Rising 7,000 feet above the valley the jagged peaks of the Teton Range are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the west providing a beautiful backdrop to the park.
The dark skies provide exceptional opportunities for Milky Way photography because of very little light pollution and clear, cold mountain air.
Grand Teton Details:
We’ll spend two nights photographing a few of the more popular landmarks.
Some of the more popular locations include:
- Jackson Lake
- String Lake
- Oxbow Bend
- Jenny Lake
- The Snake River
- The Moulton Barns
- Schwabacher's Landing
- Willow Flats
Grand Teton National park has numerous lakes that are exceptional for reflecting and illuminating the night sky!
Authorized Permittee of Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park is known for big skies, clean air and sunny days that all add up to nighttime skies that are filled with brilliant stars.
Against this vast expanse of the starlit sky, the Milky Way provides a spectacular background to Yellowstone’s geysers, hot springs and steaming pools.
Each area of the park will provide you with remarkably unique night-scape shooting and lighting challenges to better hone your skills.
Within Yellowstone are half the geysers on planet earth. There are over 500 of them, and they erupt, spew, gurgle, gush, and yes even - explode - making them exceptional for reflecting and illuminating the night sky!
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.
Some of the locations we will shoot:
- Upper Geyser Basin - Old Faithful Area
- Midway Geyser Basin - Grand Prismatic Area
- Lower Geyser Basin - Norris Geyser Area
- Firehole River Area
Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park
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.
- DSLR or mirrorless camera with non-extended, "native" ISO to at least 12,800 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
- Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/2.8 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 24 mm
- A sturdy tripod (long exposures require it to be very stable)
- Shutter release cord or intervalometer (best option for exposure blending)
- Extra batteries
- Headlamp with a red filter
- Small flashlight
If you need to purchase or rent ANY of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact Craig at 520.732.1440 to help you get set up.
- Warm clothes (as the night gets later it does get cooler)
- Gloves and hat
- Hiking Boots
- Snacks and beverages
- Bug Spray
- Folding camping portable chair. We do a lot of standing.
What You Will Learn:
Techniques we will be focusing on:
- Single Shot Milky Way Astrophotography
- Star Trails and Processing
We will also take a look at:
- The best times to photograph the Milky Way
- How to find the best dark sky location
- Best equipment to use
- How to focus in the dark
- How to set exposure and ISO
- Rule of 400 / 500 / 600
- Identifying other lights in the night sky
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.
Make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC pre-loaded.
Participants: Limit 7
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate - Who will benefit from this workshop?
This workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate photographer as defined below:
- Beginner I : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "little to no" experience in astrophotography.
- Beginner II : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera and have "tried" their hand at astrophotography.
- Intermediate : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "some" experience in astrophotography.
Endurance Level: Moderate
- Participants should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time.
- Participants must have mobility and the ability to carry their photo gear.
Transportation: We will travel together in our van during the workshop.
Workshop Dates: July 6, 2024 - July 10, 2024
Arrival Date in Jackson, WY : July 6, 2024
**Welcome Reception Lunch is at 12 noon on July 6, 2024
Departure Date from West Yellowstone, MT : July 11, 2024
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Lodging Included: Single Occupancy in Jackson, WY and Island Park, ID
Our home base hotel in Jackson will be the Spring Hill Suites Jackson Hole, 150 West Simpson Ave, Jackson, WY 83001.
Our home base in Yellowstone will be Springhill Suites Island Park Yellowstone, 4292 US-20, Island Park, ID, 83429.
Price for Workshop:
$5,295.00 Per Photographer Participant
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The cost of this workshop DOES include:
5 Nights of single occupancy lodging at Spring Hill Jackson and Island Park
All transportation from hotels to shooting locations
5 nights of astro instruction by Craig Wennersten
Welcome reception lunch on our first day in Jackson
Group dinner in Yellowstone
Post processing instruction using Lightroom Classic CC
Permits and park entrance fees
Plus...all the Milky Way Bars you can eat! :-)
The cost of this workshop DOES NOT include:
Lodging outside of workshop dates
Transportation to and from the workshop
Flights and rental cars
Meals not listed as included in the itinerary
Gratuities for instructor(s)
Strongly Recommended: Trip Insurance and Medical Evacuation Insurance - Purchase policy 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!
"How long do you think we should stand here blocking traffic?"
"I don't know... 45 minutes?"
Only In Yellowstone :-)
This workshop is co-sponsored by Mike's Camera of Boulder, CO