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Arches & Canyonlands National Parks - Night Photography Workshop - Aug 2014

Mike Berenson - Colorado Captures

Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:00 AM (MDT)

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks - Night...

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Join award winning night photographer and instructor, Mike Berenson on a multiple night, night photography training event featuring a combination of both in-field instruction and classroom training - all focusing on the wonders and challenges of night photography in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks near Moab, Utah.

See more information and pictures from last year's workshop on the
G+ Event Page for the August 2013 Arches Night Photography Workshop

Unique Details for this Workshop

Important Details

  • Location: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Dates/Times: August 17 @ 2 pm - August 20 @ 3 am, 2014
  • Training Included:
    • 3 nights of In-Field Instruction
    • 8 Hours of Classroom Training
  • Skill Level: Advanced 201 - Learn To Be A Night Photographer
  • Availability: 6 of 6 Spots Available


Why Arches?

Known as a "Red Rock Wonderland" Arches National Park is a landscape like no other with giant archways, pinnacles, sandstone fins, and balanced rocks. For a photographer, these structures make terrific foregrounds and in this case, a terrific setting for an instructional workshop. In-fact, Mike views Arches as nothing less than a virtual playground filled with tremendous opportunities for amazing captures under the dark night skies. Mike has found lots of great locations in the park over the years and shares his visions of past and future images in his workshops - providing students with especially beautiful settings that make the learning come easy. Please plan on some light hiking in order to access the great locations in the park.


Some Of The Locations We'll Visit

  • Double Arch
  • Turret Arch
  • Balanced Rock
  • Delicate Arch
  • Park Avenue
  • Mesa Arch


Expected Nighttime Conditions

  • Early Morning Thin Moon
  • Perseids Meteor Shower - forecasted to peak on the morning of 8/13.  We'll be there a few days after the peak to get a combination of dark skies and shower activity.


Lodging & Meals

Lodging and meals are NOT included with this workshop, however discounted rooms are available to students at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab, Utah. Use this link to get your discount. We will also meet and conduct classroom training sessions at the Executive Suite at this same location.


Details for Mike's Night Photography Workshops

Tentative Schedule

Day 1

  • 2-4 pm - Classroom training to include Welcome and Planning & Scouting
  • 4-6 pm - Break (good time to get an early dinner)
  • 6 pm - Meet for In-field Training (flexible end-time)

Day 2

  • 1-4 pm - Classroom training to include Post-Processing Tools & Techniques
  • 4-6 pm - Break (good time to get an early dinner)
  • 6 pm - Meet for In-field Training (flexible end-time)

Day 3

  • 1-4 pm - Classroom training to include Post-Processing of Student Images
  • 4-6 pm - Break (good time to get an early dinner)
  • 6 pm - Meet for In-field Training (flexible end-time)


Scheduling Notes

  • While night photography instructional sessions typically run for 8 hours or more, students are encouraged to stay only for the parts that they are able to enjoy comfortably.  With the training taking place primarily in the early evening hours, some students are able to take in the training and get their shots by midnight or so and decide to call it a night.  Others stay out longer to make the most of the opportunity to learn and to get even more nightscape captures.  The choice is yours and Mike encourages students to do what they find most comfortable - whether it be on the short side (4-5 hours) or the long side (8 or more hours).
  • Students are encouraged to bring snacks & drinks and to take breaks as needed. They're also encouraged to stay hydrated when shooting out in-the-field. Breaks are common after we finish shooting a location and return to our vehicles.
  • If possible, Mike suggests arriving one full day before the event begins in order to minimize risk of travel interruptions, to give some extra flexibility with the weather, and to be well rested so you can make the most of the overnight workshops.


Some Of The In-Field Training Subjects

  • Gear & Settings Checklist
  • Focusing In The Dark
  • Composition In The Dark
  • Tweaking Exposure With The Histogram
  • Shooting For Blended Exposures
  • Shooting The Milky Way
  • Light Painting
  • Long Exposures


Skill Levels

  • Beginner 101 - Learn Night Photography
    • Workshops for people new to their cameras and are not yet proficient with landscape photography
    • Includes beginner and intermediate topics
  • Advanced 201 - Learn To Be A Night Photographer
    • Workshops for people who know their own cameras well and are proficient with landscape photography
    • Gives more advanced students a chance to learn all they can about night photography
    • Includes intermediate and advanced topics


Notes On Training Style

  • The workshop is led by Mike Berenson who isn't just a guide, he's a night photography instructor who enjoys teaching others about the wonders and challenges of night photography.
  • Workshops are limited to just 6 students - allowing for a lot of individual attention and interaction.
  • Mike likes to have fun on the workshops and explore, train, and shoot at a relaxed, enjoyable pace.
  • Mike enjoys helping students get great shots in the short-term and take a big giant leap with their night photography skills in the long-term.
  • The workshop includes planned subjects for training both before and during students' time in the field.
  • Styles vary but workshops often start with demonstrations followed by instructor shadowing to apply the techniques.
  • Learning doesn't end on the last day of the workshop. Mike shares a plethora of resources that allow students to pursue areas of specialty with newfound tools and resources. The point is to give students the combination of skills, tools, and resources to take more steps forward in their skills & abilities after they get back home. And don't forget to consider workshop instructor Mike Berenson as one of those resources because he's happy to hear from and answer questions from both current and former students.


Recommendations On What To Bring

  • Warm Clothes
  • Camera, Lens, and Tripod
  • Remote Trigger w/Timer (if you have one)
  • Headlamp
  • Batteries, chargers, & memory cards
  • Backpack or bag for your gear
  • Water, snacks, etc.
  • Notepad & pen (or other approach for taking notes)
  • Laptop (pc or mac)
  • Card reader
  • Software: Lightroom (and Photoshop if you have it)
  • Your own transportation


Suggestions On Photo Gear

  • Bring your widest, brightest lenses and see Mike's recommendations on good lenses for night photography.
  • Keep in-mind that students often feel some hesitation in taking the night photography plunge before can upgrade their equipment. Having learned on some older gear, Mike is a strong advocate of not waiting. In-fact, he's found that the night photography techniques are often easier to learn on an older camera - which can be a valuable learning tool.
  • If your gear truly won't do what you want, consider renting from Pro Photo Rental out of Boulder, Colorado. Their service has been great and if you rent a body with 2 lenses, they'll give an additional 15% off the order total (on top of any length-of rental discounts that start at 7 rental days). Call them at (303) 588-6799 if you have any questions or to line up your rental..
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Who Should Sign Up

  • Anyone with a basic understanding of digital photography
  • People interested in learning more about night photography
  • Previous experience with night photography is NOT required.
  • Consider the fact that each event is steered more toward either beginners or advanced users with a 101 or 201 skill level designation. This gives you the ability to choose an event that best fits your level of skills and experience.


Whether you're new to night photography or have been doing it for a while, Mike invites you to take advantage of a wonderful training package with all the ingredients to help you be successful capturing your own nightscape images.


Terms And Conditions

Student Written Testimonials

Please contact Mike Berenson if you have any questions.

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When & Where

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
655 South Main Street
Moab, UT 84532

Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:00 AM (MDT)

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Mike Berenson - Colorado Captures

Having pursued sports photography at a young age, I grew to realize the tremendous satisfaction I gained by sharing my work with others. I saw the ability to capture images from some truly unique locations that many people would never get to see in their lifetime.


For some reason, the underwater scenes found while scuba diving stood out as reminders that I was on to something truly special. One day, while scuba diving off the coast of Honduras, I found myself looking up at a wondrous underwater scene when a large school of fish began swimming overhead. In awe, I realized that this was something that man was never really meant to see. Without technology, man would never have been able to stay underwater for long periods of time or fly or other things that we can now do – making it even more special. Knowing that many of my friends and relatives would never get the chance to see such amazing scenery, I began pursuing locations for photography that helped to share the wonder.


Now that I’ve expanded from underwater photography to various forms of nature photography, I’ve built a portfolio that I am truly proud of. Beyond that, my equipment and formal training have allowed me to pursue one of my favorite passions - night-time mountain photography with image quality that’s on par with some of the best photographers around. Today, I enjoy exploring the backcountry of Colorado and sharing techniques and results with fellow photographers through my business - Colorado Captures.


Please visit my website for more information: http://www.coloradocaptures.com

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