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GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE

WILDLY DARK SKIES

Prepare to be whisked away from the city lights into a realm where darkness reigns supreme. We're talking about a place so alien, even E.T. would be like, "Whoa, dudes!" It's like stepping onto another planet, where slot canyons are intricately carved and arches defy the laws of gravity. Yep, you'll be feeling more like an astronaut than a photographer.

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TRIP DATES

MAY 1ST TO 5TH, 2024

These dates were chosen specifically to capture the incredibly dark skies of this area

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TRIBE SIZE

Limited to a small group of 10 students with 2 instructors to ensure that everyone receives 1:1 attention.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

This photography workshop is open to all experience levels, from beginner to advanced all are welcome.

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HIKING 

This workshop will require moderate hiking. Most hikes are 2-6 miles through rocky or sandy terrain.

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MILKY WAY

This workshop takes place in the darkest skies we've ever been in. Perfect for capturing the Milky Way.

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DEEP SPACE

Take your astrophotography to the next level by learning how to capture some deep space images.

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TWO SPECIAL EVENTS

We have a Star Wars themed shoot planned for May the 4th, followed by a Cinco de Mayo party, street tacos for all!

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OVERLANDING

These locations are in true desert wilderness. Camping near locations allows more time for photos.

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THIS WORKSHOP
IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT

Explore in your very own overlanding rig. Don't have an overlanding vehicle? Let us help you find one.

Many of the photography locations in this workshop are hidden in a vast system of backcountry trails in the  Desert.

DAY 1

Beginning at 12:00PM with a meet and greet in Escalante, Utah

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Sunset and blue hour at a waterfall in a desert oasis

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Nightfall brings our first Milky Way shoot

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DAY 2

Mid Morning adventure through a slot canyon

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Then off to capture unique rock formations during sunset, blue hour and those starry night skies, from our next base camp

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DAY 3

Sunrise surrounded by sandstone hoodoos, it feels like your walking through a garden of statues.

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After grabbing lunch, we head out for out night shoot, amongst stars.

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DAY 4

Capture the morning in a playground of rock features.

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A special Star Wars themed night shoot for May the 4th!

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Cinco de Mayo with a Midnight Star Party, street tacos for all!

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DAY 5

Our last morning we will get creative with  granite boulders and an aptly named Arch.

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Optional Group breakfast  before we head back to reality.

Deep Space Photography Workshop

DEEP SPACE
PHOTOGRAPHY

While we love capturing the beauty of earthly landscapes under the starry night sky, we also believe it's high time to take your camera to infinity and beyond. Our deep space photography session isn't just an ordinary stargazing experience; it's an intergalactic adventure where we'll teach you how to capture the majesty of celestial wonders.

 

It's more than just pointing your camera at the sky and pressing a button. While most photographers are chasing after starry skies, you will be discovering the universe with your lens, because as they say, the sky's not the limit - it's just the beginning!

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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PLANNING YOUR SHOTS

  • Scouting and evaluating conditions

  • Composing an image to grab the viewers' attention

  • Composing an image with a person in frame to tell a story

  • Utilizing apps for more efficient planning

  • Choosing the right lens and filters for the job

  • How to shoot with a plan for editing

CAPTURING YOUR IMAGE

  • How to capture intimate details and abstract images

  • Histogram - how to read for perfectly exposed images

  • Exposure control. how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed in different scenarios

  • Bracketing, Perspective blending and focus stacking

  • Long Exposure, how to capture blue hour

  • Creative uses of light

BRING THE IMAGE TO LIFE

  • Lightroom & Photoshop, learn our post processing workflow

  • Luminosity masks

  • Dodging and Burning

  • Understanding layers and masks

  • Removing distractions

  • Creating the orton glow and painting with light

  • Build your social media presence, how to maximize engagement

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PRE & POST
ZOOM SESSIONS

Prior to the start of the workshop, we will hold a zoom classroom session. We only get to visit each photography location once and we want you to be fully prepared to capture the best images possible.

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Following our time in the field, we will come back together for a post workshop, epic edit session, each instructor will walk you through their entire editing process and the best news is you get to sit back and learn, everything is screen recorded for you to review at your own pace.

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MEET THE TEAM

Our goal is to leave you confident, motivated and passionate about photography with a new set of ideas and perspective. Be sure to check out our ABOUT page to learn more about our guild masters and your future favorite teachers ever!

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JESS SANTOS

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RYAN OSWALD

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IAN LAUER

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GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE

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NEAREST AIRPORT

You will want to fly into

LAS VEGAS or ST. GEORGE AIRPORT, arrive before 10am.

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MEETING LOCATION

We meet in the town of Escalante, Utah (4.5hr Drive from Las Vegas Airport)

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4X4 REQUIRED

These are backcountry roads, this means a high clearance 4x4 vehicle is required.

ADVENTURE INCLUSIONS

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PHOTOGRAPHY

INSTRUCTION

In field photography instruction, Post processing instruction and photo critiques are the best part!

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PRE & POST

ZOOM SESSIONS

Spend more time in nature. Then come back to relive those moments with a session in the digital dark room.

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BREAKFAST

& DINNER

Our personal chef will cook up some delicious camp meals for breakfast and dinner! Lunch, snacks and drinks are up to you.

NOT INCLUDED

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TRANSPORTATION

Flights / car transportation are not included we are helping attendees source capable, fully equipped vehicles

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

With any adventure, it is recommended you have travel insurance, especially for medical emergencies

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OVERLAND VEHICLE RENTAL

If you do not own you own overlanding rig, please contact us to assist in securing a capable vehicle. No previous dirt road driving experience is required. We will show you the way.

Due to liability, rental and insurance agreements, clients will be responsible for fees and paperwork related to the rental vehicles. If you have your own overlanding rig this does not apply. Rental fees are NOT included in the tuition cost of the workshop and can range from $199 - $300 per day.

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RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

We've got limited space and it's filling up faster than a rocket launch, so make like a shooting star and be the first one to snag your spot. And don't worry, with not one, not two but three photography gurus at your beck and call, you'll have more one-on-one time than a astronaut stuck in the space station with their chatty roommate. We'll help you improve those skills you've been neglecting faster than you can say "Houston, we have a problem".

JOIN THE GUILD AND INVEST IN YOUR PASSION!

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