AUGUST 5th - 9th, 2024
Andy will be leading a night photography workshop to capture the stunning beauty of the Milky Way above the American Southwest.
FOCUS: Photograph the night sky with some of the most fascinating foregrounds in Arches National Park and the Moab area.
ADDITIONAL: In Arches NP we intend to utilize Time Compressed Imagery; start photography at dusk and finish after Milky Way appears, then combine the scene in post processing. Outside of the park we may also use dimmable light panels.
Andy will provide post processing instruction. Participants should return home with many of their images already processed.
The workshop starts on Monday, August 5th, 2024 at 3:00 pm with introductions and a discussion in the hotel lobby. Afterward, we will photograph at dusk and into the stars.
LODGING LOCATION: Comfort Suites, 400 N Main Street, Moab, UT 84532. 435-259-5455
Check-in Monday, August 5, 2024; Check-out Saturday, August 10, 2024.
Workshop ends after photographing late on Friday night, August 9th, 2024.
MORNING: Optional group breakfast at least 1 hour before the chosen restaurant stops serving breakfast.
MIDDAY: Andy will aid / instruct with night sky post processing using Adobe Photoshop, then a break followed a group dinner.
EVENING: We've schedule this workshop in August because as soon as it gets dark the Milky Way will be in position and ready to photograph, we will not be up all night.
REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT $300 USD
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EXPERIENCE: Intermediate and Advanced.
Because participants need to work their cameras in darkness and our post processing techniques are advanced this workshop is not advised for beginners.
GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 6.
EFFORT: Moderate to Difficult - Involves trail hiking and elevation gain to arrive at certain photography locations. The longest trail is about 1.5 miles each way. Some locations will be just beyond the parking lot.
CONDITIONS: We will start hiking before sunset, expect it to be very hot. Night in the high desert may be chilly.
ELEVATION: The elevation range of our shooting locations is 4,100 to 6,000 ft. Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations.
AIR TRAVEL: Likely airport choices are Moab, UT, Grand Junction, CO and Salt Lake City, UT.
Driving time from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT is about 2 hours.
Driving time from Salt Lake City to Moab, UT is about 4 hours.
DRIVING CONDITIONS: Maintained dirt and paved roads. A standard rental car should be sufficient. We prefer participants car pool with each other to limit our impact and get to know one another.
RECOMMENDATIONS: MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION
FOR ARCHES & MOAB NIGHT: For cameras with full frame sensors the lens should be at least 24mm wide. For cameras with partial frame sensors, 1.5 LMF, the lens should be at least 16mm wide.
Test the wide aperture performance of lenses in advance of the workshop: PDF How to test lens sharpness.
With night photography Andy finds a cable release to be very useful. He also recommends having an intervalometer. For these check Amazon, Andy has been happy with one made by Neewer, they run $20-$35, it may not last forever, but it seems to do the job at a reasonable cost.
TRIPOD: Sturdy, solid; not thin legs. Viewable at one's standing height without bending over.
SOFTWARE: In order to process images during the workshop please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. Two other useful programs to consider Topaz Denoise, Starry Landscape Stacker - Mac, or Sequator - PC. We highly recommend each participant download the phone app PhotoPills to use during the workshop.
OTHER: Hiking boots and ability to carry lots of water.
NOTE: Most images on this workshop page were taken using dimmable LED light panels and not in August.