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DEATH VALLEY
& ALABAMA HILLS

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

MASTER THE MILKY WAY FROM START TO FINISH

Our astrophotography masterclass is designed to take your skills to new heights and empower you to capture awe-inspiring images that truly showcase the beauty of the Milky Way. What sets our masterclass apart is our commitment to providing you with a comprehensive learning experience. We go above and beyond the basics, immersing you in every facet of astrophotography. From mastering the art of capturing single images to delving into advanced techniques such as image stacking, star trails, timelapse, and tracking, we leave no stone unturned.

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TRIP DATES

MARCH 2ND TO 9TH, 2024

These dates were chosen specifically to focus on astrophotography.

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TRIBE SIZE

Limited to a small group of 10 students with 2 instructors to ensure that everyone receives 1:1 attention.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

This photography workshop is open to all experience levels, from beginner to advanced all are welcome.

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HIKING 

This workshop will require moderate hiking (no more than 3 miles) through rocky or sandy terrain

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MILKY WAY

In the heart of a dark sky park gives us a better view of the stars. Dark skies are the key to Milky Way photography and this is home to the darkest.

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TRACKERS

Take your astrophotography skills to the next level with new techniques. Using a star tracker gets us more detail without the noise.

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STAR TRAILS

Capture the night sky in a new way. Learn how to capture the color and movement of the stars as they trail through the sky in a unique way.

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BACKCOUNTRY

We visit the iconic locations on this workshop, but also take you to places not easily reached on your own. Half the park is off the pavement.

THE LAST FRONTIER

Blast off on an interstellar adventure that's out of this world. Our masterclass will transform you into the Jedi of astrophotography.

 

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Milky Way, capture mesmerizing star trails, and learn the art of sky tracking. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced photographer, our expert instructors will guide you through every step of the process, from understanding camera settings to post-processing techniques.

 

With hands-on practice and insider tips, you'll be able to capture stunning celestial scenes like never before. Wave goodbye to blurry UFOs and hello to jaw-dropping cosmic masterpieces. Let the universe be your canvas and may the f-stops be with you...

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DAY 1

Meet and Greet, Sunset, Blue Hour, and Milky Way

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Our workshop begins at 2:00pm with a meet and greet in Lone Pine, California. After a briefing and a settings discussion, we'll set out for our first shooting session. After sunset, we will take full advantage of the dark skies and continue to photograph the stars.

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DAY 2

Rugged Backcountry Roads & Unforgettable Night Shoot

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We'll start the morning with our telephoto lens, getting close up, intimate arches and mountains. After a short break, we'll head. to class, Then we'll set out for another night of shooting sunset & stars in one of our favorite backcountry locations.

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DAY 3

Sunrise, Sunset, Blue Hour, and Milky Way

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After an amazing morning of shooting, we'll head back for a short break before continuing with our classroom sessions. Then it's time to round up our camera gear for another sunset and twilight shoot to capture some of the most breathtaking scenery in Death Valley.

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DAY 4

Sunrise Goodness and Open Editing Session

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We'll start our morning with sunrise before heading back into town After a quick recharge, we all meet for an editing session This is a great chance to go through your memory cards. Then out for more night shooting in the desert playas.

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DAY 5-6

Sunset & Twilight at Iconic Death Valley  Location

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Our last spot is one of the most iconic places in Death Valley, so we're arriving early to immerse yourself in the experience. 

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After shooting our last sunrise, we'll wrap up our week over breakfast this is a great time to get peer and instructor critique.

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PRE & POST
ZOOM SESSIONS

Before we hit the ground running, we'll have a virtual rendezvous on Zoom. Trust us, we're like ninjas when it comes to photography, and we only have one shot (pun intended) to capture the perfect shots. So, we want to make sure you're well-equipped and ready to rock 'n' roll!

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After we've done some serious shutter clicking, it's time for the main event! We're talking an epic editing session where each instructor will spill their secrets and show you how to turn your photos into masterpieces. And the best part? You get to kick back, relax, and soak it all in because we're recording everything for you to binge-watch at your leisure.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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PLANNING YOUR SHOTS

  • Scouting and evaluating conditions

  • Composing an image to grab the viewers' attention

  • Composing an image with a person in frame to tell a story

  • Utilizing apps for more efficient planning

  • Choosing the right lens and filters for the job

  • How to shoot with a plan for editing

CAPTURING YOUR IMAGE

  • How to capture intimate details and abstract images

  • Histogram - how to read for perfectly exposed images

  • Exposure control. how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed in different scenarios

  • Bracketing, Perspective blending and focus stacking

  • Long Exposure, how to capture blue hour

  • Creative uses of light at night

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BRING THE IMAGE TO LIFE

  • Lightroom & Photoshop, learn our post processing workflow

  • Luminosity masks

  • Dodging and Burning

  • Understanding layers and masks

  • Removing distractions

  • Creating the orton glow and painting with light

  • Build your social media presence, how to maximize engagement

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MEET THE TEAM

Our goal is to leave you confident, motivated and passionate about photography with a new set of ideas and perspective. Be sure to check out our ABOUT page to learn more about our guild masters and you future favorite teachers ever!

The Image Guild Landscape Photo Workshop InstructorJess Santos

JESS SANTOS

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The Image Guild Landscape Photo Workshop Instructor Ryan Oswald

RYAN OSWALD

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GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE

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NEAREST AIRPORT

You will want to fly into

LAS VEGAS AIRPORT, arrive before 10am the first day.

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MEETING LOCATION

We will be meeting in the town of Lone Pine, California. This is a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas

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4X4 REQUIRED

These are backcountry roads, this means a high clearance 4X4 vehicle is required.

ADVENTURE INCLUSIONS

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ALL LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

We have reserved lodging for the duration of the workshop and each person will have their own designated room.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

INSTRUCTION

In field photography instruction, Post processing instruction and photo critiques are the best part!

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PRE & POST

ZOOM SESSIONS

Spend more time in nature. Then come back to relive those moments with a session in the digital dark room.

NOT INCLUDED

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TRANSPORTATION

Flights / car transportation are not included we are helping attendees source capable, fully equipped vehicles

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MEALS & DRINKS

You are responsible for all your meals and drinks during the workshop. Hotels may include a mini fridge and microwave.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

With any adventure, it is recommended you have travel insurance, especially for medical emergencies

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RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

We've got limited space and it's filling up faster than a rocket launch, so make like a shooting star and be the first one to snag your spot. And don't worry, with not one, but TWO photography gurus at your beck and call, you'll have more one-on-one time than a astronaut stuck in the space station with their chatty roommate. They'll help you improve those skills you've been neglecting faster than you can say "Houston, we have a problem".

JOIN THE GUILD AND INVEST IN YOUR PASSION!

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