Dark Skies Photography Workshops

fall/winter: OCTOBER thru FEBRUARY

1 NIGHT in JOshua Tree
all skill levels welcome

Scheduled near the New Moon when the night skies are their darkest. Spend the night exploring the park and the dark skies in Joshua Tree. An excellent introduction to Dark Skies photography for beginners, and an excellent location for experienced photographers to take their craft to the next level.

Note: The Milky Way "core' is best viewed March-September, but Dark Skies Photography in Joshua Tree is great every month during the New Moon. 

workshop includes

  • Overnight session - Starts ~2 hours before sunset - Ends 11am next day
  • Dark Skies Photography training
  • Optimal camera settings for ISO / Aperture / Exposure / Color temperature
  • Night photography from numerous locations in the park
  • Night-Lighting techniques 
  • Star Trail Photography
  • Overview of Astronomy topics relevant to Dark Skies photography
  • Post Processing training in Lightroom "Classic" CC
  • Optimal Camera Setup, including lens selection - pre-class

PRICE: $399 (USD) per photographer

upcoming dark skies Photography Workshops

You will learn how to make Star Trails.

Recommended Camera Equipment

Check our gear guides

This workshop requires that you have a DLSR (or Mirrorless) camera which allows for manual settings of Aperture, Exposure duration and ISO. The camera should support interchangeable lenses - FAST (F2.8 or faster) and WIDE (20MM or wider, 14MM is preferable) are best for nighttime photography (lenses can be rented on-line at www.borrowlenses.com). You will also need a tripod. You can also bring a laptop (for processing your images). Once you've registered, you will receive a preparation guide and a list of useful apps for night photography.

*B&B Lodging - Private Room / Queen Bed / Common Bathroom in Joshua Tree. There is no charge for non-photographer spouses to attend the workshop and to stay in the private B&B room. This offer is not available for camping workshops.

As Seen In

Featured in "Visit California Magazine / 2018 

As seen in Sunset Magazine / Jan 2017 issue

Hope you can make it!