Learn to photograph the stars, Milky Way, night sky & sunset, while traveling to one of the darkest & most photogenic locations on planet earth.
You will receive professional photography instruction teaching the best camera settings and shooting techniques on the first two nights, followed by a photo editing class, teaching Lightroom and Photoshop, included on the last day.
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|Great Views of 14,410 Foot Mount Rainier. One of the Many Destinations We Will Visit.|
|Photograph Glacier Rivers & Old Growth Forests plus Alpine Lakes & Snow Capped Peaks.|
|Mount Rainier Features Some of the Best Night Sky Photography In the World.|
We will spend 2 nights photographing the Milky Way, night sky, Moon and stars, along with 1 afternoon in the class room learning how to edit / post process the photos from start to finish.
A sunset shoot is included each night prior to photographing the night sky.
As a resident of the Pacific Northwest I’ve spent years exploring each of these locations and have photographed them dozens of times.
After countless shoots, and hours upon hours of research I can guarantee you that we will visit the best locations, at just the right times.
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You’ll Receive 150$ of Bonus Learning Material Upon Signup
Upon registering, you will receive these products instantly via email.
Lightroom for Star, Milky Way & Night Sky Photography – 3 Part Video Series, Photograph the Night Sky eBook, Star Photography Photoshop Actions + Bonus Video Tutorials, & Under the Stars Lightroom Presets.
Dates, Cost & Sign Up
Use the links below to signup for the workshop dates of your choice. Included below this section are logistics and information for the workshop.
Workshop Dates & Sign Up:
Click Here & Sign Up: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th, 2020 (4 spaces remain)
Click Here & Sign Up: Friday, July 24th – Sunday, July 26th, 2020 (5 spaces remain)
Click Here for Wait List: Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
Workshop Cost: 2,495$ Total / 500$ deposit to reserve your space.
Small Group Size: 6-8 Students Maximum.
Refund & Cancellation Policy: Click Here & View
- Upon Sign Up You Will Receive a Detailed PDF Including All Logistics & Everything You’ll Need to Prepare.
- Once the workshop sells out the registration button will no longer work. All signups are first come first serve.
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|Photograph the Best Locations at Mount Rainier National Park|
What Will I Learn?
You will receive in-depth, simple to understand, professional instruction in all aspects of night, star, and landscape photography including, planning, shooting, and post processing / editing.
Visit my star photography photo gallery for an example of the pictures I’ll teach you to take.
Learn to Photograph the Night Sky
With 2 nights & 3 days of in-depth instruction, you will leave the workshop with great photos and a vast knowledge of landscape, night sky, star, and Milky Way photography.
Here are some of the skill sets you will learn during the workshop:
- My start to finish camera technique for night sky & landscape photography. I work with each student 1 on 1 to ensure an in-depth understanding & high quality images.
- Easy to understand & implement techniques for selecting the perfect focus, f-stop, ISO, and exposure time for any shooting situation.
- Focusing at night. You will learn 5 of my favorite methods for obtaining sharp focus at night. These are guaranteed to work.
- The 500 Rule: Selecting the optimal exposure time for different star photography scenarios.
- Troubleshooting 101: How to set up for the perfect night shot in any conditions. This includes focusing at night, multiple exposure images, etc.
- The best techniques for milky way photography.
- How to capture great photos at dusk and dawn.
- How to photograph star trails while decreasing noise or light pollution in your shots.
- The ability to capture a sharp foreground as well as the Milky Way or stars in the background.
- Using multiple exposures, settings, and advanced tools to improve the quality of your star photography.
- Depth of field blending to achieve ultimate sharpness throughout the entire picture. Techniques provided for night/star and landscape (sunrise / sunset) photography. We will cover how to effectively capture the full depth of field using multiple exposures and then combine them during our classroom post processing sessions.
- Effectively capturing all necessary RAW picture data in the field, to minimize post processing at home and come away with over all better photos. This part of the workshop ensures that you did not blow out highlights, miss dark details, or degrade any of the color or other picture data while out shooting. It’s nice to leave each shoot knowing you got the shots you wanted, without any doubts. We will cover all these bases for landscape ( sunset / sunrise ) and night/star photography.
- Open floor session. Each one of you provide something you would like to learn and we will all go through the process step by step.
- The sunset shoot provided each night will teach my camera techniques for shooting sunrise, sunsets, or during the day.
What ever else you may want to learn, these workshops are anything goes… so ask away:)
|Sunset, Twilight and Night Photography Included with Each Shoot|
Learn to Post Process / Edit Your Night Sky Photos
The photo editing session will be held in a class room style setting where each student has an area to set up their computer and work on their photos.
I will be displaying my screen on a large projector / computer screen which will allow us to work through my entire post processing workflow from start to finish.
Students will be able to follow along on their own computers and ask questions any time they like.
There is also additional time for one on one instruction allowing each student to work on some of their own photos taken on this tour.
|Learn Simple, Effective Post Processing Techniques, from a Pro.|
Here are some of the skill sets taught during our post processing / editing sessions:
- You will learn my start to finish photo editing technique for night sky photography including beginner – advanced skill sets.
- A complete explanation / theory of luminosity masking techniques and how they apply to night sky and landscape photography.
- RAW image processing using Adobe Lightroom and / or Adobe Camera RAW. I personally use Lightroom but am well versed in teaching both programs.
- An in-depth explanation of Photoshop layer masking and how to apply it to your photos.
- Color correction for night sky photograph.
- Color theory & color harmony. How to selectively choose colors for your night sky photos to portray the desired mood of the scene.
- Advanced noise reduction techniques for night sky photography.
- Applying selective noise reduction using luminosity masks.
- Exposure and depth of field stacking / blending. We will be working on these techniques in the field, and then post processing the shots in Photoshop.
- How to contrast the Milky Way and making it pop.
- Explanation and use of the Photoshop Channels Module.
- Explanation and use of the Photoshop Layers Module.
- Using Photoshop curves and levels for night photography
- Using Groups in Photoshop.
- Making detailed selections in Photoshop.
- Artistic cropping, warping, and free transform use in Photoshop.
- Final photo presentation techniques.
- Web and Print Sharpening techniques.
- Plus much much more. Ask anything you like.
|Before & After Photo Editing Example|
Learn to Plan & Scout for Your Photo Trips
From weather prediction, and great shooting locations to planetary motion; this workshop will cover all the bases, allowing you to fully plan your next shoot in an effective, efficient manner.
I do an extensive amount of planning before & during every photography trip. This is key to setting yourself up for nice photos.
Extensive planning went into this photo workshop / tour to ensure the best results at the best times.
Here are some of the topics we will cover during this part of the workshop:
- In-depth scouting & planning for star, Milky Way & Night Sky Photography. For a brief overview, reference my Scouting & Planning for Night Sky Photography Video Tutorial Series. These videos just scratch the surface.
- Weather – How to best predict (making educated guesses) the weather for a given location, and how to scout for clear dark skies.
- Effectively reading cloud cover charts to predict clear skies.
- Analyzing high and low pressure systems to predict nice sunrises/sunsets, or clear skies.
- Preparing for photography trips / finding dark skies prior to visiting locations.
- Planetary Motion & Planning – How to prepare for a night under the stars. Knowing where the Milky Way will rise, the Moon will set, and where certain stars or celestial bodies are located in the night sky. This is key for planning a shoot around a certain event.
- Reading topographic maps to plan your shoots.
- Maps – Digitally prepare a map containing all of the information you need for one of your big photo trips.
- Precise Planning for Celestial Events – Want to know exactly where and when the Milky Way will rise, or the Moon will set? Want to see Venus set over the ocean from a certain location and be there to photograph it? Using my tips and tricks you can plan for any of these events, or others that you may want to photograph.
My Certifications & Safety Information
I am a certified Wilderness First Responder which includes certifications in CPR, AED, Epinephrine auto-injector, plus backcountry medicine & first aid. This is an 80 hour, 10 day, training certification, with a recertification every 2 years.
Each year I spend 9 months living in the wilderness & photographing it. You are in good hands!
All workshops are registered and held in compliance with the US Department of Interior / US National Park Service.
Dave Morrow Photography LLC, holds a 2 million dollar general liability insurance policy in compliance with Mount Rainier National Park’s workshop requirements.
What Should I Bring with Me?
Upon sign up, you will receive a detailed PDF including everything you’ll need to bring with you.
I’ve also provided this below for reference.
If you need some star photography camera lens and gear recommendations I have provided you with some great options that I have tested.
Click Here for Recommended Night Photography Cameras & Lenses.
You can also reference the What’s in My Camera Bag Section of this website for more recommendations and tips:)
- A DSLR Camera. Keep in mind star photography is one of the few fields where a better camera really does help to produce better results. A full frame / 35mm sensor will really help you to capture the best of the stars, but is not required. Renting a camera and lenses is always a great option. There are many websites that provide this service such as BorrowLenses. Glazer’s Camera in Seattle has one of the best and more affordable rental programs around.
- A wide angle lens is very important. Any lens between 8mm-24mm will work. You will also need an f-stop of at least f/3.5 maximum speed, although f/2.8 is preferred. These can also be rented at the links provided above.
- It’s also preferred to have a zoom lens for photographing landscapes at sunset. A 70-200mm range is always great to have.
- A tripod. Any will work but the sturdier the better.
- A big memory card. Two 16-32 GB cards are preferable.
- A minimum of 4 batteries. Long exposures drain the battery quickly.
- An car inverter for charting batteries on the drive. Click Here for example.
- Camera Timer—Even a cheap knock off works, check reviews online before buying these brands to avoid a let down.
- Camera / Lens Rags—I carry a lot of these at all times.
- Circular Polarizing Filter for sunsets (optional)
- Neutral Density Filters for sunsets (optional)
- Laptop Computer running Photoshop & Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW. You can take the workshop without this, but you won’t be able to edit photos in our post processing sessions.
Clothes, Gear and Other Items
Please reference my Guide to Backpacking & Traveling with Photography and Camera Gear Tutorial for an even more in-depth understanding of the gear I carry & why.
You will be provided with a detailed check list of everything you’ll need for the workshop upon signing up.
- Clothes for temperatures between 35 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, this is a huge range of temperatures. Using layers will prevent you from bringing so many clothes. For laying basics, reference the bottom of my Guide to Backpacking & Traveling with Photography and Camera Gear Tutorial.
- Shorts and Pants for the week. The weather is very nice, sunny and warm during the summer months, but the temperature is likely to drop at night.
- Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts for the week
- Flashlight and / or headlamp
- Hiking socks
- A wind breaker / light jacket—Waterproof is great if you have it
- Light boots for hiking
- Water shoes or sandals
- Warm Hat
- Bug spray
- Food and water for 12 hours – Often we are in locations that aren’t within an hour of a store. It’s good to carry extra food and water at all times.
This workshop will require you to hike up to 1/2 mile each day over fairly flat terrain.
I have had nearly all fitness levels attend my workshops and they have done just fine:)
Day 1 – Sunset & Night Sky Photography: During the first afternoon & night of the tour we will shoot on the North-East side of Mount Rainier National Park exploring the White River Glacier Valley & Sunrise area which is located at 6,700 feet above sea level. This includes approximately 8 hours of shooting & in-depth professional instruction.
Day 2 – Sunset & Night Sky Photography: : We will meet in the late afternoon & explore the South-West side of the park in the Reflection Lakes and Paradise areas shooting sunset and the night sky. This includes approximately 8 hours of shooting & in-depth professional instruction.
Day 3 – Photo Editing Instruction: We will meet around 10 AM for our photo editing classroom session which will last approximately 3-4 hours.
I will cover my entire post processing / editing workflow for Lightroom & Photoshop.
You will also have the chance to work through some of your shots from the workshop & I’ll help you with any questions.
Upon signing up you will receive an email and PDF with full logistics and details on everything you need to know.
Sleeping / Lodging Arrangements
Hotel ( lodging ) and camping fees are not included in the cost of your tour.
Upon signup, you will receive step by step instructions, allowing you to easily make reservations from my recommended list of hotels. I have stayed in each of these hotels to ensure quality.
You also have the option to camp, this is what I do. You will be provided with full details on this option, along with my favorite camp sites. Some are free, some cost $10-25 per night.
You are responsible for your own transportation to/from and during the workshop.
In the case that you are flying in to attend the workshop, we will be starting and ending the workshop in the Seattle / Portland Area.
Both Seattle ( SEA ) and Portland ( PDX ) airports will provide a central location for you to fly into.
Both provide about the same drive times, so which ever of the two options works for you is just fine.
Rental Car Information
For those of you that need to rent a car for the workshop. I would suggest renting a small to mid sized sedan that holds all of your gear and does fairly well on fuel economy.
Car rental services can be found near both Portland ( PDX ) and Seattle ( SEA ) airports.
Can I Bring a Friend?
If your friend brings a camera ( not including point & shoot / phone ) they must pay for the workshop.
If they do not have a camera or plan to learn in the post processing session then it is free of charge.
I am always happy to help:)