Long Nights in the Eastern Sierra Lone Pine and Bishop, California

11/11/2019 - 11/16/2019

This six-day, five-night photography workshop in the spectacular Eastern Sierras of California will take place under the full moon and is intended primarily for photographers who are interested in light painting by moonlight. We will begin in Lone Pine and then move north to Bishop. Enjoy cool days and crisp nights with a group of like-minded students and two amazing instructors, Gabe and Lance.

Topics covered will include exposure, composition, light painting and controlling the ratio between ambient and added light. Techniques and inspiration will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. We hope to push you to step outside your comfort zone—to test the limits of what you and your camera can do. Special emphasis will be placed on developing your own personal night vision.

This workshop will have both field and classroom instruction. We will be in the classroom each day, and out in the field at different locations each night. Participants can stay out shooting as long as they - or their camera’s batteries - hold out. While in the field, the instructors will demonstrate their own techniques and work with participants one-on-one to make sure everyone gets the most out of the workshop. During classroom sessions there will be presentations by the instructors and time to look at student work. Each day will include a critique of the previous night’s work.

The workshop will feature two nights in the Alabama Hills, located in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, and three nights outside Bishop, California, where shooting locations will include the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and the Laws Railway Museum. The locations are vast, so everyone will be able to spread out and not get in one another's way. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Lance and Gabe in the field.

This class is for those looking to expand their photographic horizons, recharge their creative batteries and share ideas with friends and colleagues. We will create individual objectives for each participant and encourage students to make unique images that have deep personal meaning. Collaboration is a great way to make new discoveries and new friends. Working through image ideas and lighting scenarios is a fun and rewarding process and can provide immense inspiration.

The workshop is intended for people who are comfortable with their equipment and with capturing raw files in Manual exposure mode. Night photography experience is not necessary, but even folks with extensive experience shooting at night will find this class challenging, stimulating and inspiring.

Prerequisites and topics:

  • Participants must have at least basic photo skills, know their cameras well, and be comfortable shooting raw photos in manual mode with a DSLR or high-end mirrorless camera.
  • You will go home from the workshop with a solid grasp of night photography in a dark-sky environment, and a good foundation in light painting techniques. Topics covered will include scouting and planning, composing and focusing in low light, light painting, and optimizing exposure for raw capture and development with Lightroom.
  • Those with more experience are welcome, and we will offer guidance in the field if you mainly want to concentrate on creating portfolio images or more advanced techniques.


  • Demonstrations and image review will be conducted in Lightroom.
  • There will not be any long hikes, but you should be comfortable carrying your own equipment over uneven ground in the dark for distances up to a mile.

Enrollment limit: There are plenty of opportunities for one-on-one assistance. This workshop is limited to 12 students.


This workshop begins Monday, November 11, at noon and ends Saturday, November 16, at 3 p.m. Specific day to day schedule: TBD.


Meeting Space

This workshop will begin in Lone Pine, CA at the Dow Villa Motel on Monday, November 11, at noon and ends at the Holiday Inn Express in Bishop on Saturday, November 16, at 3 p.m. Your class will meet regularly in a meeting room at each hotel.


There is a room block set up at the Dow Villa Motel for the dates of November 10 through 12 (3 nights), departing November 13. Please make your reservation by calling the number below. In order to get the room block rate, please let them know that you are part of the "Rocky Mountain" group.

Dow Villa Motel
310 S. Main St.
Lone Pine, CA 93545
(760) 876-5521

Rates: $95 per night + 9% tax. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff date: Make your reservations by October 10, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for their cancellation policy.

The second location for this workshop is the Holiday Inn Express in Bishop. There is a room block set up for the nights of November 13 through 16 (4 nights), departing November 17. To make your reservation please call the hotel directly at the number below.

Holiday Inn Express
636 N. Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514

Rates: $159 per night + tax. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for their cancellation policy.

Cutoff date: Please make your reservation by October 10, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The closest major airports to this workshop are the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. To find out about carriers and flight schedules please visit the airport website.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport
5175 Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727

McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Transportation during the Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.

Major car rental companies are available at the airports listed above. Please click on the links to the airport website for more information.


Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant. 


We want your experience at an RMSP workshop to be full of learning and fun. We recognize that preparation is one important key to success. The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. If you have questions about what’s needed, please call Bob McGowan, our Student Services Associate, at 800-394-7677.

For RMSP’s general list of recommended gear, click here:

Note: Not everything on the website linked above is required for the workshop. Use the list below as your guideline and the link above if you would like a recommendation on a lens, body or accessory to purchase. Also, please register for the workshop before buying gear, as registration will make you eligible for the B&H EDU program which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars on gear. Learn more here: https://rmsp.com/bhedu.

  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • For best results on this workshop Lance and Gabe recommend a DSLR or high end mirrorless camera manufactured within the last two to three years.
  • You will want a camera that has the ability to shoot in raw files, manual exposure mode, Bulb (B) setting for long exposures and the capability to use a remote shutter release.
  • You’ll need at least one lens:
  • Fast and Wide angle lenses are best for Milky Way shots (14-24mm 2.8, 16-35mm 2.8, etc.)
  • Fast Fixed Focal lens or manual focus only lens by Zeiss or Sigma (14 2.8, 24 1.4, 21 2.8, etc.)
  • Normal Lens (35-70mm). The lenses that will best work at night will be those that have a distance scale / infinity marking on them
  • Sturdy and reliable tripod
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Flash drive
  • Cable release / wireless remote. Gabe recommends bringing two, in case one breaks. He recommends Wired Vello Shutterboss (make sure the shutterboss matches your model of camera) as a back-up.
  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera)
  • Extra memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag or backpack 
  • Lens shades for all lenses
  • Flashlights
  • 2 high-powered incandescent flashlights (40-200 lumens) and a simple maglite for finding things in your bag.
  •  Gabe and Lance both use Coast flashlights and love the HP5r and HP7r. Use the code parksatnight and save 30% off any purchase from coastportland.com.
  • Please bring a low-powered white light flashlight for navigation and adjusting your equipment. The Coast G9 or AAA Mini Mag are good choices. This light is in addition to any light painting tools you may wish to use. If you only find LED Flashlights, consider getting a 1/2 or 3/4 cut CTO Gel to warm up the color of your flashlight.
  • Dedicated Flash and flash cord
  • Filters (polarizer, split neutral density, neutral density)
  • Gray card
  • Professional air blower for sensor cleaning (eg. rocket blower)
  • Camera & lens cleaning supplies
  • Note taking materials
Optional Accessories (bring these if you have them)
  • Ground cloth, cushion or knee pads
  • Camera rain cover if your camera and lens are not water resistant
Personal Items
  • Weatherproof clothing that can be layered underneath for warmth 
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails 
  • Light to medium jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle 
  • Snacks for between meals in the field
  • Travel alarm clock and wristwatch – or smartphone with an alarm
Tuition: $1,695
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 8/13/2019


Gabe Biderman

Gabriel Biderman has been exploring the night topography for over 20 years. Using film and digital, he blends the surreal look of the night to enhance historic and urban landscapes. Biderman’s work has been exhibited in NY, London, San Francisco, and Hawaii and he is the author of the recently released book Night Photography – From Snapshots to Great Shots. To learn more about Gabriel visit ruinism.com



Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is a Vermont-based photographer who is best known for night photography of the built environment. The second edition of his book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in July 2015, and has been translated into seven languages. Keimig is a partner in National Parks at Night, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving our national parks through photographic education. He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and The Houston Center for Photography and leads independent workshops across the country, and international photo tours around the world.

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