Tucson Astrophotography Workshops
Have you ever wanted to photograph the bright and vivid milkway in a dark desert sky? Well if so, this Tucson workshop is for you! There is a reason why Tucson is considered the Astronomy capital of the world, so come and see why during this exciting Night Sky Photography Workshop!
Tucson is just a 90 minute drive from Phoenix and offers something for everyone. For me, it's the dramatic landscapes and dark skies which is why I hold workshops here. After shooting for years around Tucson, I have found some of the best locations to teach in. With many scenic compositions around, you'll have lots to do & photograph from sunset to sunrise so be sure to plan an extra day or 2 after attending my workshop if you can.
As "Milkyway Season" begins early in the morning just before sunrise, now is the time to start shooting! I encourage you to attend these earlier workshops so you have a full 8 months of practice as conditions improve. My workshops generally sell out during summer months, so spring is a great time to attend and begin learning!
Dates: See Below
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Investment: Starting at $375
-"If you're considering attending one of Sean Parker's workshops, let me say as an alumni that after spending a few informative and inspirational days with Sean, you will be prepared to photograph EPIC star pictures of the kind that you now can only dream about. I highly recommend that you book Sean's workshop now!" -Tony Prince
-"This workshop was wonderful to attend. Each individual student got as much assistance and instruction as needed. The opportunity to create dramatic images becomes much easier after working with the Starman, Sean Parker." -Gary Smith
-"After attending Sean's amazing workshop, I took the post processing class. The photo was nice to start, but after learning how to edit, the whole thing popped! It made a world of difference. I would highly recommend his workshops!" - Amy Utter
Tucson workshops are generally 1 night workshops. We'll spend the first hour during our meet-and-greet discussing camera settings & other pre-shoot information and 4-5 hours photographing the stars above using different techniques listed below.
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.
-Verbal post-processing overview. Post processing is not included in the workshop but is available.
-Social Media Tips
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. Lens rental is available through www.lensRentals.com if necessary. Click the link above and use code "PARKER15" to save 15%!
-Shutter Release or Intervalometer (Please email me camera make/model so I can find the right one for you.)
-Food and snacks.
Workshop attendees will also get an Overview PDF at the end of the workshop and exclusive access to my Facebook Alumni group! In this group I have over 125+ members who have attended my workshop and is a great place to post questions, events, and even meet up with fellow alumni's!
This workshop will be held in a pre-selected location in the Sonoran Desert on the east side of Tucson. A location like this one yields the most stunning photographs, and sets the backdrop for a truly dramatic composition. We will meet around 11pm and go over the necessary equipment, as well as the camera settings needed for night photography. When the milkyway begins to rise, we will spend 4 to 5 hours hours working with different techniques such as milkyway compositions, light painting, star trails, and much much more! The workshop will conclude as soon as we have covered our topics.
I welcome all skill levels to my workshops. Please keep in mind that this is not a photography 101 course, so all participants should have working knowledge how to navigate their camera menus and a basic understanding shooting in Manual mode. I keep my group sizes small so I can attend to each individuals needs throughout the workshop and rarely bring out my camera. If you are worried about not receiving enough direction or you have never shot the night sky before, please consider taking a Private 1-on-1 Workshop. As far as physically difficulty is concerned, there is very minimal hiking involved. We will be close to our cars but be prepared to walk on desert terrain.
Post Processing is not included in this workshop. If you are interested in learning my successful workflow from importing, to color and tonal adjustments, sharpening, noise reduction, and exporting to print or web, we can schedule a 1 on 1 lesson the following day. There is also a 45 minute tutorial video on my alumni facebook group which you will have access to.
Investment & Terms
$375 per participant and $350 for returning attendees. Must be 18 or older to sign-up. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, transportation, or park fees. Weather is unpredictable. Weather may compromise our photography shooting conditions but lessons will continue if the conditions permit. A $175 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your space in a workshop. If weather does cancel our workshop, the non refundable deposit will be transferred towards another workshop of your choice. Reservations must be made 3 days in advance. Please read my Terms & Conditions page before registering and contact me if needed.
Click the register button below. You will be redirected to RegFox which is a secure payment website that will process your payment information. You will also fill out a short questionnaire here that will help me get a better understanding of your photography experience and knowledge. If you have any hesitation about signing up, check out the Testimonials page where clients have shared their experiences. You will receive a detailed itinerary upon completion of payment before the workshop date.