Moab Secrets of the Night Sky

      Moab, UT 84532, USA

      Rock Light Photo
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      3 reviews
      Sep 6 - 9, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 10
      Moab Secrets of the Night Sky
      Moab, UT 84532, USA

      Rock Light Photo
      • Email address verified
      3 reviews

      Sep 6 - 9, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 10

      About this trip

      Moab, Utah is home to three internationally recognized dark sky parks:  Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Dead Horse Point State Park.  Moab is also home to many off the beaten track locations - places we will have to ourselves at night, where we can capture more unique Milky Way images, and we can practice the art of light painting. (FYI - light painting of any kind is illegal in Arches & Canyonlands)

      We will spend 3 nights photographing the Milky Way against a wide variety of fascinating rock formations.  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. With two professional workshop leaders who both lead tours in the area year round, there will be many opportunities for one-on-one instruction.  We will end the workshop with a group slide show and constructive critique.

      About the Workshop Leaders

      Bryan Haile has been a professional landscape photographer and photography tour guide here in Moab Utah for the past 7 years. He has led more than 250 tours in the Moab area, and has more than 20 years experience as a Professional Nikon Photographer.  Bryan lived and worked as a wedding and portrait photographer in Colorado before moving permanently to Moab in 2016.  Bryan's specialties include landscape composition and night photography, backed up with his vast knowledge of the Moab area.  

      Colin D. Young 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.  

      Field Lessons Include

       - 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

      - Light Painting and low level lighting techniques
      - Capturing great images in challenging lighting conditions

      - Analyzing a scene for compositional options

      - Using filters to improve artistic results

      Classroom Instruction

      - Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your night sky 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

      Other Considerations

      Skills Needed:

      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. 

      Physical Demands:

      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, at night. 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. 

      Group Size:

      Maximum 10 photographers.  Note: Colin's June workshop is already sold out, so we expect this workshop usually to sell out quickly!

      Workshop Details

      Registration fee: $1065 per person (includes 6.85% Utah services tax)

      Deposit to reserve a date: $300

      Dates and Times

      Workshop begins Friday, Sept 6 at 3pm, and ends Monday, Sept 9th at Noon.

      Where to Meet

      Participants will gather and at a location TBA in Moab, Utah.   Directions and details will be sent well in advance of the workshop.

      What’s included

      • Sales Tax
        6.85% services tax
      • Classroom Instruction
        Classroom and on-site instruction on capturing the Milky Way and processing your images images from two professional workshop leaders.

      What’s not included

      • air fare
        round trip airfare not included. Closest major airports: Grand Junction, CO (GJT - 2 hours), Salt Lake City (SLC - 4 hours)
      • ground transportation
        We will carpool as possible, but access to a vehicle while you are in town is suggested.

      Available Packages

      Workshop Registration Fee
      7 left

      Registration fee for the Sept 6-9 Moab Secrets of the Night Sky photo workshop, including all applicable local taxes. (does not include housing or transportation) 

      Deposit: $300
      Non photographer companion
      only 1 left

      For a spouse/partner/friend who wants to come along, eat meals with the group, and travel to some of our shooting locations as an observer.  Note there is a double occupancy rate for the lodging options at the vacation rental properties.   

      Deposit: $200

      Your Organizer

      Rock Light Photo
      3 reviews
      Professional photographer Colin D. Young offers 4-6 multi-day immersive photography workshops in various locations generally centered around U.S. National parks, with an emphasis on the national parks of Colorado and Utah. He is a certified and insured photo tour guide in Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks.


      An excellent workshop. Colin was very helpful and ran things in a relaxed way giving us each some time to help with things. Fortunately the weather was good to us too. Excellent accommodation in a good location.
      By tim H for Arches at Night Photo Workshop on Jun 20, 2024
      Great experience wonderful locations with an accomplished guide that made himself available to all equally
      By Stephen C for Arches at Night Photo Workshop on Jun 17, 2024
      Excellent photography workshop. Great fellow participants, terrific weather, well-planned week with very good, thoughtful leadership. We did a bunch of really great photography and were led to do new things in areas that are heavily photographed, so we got some unique images. Accommodations very good and affordable. Trip and workshop were very good value - well worth doing. Really helped me learn a lot about night photography and tie it together, and I got a lot of very strong images to work with for a long time. Definitely recommend RockLightPhoto and Colin Young.
      By D H for Arches at Night Photo Workshop on Jun 17, 2024


      I have been out with Collin for quiet a few times to capture the moments of nature with cameras. I enjoyed all of the trips. The beauty and grandeur of those places often captured my mind, as I was capturing their images. Photography is about capture the right light at right moments and right places. Colin is a career professional light expert, and has a keen sense and splendid knowledge about light. He helped almost every participant in his workshops to get high quality images. I have about 50 years of experience in photography, and I still learn something new in each Colin’s workshop. I plan to attend more Collin’s workshops.
      By Quan D on 18 Dec, 2023
      I attended Colin's Arches and Canyonlands workshop in March of 2023 and it was a fantastic experience. Colin knew the area well and took us to all the best spots at the right times. He was friendly and personable and I would recommend him to anyone interested in landscape photography. Our group had photographers with greatly varying levels of skill and experience and Colin was excellent at meeting their often different needs. This was my first time doing a photography workshop but it definitely won't be my last.
      By Jerry B on 04 Dec, 2023
      My first workshop with Rock Light Photo hooked me! The trip was well-organized, well-planned, had good fellow guests, and solid leadership from Colin Young. There was a strong sense of camaraderie and fun, heightened by most of us staying in the same rental house. We visited a lot of sites in Bryce Canyon, and since I'd never been, it was really eye-opening and fun. Colin organized things well, but not too much, and was responsive to the group's varying skill levels and energy. I've done several more photo workshops with Rock Light Photo in different places and consistently enjoyed myself, learned a lot about many aspects of photography, and gotten great images. I'd strongly recommend Rock Light Photo for photographers with a range of experience - you'll also have fun, grow as an artist, and create great photos.
      By D H on 02 Nov, 2023