Workshops

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

Locations to be announced [within 30 miles of Sacramento].

Dates and Time

September 23, 2017

7:30 through 10:30 p.m.

Tuition

$135 per person includes instructional materials

Night Photography and Light Painting at the Ancient Bristlecomb Pine Forest and Mono Lake

Some of the most exciting night images have been captured at the Ancient Bristlecomb Pine Forest and at the wide open skies of Mono Lake. This two day workshop combines exceptionally dark skies with one-on-one instruction so photographers can capture the heavens with unique items of interest.

You’ll learn how to setup your camera and create a composition before nightfall.  Then we’ll create images of the Milky Way Galaxy while light painting the ancient trees and tufas and creating beautiful star trail images.  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
  • Techniques for light painting
  • Combine light painting with a night sky composition so you can capture the beauty of both elements
  • Use an intervalometer or manually create star trails 

Accommodations

Participants can make their own hotel reservations, most likely in the towns of Lee Vining and Big Pine, or they can camp for free for one night at the Grand View Campground near the Ancient Bristlecomb Pine Forest. 

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: 35mm or wider and ƒ2.8 or faster is preferred

Dates and Time

2 nights:  August 19-20, 2017

4:00 p.m. to midnight or later

Tuition

$325 per person includes instructional materials