Nightscaper Conference - Single Night Milky Way Panorama Workshop on May 1, 2019

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Nightscaper Conference - Single Night Milky Way Panorama Workshop on May 1, 2019


Where:  Arches & Canyonlands National Parks (and surrounding areas)
When: May 1 @ 10 pm - May 2 @ 4 am, 2019
What's Included:

  • 1 Night of Location Guiding & In-Field Instruction with 2 Instructors

Sun & Moon:

  • May 1: 11% Moon Setting @ 5:13 pm & Sunset @ 8:23 pm

  • May 2: Sunrise @ 6:26 am

Maximum # of Students: 12 (6 per instructor)
How Much: $245 (20% discount for 2 nights or 30% discount for 3)

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This event is SOLD OUT… here’s what you can do.

  1. Get on our waiting list by emailing your name & the name of this event to

  2. Sign up for one of the full workshops (with both classroom and in-field training) either before or after the conference including our Milky Way Panorama Workshop from May 4-8, 2019. See the full lineup of events here.


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 1 night event with excellent opportunities to capture the awe of the Milky Way and we hope you'll join us.

Moab based events are special in that they access a ton of great locations in two big parks - Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Parks.  But it doesn't stop there!  With permits in Dead Horse Point State Park with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), we have even more options for great locations outside of the National Parks.  We like to take advantage of this as time and conditions allow.


Our workshops are NOT the kind of events where a tour guide just leads the group to good locations.  We include a lot of instruction that features the basics all the way up to cutting edge techniques for getting the very best image quality possible. And while this night-only event doesn’t include classroom instruction, it does include instruction and a mindset that we’re aiming for great nightscape images that don’t just look good on the web, they print well too. In our multiple night events, classroom training is an essential part of it. In-fact, we have what may well be the deepest classroom training of any night photography workshop.

In this Nightscape Conference Special Event, you can get a taste of that with instructors focused on making the most of our time in the field using a combination of instructor-led demonstrations and assisted shooting. In the field, we like to get people started off on the right foot by learning how to focus and how to set their exposure settings - to make sure we have super sharp stars and that they’re properly exposed.

So yes, we have great locations…  but there's a lot more to our workshops than that.  With all the content, demonstrations, open discussions, and chances to shoot your own camera with instructors nearby, the opportunity to learn about night photography is outstanding!

Can You Tell Me More About What's Included?

  • 1 Night 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?

 What's Not Included?

  • Travel/Trip Insurance (highly recommended for those traveling by air)

  • Photo Gear Insurance (also recommended regardless of the workshop)

  • Cameras, Lenses, Tripods, etc.

  • Entrance Fee - we typically make use of the national park passes many people already have

  • Transportation

    • Transportation getting to the event is not included.

    • Transportation during the event 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.

  • Accommodations (hotel, campground, etc.)

  • Meals, Snacks & Drinks

  • Souvenirs

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 (if time allows)

  • 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

  • Fisher Towers

  • Corona Arch

Where Do We Meet?

Fairfield Inn & Suites Moab
1863 North Highway 191
Moab, UT 84532

Meeting Location: In the parking lot in front of the entrance

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.