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George's Camera Academy

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)

 Desert Night Sky Photography Workshop

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Desert Night Sky Photography Workshop

June 24, 2017

Cost: $185

Experience the glory of a warm desert evening under an inky night sky, ablaze with the emerging summer Milky Way. Learn to capture this beauty in one of North America's premiere night sky locations. We have reduced our workshop size to a maximum of 10 for a more focused, personalized and enjoyable learning environment. Four-wheel-drive or SUV vehicles required or carpool with other who do have this capability. 

Participants will meet in Borrego Springs at 4 p.m. in the park at Christmas Circle, located on Palm Canyon Drive at Borrego Springs Road.  In the afternoon shade we will prepare equipment for the night shoot and discuss techniques that will help you master this challenging subject. We will break for dinner at nearby restaurants, and then gather at sunset to head out to our shooting location.  

Borrego Springs is one of only two places in America designated as a dark sky community by the International Dark Sky Association. This means the night sky is remarkably bright and the Milky Way hangs brilliantly over this fascinating landscape. 

During the workshop you will have a chance to practice focusing, exposure and shooting techniques to master the technical aspects of star photography. You will also have a chance to try artistic techniques such as painting with light, or capturing silhouettes. If you are lucky, you may even capture the bright flash of a meteor darting across the night sky during one of your long exposures.

Participants will get the best results with fast, wide-angle lenses, solid tripods and a remote shutter release. A more detailed list of suggested equipment will be sent to participants prior to the trip. 

While the workshop will conclude around 11:30 p.m., participants can continue to shoot on their own if they wish. Lodging is available in Borrego Springs if you prefer to spend the night rather than returning home at a late hour. 

About the Instructors:

Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He began his photography career as a journalist, operated a photography studio, was a photography instructor at Palomar College and has led tours to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Japan and Hong Kong in addition to many other tours in the Southwest. His intimate knowledge of the Anza-Borrego Desert makes him a recognized authority on that region. He brings an astounding depth of technical knowledge along with the keen eye of a veteran outdoor photographer. 

Kati Cowan is a photographic artist, who has mastered the art of seeing, use of color, macro photography and the application of critical vision techniques. She began her exploration of nature photography in the scenic wilds of British Columbia and has explored the California High Sierra Mountains as well as Europe and the desert Southwest, and recently had a featured exhibit at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in Escondido. Sharing her knowledge and working with students to create WOW images is a passion for her.

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Questions:  Contact Ernie at, or 760-518-8050.

 Fee: $185

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Christmas Circle & Palm Canyon Rd

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)

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