Great Sand Dunes Night Skies Photography Workshop
Great Sand Dunes Night Skies Photography Workshop

Great Sand Dunes Night Skies Photography Workshop

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Great Sand Dunes National Park


Alamosa, CO

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Great Sand Dunes Moonlight photo by Nicolas Zupancich


National Park Trips Media and Tamron USA have teamed up to offer the National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Picture a winding creek running through 700 foot dunes (the tallest in North America) with the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains as the back drop. Combine that with clear night skies and almost no light pollution and you have the setting for one of the best night skies photography destinations in the country. 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 above the dunes. As an added bonus, we’ll take advantage of Great Sand Dunes’ inspiring sunrises and sunsets and conduct two additional shoots to capture these moments.

The workshop begins the evening of July 24th 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 Great Sand Dunes 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 25th 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.

What's Included:

  • Expert instruction by Tamron photographers
  • In-the-field personalized instruction at up to five locations within Great Sand Dunes 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 24th, breakfast on the 25th


Monday, July 24, 2017
4:45 pm - 6:45 pm Pre shoot seminar; lens loaner; dinner served during seminar
7:15 pm – 8:45 pm Sunset shoot (sunset is at 8:18 pm)
8:45 pm – 1:00 am Night skies shoots
1:30 am – 2:00 am Transportation back to host lodging property

Monday, July 25, 2017
4:45 am – 6:30 am Sunrise shoot (sunrise is at 6:00 am)
6:30 am – 8:00 am Post-shoot seminar with breakfast at host lodging property

Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner



All participants must arrange transportation to the host lodging property. We will provide transportation from this location to all shoot locations within Great Sand Dunes National Park.


July 24 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
July 25 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Rob Wood at if you have special dietary needs


Late July in Great Sand Dunes National Park can see average low’s in the low 50’s with average highs in the low 80’s. Because we’re shooting at night and in the early morning come prepared for cool temperatures. Historically, July in Great Sand Dunes yields clear crisp night skies and low precipitation, although afternoon thunderstorms may be a possibility.

Inclement Weather:

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, bug repellant.


$349 + processing fees. Includes workshop, transportation to and from shoot locations, and some meals. Airfare and lodging not included.

Your Instructors:

Ken Hubbard

Photographer Ken Hubbard

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 Costantini

Photographer Andre Costantini

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.

Workshop Organizer:

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 or by phone at 303-506-3327

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