California Nightscapes 2020 - Perseid Edition

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Master Class in Landscape Astrophotography and Time-Lapses

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

Four Day / Four Night Workshop, $1795.00

August 12 - 16, 2020 (6:00 pm Wednesday – 5:00 pm Sunday)

June Lake, California

Meet and Greet from 6 – 7 pm, Wednesday, August 12, 2020, in the lobby of the Double Eagle Resort in June Lake, California. Afterwards, we depart immediately for your first night of photography, where we’ll stay out until dawn shooting the peak of the 2020 Perseid meteor shower.

OPTION ($395.00): Pre-Workshop, One-Day Nightscape Bootcamp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 3-student minimum for class to run. Get fully prepared for the most important night of the workshop - the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, later that same night! Master the basics – how to focus at night, best camera settings and techniques, basic introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop (if needed) and other critical night photography fundamentals. Meet at 9 am Wednesday morning, August 12 in the lobby of the Double Eagle Resort in June Lake, California. 

Registration and Payment

Complete the following two steps to register and pay for California Nightscapes 2020:

STEP 1- Registration) CLICK HERE  to complete your registration information

STEP 2 - Payment) Make a full payment, deposit or balance payment by clicking on one of the options below:

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Workshop Description

This knowledge-packed Master Class in night photography and time-lapses is offered in collaboration with renowned nightscape pioneer Babak Tafreshi, Director and Founder of “The World At Night (TWAN) and National Geographic Photographer.

Based in in the High Sierra town of June Lake, California, our shooting destinations include alpine lakes, rugged high desert landscapes and other scenery well off the beaten path. You will be shooting from before sunset until late at night to capture the widest possible range of nightscape subjects.

NEW IN 2020: Due to popular demand, we have added portable star trackers to the program! You'll learn when you need a star tracker, how to set one up and polar align it; and then how to use it with night sky targets. Finally, you'll learn star tracker best practices/tips, helpful apps, common problems/solutions and star tracker camera settings.

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 (see above) to brush up!

Workshop Venue and Accommodations

We will first meet at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 12, in the Double Eagle Resort in June Lake, California.

Workshop conducted 6:00 pm Wednesday evening, August 12 through 5:00 pm Sunday, August 16, 2020.

All daytime class sessions will be held in the Bodie Conference Room at the Double Eagle Resort in June Lake, California.

For your convenience, a block of rooms/cabins has been set aside for you to reserve at the Double Eagle Resort in June Lake. The block of rooms/cabins will expire on January 12, 2020, or until all the rooms have been reserved, whichever happens first. The rooms/cabins are available first come, first served. Breakfast is not included.

You can choose from a resort room option, which is similar to a standard hotel room, or a two-bedroom cabin option. The cabin option can be especially economical if shared with others; the cabins include a kitchen. The resort room is $249/night + tax; the two-bedroom cabin is $349/night + tax.

Simply use the code “MIKEPHOTOGRAPHY” when you make your reservation - you must call the front desk to use the code to access the rooms. The code does not work online.

Double Eagle Resort

5587 CA-158, June Lake, CA 93529

Phone: (760) 648-7004

Alternative lodging option - Whispering Pines Hotel

Situated directly across the street from the Double Eagle Resort, the Whispering Pines Hotel offers a convenient, lower-cost lodging alternative; as of August 17, 2019, the standard room rate was $117/night on

Whispering Pines Hotel

18 Nevada St, June Lake, CA 93529

Phone: (760) 648-7762

And of course, you are free to make hotel reservations elsewhere in nearby June Lake, only a 7-minute drive from the Double Eagle Resort. June Lake is regarded as the “Switzerland of California” - a wonderfully picturesque, small town at the base of the Sierra Nevada known for easy access to skiing, mountain biking and hiking. 

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