Saguaro National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop

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Saguaro National Park

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd

Tucson, AZ 85718

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National Park Trips Media (an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service), Tamron USA and Hacidenda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort have teamed up to offer the 2nd Annual National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Saguaro National Park. With Saguaro cactuses standing 40-60 feet tall and crisp skies, Saguaro National Park is a spectacular destination for photographers. The 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 Saguaro cactuses in the foreground. As an added bonus, we’ll also do a sunset and a sunrise shoot.

The workshop begins the evening of the 18th 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 Saguaro 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 19th 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 Saguaro 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 18th, breakfast on the 19th


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pre shoot seminar; lens loaner; dinner served during seminar
5:00 pm – 6:45 pm Sunset shoot (sunset is at 5:47 pm)
6:45 pm – 1:00 am Night skies shoots
1:00 am – 1:30 am Transportation back to host lodging property

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30 am – 7:30 am Sunrise shoot (sunrise is at 6:31 am)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Post-shoot seminar with breakfast at host lodging property

Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718

Please call 520-299-1501 for special rates – mention Saguaro Night Skies Photo Workshop


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


Oct 18 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
Oct 19 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Rob Wood at
rwood@aimmedia.com if you have special dietary needs


Late October in Saguaro National Park can see average low’s in the mid 50’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, October in Saguaro yields clear crisp 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, laptop for post processing instruction, light hiking shoes, warm 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.

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 Saguaro. 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 Saguaro.

Workshop Organizer:

Rob Wood – Director & Publisher, National Park Trips Media

Rob Wood, 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 rwood@aimmedia.com or by phone at 303-506-3327

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