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.
Against this vast expanse of the starlit sky, the Milky Way provides a spectacular background to Yellowstone’s geysers, hot springs and steaming pools.
Join us in July 2022 on this Alumni and Friends Only 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.
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.
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
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 520.732.1440 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
- Folding camping portable chair. We do a lot of standing.
What You Will Learn: New For 2022 Alumni Workshops
Techniques we will be focusing on:
- Single Shot Milky Way
- Stacking and exposure blending
- Star Trails and Processing
- We will also be stacking images in Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC) and exposure blending using Adobe Photoshop
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
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 and Photoshop.
We will also be stacking images in Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC) and exposure blending using Adobe Photoshop.
Make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC and Starry Landscape Stacker or Sequator pre-loaded.
Participants: Limit 8
Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced This workshop is designated for those who are "Alumni & Friends Members" of Craig Wennersten.
Endurance Level: Moderate - Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.
Transportation: We will car pool to the park every night.
Workshop Dates 2021:
Summer Workshop Dates 2021:
Join us in July 2021 on this Alumni Only 4-night workshop and discover the magic of being surrounded by a world of stars.
July 4, 2021 to July 8, 2021. *Departure on July 9th . *SOLD OUT
Fall Workshop Dates 2021:
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.
September 1, 2021 to September 4, 2021. *Departure on September 5th. *SOLD OUT
Workshop Dates 2022:
2022 Summer Workshop Dates:
Join us in July 2022 on this Alumni & Friends Only 4-night workshop and discover the magic of being surrounded by a world of stars in Yellowstone National Park.
July 28, 2022 to July 31, 2022
Hotel Arrival Date: July 27, 2022 or Morning of July 28, 2022
**Welcome Reception Lunch is at 12 noon on July 28th.
Departure Date: August 1, 2022
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 / Craig Wennersten in July of 2022.
Because of the popularity of Yellowstone and a limited amount of lodging it is recommended you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
Price for the Workshop:
$2,195.00 / Deposit $995.00
The cost of this workshop DOES include:
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
Star trail photography instruction and processing
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.
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)
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