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Star Trails & Light Painting – Death Valley
  • Death Valley Photo Excursion
    December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016
    3:00 pm - 12:00 pm
  • How-To Prep Class
    November 29, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Post Production Class
    December 8, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Joshua Tree Photo Excursion
    March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017
    12:00 pm
  • How-To Prep Class
    February 23, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Post-Processing Class
    March 16, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • How to Prep Class
    November 6, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Creative night photography after dark is a mystery to many. We’ve figured it out! Learn how to photograph the spellbinding, spherical movements of stars in the sky, how to change a scene by adding your own light, and how to build drama by integrating star trails and light painting. You’ll make pictures that are truly stellar!

How To Prep Class

Mon, Nov 6th, 2017; 7-9pm

Learn about the equipment and techniques needed to make creative star trail and night sky photographs. Star trails require long exposures, a sturdy tripod, lockable remote release, specialized software and a spark of imagination. Come learn how to make these captivating images.

Limit – 25 Participants

Post Processing  Class

Thurs, Nov 16, 2017; 7-9pm

Process your Star Trails night photography in the digital darkroom hands-on with a CPA educator. Together we will review basic steps to process your images into brilliant, creative star trail images using free software as well as Photoshop and other scripts and techniques. We will review making minor adjustments both before and after your final product.

Limit – 25 Participants

Death Valley Excursion

Sunday-Monday, November 11-13, 2017

Come take photos in this stark and captivating environment. We’ll arrive in the afternoon to scout and plan our shots (or you can arrive earlier to shoot Death Valley landscapes). We’ll go to work at dusk and shoot until the early hours. Recommended accommodations: Furnace Creek Ranch. Rooms start at $155/night, use Group Coupon for Paul’s Photo (737210). It will be loads of fun and we’ll make some truly spectacular images together.

Limit – 15 Participants

Class Details

  •  During the day: Scouting, post processing and maybe sleeping and at night: Star trails & light painting!
  •  Includes: location for photographing, “How-To Prep Class” and onsite instruction.
  •  Does not include: Transportation, meals, accommodations
    (recommended at the Furnace Creek Ranch) and entrance fees.


  •  #850 Single How-To Prep Class $49
  •  #852 Single Post-Production Class $49
  •  #851 Excursion + Prep Class + Production Class $279
    Before September 30th
  •  #851 Excursion + Prep Class + Production Class $299

By purchasing this class, you agree to the terms of the cancellation policy.
Participants will be required to sign a liability release prior to the adventure.
Sign up online here or download our flyer and sign up in store or over the phone (310-375-7014)

Student Reviews:

My daughter and I signed up for the  Star Trails Adventure with both excitement and a little hesitation.  We were pushed outside of our comfort zone and  thrilled with what we learned and proud of the results.  Beautiful site and patient and fun instructors made it magical.   We are ready to sign up again this year and make it a family tradition!
-Darby T.

I signed up for the Star Trails Adventure not knowing anything about taking pictures of the night sky. It is a very different style of photography. One learns how to compose a shot that you cannot see with your own eyes, to focus on a star, to take multiple images and process them into a single picture with stunning star trails. We even got to practice light painting techniques. Sitting under the night sky in Death Valley is also an incredible experience. The Instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and made it an amazing adventure. I would not hesitate to take this trip again.
-Jon W.


  • Duane Cassone
    Duane Cassone is an passionate night photographer and pioneer in long exposure star trails techniques. He is CPA's EXTREME PHOTOGRAPHER!


  • Duane Cassone
    Duane Cassone is an passionate night photographer and pioneer in long exposure star trails techniques. He is CPA's EXTREME PHOTOGRAPHER!

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