Milky Way Photography Workshop in Arches & Canyonlands - 5 Nights from September 20-25, 2017

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Milky Way Photography Workshop in Arches & Canyonlands - 5 Nights from September 20-25, 2017

from 697.50

Where:  Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
When: September 20 @ 1 pm - September 25 @ 2 am, 2017
What's Included:

  • 5 Afternoons of Classroom Training
  • 5 Nights of Location Guiding & In-Field Instruction with 2 Instructors

Moonlight:  Dark Skies with No Moonlight
Maximum # of Students: 12 (6 per instructor)
How Much: $1,395

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In the summer months, the Milky Way appears in a variety of positions.  In this workshop, we take advantage of compelling foregrounds in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks that compliment the Milky Way's location and position through the night.  After classroom training each day, we head out into the field in time for sunset, we train through twilight, and then we make the most of the Milky Way skies.  We're excited to offer this unique 5 night event with excellent opportunities to capture the awe of the Milky Way and we hope you'll join us.

Can You Tell Me More About What's Included?

  • 5 Afternoons of Classroom Training - as described on the Classroom Training Page complete with
    • How Much Classroom Training Is Included?
    • What Does The Classroom Training Content Look Like?
    • How Is The Training Content Presented?
    • When Does The Classroom Training Take Place?
    • What Should I Bring?
  • 5 Nights of Location Guiding & In-Field Instruction - as shown on the In-Field Instruction Page with
    • What Does The In-Field Training Content Look Like?
    • When Does The In-Field Training Take Place?
    • What Should I Bring?
    • What Should I Expect When It Comes To Hiking?
    • What Do The Instructors Focus On?
    • What Happens If The Weather Is Bad?

 How Do I Know It's Good?

Who Should Sign Up?

  • Anyone with a basic understanding of digital photography
  • People interested in learning more about night photography
  • Previous experience with night photography is NOT required.
  • In the post-processing training, content includes instructions for accomplishing various tasks in Photoshop. And while previous experience with Photoshop isn't required, some students find it helpful to go into the workshop with some basic Photoshop skills - specifically with layers and masks. Feel free to ask either Mike or Darren for assistance and suggestions on resources to help in this direction. They're happy to help.

Why Arches & Canyonlands?

Known as a "Red Rock Wonderland" Arches National Park is a landscape like no other with giant archways, pinnacles, sandstone fins, and balanced rocks. For a photographer, these structures make terrific foregrounds and in this case, a terrific setting for an instructional workshop. In-fact, Mike views Arches as nothing less than a virtual playground filled with tremendous opportunities for amazing captures under the dark night skies. Mike has found lots of great locations in the park over the years and shares his visions of past and future images in his workshops - providing students with especially beautiful settings that make the learning come easy.

Some Of The Locations We Like To Visit

  • Delicate Arch
  • Balanced Rock
  • Double Arch
  • The Windows Area with North & South Windows and Turret Arch
  • Park Avenue with The Three Gossips and Courthouse Rock
  • Mesa Arch
  • Dinosaurs at Moab Giants (5 day workshop only)
  • Fisher Tower (5 day workshop only)

How To Get There
Daily flights are available to Canyonlands Field (CNY) serving Moab, Utah - which works very well for those looking to make the most of their time. And with access to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Moab, your visit is made easy right from the airport. As an alternative, you can fly into Grand Junction, Denver, Salt Lake, even Las Vegas and do the longer drive to Moab from there.

Where Do We Meet?

Classroom Training & Hotel

Moab Valley Inn
711 South Main Street
Moab, UT 84532

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What Does The Workshop Schedule Look Like?

Typical Schedule For Each Day

  • 1 pm - 4 pm: Classroom Training
  • 4 pm - 6 pm: Break for Dinner
  • 6 pm - 2  am: In-Field Guiding & Training
  • 2 am - 1 pm: Sleep, Lunch, & Review Images 

When To Get There Before The Workshop Starts
If possible, Mike & Darren suggest arriving one full day before the event begins in order to minimize risk of travel interruptions, to give some extra flexibility with the weather, and to be well rested so you can make the most of the overnight workshops.

What's Not Included?

  • Meals & Snacks
  • National Park Entrance Fee - we typically make use of the national park passes many people already have
  • Accommodations
    • This is not included however discounted rooms are available to students at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab, Utah with this link.
    • We also meet and conduct classroom training sessions at this same location.
  • Transportation
    • Transportation for all students is not included as people often like to ride in their own vehicles for flexibility and for easy access to their gear.
    • We encourage carpooling to minimize the number of vehicles we take into the national parks.  And keep in-mind that Mike & Darren offer spots in their vehicles to students who'd like to ride with them - providing even more time with the instructors and eliminating the need for everyone to have a vehicle during the workshop.

Can You Tell Me About The Training Style?

Primary Goals
Instructors remain focused on three primary goals for workshop students including having fun, going home with great pictures, and learning a lot.

Dual Trainers
Having two trainers in the workshop gives a lot of flexibility both out in the field and in the classroom.  When beginner level questions come up, one instructor can answer the question while the other carries the group.  This helps to keep anyone from feeling like they're being held back by beginner questions and yet encourages people to ask any question that comes to mind.  And out in the field, having walkie-talkies gives Mike & Darren the ability to split the group up - resulting in even more flexibility.

No Secrets
Instructors look to share everything they know to help each student become a capable night photographer. Nothing is held back in this effort to teach all of the best techniques.

Learning doesn't end on the last day of the workshop. Mike shares a plethora of resources that allow students to pursue areas of specialty with new-found tools and resources. The point is to give students the combination of skills, tools, and resources to take more steps forward in their skills & abilities after they get back home. And don't forget to consider workshop instructors Mike Berenson and Darren White among those resources because they're happy to hear from and answer questions from both current and former students.

Whether you're new to night photography or have been doing it for a while, Mike and Darren invite you to take advantage of a wonderful training package with all the ingredients to help you be successful capturing your own nightscape images.

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Please contact Mike Berenson or Darren White if you have any questions.