Milky Way, Wildflowers, Post Processing and More!

Workshop Tuition: $350

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

*June 19th and 21st backup dates 


Please note - This workshop have a flexible schedule to offer the best possibility of good weather. Only sign up if you can make all of the possible dates. Saturday will have priority, then Friday, and finally Sunday as a last resort.

Join me in shooting sunset and the night sky above one of Washington's most iconic mountains! This workshop will be centered around photographing the night sky and the Milky Way. The date lines up with the best moon phase and wildflower season to provide optimal night shooting conditions. While shooting the Milky Way will be our primary objective, we will also shoot sunset before the stars come out!

Designed for beginner to intermediate photographers, this hands on workshop will teach you to overcome the challenges faced with shooting at night and how to shoot the Milky Way!

My goal is to provide the best potential for epic star shots over Mt St Helens. Because of this, it’s best to have a flexible schedule. It’s possible the workshop date will be moved to either Friday or Sunday depending on weather. It is best to only sign up if you can make all of the possible dates. A final decision will be made closer to the workshop date.

Included in the workshop will be a post processing video ($75 value!) covering my editing techniques.

Group Size: 6 students

Price: $350

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

Physical Requirements: Very easy!

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I list Safety & Reliability near the top of all my workshops because I take my roll as your guide very seriously. This includes following park rules and being prepared for your safety. My workshops follow all guidelines and regulations of the National Park Service, State Parks & Forest Services that they are hosted in. I am certified in Adult CPR/AED, First Aid and Leave No Trace (LNT) principals. Ross Schram von Haupt Photography is a licensed and fully insured business.

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What Will You Learn?

I walk you through my entire shooting process! You will receive in-depth instruction for night sky photography

In The Field:

-Scouting and preparing (weather, location, moon phase, etc)

-How to focus your lens in the dark

-Instruction on long exposures and camera settings

-Using stacking and long exposures to create clean night shots

-In the field shooting techniques to make processing easier

-How to create compelling compositions in nature

-And so much more!

Post Processing Video:

-RAW image processing using Adobe Lightroom

-Blending separate star and land shots seamlessly

-How to add natural looking saturation

-Intro to luminosity masks

-Dodge and burning for composition

-Color theory and color selection

-Noise reduction

-And more!

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What Should I Bring with Me?

A DSLR camera (preferably full frame)

A wide angle lens is very important with an aperture of at least f/3.5 minimum, although f/2.8 or better is preferred

A tripod - The sturdier the better!

Memory card

Extra batteries

Camera shutter release cable

Headlamp or flashlight with red light option

Clothing for temperatures down to 40° Fahrenheit. The weather is usually sunny and warm during the day, but temperatures will drop during the night. Weather is unpredictable in the mountains even during summer, it is best to be over prepared!

Not Included

This workshop fee does not include park fees, lodging, transportation, food/drink or photography gear.

If you would like to stay overnight, you can find hotels or camping near Castle Rock (estimated 1hr drive)

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