Arches National Park has been designated as an official International Dark Sky Park. Spend 4 nights photographing the Milky Way against a wide variety of fascinating rock formations, including the largest collection of natural arches in the world.
We will visit a wide variety of great locations in Arches National Park, as well as a couple of locations outside the park, including Canyonlands National Park. The workshop will include classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images. We will shoot each evening into late at night as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. We will end the workshop with a group slide show and critique.
Colin is an award-winning photographer who has spent the past several years exploring the red rock Canyonlands of Southern Utah and the mountains of Colorado. As a part time resident of Moab since 2011, he has spent several weeks a year exploring the photographic riches in and around Moab in every season, and has been leading workshops and tours in the area for several years as the founder of Rock Light Photo Tours. He is a certified and insured photography travel guide in nearby Arches, Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands national parks.
- Capturing the Milky Way with your digital camera
- Techniques and gadgets for better Milky Way photography
- Making your red rock sunset images pop
- Determining proper exposure
- Capturing great images in challenging lighting conditions
- Analyzing a scene for compositional options
- Using filters to improve artistic results
- Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
- Post processing for Milky Way photography
- Stacking images to reduce noise
- Creating composite images with layer masking
- Techniques for creating star trails images
- Photographic techniques for shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau
All skill levels are welcome. Participants who have a good working knowledge of their cameras, and basic understanding of digital workflow and knowledge or exposure to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom will get the most from this workshop.
Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically less than 3 miles round trip). Participants MUST be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes. As this is a night workshop, we will be shooting late at night, sometimes into the wee hours of morning.
Maximum 8 photographers. Note: This workshop usually sells out quickly!
Accommodations are available in one of our luxury vacation rental properties just 10 min. south of Moab, Utah, each with a private hot tub and a fully equipped kitchen, which will be a great base of operations for visiting Arches National Park other locations in and around Moab and Castle Valley. One of the two properties will be the home base for the workshop, giving us a place to gather for classroom sessions, a kitchen to use for meals, and a chance to mingle with and learn from your fellow photographers. Prices shown do not include local taxes.
Please be sure to request one of the lodging options above when booking if desired. Payment taken separately. contact colin@Lightandphoto.com with questions.
Registration fee: $1065 per person (includes 6.85% Utah services tax)
Deposit to reserve a date: $300
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Tuesday, June 4th at 4pm, and ends Saturday, June 8th at Noon.
Non-photographer/tag-along rate: $500 - for a spouse/partner/friend who wants to come along, eat meals with the group, and travel to some of our shooting locations. Note there is a double occupancy rate for the lodging options at the vacation rental properties.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather and be based at the Red Rock Garden vacation rental property in Moab, Utah. Directions and details will be sent well in advance of the workshop.