Bodie After Dark

• September 9-10, 2018 (with an extra optional image-processing session on September 11th)
• Bodie State Historic Park, California
• Focus: Field, with some classroom instruction
• Level: Intermediate and Advanced
• Maximum 10 Participants
• Tuition: $950 (includes the permit fees for Bodie)
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Bodie State Historic Park is perhaps the best-preserved ghost town in the country, and a fantastic location for night photography. In this workshop we’ll spend two nights in Bodie, with exclusive after-hours access, allowing us to capture the beauty and mystery of this special place under the stars. The workshop is timed for the new moon, so we’ll have dark skies for capturing the Milky Way and star trails.

The workshop includes instruction on photographing the night sky, light-painting, and image processing. However, since we won’t have much time for instruction before our first night session in Bodie, participants should have previous nighttime photography experience. See the FAQ page for more information about the experience required.

Here are some of the things we’ll cover:

– Equipment for nightime photography
– Exposure for stars and star trails
– Focusing and composing in the dark
– Image-stacking to reduce noise
– Light-painting techniques
– Planning nighttime photographs
– Using multiple exposures
– Image-stacking for star trails
– Processing nighttime photographs
– Blending image stacks

This promises to be a really fun workshop – I hope you’ll join us!

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Legal Stuff:

This workshop is conducted by Michael Frye Photography and is operated under special use permit with the Inyo National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis
of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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