Night Photography Tours
Southern Utah abounds with dark skies and scenic spots for night photography tours. Learn how to capture the full grandeur of the Milky Way and incorporate foreground with both natural and carefully planned low-level lighting. If the Milky Way isn't visible, we can always do things like star trails. Let us teach you all the tips and tricks to get the highest quality night images with our exceptional instruction. When applicable, you'll also learn how to incorporate the moon and clouds into night shots. Read more in the Trip Details tab below. Please Contact Us with any questions.
Tour Length: 8 hours
Drive Time: Variable – depends where we go.
Time Spent on Location: Variable – depends where we go.
Tour Departure Time: Please see the time listed on your booking since the times vary throughout the year. During the spring months, we’ll be going out very early in the morning to catch the Milky Way. By summer, the Milky Way is visible almost all night long. In the fall months, we’ll be going out late evening to catch the best Milky Way. Please arrive around 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process. The return time is approximately 8 hours after the departure time. Note that we operate on Utah time which is one hour ahead of Las Vegas. During the months of Daylight Savings (approx mid-March through early Nov), Utah is also one hour ahead of Arizona. Please take this into consideration if traveling from out of state.
Tour Pricing: Please click on the Book Your Tour button for the latest pricing. Note that most of our tours require a 2-person minimum. Single individuals can always go, but may need to pay the 2-person rate if nobody else decides to join.
Tour Meetup Location: You will meet at our home in Kanab, UT the day of your tour. The address will be given in your confirmation letter. This is a safe place to park your vehicle. If you like, you can leave any valuables inside the house. Once you arrive, we’ll ask you to load your gear and sign a liability release waiver. If you haven’t yet paid in full, we’ll take the remaining payment via cash or credit card. Contact us if you are unable to get to the meet-up spot and we’ll make alternate arrangements. Las Vegas is the closest major airport to Kanab. There is no public transportation to Kanab, so you’ll need your own rental car or private vehicle.
Tour Meetup Outside Kanab: Depending on where we go, we may be able to pick you up in Springdale or Bryce Canyon City. If you want us to meet you somewhere besides Kanab, PLEASE CONTACT US AHEAD OF TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
Permits: No permits are required to access the areas we’ll be going to.
Weather Conditions: The weather conditions vary widely depending on time of year and location. Expect cold temperatures at night in the spring/fall/winter months. Bryce Canyon National Park can be especially cold at night. Make sure you dress appropriately. Warm layers, long pants, hat, and gloves will pay dividends when you’re standing around in the cold. We cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all. If skies are cloudy, we’ll adjust the tour time to incorporate more daytime photography. We’ll still teach you how to do the night photography in the field.
Trip Itinerary: The exact tour itinerary is flexible based on the weather forecast, fitness levels of the group, and what the group is interested in. We will go to different spots depending on the time of year. Our job is to make sure you get the best images possible!
Hiking / Fitness: Most of our night locations don’t require much hiking. However, there are certain places where significant hiking may be required. Let us know if you are not very mobile so we can make appropriate modifications.
Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them over until we return. We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink.
What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. It’s best to assume that it will be colder than expected, especially since we’ll be standing around a lot. Make sure you bring some warm layers, long pants, hat, and gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear due to the possible presence of loose terrain, snow, and ice.
Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for using sky viewing apps like PhotoPills or looking up twilight times. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one.
Guides:: Due to scheduling complexities, we often don’t know which guide will accompany your group until a day or two prior. If you want a specific guide, then please Contact Us to make your request. Although we’ll do our best to make it happen, please note that there are no guarantees.
Group Size: Our groups will never exceed 5 people per guide. We like to keep our photo tours small so we can give adequate individual attention.
Camera Gear: All participants will need a sturdy tripod. Full-frame camera bodies work best for night photography. If you are using a crop-sensor body, you will get a lot more noise. A fast wide-angle lens is needed. Our favorite night lenses include the Nikon 14-24 f2.8, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Canon 16-35 f2.8 III, and Tamron 15-30 f2.8 A remote cord or intervalometer is also needed. Make sure you practice using your camera in the dark before you come. Don’t forget to bring a headlight! Please contact us if you’d like to rent any camera gear for your outing.
Safety: Our guides are trained in CPR/First-Aid. All 4WD vehicles are equipped with extraction equipment and a first-aid kit. We carry a satellite beacon with us in case of emergencies outside of cell range.
Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.