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Yellowstone At Night ~ Alumni Only Workshop


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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 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, stacking 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 - Norris Geyser Area
  • West Thumb Area


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.


Equipment, Equipment, Equipment : It 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 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 520.732.1442 to help you get set up.

              Recommended Items:
              • 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:  New For 2021 Alumni Workshops

              We are now teaching stacking and exposure blending techniques in the field, coupled with post processing classroom instruction on our alumni workshops. 

              Against the vast expanse of the starlit sky, the Milky Way provides a spectacular background to Yellowstone's geysers, colorful hot springs and steaming pools. It is also the perfect location for learning stacking techniques because of this abundance of foreground subjects.

              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
              Photo Pills Class: 

              One afternoon we teach you 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.

              We will also be stacking images in Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC) and exposure blending using Adobe Photoshop.


                More Details: 

                Experience Level: This workshop is designated for those who are "Alumni Members" of Craig Wennersten.

                Endurance Level:  

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



                Workshop Dates:

                 Join us in September 2021 on this Alumni Only 5-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.


                Fall Yellowstone Night Workshop: 

                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. 

                September 5, 2021 thru September 9, 2021   *Departure on September 10th.  

                *Only 1 Spot Remaining


                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 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's Included:  

                The cost of the workshop DOES includes:
                • Welcome reception on our first day
                • Dinner in Yellowstone on our second night
                • Workshop instruction by Craig Wennersten
                • PhotoPills classroom and in field instruction
                • Stacking and Exposure Blending Techniques Instruction
                • Post processing instruction using Lightroom CC, Photoshop and stacking software
                • 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:
                • Lodging
                • Transportation to and from the workshop
                • Flights, rental cars, trip insurance etc.
                • Meals (other than dinner on our second night)

                 Price:  $ 1,695.00     


                  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