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A Red Rock Wonderland Under Moonless Skies - June 2020

Arches National Park is the latest Utah park to be certified as somewhere you can see a truly dark night sky.

According to IDA, an International Dark Sky Park is a land possessing an exceptional and renowned quality of starry nights that provide abundant opportunities for photographing the night sky. 

Join us in June 2020 from sunset to sunrise under moonless skies in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to capture some of the most stunning geologic formations that make this a monumental backdrop for epic night sky photography.

This is a four night in-depth instruction and guidance astrophotography workshop that will teach you how to find your way around in the dark to find the best composition, what exposures to use for night photography and how to focus in the dark.

We will teach you how to capture the Majestic Milky Way, how to shoot star trails, image stacking and exposure blending. Also: an introduction demonstration into deep space astrophotography using a tracker.

We’ll photograph a few of the more popular landmarks but we’ll also go to lesser known locations.

Some of the more popular locations include:   More information.


Arches National Park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. 

This red rock wonderland is the perfect place to meet and make new life long friends under the brilliant canopy of some of the darkest skies in the Southwest.


Each night our shooting will begin at sunset and conclude at sunrise to be able to maximize our time in the park.

We will also spend an afternoon on post-processing techniques that can help you create striking images using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Join us for this four night astrophotography workshop during new moon when skies are at their darkest!  

There is no place like Arches for photographing the night sky!

Required Equipment and Accessories :

NOTE: If you need to purchase or rent ANY of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact me at 719.930.1301 and I can help you get set up.  

Recommended Items: 

What You’ll Need For Processing Class: 

Digital processing is a crucial step in astrophotography for creating striking images.


Bring your laptop to the class loaded with a couple of images you want to process. Make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC loaded. If you don’t already own Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC - you can download a free 7 day trial here.

More Details: 

Participants: Limit 8   

Experience Level:  Beginner - Advanced  Beginners and experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

Endurance Level:  Moderate - All age levels are welcomed. Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position. 

Workshop 1 Dates: June 16, 2020 to June 19, 2020 ~ Spots Available

Departure Date: June 20, 2020


Workshop 2 Dates: June 20, 2020 to June 23, 2020 ~ 1 Spot Available

Departure Date: June 24, 2020 

Lodging:  Our home base for this workshop is LaQuinta located in Moab, Utah where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate. To reserve your room click on this link. You are free to stay anywhere in the area.

What is Included? The cost of the workshop DOES includes: Photo instruction by Craig Wennersten at multiple locations, deep space observation session and photo editing using Lightroom / Photoshop classroom instruction.

This workshop DOES NOT included: Transportation to/from and during the workshop, (we will carpool as much as possible) flights or car rental, lodging or meals.

Price:  $ 1,399.00 Click Here     

Hope To See You There!  ~ Keep Looking Up!

Please feel free to contact Craig if you have any questions or need any help with your gear or equipment requirements. I am happy to help!

Mike's Camera