Night Photography Workshop


July 31 – Aug 4, 2016; 4 nights

Night photography is a great way to see things in a new light and take some unique photos.  Our home base of Kanab, UT is centrally located to Zion NP, Bryce Canyon, Grand Escalante, Grand Canyon, and the Vermillion Cliffs. The itinerary will be flexible and we'll go to the spots with best chances for clear skies. This is the perfect opportunity to capture stunning Milky Way shots! In the event it is overcast everywhere, we'll focus on either on daytime photography or look for lightning storms.  During the workshop, we'll teach you all our best night photography tricks and techniques. You'll learn how to take shots with both natural and artificial light and we'll even cover post-processing techniques on the images we shoot. To learn more, please reference the tabs below. If you have any questions or concerns, just Contact Us.

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  • This night photography trip is scheduled for dates where we won’t have to worry about moon interference. Another benefit is that this time of year we won’t have to stay out as late to capture the best Milky Way.
  • The workshop begins with an educational presentation covering the camera settings and techniques we’ll be learning.
  • Since cloud cover and weather can vary considerably, we are leaving the itinerary flexible. Being intimately familiar with this area, we’ll take you to the best night spots as current conditions warrant. We have permits to operate in the many surrounding areas.
  • The locations around Kanab, UT boast some of the darkest skies in the country. With many options to choose from, chances are good we’ll find spots with little to no cloud cover when we go out. If not, we’ll either concentrate on sunrise/sunset photography or go out looking for lightning since it is the beginning of monsoon season.
  • You’ll learn both artificial and natural light night photography techniques. We’ll teach you the correct way to do light painting and how to make it look really good.
  • Learn how to plan, setup, and execute successful Milky Way shots.
  • We’ll also teach how to shoot star trails and other fun night photos.
  • As time permits, we’ll do some post-processing demonstrations on the images we shoot before we go out in the evening.
  • Workshop participants are free to stay wherever they like in or around the town of Kanab, UT. Rendezvous times and locations will be clearly communicated each day. Lodging is not included in the trip cost.
  • We will provide ground transportation during the trip. You may want your own rental vehicle in order to access the rendezvous points or to get around town.
  • Read more about the trip on the Itinerary Tab.
  • Since this is a Flexible Trip, this itinerary is meant as an example of what we may be doing. The exact destinations and timing will vary depending on group interest, weather, and the location of the clearest skies.
  • Day 1: After getting settled into your hotel and having dinner, we’ll meet up in the evening for orientation and a pre-trip classroom workshop. After the presentation, we’ll venture out for our first night photo shoot out in Zion National Park. We’ll shoot some star trails and Milky Way shots. We return to Kanab around 4AM and settle in for a night’s sleep.
  • Day 2: After dinner, we gather for some post-processing demonstration of a couple images we took the previous day. Today, the skies are looking best out around White Pocket, so we head out there for some great night images. Plan on a very late (or very early morning) arrival back in Kanab.
  • Day 3: There are some clouds moving in today, so we meet earlier in the afternoon for post-processing and then head out to shoot sunset in the Grand Staircase. With partly cloudy skies, we focus on some different kinds of night shots that are a lot of fun.
  • Day 4: The skies have cleared, so today we do our last post-processing demonstration in the afternoon, have our final group dinner, and then head up to Bryce Canyon. We do both star trails and Milky Way shots and then return to Kanab early that morning to say our final good-byes.

The group size has been capped at 6 participants to ensure the best possible experience with adequate individual attention.
Photo gear:
1) Sturdy tripod and ballhead (important in case it’s windy).
2) Fast wide-angle lens (f2.8 or faster recommended). Best focal range is 14-24mm.
3) Full frame camera body is best for optimal high-iso noise performance.
4) Remote cord & intervalometer.
5) Headlight
6) Extra batteries

The weather in August can vary. Sometimes it is very hot and dry, other times it can be cooler and wet. Make sure you bring some warm clothes and a rain jacket for shooting at night (especially if we go to Bryce). Also, bring a plastic cover for your camera/lens and some micro-fiber cloths so we can keep shooting no matter what the weather does.

This trip is rated as Moderate since there will be a few short hikes, sometimes through rough and uneven terrain.

  • All photo guiding, critique, and instruction throughout the trip.
  • Ground transportation to/from our rendezvous point in Kanab.
  • Snacks and bottled water while we’re in the field
  • Pre-trip workshop classroom instruction and post-processing demonstrations.
  • Final group dinner.
  • Personal transportation to/from Kanab, UT.
  • Each participant is responsible for securing their own lodging in or around Kanab.
  • With exception of the final group dinner, meals are not included in the trip cost.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Any additional souvenirs or snacks you wish to purchase.
  • $850/person.
  • 25% deposit required to secure reservation.
  • Full payment is due no later than 30 days before departure.
  • Price does not including lodging or meals except for final group dinner.
  • Please see our Cancellation Policy for more detailed information.