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.
MAY 1ST TO 5TH, 2024
These dates were chosen specifically to capture the incredibly dark skies of this area
Limited to a small group of 10 students with 2 instructors to ensure that everyone receives 1:1 attention.
This photography workshop is open to all experience levels, from beginner to advanced all are welcome.
This workshop will require moderate hiking. Most hikes are 2-6 miles through rocky or sandy terrain.
This workshop takes place in the darkest skies we've ever been in. Perfect for capturing the Milky Way.
Take your astrophotography to the next level by learning how to capture some deep space images.
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!
These locations are in true desert wilderness. Camping near locations allows more time for photos.
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.
Beginning at 12:00PM with a meet and greet in Escalante, Utah
Sunset and blue hour at a waterfall in a desert oasis
Nightfall brings our first Milky Way shoot
Mid Morning adventure through a slot canyon
Then off to capture unique rock formations during sunset, blue hour and those starry night skies, from our next base camp
Sunrise surrounded by sandstone hoodoos, it feels like your walking through a garden of statues.
After grabbing lunch, we head out for out night shoot, amongst stars.
Capture the morning in a playground of rock features.
A special Star Wars themed night shoot for May the 4th!
Cinco de Mayo with a Midnight Star Party, street tacos for all!
Our last morning we will get creative with granite boulders and an aptly named Arch.
Optional Group breakfast before we head back to reality.
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!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
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
Dodging and Burning
Understanding layers and masks
Creating the orton glow and painting with light
Build your social media presence, how to maximize engagement
PRE & POST
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.
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.
GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE
You will want to fly into
LAS VEGAS or ST. GEORGE AIRPORT, arrive before 10am.
We meet in the town of Escalante, Utah (4.5hr Drive from Las Vegas Airport)
These are backcountry roads, this means a high clearance 4x4 vehicle is required.
In field photography instruction, Post processing instruction and photo critiques are the best part!
PRE & POST
Spend more time in nature. Then come back to relive those moments with a session in the digital dark room.
Our personal chef will cook up some delicious camp meals for breakfast and dinner! Lunch, snacks and drinks are up to you.
Flights / car transportation are not included we are helping attendees source capable, fully equipped vehicles
With any adventure, it is recommended you have travel insurance, especially for medical emergencies
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.
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".