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Star Trails & Light Painting Joshua Tree National Park

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May 28, 2021 - May 30, 2021

$49 – $499

Star Trails & Light Painting Joshua Tree National Park 



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Star Trails & Light Painting Joshua Tree National Park

May 28-30

About Your Adventure

Join Creative Photo Academy and night sky and light painting guru Katrina Brown for a creative weekend in the desert! First night will be focused on creating star trails with a moon lit desert landscape. Shooting trails in the moonlight creates gorgeous sky color and creates a beautiful mood. When the moon sets at 12:30 am, we can focus on the Milky Way, composition, and adding light-painted subjects such as Yucca Trees. This night will not only teach you everything you need to know about night sky shooting but you will leave with stunning imagery.

On Night 2, learn how to properly paint with light to create stunning images. We will supply the lights and guide you through the whole process. On this night of the workshop, we’ll explore light painting by mixing various ambient light situations including the night sky stars. Our focus will be on shooting in a styled shoot situation with an experienced model resulting in spectacular images. You will be exposed to many types of light painting tools, techniques, and ideas to spark your creativity!

Come take unique creative photos in this stark and captivating environment. We will arrive in the afternoon to scout and plan our shots (or you can arrive earlier to shoot Joshua Tree landscapes). We will go to work at dusk and shoot until the early hours. You can camp or drive to a nearby hotel.


Class Details:

  • During the day: Independent scouting, post processing and maybe sleeping. Night: Star trails & light painting!
  • Includes: Location for photographing, “How-To Prep Class” and onsite instruction. Prep class required unless you have attended one of Katrina’s past workshops.
  • Does not include: Transportation, model gratuity, meals, accommodations (we will be 30 minutes from the town of Joshua Tree if you wish to stay at a hotel) and entrance fees.


Proposed Schedule:

Friday Night: Star Trails

Saturday Night: Light Painting

How-To Prep Class

May 11th @ 6PM

Learn about the equipment and techniques needed to make creative light painted and night sky photographs. Light Painting requires long exposures, a sturdy tripod, remote shutter release, and a spark of imagination. Come learn how to make these captivating images.

Price: How-To Prep for Light Painting Class ONLY : $49 per person

(If you have already purchased your Joshua Tree Adventure ticket, this price is included)

Adventure Info


  • Must have and be familiar with DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Tripod & Remote Shutter
  • Must be able to hike 2 miles in the dark at night carrying camera equipment
  • Mobility and agility are essential to attend this workshop
  • Camping Highly Recommend (we have pre booked a group campsite).

Limit 15 Participants

Price: $499 (Includes Prep Class)

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

Post Processing Class

June 7th @ 6PM

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.

Price: Post Processing  Class ONLY : $49 per person

(If you have already purchased your Joshua Tree Adventure ticket, this price is included)

You are free to camp or choose other accommodations. Lodging, transportation and other meals are not included.


By purchasing this adventure you agree to the terms of the cancellation policy
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May 28, 2021
May 30, 2021
$49 – $499
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