Your registration fee includes education, food, drink, and flash equipment.
EQUIPMENT SELECTION: We’ll be discussing in full detail the camera gear you’ll need to capture successful milky-way portraits, and how to use it. If you don’t have any off-camera flash equipment, we will have some for you to borrow.
LOCATION PLANNING AND SCOUTING: One of the biggest secrets to capturing successful astrophotography images is in the preparation. We’ll give you all the tools and walk you through how to find the best dark skies and locations.
POST-PRODUCTION: Editing your photos can be a bit daunting, but we’ll break it down so it’s easy for you to digest.
LIGHTING: Capturing the stars is already a challenge in itself and adding lighting is an additional complication. But, with our easy step-by-step process and tips, you’ll walk away a pro.
HANDS-ON LEARNING: Most importantly, the best way to learn is by doing! We’re going to go to a dark-sky location outside of Denver where we’ll help you use your camera and lighting equipment to capture low-light portraits.
THE NEED TO KNOW
WHO CAN ATTEND:
Any photographer looking to learn how to capture portraits under the stars. Class is first-come, first-served, and limited to 12 photographers. While we welcome all, this class is geared towards intermediate photographers who have an understanding of their camera’s settings and at a minimum basic knowledge of flash photography.
Lunch, dinner, snacks, a headlamp to use and take home, and flash equipment to use (if needed).
MEET SEAN LARA & GEOFF DECKER
Sean is based in Colorado and has been a full-time wedding photographer since 2010. Specializing in environmental portraiture, he’s best known for incorporating a variety of unique off-camera flash techniques that have won him awards with WPPI, ISPWP, WPJA and Fearless. In 2020 & 2021, he was listed as one of the top ten photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association. As an ambassador for MagMod, Geekoto, Holdfast and others, you can find him regularly on the web and at education events instructing other professionals on how to get more creative with off-camera flash and their business.
Geoff is also based in Colorado and his photography has been featured in a number of publications including PetaPixel, Makeup-Artist Magazine, and My Modern Met. His areas of focus include astrophotography, near-infrared, low-light sports, and special effects portraits, to name a few.
Currently, his focus is working on refining the nexus panorama process. He defines a nexus panorama is an astrophotograph where the Milky Way links two landscapes, without artificially placing the milky way into the photograph. His goal with nexus panoramas is to produce a body of work that allows his audience a different perspective on the observable universe in connection to the world we live on.
How much is the workshop and what is the payment schedule?
The workshop is $749 per person. A 50% retainer is due immediately to reserve your spot, and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before the event.
What equipment do I need to bring?
To get the most out of this workshop, you MUST bring either a DSLR or Mirrorless camera (full-frame preferred), a lens 24mm or wider with a maximum aperture value of at least f4 or wider, a durable tripod, and off-camera flash lighting equipment (we will have some flash equipment to borrow if needed).
If I’m traveling from out of state, where should I fly into?
You will want to fly to Denver International Airport.
Where exactly is the workshop happening?
The lecture portion will be in Denver (exact location is TBD – more info soon) and the hands-on portion will be at a dark-sky location outside of city limits. You are welcome to drive yourself, or hop in with us if there’s room.
What happens if the weather is bad or the skies are cloudy?
If this is the case, we will make the best of a bad situation and go forward with our plans as scheduled.
Can I receive a refund if I can’t make it?
Refunds will only be provided if you can find a replacement for your spot.
How long will the seminar be?
The exact times are TBD, but plan for a very late night.