RBA & AF Astrophotography

AstroCamp - Surf and Stars

Posted: March 5th, 2016



This is a 1 night nightscape astrophotography camp with me. Check my list of awards or my work here in DeepSkyColors.com, or in my Flickr account. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

WEATHER WARNING: The Northern California coast is famous for its fog. Should the weather forecast be negative, upon agreement with all attendees, we might explore other areas, inland and away from the fog.

SITE: Big Sur and whereabouts, California
DATE: October 7, 2016
PRICE: $279 (Price does not include food, lodging or transportation, but free coffee will be available at all times during the sessions :-) )
RESERVATION: $150 (NON-REFUNDABLE, will hold your spot)
CLASS SIZE: 2 to 7


Make your selection


Just to name some of the things we'll be doing, we'll do star trails and discuss several techniques to produce them. Scene illumination and light painting (not the same thing) will also be covered, including some very interesting and novel approaches. And of course, we will all produce Milky Way panoramas and maybe reflections. Each target and technique will be accompanied by explanations, details, alternatives...

Now, when I said "we'll be doing..." that doesn't mean that the main goal of the workshop is for you to come out with nice pictures. Expect also an in-depth explanation about the myriad of topics one cannot get away without: planning sessions and shots, focusing, framing, mosaics, depth, light, sky, rules (and when to break them), the ISO/aperture/length equation, location, inspiration, technique and artistry... Whether you want to just take some nice night (photo) souvenirs, or your goal is to find your very own style and produce unique imagery, this in-field camp/workshop will teach you everything you need to know and more.

About post-processing, I believe that in addition to the concepts and processes everyone needs to know, which will be covered, each of us have our own book, and you'd be learning a lot about mine.

We will visit some classic locations in Big Sur, Carmel and whereabouts. Light hiking is expected.


Unlike other fine workshops given by other seasoned nightscape photographers, here you'll be next to a "world renowned" deep-sky photographer - in addition to night landscape photographer. Not many people are aware of this, but knowing some deep-sky imaging fundamentals is going to help you enormously on your nightscape efforts, trust me. I have surprised nightscape photographers before when it comes to this particular aspect, and I'm hoping you too will be learning amazingly useful techniques no other workshop offers today that I'm aware of. 


For equipment, please bring:

  • Your DSLR camera
  • A wide angle lens of at least 24mm or wider, the fastest the better, f/2.8 or less recommended.
  • A tripod.
  • An intervalometer is highly recommended.
  • A 32GB card for your camera and a supply of batteries to last both nights shooting (bringing a charger is also a good idea, but we will not provide a charging station).
  • A headlamp (it should have a "red light" mode) and a flashlight.

  • Snacks! Also water and any non-alcoholic beverage you like.

As for everything else, remember that the weather in the Northern California Coast can be unpredictable, so please bring warm clothes, gloves, hat... Also bring hiking boots if possible, or at the very least, sneakers.

Remember that we don't provide lodging, transportation or food - just insane amounts of coffee - so make sure you can drive a vehicle at night, and make your proper lodging arrangements so you can stay fresh, fed and well rested during the workshop. For lodging, there is plenty of options: Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel... Campsites at Big Sur do fill fast, though.


Frequently described by peers as one of the most recognized and influential deep-sky and night photographers in the world today, I've been all around the globe doing astrophotography in many of its forms, predominantly deep-sky and nightscape photography. I'm told to also have inspired many other astrophotographers with my personal "deep and wide" style and techniques. I have given talks and workshops about
astrophotography and image processing in USA and Latin America, Australia, Europe and Asia... For a list of awards and accolades please click here.

Just as my work has often been defined as a unique, easily recognizable personal style, expect the same from my presentations, field trips and workshops.

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