Workshop Information - Sean Parker

Night Sky Photography Workshops

Have you ever wanted to learn how to photograph the beautiful & vast universe that surrounds us? If so, you came to the right place! Hi, my name is Sean Parker. I’m an award-winning professional photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. I've been teaching Astrophotography Workshops for a few years now and have built my reputation by providing the best possible experience out in the field. There is nothing that makes me happier than shooting the night sky and sharing everything I know about it.


Even though my main passion is landscape and astro- photography, my greatest passion is teaching. I remember when I started out photographing the stark beauty of the Sonoran sky and how awe inspiring it was and still continues to be. The possibilities are literally endless when you combine a wide angle lens, a tripod and a headlamp under the stars. Educating camera settings, planning, and technique still excites me today.


By holding workshops on astrophotography, I want to bring the excitement and inspiration I have spent countless nights learning for this art and teach you how to make truly remarkable starscapes of your own! You will leave with images that will leave you and your friends breathless!


Utilizing the skills I learned using the techniques I teach in my workshop, I have gone on to win many awards for photography, worked on exciting productions, and published in many magazines. My reputation as a professional photographer is known around the world as being outstanding in the realm of landscape and astrophotography since 2013. I have crafted and honed my point of view into the standard for astrophotography, and this translates into becoming one of the best in my field and inspiring others to reach for the stars.

These photography workshops are a lot of fun, but more importantly, safe and secure. I instruct under CPR / AED certifications with location permits. Also, out of the respect for National & State Parks, I also enforce the "leave no trace" rule to keep parks clean and trash-free.

Workshop Examples

  • Desert Vortex
  • Into The Galaxy
  • Energy - Mojave, California
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Stargazing atop Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona
  • Our Beautiful Milkyway Core.
  • Inside the Orion Nebula

What Will I Learn?

-How to prepare for your shoot.

-Camera & lens overview.

-Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.

-How to focus your lens at night.

-A general astronomy course so you can easily understand moon cycles, earth’s orbit, how to find the milkyway, planets, meteor showers, etc.

-How to photograph the milkyway, capture star trails, long exposures, and light painting.

-Special tips and techniques.

-Advanced camera techniques for focus and exposure blending.

-Social Media and Business Tips.

-Verbal post-processing overview. Post processing is not included in the workshop but is available (please read below.)


What Will I Need?

-A DSLR Camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode and user manual.

-At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 16GBs of memory card storage.

-A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended but not required. Lens Rental is available through borrowlenses.com if necessary. Students get 20% off!

-Shutter Release or Intervalometer (Please email me camera make/model so I can find the right one for you.)

-Tripod. 

-Headlamp.

-Warm clothes.

-Bug Repellent.

-Camping Chair.

-Food and snacks (some provided.)


Schedule

Below you will see my 2017 Workshop & Event schedule (dates and locations are still being added.) If you're looking for a one-on-one workshop or a date that is not listed, please visit my Private Workshop page for information and available dates. 

Mission Statement

During my workshops, I tend to take a relaxed approach to teaching. When the workshop is relaxed, I find the learning curve is lessened and it makes the experience much more fun! You will learn how to photograph the contrast of our dark sky and the beautiful stars above. I will also teach you how to create beautiful star-trail compositions and other compositions that will leave you and your friends breathless. By learning from one of the best in this field, no other workshops in the greater area compares to the quality and excitement you will gain from this night sky photography course. To guarantee quality instruction & shooting, you will have my full attention throughout the night. I'm not one of those instructors who focuses more on his camera than yours during workshops. You will learn everything I know in this type of photography and no information is held back.

Location

After a few years of countless nights and hours shooting around Arizona, I scouted out some of the best spots available. Most workshops will be held in the greater Tucson / PHX area. I'll be taking you to my personal favorite locations that are safe and very photogenic.  For the Deep-Space Photography Workshops, we will be meeting at Spencers Observatory which is located at 2720 S Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735. Joshua Tree National Park Workshops are also held 4-5 times a year. Other locations worldwide are available, but traveling expenses will be added to the general cost of the workshop. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a certain location.

Physical Difficulty

My workshops are generally easy to moderate. There will be very light hiking as we easily explore accessible areas in the area. Please wear hiking shoes and prepare for desert terrain. Some classes will involve 1-2 miles of hiking but will be noted in the workshop description. 

Post Processing

Post Processing is not included in my workshops unless noted. If you would like to take a post processing course to truly enhance your photos, we can schedule a 1 or 2 hour course anytime. I charge $100/hour (1 hour minimum.) We will cover how to enhance your photos through Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Starstax using your laptop. These are programs I use and they are the best for making your images really stand out! I will teach you my successful workflow all the way from importing to exporting your images. You will learn some of the best ways to adjust your photos and reduce noise that is associated with nightscape photography. Please contact me for scheduling so we can take your post-processing skills to the next level!

Cost

Each workshop differs in price. Most Tucson-based workshops are $375 per night. Students and Alumni's (students who have taken my workshop in the past) receive a 10-15% discount. Please click on the class in my schedule to see the cost for each workshop.

Terms and Conditions

You must be 18 years or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. You are responsible for supplying your personal needs. Participation requires acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth in my waiver & consent form. Weather is unpredictable. Weather may compromise our photography shooting conditions but lessons will continue if the conditions permit. A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your space in a Tucson workshop. If weather does cancel our workshop, the non refundable deposit will be transferred towards another workshop of your choice. You may also choose to pay in full at the time you make your reservation. Reservations must be made 3 days in advance. Price for the workshop is "Per Person", if you'd like to bring a friend or spouse, I kindly ask 50% of the fee to cover logistics, fees, materials, and insurance.


Weather

Weather plays a very key role in nighttime photography. I like to shoot on clear nights, but light cloud cover can add a very interesting effect in your images. If the forecast calls for rain we will have to reschedule. Even if there is partial cloud cover, I promise you that you will still take home some great shots and the knowledge on how to greatly capture the night sky on any given night.


Transportation & Lodging

Transportation and lodging are not included in the price of the workshop unless noted. During summer months, my workshops are conveniently available right next to Spenser's Observatory at the Cat Mountain Lodge. Workshop attendee's get a special rate so please be sure to let them know that you are attending my workshop when booking. Because everyone has different needs, I will let you take care of your own accommodation. Please let me know if you need any other recommendations. 


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