Eastern Sierra Day Landscapes & Night Stars Photography Workshop
Come join us for a new adventure, "Landscape by day, stars by night!"...
This workshop is one of our most diverse. We will spend time shooting landscapes during the day, and the stars once it get's dark. The extreme contrast of the Eastern Sierra is a photographers paradise from mountains and streams to the alien landscapes of the Alabama Hills.
The Eastern Sierra mountain range runs almost 400 Miles in length. The photographic possibilities are endless. Trying to see the even our favorite locations would take more than just a weekend, which is why we've added a second class to explore more of this fascinating stretch of landscape. Our Mono Lake and Bodie class explores the north end of scenic highway 395. Our newest class will take you south to explore the amazing areas around Bishop and Lone Pine.
Long before this area was a beacon for landscape photographers it was a hub for rock climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts who knew of a grand landscape filled with endless possibility to explore, all under one of the state's most amazing views. Come spend a weekend with the Aperture Academy as we photograph some of the best this area has to offer!
We'll spend the morning exploring the other worldly landscape of the Alabama Hills looking at the famous archways and perhaps the grandest vista of the Range of Light, highlighted by mighty Mt Whitney. This landscape feels unlike anything you have ever seen before. In addition to the iconic arches this location has numerous other possibilities for memorable images using the large weathered granite stones that litter the area.
Saturday night, we will visit and shoot the ancient Bristlecone pine forest high above the Owens River Valley, photographing the world's oldest living things. The sunset will fade but that won't be the end to our photography. When the sky turns to night we'll capture some amazing night sky imagery with these iconic trees as a subject matter. If you've taken our Dark Side Class this is a perfect follow up course to really put those skills into practice. If you've never taken a night photography course, THIS is a tremendous opportunity to learn a new skill.
In addition the iconic Alabama Hills and ancient Bristlecone forests we'll visit some of the local lakes and marvel at the views of the Sierra range from along the Owens River. This area has numerous possibilities for capturing diverse and amazing images in one of California's best areas for landscape photography.
Sunrises, sunsets, and star trails…..what more could you ask for!?
Come spend a weekend in the Sierra with the Aperture Academy and take your portfolio to the next level!
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the La Quinta Inn, located in Bishop, California (760) 873-6380.
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest. There are many restaurants in the area as well as for dinner.
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!
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