• Joshua Tree Photo Excursion
    March 20, 2015 - March 22, 2015
    3:00 pm - 10:00 am
  • How-To Prep Class
    February 26, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Post Production Class
    March 28, 2015
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Joshua Tree Star Trails Shoot
    September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020
    12:00 am
  • How-To Prep Class
    September 10, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Post-Production Class
    September 24, 2020
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Creative night photography is a mystery to many. We’ve figured it out and will make it simple for you! Learn how to photograph the spellbinding spherical movements of stars in the sky, , and how to build drama by integrating star trails and foregrounds. You’ll make pictures that are truly stellar!

Joshua Tree Star Trails Shoot: 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 Joshua Tree landscapes). We’ll go to work at dusk and shoot until the early hours. You can camp or drive to a nearby hotel. (Recommended accommodations in Yucca Valley provided upon registration.) It will be loads of fun and we’ll make some spectacular images together.

• During the day: Scouting, post processing and maybe sleeping and at night: Star trails
• Includes: location for photographing, “How-To Prep Class” and onsite instruction.
• Does not include: Transportation, meals, accommodations (we will be 30 minutes from the town of Joshua Tree if you wish to stay at a hotel) and entrance fees. We have pre-booked a group campsite in Joshua Tree National Park

Limit 15 Participants

Price: $399 (includes How-To Class and Post Production Class)

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

How-To Prep Class

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

Price: How-To Class ONLY (no trip to Joshua Tree): $49 per person

Location: Creative Photo Academy

To bring: Camera, tripod, camping gear, remote shutter release – full supply list to be e-mailed after registration

Post Production Class

Process your Star Trails night photography in the digital darkroom hands-on with your 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 prints are completed.

Price: Post Production Class ONLY (no trip to Joshua Tree): $49 per person

Location: Creative Photo Academy

To bring: Photos on memory card (SD/Micro-SD/CF), laptop

By purchasing this class, you agree to the terms of the refund 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:

I’m so pleased that I joined Creative Photo Academy on my first Star Trails Adventure to Joshua Tree National Park recently.   As a beginning to intermediate photo enthusiast I’ve always been astonished with the beautiful star trail photos I’ve seen.  Thinking it would be complex to shoot I never considered it until I saw an opportunity to learn while shooting with a fabulous expert, Duane Cassone.  If you’ve ever been intrigued and want a fabulous experience, take a Star Trails adventure with Creative Photo Academy.  I am looking forward to my next adventure. They rock!
– Doug A

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.

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