Lodging, Transportation, and Meal Information

Getting to the class This photography workshop meets in Lone Pine, California, 3-4 hours north of Los Angeles, 4 hours west of Las Vegas, or 1 hour south of Bishop. The class location is: The Mount Whitney Gallery126 N Main StreetLone Pine, CA 93545 Transportation during the class You are responsible for your own transportation […]

Workshop Policies

Cancellation and Refund Policy Payments are refundable up to two weeks before the workshop, less a $100 administrative fee. If we cancel this workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will refund your tuition or transfer it to another class. Weather Policy We make no guarantees regarding clouds, clear skies, rain, sun, or moon visibility. No […]

Risk Acknowledgment and Image Use Agreement

Acknowledgement of Risks Please download and sign this form, and bring it with you to the initial meeting. You can also email us a digital signed copy. Image Use During this workshop we may take behind the scenes photos and videos of the participants. These photos are used to share among the group, as well as […]

Workshop Overview

The full moon is one of the most breathtaking sights in the sky, and yet capturing interesting photos of it is a surprisingly difficult challenge. In this fun and exciting landscape photography class you will learn how to overcome the major challenges of shooting the moon so that you can create truly stunning and one-of-a-kind […]

Learning Goals

SKILL LEVEL This class is aimed at any photographer who wants to become confident creating beautiful photographs of the moon. Learning Goals: Insight into the 4 main challenges in photographing the full moon, as well as how to overcome them. PhotoPills, PhotoPills, PhotoPills! We will spend plenty of time getting deep into this amazing app […]

Photography Prerequisites

Know how to quickly adjust your ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance IN THE DARK . Even if you aren’t fully comfortable with understanding these settings, know how to change them, especially at night. Be able to turn on your 2/5/10 sec timer, and change your shooting mode from single shot to timer and […]

Physical Requirements

This is a low to medium physicality workshop, with 5-25 minute walks to reach our shooting locations, mostly over level ground That being said, there may be some short descents and climbs, the ground is soft and uneven in places, and there may be some rocks to walk over or step up onto.  Requirements: Carry […]

Gear List

Camera Equipment to Bring: Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Lenses. It’s critical that you have a long telephoto in order to photograph the moon. But bring all the following lenses (or equivalent) to take advantage of the wide variety of scenes you will experience: Required: Short telephoto, 70-200mm Required: Long telephoto, 100-400mm or 200-500mm Optional: Ultra-wide, […]

Clothing and Weather

Weather in the Eastern Sierra is unpredictable. Expect cool/warm days and cold mornings and evenings. Due to variable conditions, I recommend bringing multiple layers of non-cotton clothing, like Merino wool, fleece, or synthetic fibers. Specifically you should bring:  A jacket and pants A windproof rain jacket Lighter layers, like a sun hoodie or long-sleeved sun […]

Daily Recap

Day 1, October 26 We met for a pizza dinner at The Cow with that amazing fresh garlic bread. We skipped sunset shooting due to the rain. Day 2, Oct 27 We started this day at 7 Mile Point Track where we experienced fresh snow and atmospheric clouds.  We returned to the Novotel for a […]

Ask WHAT? and WHY? to Create Powerful Stories for Your Photos

Let’s dive into Visual Storytelling. Before we begin, you need to understand that the subject and story is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of any photograph. If you don’t have this you don’t have a photo. And yet, most landscape photographers never consciously think about the story that they want to tell when they are photographing. […]

How to Use Composition, Technique, & Light to Tell Your Story

In the previous lesson we learned to create our story of a place by asking What we like, and Why we like it. Now it’s time to turn that story into a photograph. We can do that by asking a third question: How? “How can I exaggerate the elements of my story using my camera?” […]

Wide Angle Foregrounds

This area is rich with fascinating patterns and objects that can serve as impactful foregrounds in wide angle compositions. To make the most of these, here are some suggestions:   Using this simple framework will allow you to create stunning in-your-face wide angle compositions like these.

Learn to See in Telephoto

Telephoto landscape photography composition is an endlessly complex topic we can spend our whole lives exploring. So in this article I want to simply give a few ideas of good scenes for using your telephoto lens. Things to look for include: Here’s an example of how a telephoto lens can be used to pick out […]

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