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Milky Way Astrophotography in Joshua Tree with Stan Moniz

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - September 16 @ 12:00 am PDT
Joshua Tree, CA 92252 United States

Learn proper techniques in capturing the Milky Way with Stan Moniz, a Sony ambassador and recognized professional photographer, at Joshua Tree National Park. The Milky Way galaxy is only visible a few months out of the year. This workshop is offered on the last New Moon of the year when the Milky Way will be most visible in our nights sky.  Joshua Tree National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in Southern California and a perfect location to capture the beauty of the night sky.

A variety of techniques will be taught and explained in an easy to understand manner for any photographer who is interested in the art form of astrophotography.

The explanation of the 500 rule, light painting, star trails, nightscape portraits, and on site post-editing images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop will be covered on this fun-filled night under the blanket of the night sky.
Students will also have an opportunity to photograph the sunset side by side with Stan as he explains his techniques in capturing those precious moments in time.

Hoya filters and Tokina lenses will be on hand for you to test out. This variety of new glass and filters will surely enhance the clarity of the Milky Way.

We will meet at 5pm and Stan will then lead you to a desired location for sunset instruction. After the sunset instruction, we will focus on full night photography, using different areas for change in background and scene.
Things to bring and know – Bring sturdy hiking shoes as the terrain can be a bit slippery as we walk and climb about. Dress light but do bring a jacket. Temps in the day can be in the 100’s this time of year and drop into the low 70’s.

Bring your own camera and lens. “ALL CAMERAS WELCOME” Do bring a wide angle lens ranging from 11mm to 35mm. Headlamp and tripod. Cable releases, interval meter, memory cards, and extra batteries are other great things to bring as well.

Optional – Laptop with Adobe Lightroom and or Photoshop. Stan will be teaching on sight post techniques to improve your Milky Way and nightscape images.

And last but not least. Let’s not forget an awesome attitude! Hope to see you all out at Joshua Tree national park!

Park entrance fee not included

Start: September 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 16 @ 12:00 am
Cost: $250.00
Venue Name: Joshua Tree
Address: Joshua Tree, CA 92252 United States
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Los Angeles
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Culver City
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Pasadena
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Santa Ana
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Santa Barbara