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A Red Rock Wonderland Under Moonless Skies - June 2021

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 2021 from sunset to sunrise under moonless skies in Arches National Park 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, how to find the best composition using PhotoPills, what exposures to use for night photography and how to focus in the dark.

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


Each night our shooting will begin at sunset and continue for several hours of astrophotography to be able to maximize our time in the park. There will also be an optional opportunity for sunrise shooting on 2 of our mornings. 

Equipment, Equipment, Equipment : Equipment is EVERYTHING in Astrophotography

Required Equipment and Accessories :

Astrophotography requires a professional level camera and lens in order to be successful and get the image results you are looking for.

If you do not have a professional level camera or lens, we would highly recommend purchasing or renting them. 

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 Will Learn:

We only teach in our workshops single exposure wide-field astrophotography, which can best be described as landscape photography in the dark, with an emphasis on capturing brilliant Milky Way images using wide-angle lenses.

Over the years a variety of techniques have been developed but our shooting time  will be focused on getting the most out of your equipment with just a single exposure.

This is a great place for the beginning astrophotographer to start or the intermediate photographer to perfect before moving on to the more technical options.


What You’ll Need For Processing Class: 

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


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

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  loaded. If you don’t already own Lightroom Classic CC - you can download a free 7 day trial here.

More Details: 

Participants: Limit 6  

Experience Level:  Who will benefit from this workshop?
Beginner I DefinedSomeone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "little to no" experience in astrophotography.
Beginner II Defined : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera and have "tried" their hand at astrophotography.
Intermediate Defined : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "some" experience in astrophotography.

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 I Dates: June 6, 2021 to June 9, 2021 

Departure Date: June 10, 2021

 Click here to reserve your spot for Workshop I.


Workshop II Dates: June 10, 2021 to June 13, 2021

Departure Date: June 14, 2021

 Click here to reserve your spot for Workshop II.


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 and photo editing using Lightroom 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    

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!






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