Joshua Tree Milkyway Photography Workshop
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Have you ever wanted to photograph the bright and vivid milkway in a dark desert sky? Well if so, this Joshua Tree workshop is for you!
Located only a few hours from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas....Joshua Tree offers the perfect place to escape city lights to photograph the night sky! Known for it’s contorted, tree-like figure and beautiful desert landscape in a dark desert enviroment, Joshua Tree has some of the most diverse scenery in the west. With 800,000 acres of unique giant rock formations, vegetation & cacti, you will have plenty of interesting subjects to photograph during the night! So if you’ve been interested in learning how to photograph the milky way, this is the workshop for you! From beginners to professionals, this workshop is geared for all skill levels!
As "Milkyway Season" begins early in the morning, 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!
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. I'm qualified, certified, insured, and have many years experience in Joshua Tree National Park and will take you to my favorite places throughout the weekend.
Dates: March 8th - 10th
Class Size: 6
Spots Available: 4
-"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 workshop class which includes 2 nights of photography and post-production classes using Lightroom & Photoshop. A 2 night course gives us enough time to explore numerous locations and utilize all the information we learn during the workshop. 2 night participants also receive a free 3 hour Post-Processing course on the final day! 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. This is a 6 person max workshop. Smaller class sizes allows the best possible learning conditions in a group setting, and is more personal. 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.
-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 & 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.
-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 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 as they become available in here!
Post Processing is included in this workshop for attendees in our hotel's business meeting room. I will teach you my 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! Please have these programs installed on your laptop before the workshop. You can download a 30 Day Trial from Adobe.
Location & Accommodation
Our base camp will be in Twentynine Palms near the East entrance to the park. The actual workshop will be held in pre-selected locations in Joshua Tree State Park. Joshua Tree's diverse desert gives us plenty of dramatic compositions. Since everyone has different needs, you will need to take care of your own accommodation. There is plenty of camping available in the park if you are feeling adventurous. For those who want to stay in a hotel or AirBNB, I recommend staying somewhere near the highlighted map below for most convenient access to our meeting point. Participants receive a special room rate at our designated hotel.
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 to certain locations.
Investment & Terms
$975 per participant and $825 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 $499 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 at least 3 days in advance. Please read my Terms & Conditions page before registering and contact me if you have any questions.
- All access to my photography knowledge which includes any questions, recommendations, critiques, or anything photography related.
- Hands on instruction
- Photography Permit
- Water and Snacks
- Workflow, field, and classroom instruction
- Post-Processing course to get the best out of your photos!
- Transportation (3 spots available in my vehicle on a first come first serve basis.)
What's Not Included
- Food and Lodging
- Park Fees
- Photography Equipment & Travel Insurance
Use the Register Now button below to pay the deposit or full amount via RegFox website. 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. By paying deposit, you are agreeing to my Terms and Conditions.