Neil Simmons Photography | Full Moon Workshop




$400 for 2 days


Full Moon Workshop

Saturday May 21, 2016 - Sunday May 22, 2016

Potential Location(s): Seacliff Beach/Cement Ship, Walton Lighthouse/Seabright Beach, or Santa Cruz Lighthouse/Westcliff​ *(location to be determined, depending on weather conditions at time of workshop)

General Timeline: Start 1:00 p.m. Saturday in-studio, dinner break 5:00 p.m., head to location 6:00 p.m., sunset/moonrise at 8:15 p.m., done by 9:00 p.m. There is an optional 6 a.m. moonset session on Sunday morning. Sunday in-studio start time at 1 p.m. to discuss the previous evening's images, dinner break at 5 p.m., head to location 6 p.m., sunset at 8:15 p.m., moonrise at 9:08 p.m., done by 9:30 p.m.

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Full Moon Workshop Summary Points:


  • Overview of telephoto lens characteristics i.e. action/sports, portraits, and the full moon
  • Compression and optimal settings for use with telephoto lenses
  • Balancing sunrise/sunset
  • Timing & the moon calendar: phases, annual & monthly patterns
  • Camera settings (aperture, shutter speed & ISO)
  • Composition, angles and juxtaposition
  • Moonbows & using the light of the moon
  • Post-processing: color correction, correcting under & over-exposure, noise reduction, etc.
  • REQUIRED telephoto lens (105mm or above)

Prerequisite Knowledge:

  • Familiar with your camera, at least learning manual settings
  • Basic understanding of editing with Photoshop/Lightroom

Required Camera Gear:

  • Digital SLR camera & manual
  • Telephoto lens (105mm or above)
  • Sturdy tripod with mounting plate
  • Computer & editing software at home (Photoshop/Lightroom)

Highly Recommended Gear:

  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cable shutter release [name-brand or generic] ($7- $80)
  • Neutral-Density filter [4-stop filter, aka 1.2ND filter] ($40+)
  • Circular polarizer filter ($40+)
  • Camera rain cover ($10-40)

Additional Items To Bring:

  • Water
  • Food & snacks
  • Wide-brim hat & sunglasses
  • Warm, weather-proof layers
  • Sturdy footwear & warm socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunblock & insect repellant
  • Small towel




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