ASSATEAGUE  ISLAND  NATIONAL  SEASHORE ,  MARYLAND

MILKY WAY MADNESS TOUR

 

 

METEOR SHOWER | MILKY WAY | WILDLIFE | STAR TRACKERS

JUNE 20TH - 23RD, 2025  ( 3 Nights)

CLASS LIMIT : 8 Photographers

INVESTMENT: $1,250.00 / $1,000.00 (ALUMNI)

 

 

This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to capture great photographs of the milky way, stars and meteor showers. The ETA Aquarid Meteor Shower peaks during this workshop with decent rates and lots of meteors  to view and capture with our cameras. We will also cover star trails,  timelapse photography, Star trackers and light painting. The workshop will start during the evening of May 4th and end after sunrise on May 7th, 2024. There are no shortages of photo locations to shoot from here. This is why I have spent over 100 nights camping on this island over the last 20 years. The night skies never disappoint here and they always offer me something new and beautiful each time I go. During our 4 days and 3 nights here,  expect to capture a wide variety of images. Assateague island also has lots of wildlife including wild horses, tons of migratory birds, eagles, fox, sika deer and so much more. We may even get lucky with a rocket launch one night as we have many times in the past. Video tutorials on processing are included in this workshop that will help you process these images to make the most out of each file. Videos include how to focus stack, milky way processing, processing panorama's, layer masks, sharpening, timelapses and the list goes one.

 

I will have 2 star trackers with me for you to use, and capture up close portraits of the milky way and other celestial objects in the sky while we are there. If you have one please bring it, and if you always wanted to use them, I will have some here f

 

 

If you wish to camp here (which i strongly suggest for that island experience) you will need to book these sites early. Typically 6 months early!!  With that said,  plans change over the months and people will cancel their reservations, weeks, and even days leading up to your date, so keep checking back for sites to open up if it is full when you first look.

 

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WORKSHOP INCLUDES

Commercial Permit Fees 

Picking my brain during our entire adventure            

Multiple shooting locations

How to create to compelling composition

How to balance positive and negative spaces in your frame

Milky Way , Star Trail, Meteor Shower Photography, Timelapse Photography and  light painting techniques

Wildlife Photography

Understanding shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, white balance and other custom settings

How to capture meteors / shooting stars

Learn about the phases of the moon, planets, constellations, eclipses and more!

How to illuminate a scene for timelapse photography

A campfire on the beach at night! 

How to set up a star tracker & Use the star trackers to create amazing HD milky way shots  

FREE Online Video Tutorials for processing your photographs, panoramas, strail trails, timelapses and more!

 

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LODGING

Lodging can be found near Ocean City, Maryland or by camping on Assateague Island itself (pictured above). Reservations book far in advance. You can also car camp in the overflow parking lot if you wish, but these campsites are incredible. I have done it dozens of times, just can't get enough of it! We will be photographing the Maryland District of Assateague. 

 

 

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CAMERA GEAR

A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera , wide/fast angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Most gear that is used can be found on the workshop overview page.

 

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DEPOSIT

A non-refundable deposit  is due to reserve your spot on the trip. If you are a JBP Alumni you receive 20% OFF the ticket price. If you have to cancel for any reason, you will be issued the amount paid to a future workshop, no cash refunds once the payment has been accepted. A Transaction Fee is associated with the purchase of this ticket. 

 

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WILDLIFE ON THE ISLAND

You can expect to see many wild horses anywhere on the island and at any time. They are typically seen entering the park, on all the roads, on the beaches, and along all bay points as well. You can also expect to see other wildlife like, sika deer, bald eagles, herons, osprey and may other types of birds. Please keep a minimum of 40ft away from all horses. Do not feed the animals as well. If you are camping, do not leave food out and store it under the picnic tables at your campsite when you aren't there. The horses are smart and will stomp a cooler open and eat it all. They are not aggressive, but please keep the 40ft distance in mind whenever you are near them.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop. This workshop runs rain or shine, if you need to cancel, or back out of this workshop, and your spot can not be filled, you will receive workshop credit towards a future workshop minus any transactions fees and a $100 cancellation fee.

 

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This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop or overnight sleeping arrangements. Participants are more than welcome to carpool during the workshop.

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For more information or to register please contacts us here at [email protected]

 

 

June 2025 | Assateague Island Workshop Experience
 

 


 

WORKSHOP ALUMNI: Receive 20% OFF the price listed above. Once you complete your first workshop with me, you will be considered a JBP Alumni. This means you will be able to advantage of 20% off future workshops with us. It's a small thank you for your interest and support! Can't wait to see you out soon!