ALABAMA HILLS & BRISTLECONE PINE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Join me in an immersive hands-on landscape astrophotography workshop in some of the most unique locations on the west coast. Tucked away under Mt Whitney in Owens Valley is Alabama Hills. Here rest a ton of unique rock formations on the desert soil with beautiful mountain tops in the background. After a night here, we will gain some altitude (about 9,000 ft at the top!) and photograph the oldest known living organisms in the world, the bristle-cone pine trees! These trees are thousands of years old and are massive!
*Lower Bristle-cone is usually open by May 1st. If its not, we will spend our 2nd night at Alabama Hills or another nearby location.*
I will work with each individual to ensure every client has a strong understanding of everything from creating unique compositions to the technical skills required to create your best astro photos.
If you attend my previous Death Valley Workshop April 27th-29th, you will receive an Alumni discount on this workshop!
*First 3 participants receive Early Bird Discount of $150!*
Dates: April 30th - May 2nd 2019
Class Size: 6
Spots Available: 5
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Investment: $1,250 (Lodging Included)
-"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
This is a 3-day / 2 night workshop class which includes both infield and post-processing instruction. Prepare to learn A LOT and be TIRED. This workshop will go over a ton of material and techniques so a 3-day course gives us enough time to explore numerous locations and utilize all the information we learn during the workshop. We'll spend the first hour during our meet-and-greet discussing the workshop overview, camera settings, and other pre-shoot information over snacks during a presentation. After orientation we will head to the shooting location for sunset and begin shooting! A more detailed itinerary is provided below.
This is a 6 person max workshop. Smaller class sizes allows the best possible learning conditions in a group setting, and is more personal. I will have my photography assistant with me so essentially 3 students per instructor. This is our first workshop at this location but not our first time here. There are so many places to photograph here, so we will be arriving a few days early to scout some secret spots to take you to!
If you would like a private 1-on-1 workshop, that can be arranged before or after these dates. Please email me if you are interested in doing so.
What Will I Learn?
-How to prepare for your shoot.
-Camera & lens overview.
-Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.
-General Timelapse techniques with emphasis on Astro Timelapses (milkyway moving across the sky, startrails, etc)
-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 included in the workshop for 3-day participants.
-Social Media & Business 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.
-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 130+ members who have attended my workshop and is a great place to post questions, events, and even meet up with fellow alumni's!
In this immersive and hands on workshop, we will be shooting sunset and all throughout the night just before sunrise! A more detailed itinerary with locations and times will be sent to participants before the workshop.
Post Processing is included in this workshop for attendees on the final day in our hotel's business meeting room. Matt and I will teach you our successful workflow all the way form 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. We will cover how to enhance your photos through Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Starstax. These are programs I use and they are the best for making your images really stand out! For timelapse we will be using Adobe Lightroom, After Effects / Premiere, and LR Timelapse. Please have these programs installed on your laptop before the workshop. You can download a 30 Day Trial from Adobe. Also ensure that your computer is running at optimal speed and you have an external hard drive with enough hard drive space.
Location & Accommodation
The Alabama Hills are a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California, United States. The closest and easiest way to get there is the airport in Mammoth Lakes. Both American and United fly in and out of there, but it's a very limited schedule. Or you can fly LAX / Vegas but prepared for a few hour drive. Lone Pine is located roughly 3 hours (driving time) north of the Los Angeles area and 4 hours (driving time) west of Las Vegas. The reason it is a longer drive from Las Vegas is that there is no direct road through the high mountain ranges surrounding Death Valley so you have to go around. For dwellers around L.A., take I-5 north to the 14 Freeway heading for Palmdale. Continue on 14 past Lancaster for over 70 miles until it turns into U.S. 395. If you are coming up from the Inland Empire or San Diego, take I-15 north towards Las Vegas and then turnoff onto U.S. 395 to Bishop. The total trip distance to Lone Pine, from either downtown L.A. or Riverside, is just over 200 miles. From Las Vegas, the quickest route is to take S.R. 160 to Pahrump and then cut through Death Valley using a variety of roads – mainly S.R. 190. Then take S.R. 136 for the last stretch into Lone Pine. The total trip distance is 225 miles and 95% of it is on a two lane road.
We welcome all skill levels to our workshop. 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 hiking involved but on even terrain and we will be somewhat close to the vehicles. Make sure you do not have any altitude sensitivities for Bristlecone. We will be at 9,000 ft.
Investment & Terms
$1,250 USD per participant. First 3 participants will receive $150 discount. Prices includes Accommodation and Guiding. Weather is unpredictable. Weather may compromise our photography shooting conditions but lessons will continue if the conditions permit. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your space in a workshop. If we do not meet the minimum 3 participant mark, we will reschedule the workshop for another time and refund all deposits. Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance. Please contact me if needed.
Minimum 3 participants are needed for this workshop to take place, so please do not book your flight until we have confirmed that the minimum has been reached.
- All access to our brains which includes any questions, recommendations, critiques, or anything photography related
- Hands on instruction with 2 instructors
- Photography Permit
- Hotel Lodging (Your own room!)
- Workflow, field, and classroom instruction
- Post-Processing course to get the best out of your photos!
What's Not Included
- Photography Equipment Insurance
Use the Register button below to pay the deposit or full amount on RegFox. If you have any hesitation about signing up, check out the Testimonials at the bottom of the page where clients have shared their experiences. You will receive a detailed itinerary upon completion of payment before the workshop.
First 3 participants receive receive an early bird discount of $150! Select the Early Bird Discount below!
About Your Instructors
Sean is one of the most passionate artists I’ve ever known, and it is readily apparent in every photograph he takes. Whether it’s spending long, lonely nights in the desert composing gorgeous star trails or peering into the heavens and gradually coaxing out its natural beauty with advanced telescopes and computer technology, he maintains an unrelenting positive outlook and unmatched work ethic. Knowing firsthand the amount of work required to produce such high quality material, I have profound respect for the mental fortitude required for the journey upon which Sean has embarked. The true mark of a great artist is the constant desire to learn new skills and improve upon the last work, and Sean has these qualities in spades. He has built his incredible set of skills through countless hours of frustrating trial and error, and the amazing thing to consider is that his current output of stunning imagery is simply the tip of the iceberg when compared to the assuredly brilliant career ahead of him. I’m extremely proud and honored to have had the chance to work with Sean and learn from him, and I am confident that he will find success in all of his pursuits, for he already has laid his foundation as a humble, driven, and meticulous artist.
Ryan Olinger is a close friend of mine and has photographed everything from elephants in Africa to erupting volcanoes in Central America. He's assisted my workshops for years and has a strong foundation in a variety of photographic techniques. Additionally, as a wildlife biologist with nearly a decade of experience working around the world he brings a naturalists perspective to every environment. He's currently finishing 2 wildlife documentaries on sea turtles and jaguars he filmed last year.