Saguaro National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Williams Center

5335 East Broadway Boulevard

Tucson, AZ 85711

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With saguaro cactuses standing 40-60 feet tall and crisp skies, Saguaro National Park in Tucson is a spectacular destination for photographers. This 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 with saguaro cactuses in the foreground. 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 evening of the 27th with a two-hour seminar at the host lodging property 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 to Saguaro National Park for the first shoot (sunset) followed by several different night skies locations within the park. We’ll be in the field until approximately 1 a.m. Be prepared to walk up to a quarter mile on uneven surfaces to get to each shoot. 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 within Saguaro National Park
  • Full line of Tamron lenses available for all participants to use throughout the workshop
  • 2.5-hour pre-shoot seminar (sunset, night skies techniques + light painting)
  • 2.5-hour post-shoot seminar (post processing)
  • Transportation to and from the host lodging property to all shoot locations
  • Dinner and snacks on the 27th, breakfast on the 28th


Sunday, October 27, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Intro to Workshop & Photography Seminar; lens loaner; late lunch/early dinner served during seminar

4:30 p.m.: Leave hotel for sunset shoot in Eastern portion of Saguaro National Park

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Sunset Shoot (Sunset at 5:38 p.m.)

6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Drive to Western portion of Saguaro National Park

6:45 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Night Skies Shoots

12:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.: Transportation back to host lodging property

Monday, October 28, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Post-Shoot Seminar with breakfast at host lodging property

Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner:

DoubleTree Suites - Williams Center
5335 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711

Lodging is not included in this workshop. We have arranged a room block at our host property, the DoubleTree Suites - Williams Center, where you can reserve a room for the night of the 27th for the discounted rate of $134 for a suite. To reserve, please click here or call 520-745-2700 and mention you are with National Park Trips Media. Please note, the room block is only guaranteed until July 27, 2019. Upon that time, the room rate will still be honored if avaliability exists.

If there is avaliability, you may reserve the night before or after the workshop at the discounted rate. To do so, please call 520-745-2700 and mention you are with National Park Trips Media.


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. Be prepared to walk up to a quarter mile on uneven surfaces to get to each shoot.

Lodging is not included for this workshop. There will be the option to independently book lodging at the host property and attendees will receive information on how to book.


Oct. 27 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
Oct. 28 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Mikaela Ruland at
MRuland@aimmedia.com if you have special dietary needs


Late October in Saguaro National Park can see average lows in the mid 50s with average highs in the 70s. Because we’re shooting at night 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, 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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