Location: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA
Dates: August 10-12, 2018
Tuition: $695.00
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach
Group Size: Limit of 10 participants

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The Alabama Hills, located in the Eastern Sierra, is a jumble of granite boulders on the western slopes of the Owens Valley. This area was the location of hundreds of western movies where stagecoaches were ambushed by bandits hidden in the rocks on the road to the base of Mount Whitney. This area creates stunning foregrounds when shooting the night sky and it is one of the darkest locations in all of California. The multiple-arch locations and the lumped sandstone with Mt. Whitney as the background make a perfect backdrop for the beauty of the Milky Way.

Not only will we be shooting the night sky, but also will be shooting sunrises and sunsets in a variety of locations in the Alabama Hills. 


Friday August 10th: Meet and greet in the Best Western, Lone Pine for a two hour orientation and lecture starting at 1pm.  Sunset in the Alabama Hills followed by a night shoot.

11th: Sunrise/morning session. Afternoon off for rest and sleep. Afternoon and into sunset shoot in the Alabama Hills followed by a couple hours of night sky photography capturing the Milky Way. 

12th: Sunrise/morning session. 3pm classroom session covering night sky and Milky Way processing techniques. Sunset photo shoot in the Alabama Hills. Workshop concludes after sunset.


Recommended Lodging:

Best Western Plus/Lone Pine  -Address: 1008 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545 - Phone: (760) 876-5571

Camping available in the Alabama Hills. I will be camping and anyone on the workshop who would like to share a campsite may do so. There are plenty of large camping areas nestled into the rocks in the Alabama Hills.

Difficulty Level: Easy - short hikes of less than 1 mile with some scrambling over rocks.

Nearest Airport(s): Los Angeles (LAX) - 3.5 hours from LAX to Lone Pine, California

Topics Covered in the Alabama Hills Night Sky Photography workshop

• Camera setting for night sky photography
• light painting
• creative compositions
• how to get the most creative exposure
• discussions on getting the correct exposure
• how to fine-tune exposure and use of histograms
• depth of field
• white balance settings for changing weather and light
• post processing techniques for night photography (in classroom)
• wide angle to long less landscape techniques