Arches National Park is one of Utah National parks 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 March 2023 under moonless skies in Arches National Park to capture some of the most stunning geologic formations that make this a monumental backdrop for night sky photography.
This is a three 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. We'll also learn how to capture stunning star trail images.
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:
- Balance Rock
- Double Arch
- Turret Arch
- North Window
- South Window
- Park Avenue
- Fin Rock
- The Three Gossips
Because we are early in the "Milky Way Season" our Milky Way shooting window is in the early morning hours allowing us to begin our night shooting sunset, followed by several hours of star trail photography and then capture the Milky Way before returning to the hotel.
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 one.
- 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, wired intervalometer (best option)
- 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 and I can help you get set up.
- Warm clothes (as the night gets later it does get colder)
- Gloves and hat
- Warm shoes or boots
- Snacks and beverages
- Camping chair or portable seat (we do a lot of standing)
What You Will Learn:
We only teach in our workshops single exposure wide-field astrophotography, which can be best 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 beginner astrophotographer to start their journey or the intermediate photographer to hone their skills before moving on to the more advanced techniques.
- 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
- Post processing images using Lightroom Classic CC
- How to shoot star trail images
- Processing star trail images using StarStaX
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 loaded.
You should also have StarStaX on your computer. It is free software that is available for Mac and PC.
You will be given notes on the things we covered to take home.
Workshop Dates: March 19 - 21, 2023
We will get started at noon on the 19th with a group lunch and finish up in the early morning of the 22nd.
Participants: Limit 8 Click here to get registered. *SOLD OUT - Contact us to be put on waitlist
Experience Level: 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.
Moderate : Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We'll drive to locations then walk in to the best shooting position. These are usually a 1/4 mile or less.
Our home base for this workshop will be the Fairfield Inn - Moab
, 1863 N. Hwy 191, Moab, Utah where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate, this includes the night of March 18, 2023 if you need to arrive early to be ready by noon on March 19, 2023.
To reserve your room call (435) 259-5350 and tell them you are with Craig Wennersten and the Mike's Camera astrophotography workshop group.
However, you are free to stay anywhere in the area.
Price For Workshop:
This is the only Arches Astrophotography Workshop we are offering in 2023. Space is limited.
Workshop Dates: March 19 - 21, 2023
To Reserve Your Spot Today : Click Here
The cost of the workshop DOES include:
- Milky Way photo instruction at multiple shooting locations
- Introduction to star trail photography and in field instruction
- Photo editing classroom instruction using Lightroom Classic CC
- Classroom editing session using StarStaX
- Welcome reception lunch on our first day
- Dinner in Moab on our last night
- Park entrance fees and permits
This workshop DOES NOT include:
- Transportation to / from the workshop
- Transportation during the workshop (we will carpool as much as possible)
- Flights or car rentals
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!