Starry Skies Adventure:
Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra

• June 27-30, 2022 (three-and-a-half days)
• Yosemite high country, Mono Lake, and the Eastern Sierra
• Focus: Field and classroom
• Level: Intermediate and Advanced
• Maximum 8 Participants
• Tuition: $1250
Workshop FAQ

We have one last-minute opening in this workshop.
Please email Michael if you’re interested in grabbing that spot.


Few sights can match the beauty of a sky full of stars, with the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other. During this workshop you’ll learn how to capture the magic and mystery of the night skies by combining vivid images of the Milky Way, or swirling star trails, with light-painted trees, rocks, and tufa formations.

The Yosemite high country, eastern Sierra, and Mono Lake are perfect places for night photography. The skies are typically clear and dark, and the beautiful trees and rock formations provide great subjects for light-painting. The workshop is timed for just before the new moon – the ideal time to photograph the Milky Way and star trails.

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
– Reducing noise during long exposures
– 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!

More details about this workshop…

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 (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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Out of Death Valley Photo Conference
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Night Photo Summit (online conference)
February 4-6, 2022

Death Valley (through Visionary Wild, with co-leader Jerry Dodrill)
March 7-11, 2022

Grand Canyon by Raft (through Visionary Wild, with co-leader Jerry Dodrill)
April 18-29, 2022

The Mystic Forest: Redwoods Along the Northern California Coast
May 30 - June 3, 2022

Starry Skies Adventure: Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra
June 27-30 2022

The Range of Light: Yosemite and the High Sierra
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New Zealand (through Visionary Wild, with co-leader Phillip Bartlett)
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Exploring the Oregon Coast
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May 4-6, 2023 (my keynote will be on May 4th)

Out of Olympic Photography Conference
May 7-11, 2023

Olympic Peninsula (through Visionary Wild, with co-leader Jerry Dodrill)
October 9-13, 2023