2018 Death Valley Geminids and Moonscapes Photo Workshop

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December 13 – 16, 2018

Sold out - Bootcamp spots still available

Co-Taught with Babak Tafreshi (National Geographic / Director of The World At Night (twanight.org))

Three Day / Three Night Workshop, $1349.00 (SOLD OUT) - Bootcamp spots still available

10 Students Maximum

December 13 – 16, 2018 (6:00 pm Thursday night – 5:00 pm Sunday)

Meet and Greet in Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Hotel (California Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328), from 6 – 7 pm, Thursday, December 13, followed by a complete night (until dawn) of shooting the peak of the 2018 Geminid meteor shower

OPTION ($395.00): Pre-Workshop, One-Day Night Photography Bootcamp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday, December 13. Learn the basics – how to focus at night, best camera settings, basic introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop (if needed) and other critical night photography fundamentals. Meet at 9 am Thursday morning, December 13 in the Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Hotel. 

Registration and Payment

Please complete the following two steps to secure your spot; your registration is not guaranteed until BOTH registration information and a deposit / full payment are received. Once full payment is received, you’ll get a complete Welcome Packet with detailed information including equipment lists, the itinerary, workshop structure and more.

1) CLICK HERE to complete registration information

2) Make payment below:

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Workshop Description

Much more than a photo tour, this unique field andclassroom workshop experience is offered in collaboration with the renowned nightscape pioneer Babak Tafreshi, Director and Founder of “The World At Night (TWAN) and National Geographic Photographer.

Based in the incomparable Death Valley National Park, California, you will have the chance to create unique images of the 2018 Geminid meteor shower under incredible dark skies. The Gemini meteors shower is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year, and is known for its ability to produce many bright, streaking meteors.

Operating under a special Commercial Usage Authorization permit from the United States National Park Service, you will be shooting from before sunset until late at night each night to capture the widest possible range of nightscape subjects. The first quarter moon will gently illuminate the incredible scenery of Death Valley National Park, and then set around midnight to allow true deep sky imaging under dark night conditions. The best of both!

Shooting locations include the Mesquite Flat sand dunes, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View, Badwater (lowest point in the continental United States at 282′ below sea level), Harmony Borax Works and many, many more.

Indoor seminar sessions during the day will cover it all – from the best phases of the moon, little-known night sky objects, how to create stunning star trail images and immense, gigapixel panoramas, state-of-the-art light-painting; when, where and how to shoot the Milky Way, how to create spectacular, “Holy Grail” time-lapse videos featuring the transitions of sunrise and sunset, and more.

You will become expert in applying the latest apps and tools for precision planning your nightscape image sessions. You will also learn specialized techniques for post-processing your images and image sequences for remarkable, trophy images and time-lapses.

NOTE: Owing to the tight schedule, there is not enough time for basic instruction in Lightroom or Photoshop during the workshop, or how to operate your camera in manual exposure mode and manually focus it. You will get the most out of this workshop if you come prepared with these skills; or enroll in the pre-workshop bootcamp to brush up!

We will first meet at 6:00 pm on Thursday evening, December 13, 2018, in the Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Hotel. Workshop conducted 6:00 pm December 13 – 5:00 pm December 16, 2018. 

We will be meeting during the day at Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Hotel:

Meeting Hotel:

Death Valley Stovepipe Wells Hotel

California Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328


+1 760-786-2387


We have arranged for the following special room rates :

Deluxe King, $154.56 per night

Deluxe 2 Queen, $172.48 per night

Standard 1 Queen, $145.60 per night

Reference Code: MS1218 for the special rates; from the Hotel, “To ensure that all members of Group MS1218 receive the associated discount, all guests must contact the Stovepipe Wells Village Group Coordinator directly either by telephone at 1-505-573-1768 or via email at groups@deathvalleylodgingco.com and reference Group Booking Code: MS1218

Group Discount Rates and associated Group Reservations cannot be obtained online.

Any reservations made outside of the specified dates, room types or number of rooms outlined in this contract are subject to current availability and will be made at the Rack Rates.”


Join Us! 

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Death Valley, California!

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