"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." - Psalm 19:1

Yellowstone At Night ~ 4 Night Beginners Astrophotography Workshop


The 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.

Its geysers, hot springs and steaming pools provide unique foregrounds for the majestic Milky Way.

Yellowstone’s geysers are a show that’s been going off like clockwork for ages. Old Faithful may be the best-known geyser in America’s first national park but it’s only one of 10,000 geothermal features within the park.

Join us in September 2021 for a four night in-depth instruction and hands on guidance astrophotography workshop during new moon when skies are at their darkest! 

We will teach you how to find your way around in the dark, find the best composition using PhotoPills, what exposures to use for night photography, light painting techniques and how to focus in the dark.

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! 

Some of the locations we will shoot:
  • Upper Geyser Basin Old Faithful Area
  • Midway Geyser Basin
  • Grand Prismatic Area
  • Lower Geyser Basin
  • West Thumb Area
  • Lewis Lake 


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 two 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 Craig at 520.732.1440 to help you get set up.

Recommended Items:


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.

Photo Pills Class: 

One afternoon we teach you all about the PhotoPills App.

Work smarter, not harder using one of the most powerful tools a photographer can keep in their pocket.

We will teach you how to easily calculate the exact time and date to capture the Milky Way, sunsets, moonrises, star points or star trails to create the scene you have imagined.

PhotoPills App ( *Please have this app downloaded on your phone and review before the beginning of the workshop.* )



What You’ll Need For Processing Class: 

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

We will also spend two afternoons working 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. 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?

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 : Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position. 


Workshop Dates: 

September is a beautiful time to be in Yellowstone National Park. The summer crowds begin to disappear giving you have a real chance for solitude and phenomenal wildlife photography opportunities. 

By day the park's landscape dazzles with golden aspens glowing in the sunshine against the brilliant blue skies making this a photographers dream.

Days are comfortably sunny and cool with temperatures in the mid-60's. 

Join us in September 2021 on this beginners 4-night workshop and discover the magic of being surrounded by a world of stars.

At well over 2 million acres of incredible beauty and its spectacular clear skies ~ Yellowstone is a premiere location to photograph the night sky.

Against this vast expanse of the starlit sky, the Milky Way provides a spectacular background to Yellowstone’s geysers, hot springs and steaming pools.

September 1, 2021 to September 4, 2021.  *Departure on September 5th.     



Lodging:  Our home base for this workshop is Best Western Desert Inn located in West Yellowstone, Montana where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate.

To reserve your room, call 406.646.7376 and tell them you are with the Mike's Camera Workshop in September of 2021.

Because of the popularity of Yellowstone and a limited amount of lodging it is recommended you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

You are free to stay anywhere in the area.

What is Included? 

The cost of the workshop DOES include:

Bonus Day Tour Of Yellowstone Guided By Rik Williams:
Geysers, boiling mud pots, hot springs - Wow!
These expressions of the hidden power rising from deep within the earth bring us to Yellowstone, but where did they come from?
We'll explore their origin and the geologic history of the Yellowstone area.  Then we'll zoom-out to see how Yellowstone fits into the evolution of western North America as well as our planet and solar system.  What could the future hold for Yellowstone?
We'll conclude with a look at geologic hazards and current research in forecasting and coping with these powers beyond our control.
Rik Williams is a retired earth scientist who now shares stories like this with visitors at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


What's Not Included:

This workshop DOES NOT include:

Price:  $ 2,395.00


These workshops are sponsored by Craig at Image 10 Photographic and Mike's Camera of Denver, Colorado.

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 ~ LOL