sunday August 10th-13th, 2018. Full itinerary will be released to participants and serious inquirers who need more info.


$1,300 per person total.

A $300 deposit (non refundable) to reserve one of eight spots in advance, the remaining balance can be payed via paypal or cash upon arrival.


Mt Rainier National Park, Washington. The exact coordinates of our spot will be provided once signed up, we will be in the Tispoo Lake and Sunrise Visitor Center.

Hotel accommodations are provided! We will be staying at a 5 star ski/summer resort on Crystal Mountain, in the heart of park!


Hotel accommodations are provided! We will be staying at a 5 star ski/summer resort on Crystal Mountain, in the heart of park! Your own hotel room for 3 nights is included.




  1. A DSLR with long exposure capabilities
  2. Sturdy tripod
  3. Various lenses (14mm-85mm), mostly wide angle with fast aperture (f/2.8-ish)
  4. An intervalometer
  5. A headlamp with red light capabilities
  6. Memory cards and batteries
  7. Proper clothing, medicine, hella snacks.


  • 4 days/3 nights of hands on astrophotography instruction
  • Camping/Yurt accomodations (hotels are nearby as well)
  • 4-star breakfast and dinners cooked on site
  • 4 hours of post processing follow up videos and lessons

Three epic full nights/days of hands on astrophotography instruction with Jaxson and Derek in Goblin Valley State Park, camping and yurt accomodations, over 4 hours of post processing videos and private editing lessons, and life long memories of a truly fun and passionate astrophotography vacation.  This workshop will teach you a comprehensive workflow from image acquisition to editing, so you can create extremely clean, detailed, and creative images using a standard DSLR set up. 

Topics covered: 

(included but not limited to!)

  • Both Jaxson's and Derek's personal artistic theory with composition and photography.
  • Camera settings ISO, Aperture, and Exposure time for a well balanced image.
  • 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 equatorial mounts, and post processing softwares like Lighroom and Photoshop.
  • Finding an artistic and interesting composition and foreground and what factors contribute in making a high quality astrophoto.
  • Astrophotography techniques like how to focus your camera at night, 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. Topics like Signal, Noise, Rule of 500, Coma, Chromatic Aberrations.
  • We will also discuss astrophotography topics like Signal to Noise Ratio, Quantum Effeciency, Tracking, Stacking, and more.
  • 3+ hours of post processing videos and private instruction for blending, compositing, editing, and using editing techniques to make your pictures unique, and epic.
  • Probably some tasteless yet subtle jokes about how phallic looking the rocks are in Goblin Valley. What I meant to say is, regional geology facts!


Overview: We feel very blessed for the opportunity to share our passion for capturing images of the night sky with others! We will immerse ourselves in Mt Rainier National park and enjoy a weekend of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! People travel tremendous differences just to enjoy the treasures of Mt Rainier during the summer- it is a vast playground of wildflowers, forests, and majestic mountains!

These workshops will be a comprehensive look into our own personal workflows. We have pioneered the most innovative techniques available in landscape astrophotography right now including but not limited to:

- Tracking with German Equatorial Mounts
- Focal Length Blending
- Focus Stacking
- Compositing Tracked sky images with still foregrounds for insane detail and low noise

- Quantum Efficiencies, Critical Focus, Chromatic Aberrations, and Photometry

- ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture

- Rule of 500, Periodic Error, Polar Alignment, Star Trailing

- Light pollution, Moon and Light Phases, Milky Way Positioning

- Blending Methods, Layers and Masking, Noise Reduction
- Focus Stacking, Focal Length Blending, Sharpening, Depth of Field, Color Theory

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