The Yellowstone National Park is known for big skies, clean air and sunny days that all add up to nighttime skies in the summer 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 July or 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.* )
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.
Participants: Limit 6
Moderate : Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.
Workshop I Dates:
July 5, 2021 to July 8, 2021 *Departure on July 9th.
Workshop II Dates:
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 July or 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.
The cost of the workshop DOES include:
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!