Bodie Ghost Town at Night

Night Photography and Light Painting-Bodie Ghost Town

Dates: July 14-16, 2016
Location: Bodie Ghost Town and the Conway Summit
Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Professional
With Lance Keimig
Cost:  $1495

This Night Photography workshop will feature three nights of photography, and one early morning session with interior access at Bodie Ghost Town. This small group workshop is best suited for those with at least advanced beginner photo skills, including familiarity with shooting RAW in manual mode with a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera. Limited to 8 participants and one assistant.

Bodie Ghost Town

The Workshop

This workshop takes place just Before the Full Moon, which will provide us with a good measure of moonlight to help illuminate the landscape, and is a great time to practice light painting. Topics covered will include composing, focusing in low light, optimizing exposure for RAW capture and development with Lightroom 6, and light painting techniques. 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. The workshop is  limited to 8 participants, ensuring that we all have plenty of room to spread out and make images without getting in each other’s way, and to make sure that everyone has a chance to work one on one with me.

Getting There

Bodie is isolated. The closest major airport is Reno, NV- 120 miles away. Driving from Reno is about 2 1/2 hours. San Francisco is about a 6 hour drive through Yosemite National Park, and Los Angeles is about 6 hours away by car. It’s well worth the effort to get there. If you are interested in carpooling or sharing a rental car from Reno or the Bay Area, let me know, and we will try to connect you with someone.


Workshop participants stay at nearby resorts, hotels or campgrounds in or near Lee Vining. We recommend Murphey’s Motel in Lee Vining. Murphey’s tends to sell out quickly, and if that is the case, the El Mono Motel or  Lakeview Lodge are also good options. In either case, you should reserve a room as soon as you confirm your spot in the workshop.

Bodie Ghost Town


The cost of this workshop is $1495. Due to drastic increase in the permit fees at Bodie, we are unable to offer an alumni discount for this workshop. There is one discounted spot in the workshop for someone who is willing to be the workshop assistant. The assistant will be a full participant in the workshop, and not miss anything, but will help with the set up and breakdown of the classroom, and other tasks that arise during the workshop, such as running to fetch an extra extension cord, or pot of coffee from the Latte Da. The tuition for the workshop assistant is $995. Once you secure your spot by paying a deposit for the workshop, you will be contacted with detailed information about the workshop.

This workshop always fills, so secure your place as soon as you are ready to commit by placing your deposit. Refunds, less a $100 cancellation fee to cover expenses are available until the payment due in full date. You can make a deposit at any time, but space is available on a first come basis.

Payment is due in full by June 14, 2014. You can still sign up after June 14 if there is space available, but you need to pay in full at that time. If you need to cancel after the due in full date, you may request a refund if you are able to find a replacement to take your place. Many of our expenses are paid in advance, and we cannot offer refunds after the payment due in full date unless your spot is filled by someone else. If the program is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

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