*Crater Lake National Park star photography workshop, Saturday, July 15th, with a post-processing session on Sunday, July 16th*
Spend the night photographing starry skies above the only national park in Oregon, beautiful Crater Lake, during this beginner-oriented workshop. Early summer at Crater Lake NP is a great time to take advantage of clear skies and dark starry nights with little need to worry about smoke from wildfires or high-season crowds.
The workshop will begin the afternoon of Saturday, July 15th in the park with a 3-hour session in which we’ll cover the fundamentals of in-field capture, including a quick test of the equipment we’ll be using so that we know our individual optimal performance settings. That evening, we’ll meet in Crater Lake National Park for a sunset/twilight shoot while we wait for the real show to begin. Instruction will wrap up around 2 am, although you’ll be free to continue shooting.
On Sunday, July 16th, we’ll meet in at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Bend for a post-processing session (12:30 pm to 4:30 pm). I will guide you through my RAW processing workflow in Lightroom, followed by my edits in Photoshop.
This workshop is intended to arm you with strategies for capturing the night-sky and jump start your post-processing.
Number of openings: 9 out of 10
Experience level: This workshop is intended for all types of beginner photographers.
Cost: $400. I accept both credit cards, debit cards, and Paypal. Payment can be made below.
A $200 nonrefundable deposit reserves your spot. Final payment is due 60 days in advance or your space is not guaranteed. Cancellation must be made 60 days prior to the workshop date to receive a refund (minus deposit). If cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to the workshop date no refund (minus deposit) is given unless the spot can be filled. Note that prior to participating in my workshop I do require my students to sign a liability release that will be delivered electronically.
- A pdf of my comprehensive gear guide
- A pdf of my night-sky planning materials
- A pdf of my workshop syllabus
- Both classroom sessions and all in-field instruction
- My four new post-processing videos, totaling almost 1.5 hours of post-processing instruction in Lightroom and Photoshop CC
BASIC RAW PROCESSING FOR MILKY WAY PHOTOGRAPHY – 19:23
Performing your first RAW edits may not be sexy,
but they’re most important edits you can make to
your photo. In this tutorial, I cover my beginning
workflow for high-ISO Milky Way photos, including
my RAW processing goals, adjustments to avoid in
RAW processing, reading your photo’s histogram as it
relates to night-sky photography, and achieving sharp
and low-noise photos.
STITCHING MULTI-ROW MILKY WAY PANORAMAS IN LIGHTROOM – 15:13
Recent updates have made Lightroom a formidable panorama
-assembly tool. In this tutorial, follow along while I go through
my Lightroom workflow for multi-row panoramas, including
preparing the RAW files for assembly in LR, using the
boundary warp tool, and putting the final touches on the assembly
STITCHING PANORAMAS IN PHOTOSHOP – 15:02
Sometimes Lightroom just can’t get the job done
when it comes to assembling panoramas. In this
tutorial, I show you my plan B: assembling the pano
in Photoshop. I also cover preparing the RAW files
as well as the use of guides and warping tools to
correct stitching errors.
POST-PROCESSING FOR TWILIGHT BLENDS – 31:02
Twilight’s a great time to shoot dramatic,
low-light photos with great color and low noise.
In this tutorial, I cover my basic twilight shooting
workflow, including RAW conversion, working with
twilight colors, and how to blend a sprinkling of
stars into your photo in Photoshop.
What’s not included:
Gear, lodging, transportation, national parks pass, food, and drink are not included in the price of the workshop.
What kind of gear will I need for this workshop?
You will need a digital camera with live view (a full-frame sensor is recommended but not required), as well as a wide (24mm or wider) and fast (f/2.8 or faster) lens. If you don’t already own these items, I would recommend renting them rather than buying them. You’ll also need a tripod and a wired or wireless remote. Additionally you’ll need appropriate (ie, warm) clothing and a good flashlight or head lamp. For the post-processing portion you’ll need a laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop (CC is preferred, but you’ll be able to follow along on older software). My personal kit is covered extensively in my gear guide, which you’ll receive prior to the workshop.
Can I bring my friends/relatives/pets?
Unfortunately, I cannot accommodate non-paying participants or pets at my workshops. This has to do with permit limitations, the safety of other participants’ gear, and the integrity of other participants’ photographs. Adding extra flashlights can ruin photos, and extra legs (including animals’ legs) mean a higher risk of a tripod getting knocked over in the dark.
I’m a beginner photographer who just bought my first DSLR–is this workshop going to be too difficult for me?
This workshop is intended for all levels of beginners, whether you just received your first camera or you’ve owned and used your camera for a while but need help with post-processing. During the introductory classroom session my goal is to streamline and simplify my students’ workflow so that they will spend a minimal amount of time switching settings while they’re in the field.
Am I going to have to hike a lot on this workshop?
I encourage my workshop participants to have a reasonable base level of fitness, which includes an ability to walk slowly at night (with the aid of a flashlight or head lamp) up to a quarter mile while carrying your own gear. If you have any questions or concerns about your fitness levels, don’t hesitate to contact me (with the “Contact me” button below).
What about lodging?
Like many national parks in the summer, lodging books up well in advance. Crater Lake in particular has limited indoor lodging in close proximity to the park. The closest (and most expensive) indoor lodging is at the Crater Lake Lodge. Cabins are available at Mazama Village, in Crater Lake National Park. Additionally, Crater Lake has two campgrounds, with the Mazama Campground having showers and laundry facilities. If you cannot find lodging within Crater Lake National Park, I would advise looking into the Diamond Lake Resort, which has a number of indoor lodging options. Diamond Lake also has a very large and nice campground with showers if you cannot find camping options at Crater Lake.
Regardless of your preferences, I would advise you to book your lodging as soon as possible, as problems finding last-minute lodging have arisen with past workshop participants.
Should I plan on getting my lodging near Crater Lake National Park? Or should I just drive back to Bend after shooting at the park?
That’s entirely up to you. Staying near the park means that you could spend some time shooting after the class is over, if you’d like. Staying in Bend would mean you wouldn’t need to drive to Bend on Sunday morning, although it would mean that you’d be driving at night when you could be more tired. Lodging is available in between Crater Lake National Park and Bend, and it often does not fill up far in advance. The town of Chemult has a few options and is a good place to check.
What airport should I fly into? Will I have to rent a car?
Portland’s PDX is the nearest large airport to Crater Lake. Both Bend and Eugene have smaller airports that you may want to consider. If you’re flying, you will need to rent a car, as Crater Lake is a rather remote location.
I can’t bring my camping gear if I fly. What should I do?
I would consider one of two options. A) You could pay the extra baggage fees and check your camping gear, including your tent. B) Bend has plenty of options for outdoor supplies, and you could probably buy or rent (at REI) camping gear for less than the cost of checking your regular camping gear in your bags.
What about food?
Crater Lake’s Rim Village has a small cafeteria with limited food options. The Mazama Village has a small grocery store where you can pick up provisions. Additionally, the Diamond Lake Resort has a small restaurant, a pizza place, and a small general store where you can get food.
What if I drop my camera in the dark?
I encourage all of my students (and all photographers in general) to insure their equipment. Although I have a clean record thus far of my students remaining injury-free and their equipment being undamaged during my workshops and lessons, from my personal experience taking photos in low-light situations runs a higher risk of personal injury (tripping or losing your balance in the dark) and equipment damage (tripod falling over or getting knocked over).
When will I receive the pdfs and other pre-workshop instructionals so that I can begin studying on my own?
You will receive all pre-workshop instructionals at least 60 days in advance of the workshop, assuming you have paid in full.
What if the weather’s not conducive to night-sky photography?
Unfortunately, I cannot offer refunds for poor weather unless the weather conditions are outright dangerous, such as blizzards, tornadoes, or extreme lightning. I do recommend that my workshop participants allow some flexibility in their schedules so that last-minute changes (such as moving the workshop up a day or back a day) can be made to avoid dangerous weather. Otherwise, regardless of cloud cover, we’ll go ahead with our curriculum so that you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to capture and post-process starry skies when the conditions are right.