Photo: The Milky Way through False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park
National Park Trips Media and Tamron USA have teamed up to offer the National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Canyonlands National Park. With natural stone arches, red rock formations and crisp skies, Canyonlands National Park is a bucket-list destination for photographers. This workshop will immerse an exclusive group of participants into the art and science of night skies photography with an emphasis on capturing the Milky Way with False Kiva and other rock formations in the foreground. As an added bonus, we’ll take advantage of Canyonlands' spectacular sunrises and sunsets and conduct two additional shoots to capture these moments.
The workshop begins the evening of April 23rd with a two-hour seminar at the host lodging property and will cover techniques for capturing your best sunset, night skies and sunrise images. We’ll also cover light painting and lens selection. Tamron USA will have their full complement of lenses available to loan out to you for the entire program, including their award-winning 15-30 (FX and DX in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts).
After the seminar, we’ll head to Canyonlands National Park for the first shoot (sunset) followed by two to three night skies stops at three different locations within the park. We’ll be in the field until approximately 1:30 a.m. and after a rest break we will head back out the morning of the 24th to capture the sunrise. After the sunrise shoot, we’ll return to the host lodging property for a post-shoot session which includes post-processing instruction of the images we took during the workshop.
- Expert instruction by Tamron photographers
- In-the-field personalized instruction at up to five locations within Canyonlands National Park
- Full line of Tamron lenses available for all participants to use throughout the workshop
- 2-hour pre-shoot seminar (sunset, night skies, sunrise techniques + light painting)
- 1.5-hour post-shoot seminar (post processing)
- Transportation to and from the host lodging property to all shoot locations (participants are required to travel with us in our vans)
- Dinner and snacks on the 23th, breakfast on the 24th
Sunday, April 23, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pre shoot seminar; lens loaner; dinner served during seminar
7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Sunset shoot (sunset is at 8:03 pm)
8:45 pm – 2:00 am Night skies shoots
2:00 am – 2:30 am Transportation back to host lodging property
Monday, April 24, 2017
5:30 am – 7:30 am Sunrise shoot (sunrise is at 6:32 am)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Post-shoot seminar with breakfast at host lodging property
Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner
Moab Fairfield Inn & Suites
1863 N Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532
The Moab Fairfield Inn & Suites is the workshop headquarters and host lodging partner. The pre and post shoot seminars will take place here and the vans will depart and return to this location. They are one of the closest hotels to Canyonlands National Park and the only lodging property on the banks of the Colorado River.
They’ve very generously offered a highly discounted rate for participants and in exchange we are encouraging all participants to please book with them. Here are the rates:
- $184 + tax Standard Queen/Queen
- $239 + tax Executive King
- $269 + tax Executive Queen/Queen
To reserve call 435-259-5350 and ask for the NIGHT SKIES PHOTO WORKSHOP RATE (if you have any problems, ask for Sandy Bastian)
- The above rates are good for the nights of April 22, 23 and 24 (the workshop is April 23/24).
- The room block expires March 22 and we only have a set number of rooms, so once they’re gone, prevailing rates will apply
- We highly encourage you to stay the night of the 24th (being up most of the night on the 23rd will leave you sleep deprived and not in the optimal shape for driving)
All participants must arrange transportation to the host lodging property. We will provide transportation from this location to all shoot locations within Canyonlands National Park.
Apr 23 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
Apr 24 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Rob Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have special dietary needs
Late April in Canyonlands National Park can see average low’s in the mid 40’s with average highs in the 70’s. Because we’re shooting at night and in the early morning come prepared for cooler temperatures. Historically, April in Canyonlands yields clear crisp night skies and low precipitation.
In the event weather prevents photographing the night’s skies, we will have several contingencies.
What to Pack:
DSLR, tripod, wide angle and zoom lenses (Tamron will have their full complement of lenses available for all participants to use, in both full-frame and crop-sensor models, including the 15-30mm), extra memory cards, headlamp, laptop for post processing instruction, light hiking shoes, winter clothes, rain jacket or shell, hat, sun glasses.
$349 + processing fees. Includes workshop, transportation to and from shoot locations, and some meals. Airfare and lodging not included.
Ken is the Field Services Manager for Tamron, and responsible for Tamron’s popular Mobile Learning Tour and consumer workshop series. Ken conducts workshops all over the country and in 2016 he co-instructed the National Parks Night Skies Series in seven national parks, including Zion. His portrait and landscape work has appeared in galleries nationwide.
Andre has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. His photographs focus on mood, gesture and simplicity. His clients include the American Repertory Theatre, Constellation Center and Discovery Channel. He has taught workshops all over the United States on film making and photography. In 2016, Andre was a co-instructor in the National Parks Night Skies Series in seven national parks, including Zion.
Rob Wood – Director & Publisher, National Park Trips Media
18 years publishing experience - 14 years of that in the travel and tourism industry, including six years with National Geographic Traveler in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boulder. In 2010, he took the reigns at National Park Trips Media in Boulder, where he’s grown the brand from an audience of less than a million to one with over 5 million travel enthusiasts. Rob is passionate about travel, national parks, photography, and endurance sports, including triathlon (he’s a veteran of 14 Ironman finishes, including a three-time finisher of The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii). Rob organized the 2016 National Parks Night Skies Series and will be organizing and attending all 2017 workshops.
Please email or call Rob Wood at email@example.com or by phone at 303-506-3327