Workshops

June 1, 2019:  Milky Way and Star Trails in Tahoe National Forest

Some of the most exciting images are taken at night. Joe Fischer will show you how to capture brilliant photos of the Milky Way Galaxy as well as unique compositions with Star Trails so you can capture the heavens with unique items of interest.

This workshop will take place in the dark skies of Mount Lassen National Park located about 3 hours north of Sacramento. You’ll receive instruction and learn how to setup a composition before nightfall.  Then we’ll start creating images at sunset and keep shooting as late as people would like.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • Use the night sky to create astonishing images
  • Plan your shots with software so you can save time and pre-plan compositions
  • Adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for night shooting
  • Focus the lens in darkness
  • Use an intervalometer or manually create star trails 

Accommodations

Participants can make their own hotel reservation anywhere near our location or arrange camp sites.  Most people will likely return back to Sacramento late at night.  Please let me know your preference as soon as possible.

Required Equipment

  • Tripod: You must have a tripod in order to do this type of shooting
  • Camera: DLSR or camera that can be used with full manual settings
  • Lens: 20mm or wider (e.g., 14mm) and ƒ2.8 or faster is preferred (not required)

Dates and Time

June 1, 2019

4:00pm until 10:00pm or later

Tuition

$115-165 per person includes instructional materials

Registration

Register for this workshop through the Viewpoint Gallery

August 3, 2019:  Night Photography and Light Painting Workshop

Some of the most exciting images are taken at night. Joe Fischer will show you how to combine night photography with light painting so you can capture the heavens with unique items of interest.

This workshop will take place outdoors in the Sacramento area at a place with great night shooting conditions. You’ll learn how to setup a composition just before sunset. Then we’ll create images with stars or the Milky Way Galaxy while light painting unique items of interest. The techniques you’ll learn include how to:

  • Use the night sky to create astonishing images
  • Plan your shots with software so you can save time and pre-plan great compositions
  • Adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for night shooting
  • Focus the lens in complete darkness
  • Use a Pixel Stick for creating unique and colorful night images
  • Techniques for light painting objects
  • Combine light painting with a night sky composition to capture the beauty of both elements
  • Use an intervalometer or manually create star trail images

Required Equipment

  • Tripod: You must have a tripod in order to do this type of shooting
  • Camera: DLSR or camera that can be used with full manual settings

Location: within 30 miles of Sacramento.

Dates and Time

September 8, 2018

7:00pm until 10:00pm or later

Tuition

$95-145 per person includes instructional materials

Registration

Register for this workshop through the Viewpoint Gallery