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. Even though my passion is landscape and astrophotography, my greatest joy is teaching.
By holding workshops on astrophotography, my goal is to include you in the excitement and inspiration I have for this art form by teaching you how to make truly remarkable starscapes of your own while having the best possible experience. You will come home with images that will leave you and your friends breathless! The possibilities are limitless when you combine a wide angle lens, a tripod and a headlamp under the night sky. Utilizing the skills I’ve developed with the techniques I teach in my workshop, I have gone on to win many awards for photography. I have worked on exciting productions, and been 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. 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. No other workshops in the greater area compare to the quality and excitement you will gain from this photography adventure, just read my testimonial page to find out why!
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.
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.
-Shutter Release or Intervalometer (Please email me camera make/model so I can find the right one for you.)
-Food and snacks (some provided.)
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.
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.
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 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!
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. To register, please sign up using the paypal options at the bottom of the workshop page. Itinerary for each workshop will be sent to the paypal email address upon registration.
Terms and Conditions
You must be 18 years or older to participate. Prices generally 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 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 in advance. Reservations must be cancelled 14-days prior to workshop or non-refundable deposit can only be applied to future workshops that are not sold out. 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 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.