Phoenix Astrophotography Workshop
@ Superstition Mountains near Lost Dutchman State Park
Have you ever wanted to photograph the bright and vivid milkway in a dark desert sky? Do you struggle in post processing and want to get the best image quality out of your photos? Well if so, this Phoenix workshop is for you!
Named after Arizona’s infamous lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located just 40 miles east of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert. You will be surrounded by the beauty of the Superstition Wilderness with plenty of opportunity to photograph its countless cacti, rigid peaks, and beautiful rock formations.
Class Size: 6
Spots Available: 2
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
-"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 2-part workshop which consists of a long night of shooting on Thursday evening, April 12th. 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. We will cover post processing at our Hotel's lobby the following day.
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.
-Post Processing using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Starstax to really get the most detail out of your photos
-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. I highly recommend the Canon 16-35 F/2.8, Tamron 15-30 F/2.8, or a 24-70 F/2.8 for this particular workshop. Lens Rental is available through borrowlenses.com if necessary. Students get 10% off!
-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 100+ members who have attended my workshop and is a great place to post questions, events, and even meet up with fellow alumni's! I also provide live editing sessions and video tutorials in here!
This workshop will be held in a pre-selected location near Lost Dutchman State Park. A location like this one yields the most stunning photographs, and sets the backdrop for a truly dramatic composition. Participants will receive a detailed itinerary upon registration. We will meet at 10pm and go over the necessary equipment, as well as the camera settings needed for night photography. 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 ~2 miles of hiking on flat terrain involved throughout the night. We will not be close to our cars so be prepared to hike on desert terrain with your camera bag, tripod, and camping chair. Please bring enough water with you as well!
Post Production is included in this workshop. We will meet at my hotel in the lobby the following day in the afternoon for a 2-3 hour post production course. You will learn my successful workflow from importing, color correction, tonal adjustments, sharpening, noise reduction, and more! Please have your laptops operating at optimal speed with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Starstax installed!
Investment & Terms
$499 per participant and $465 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 $250 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 contact me if needed.
Use the Paypal buttons below to pay the deposit or full amount. 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.