$160 – $170

Keys Ranch Nightscape Photography Workshop Spring 2019

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Oasis Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

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Most photographers put their camera away after sunset, but today’s digital camera technology makes it easier than ever for photographers to take photographs of the night sky. And the night sky in Joshua Tree is beautiful. With long exposures, the camera will gather light from thousands of stars not visible to the naked eye. When we add light painting techniques of interesting foregrounds, you have an incredible and unique photograph to be proud of. This workshop begins with classroom instruction about the night sky, necessary camera equipment, camera settings, focusing at night, light painting, and field techniques. Scott Klinger will also demo and discuss how the same techniques that you will learn can be used to create star trails and time lapse videos. After everyone is comfortable with the concepts of night photography the class will go into the park and practice new skills during a unique private evening at Keys Ranch. At astronomical twilight we will be ready to start our nightscape photography. We will break into four groups of two and each group will be free to wander Keys Ranch and work on subjects of their own interest. Scott will spend time with each group checking settings, composition, light painting, reviewing your pictures and answering any questions you have. This class is for photographers of all abilities that are new to night photography and light painting techniques. Photographers must be able to work their camera in full manual mode, in the dark! This class is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early!

Special note about Keys Ranch. We must be respectful of this historic site. Several areas will be off limits for photography and to help insure that invasive species are not introduced clean boots, socks and tripod legs are required. A brief discussion of workshop protocol while at Keys Ranch will be provided before leaving the classroom.

Download the course outline: Keys Ranch Night Sky Photography Workshop

If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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