Star Photography Workshops

I have teamed up with well-known star photographer Rick Whitacre to develop a one-day Star Photography Workshop. The first two workshops were held in 2014 and sold out rapidly. The third will be held in beautiful Carmel, CA on October 4, 2015.

Click on the image on the right below to purchase a copy of the most recent presentation.

See also workshops with Charles Cramer at the Ansel Adams Gallery and Workshops in Silicon Valley.

Vision of Clarity

WORKSHOP TITLE: Astro-Landscape Photography

  • Instructors: Rick Whitacre and Rex Naden

  • Date: October 4, 2015 (Sunday)

  • Location and Registration: Carmel Visual Arts
    Carmel, CA

  • Level: Intermediate; requires working knowledge of both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Class Limit: 20

  • Tuition: $175, includes light lunch


Astro-landscape photography is a relatively new art form combining classic dynamic landscapes with the moon, stars, the Milky Way, planets, meteors, and the night sky. This workshop with Rick Whitacre and Rex Naden will cover everything you need to know to create your own astro-landscape photography images including the Milky Way, meteor showers, and star trails as well as using ambient light and light painting.

The one-day workshop will be conducted indoors in a conference room environment. Night shooting will be demonstrated in a darkened room on real Canon, Nikon, and Sony star rigs. Post-processing will be demonstrated by computer/projector. Participants are encouraged to obtain the necessary equipment and capture their own photos in the field after the workshop; good shooting dates and locations will be discussed.


Vision of Clarity, Copyright 2013 Rex Naden
Dark Matter, Copyright 2013 Rex Naden

Subjects covered in detail include:

  • Pre-planning

    Safety and comfort concerns with night photography
    Equipment checklist
    Determining the best times and locations to shoot
    Planning your shoot*
    Tips for having sufficient power for your camera to shoot all night

  • The Shoot

    Camera set up
    Finding and adjusting your composition in the dark
    Focusing in the dark
    Capturing stars as Star Trails / Circles
    Capturing stars as points of light for Milky Way photography
    Capturing meteor showers
  • Techniques

    The best camera settings for each type of capture
    Foreground lighting techniques
    Ambient light from stars, moon, and light pollution
    Light painting
    Pre-planning for blending of images in post-processing
    Techniques for minimizing noise

  • Post-processing

    Stacking for star trails
    Focus stacking
    Blending in low-noise or light-painted foregrounds
    Getting the most out of your images in Lightroom and Photoshop
    Lightroom Develop Pre-Sets will be provided
    Managing Noise