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Workshops on the Parpaner Rothorn - Lenzerheide

Night photography workshops on the Parpaner Rothorn


Management: Markus Eichenberger Photo & Film Productions


The course of the workshops is as follows:


3:00 p.m.        Independent arrival with gondola lift from Lenzerheide Lai Canols (valley station)               

4:00 p.m.        Meeting point on the Parpaner Rothorn. Welcome and tour while it is still light.                                                              Visit to the photo spots

5:00 p.m.        Star photography training 1 1/2 hours (dinner is brought forward depending on the season)     

6:30 p.m.        Dinner

7:30 p.m.        Preparing for the sunset, a cozy get-together, laying out your sleeping bag, etc.

8:30 p.m.        Take photos of sunsets

9:30 p.m.        Preparation for photographing stars

10:00 p.m.      Photograph stars, sleep and have a drink

06:00 a.m.      Preparation for sunrise (summer/winter different)

07:15 a.m.      Take photos of sunrise

08:00 a.m.      Have breakfast in the restaurant

10:00 a.m.      Official end of the workshop


For the first time there is the opportunity to work with the Lenzerheide Bergbahnen and offer Chasing Stars photography workshops up there. An overnight stay on the Parpaner Rothorn with Lenzerheide at your feet is a great experience. This is not possible for tourists. The event includes a 1 1/2 hour training course on how to photograph stars at night, professional support during the night, dinner, overnight stay and all training materials in PDF format.



As always, the number of participants is limited to 10 people (6 photographers and 4 stargazers). This is important to ensure the overview and quality of the workshop. The training is designed to offer something for everyone, from beginners to professionals. The course leader is Markus Eichenberger. 





Course dates:

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The period of one week is chosen so that the workshops can be organized around the new moon. You can register for one day. 5 days before the workshop, participants will be informed whether the workshop will definitely take place. If there are more participants than places, a waiting list will be maintained. First come, first served. 


Everything depends very much on the weather. If the conditions are not optimal or too few people register, the workshop will not take place (minimum number is 4 photographers and 2 stargazers) 


If you are interested, there is also the option to conduct the workshops in English or Spanish. Please contact me directly




The workshop costs CHF 495 for photographers and CHF 295 for stargazers. Insurance is the responsibility of the participants.



Photo equipment

To put the stars in the best possible light, a reflex camera or mirrorless camera is an advantage. To capture enough light, you should have a fast lens. That is, one that has an open aperture of F4.0 or lower. Ideally F 2.8. In order to photograph the landscape, it would be an advantage if the lens has a wide angle of at least 24mm, optimally 15mm. Cameras manufactured in the last 3-5 years have less noise at high ISO. This helps a lot with night photography. A tripod is very important and is mandatory. Please contact me if you have any questions. I can also borrow tripods.



It gets cold at almost 3000 meters. This means you should bring a thick jacket and possibly a hat. A flashlight or headlamp is mandatory as the nights up there get very dark when the moon is new. You should also wear good shoes that have a good profile. It is an advantage if you bring a mat (5 mats can be borrowed). Your own sleeping bag is mandatory.



The infrastructure of the panoramic restaurant is used to carry out the training. The workshop leader will give the training using a laptop connected to a television. The training includes all the tips and tricks you need to know to photograph stars at night. What has been learned is then put into practice at night, under the supervision of the workshop leader. 


The panoramic restaurant Rothorngipfel will be converted into a sleeping bag camp for the night (5 mats can be borrowed). The toilet is one level below. There are also additional charging stations for electronic devices and sockets to recharge the camera batteries. 


The journey is the responsibility of the participants. To get to the Parpaner Rothorn you can either take the bus from Chur or by car to the Lenzerheide Lai Canols valley station and take the gondola lift to Scharmoin / Parpaner Rothorn. Please allow enough time to make the most of it to be at the top of the second last lane.



At the end of the workshop, each photography participant will be sent the training documents via email and presented with a coffee to go cup.


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As a participant in the workshop, you have the opportunity to join the “Swiss Star Chasers” club via Facebook. This covers everything you want to know about star photography. You can also ask questions at any time, which I will be happy to answer for you. 

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