Rocky Mountain National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop

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The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

101 South Saint Vrain Avenue

Estes Park, CO 80517

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With high alpine peaks towering thousands of feet above verdant valleys and crisp mountain skies, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular destination for photographers. This photo workshop will immerse you and a small group of participants into the art and science of night skies photography with an emphasis on capturing the Milky Way. As an added bonus, 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).

The workshop begins the afternoon of July 1st with a two-hour seminar at the Ridgeline Hotel and will cover techniques for capturing your best sunset and night skies images. We’ll also cover light painting and lens selection.

After the seminar, we’ll head into the park for the first shoot (sunset) followed by several different locations within the park for night skies photography. We’ll be in the field until approximately 1:30 a.m. The next morning, we’ll tackle post-processing.

National Park Trips Media (an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service) and Tamron USA have teamed up to offer the National Park Photography Workshop series in a number of national parks across the Western US in 2019.

What's Included:

  • Expert instruction by Tamron photographers
  • In-the-field personalized instruction at several locations within Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Full line of Tamron lenses available for all participants to use throughout the workshop
  • 3-hour pre-shoot seminar (sunset, night skies techniques + light painting)
  • 2.5-hour post-shoot seminar (post processing)
  • Transportation to and from the Ridgeline Hotel to all shoot locations
  • Dinner and snacks on the 1st, breakfast on the 2nd


Monday, July 1, 2019
4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Intro to Workshop & Photography Seminar at the Ridgeline Hotel; lens loaner; dinner served during seminar
7:15 p.m.: Leave for sunset shoot
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Sunset/Blue Hour Shoot (sunset at 8:36 p.m.)
9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.: Night Skies Shoot
1:30 a.m.: Leave to return to hotel

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Post-Shoot Seminar with breakfast at the Ridgeline Hotel

Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner:

The Ridgeline Hotel
101 S St Vrain Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517

Transportation and Lodging:

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

Lodging is not included for this workshop. We have set up a room block with The Ridgeline Hotel for the night of the workshop. To take advantage of the room block at our deeply discounted rate of $149 + tax/night:

  1. Go to www.ridgelinehotel.com, Click on “check availability”
  2. Enter arrival and departure dates and number of guests in room
  3. Enter NPT19 in the group code field
  4. Press enter to make reservation under group room block

Please note that room block is only guaranteed until May 31st, 2019. If you would like to extend your stay on either end, you may do so based on avaliability by calling 970-480-4012.


July 1 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
July 2 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Mikaela Ruland at
MRuland@aimmedia.com if you have special dietary needs


Because of Rocky Mountain National Park's high altitude (8000 ft+) weather can be volatile. Expect highs in the mid-70s around Estes Park and mid-60s along the upper reaches of Trail Ridge Road. Lows should average in the mid-40s. We will be outside for great lengths of time, so dress warmly and bring a winter hat and gloves to keep your hands warm. There will almost certainly be afternoon storms that will clear out for sunset and night skies.

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 their new 15-30mm), extra memory cards, headlamp, light hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain jacket or shell, hat, and sunglasses. A laptop is strongly recommended for the post-processing class. We will provide a comprehensive packing list to attendees prior to the workshop.


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

Your Instructors:

Erica Robinson

Erica Robinson has always had a strong passion for both photography and travel, but once merging the two together is where she found her true calling. After studying photography in college, her first adventure was working as a photographer for a cruise line. Trying to pursue a different genre she then worked with talented Boston wedding photographers while learning the technical side working for a local camera store. Photography is an incredible tool that allows us to stop a moment and relive it every time we look at that image. She genuinely enjoys teaching others how to capture that moment in the way it makes them feel, to relive it over and over again.

Armando Flores, Tamron Photographer

Armando Flores

Armando Flores studied photojournalism in college and worked at a camera store to support his newfound expensive photo habit. He has worked for Nikon, Sony and now Tamron where he has honed his photographic skills for more than 30 years. Photography has enabled him to travel to many foreign lands and to attend large media and sporting events. He has photographed professional sports for more than 17 years and has worked for Reuters, Associated Press, AMPAS, HFPA and IGLA as a contributing photographer. His passion has always been to lend a hand to new aspiring photographers.


Please email Mikaela Ruland at MRuland@aimmedia.com.

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