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 July or September 2021 for a five 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 each 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.
- 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 (best option), intervalometer or wireless remote
- 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 520.732.1442 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
- Camping chair or any 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 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.
- 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
- Low level light painting techniques
- Post processing images using Lightroom Classic CC
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 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.
- Notebook paper and pen for keeping notes.
- You will be given a 4 page "cheat sheet" on the things we covered for you to take home.
Participants: Limit 8
Experience Level: This workshop is designated for those who are "Alumni Members" of Craig Wennersten.
Moderate: Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.
Summer Yellowstone Night Workshop Dates:
July 9, 2021 thru July 13, 2021. *Departure on July 14th.
Fall Yellowstone Night Workshop Dates:
September 5, 2021 thru September 9, 2021 *Departure on September 10th.
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 Image 10 Photographic 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 includes:
- Welcome reception on our first night
- Dinner in Yellowstone on our second night
- Workshop instruction by Craig Wennersten
- PhotoPills classroom and in field instruction
- Light Painting Techniques Instruction
- Post processing instruction using Lightroom CC
- Transportation during the workshop
- Permits and park entrance fees
- Earth Scientist led tour through Yellowstone
Plus...all the Milky Way Bars you can eat! :-)
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:
The cost of this workshop DOES NOT include:
- Transportation to and from the workshop
- Flights, rental cars, trip insurance etc.
- Meals (other than dinner on our second night)
Price: $ 1,695.00
- Deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot.
- Balance of $1,195 is due on April 9, 2021 for the Summer Workshop.
- Balance of $1,195 is due on June 5, 2021 for the Fall Workshop.
- You may choose to Pay in Full if you desire to pay all at once.
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