Moab and Arches Night Photography Workshops

Join us for this unique opportunity to photograph the stunning night sky in Moab, Utah, including Arches National Park and Deadhorse Point State Park. David Kingham is the author of Nightscape: A Complete Guide to Photographing Under the Night Sky, and is one of the pioneers of night photography. We will show you how to photograph the night sky, plan out your shoots, and process your images for clean, natural results.

August 29 - September 1, 2021

Note: the extra night at Corona Arch is the night of September 7th!

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September 8-11, 2021

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Group Size

8

Investment

$1,495
Initial Payment – $595

Location

Fly To

Canyonlands (via DIA), Grand Junction, or Salt Lake

Fitness Level

Description

Moab is considered one of the premier locations for night photography, and for good reason. The stunning rock formations and landscapes lend themselves perfectly to the dramatic dark skies in this area.

We will spend three nights under the stars in Arches National Park, Deadhorse Point State Park. September is an ideal time to photograph the milky way as it will be visible as soon as the sky gets dark in the evening, meaning no incredibly late nights! We will also be photographing sunset at each location prior to the night shoot to maximize your time. Dinner will be provided in the field so we don’t miss out on anything.

During the day, we will show simple yet powerful techniques to process your night photos so you can walk away with an image you will be proud to hang on your wall. We will also discuss scouting, planning, and weather, so you are prepared to plan out your next night shoot. On top of that, we will have an image critique session and photo sharing each day.

Light painting is no longer allowed in Arches National Park. Instead of lighting, we will show you how to create foregrounds by doing twilight exposures or long exposures that you can later blend in Photoshop quite easily. This will be an essential skill to have as more and more parks are banning light painting. We will be able to do light painting in Deadhorse State Park, so we will have opportunities to practice many methods.

This is not an advanced course on night photography; we will be showing you the basics to take great night photos no matter your level of skill. We will be touching on some slightly advanced methods like stacking, but this is not a requirement to create great photos.

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Arches Night Workshop

It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the Arches Workshop. Excellent instruction from a proven professional, that is as down to earth as the guy next door. Vast amounts of information were placed before us in an easy to understand format and were explained piece by piece so that everyone followed along. David Kingham you are the Master, I strive to achieve half your knowledge and abilities. It was an honor to attend your workshop and you have helped me to be far better than I was prior to. I will recommend your workshops to everyone I know interested in shooting the night sky.

Ryan

BISTI WILDERNESS WORKSHOP

This was my third workshop with David Kingham. I learned new things, had a great time, and came away on fire to perfect my craft. I came away from the Bisti Wilderness workshop knowing how to compose better photographs, and with new tools in Lightroom and Photoshop to help my artistic vision emerge. I cannot say enough good things about David and Jennifer. I have sent friends to other workshops and the response is the same. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS.

Bill

Escalante Workshop

This was my second workshop with Exploring Exposure, and the experience has been top-notch on both. The scouting is great, and David knows where to be at the optimal time. David is an expert in nighttime photography and post-processing, and presents excellent imaging sessions. Relaxed atmosphere. Joined by his partner, Jennifer Renwick, who is an accomplished photographer in her own right. Locations are not only the well-known iconic spots. Ideal workshop for an advanced amateur.

Morris Swartz

Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2016

David and Jennifer were excellent teachers, they focused their attention on the students not on shooting their own photos which most other workshop leaders do based on my experience. They were very organized and did their research in advance so we were at all the best locations for sunrise/sunset. I also liked the small class size which was more intimate, made it easier for logistics and prevented conflict between participants which is common with larger groups. I highly recommend David and Jennifer and plan to take more workshops with them in the future.

Ken

What is Included

  • Small class size of 8 maximum to ensure proper attention to each client
  • Two attentive instructors for a client to instructor ratio of 4:1
  • Water and snacks
  • Image Critiques
  • Tailored post processing instruction in Lightroom and Photoshop

What is Not Included

  • Transportation - carpooling is required to reduce the amount of cars (all roads are paved)
  • Lodging - we have a block of rooms held for you
  • Meals - we will be eating some meals together as a group

Add an Additional Night at Corona Arch

Corona Arch is one of the stunning jewels in the Moab area, but it is a bit challenging to get to and the hike is not for everyone.

For the more adventurous types we have the option to spend an extra night with us the night before the workshop starts. On the afternoon of September 7th we will hike to Corona arch which is 2.3 miles one way with 470 feet of elevation gain. The trail does have some exposure and you must climb up a staircase with a cable and a short ladder to reach the destination. It’s not a hike for the faint of heart, which is why we are not including it in the general workshop. The average hiker in good physical condition will not have a problem with this hike, just be aware that it may be quite hot hiking in the afternoon. Please contact us if you have questions, this can always be added on later. Light painting is allowed here and we will be using low level lighting with LED panels to light the arch.

There is an additional cost of $350 to add on this night.

This will be on September 7th!

What You Will Learn In the Field

  • How to read a scene to create compelling compositions using shapes, lines, visual mass, texture, and more
  • Reading weather and lighting conditions to know when to go out on your own in the right light
  • How to use apps to scout out your own locations and plan your next shoot
  • When and how to use lenses to bring focus to your subject
  • How and when to use a polarizer to make colors pop
  • Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
  • Achieving maximum sharpness using focus stacking
  • Creative use of ND Filters to create motion in clouds and water
  • Creating panoramas without using expensive equipment
  • How to take correct exposures for bright skies; to be later used for exposure blending
  • Identifying the best light and how to expose correctly

Post Processing for Beginners

  • Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom and keeping files organized
  • Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
  • Using white balance to create mood in your images
  • Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
  • Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
  • Exposure blending using HDR for natural looking results

Post Processing for Advanced users

  • Exposure blending using luminosity masks to create balanced, natural looking images
  • Focus stacking using Photoshop and/or Zerene Stacker for maximum depth of field
  • Blending different focal lengths to correct for wide angle diminishment
  • Creative burning and dodging techniques to bring focus to your subject
  • Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
  • Creating drama with Light Bleed
  • Using Midtone Contrast to make images pop off the screen
  • Sharpening for web and print

Safe, Legal, Responsible.

We are proud members of Nature First Photography. This movement is dedicated to responsible nature photography. At its core are seven principles that we abide by and promote to our clients. We hope you will join the movement!

The Nature First Principles

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  • Use discretion if sharing locations.
  • Know and follow rules and regulations.
  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave
  • Leave places better than you found them.
  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles

We are proud members of Nature First Photography. This movement is dedicated to responsible nature photography. At its core are seven principles that we abide by and promote to our clients. We hope you will join the movement!

Legal

We always run our workshops on the up and up. For this workshop Exploring Exposure operates under a Special Use Permit on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison, and San Juan National Forests. We are also an equal opportunity service provider.

Our Philosophy

We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the field and the classroom to take your photography to the next level.

Our passion is seeing you grow in your photographic journey. We put your interests ahead of our own. Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all. Our focus is your learning experience, and we will not run off to chase the light and leave you behind. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner. This is so you can see how we approach a scene, demonstrate techniques, and create comradery with the group. Our focus will always remain with YOU.

We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.

Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you. With our small group size, we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.

  • Fitness Level

  • How to get there

  • FAQ

  • Cancellation Policy

This workshop is fairly easy. There will be some brief, short hiking for most locations (all under a quarter mile in length with a gentle grade.) You do need to be sure on your feet though, we will be doing a little bit of scrambling on slickrock.

Questions?

Please do not hesitate to send us any questions you may have, we would be happy to help.

Private Moab Workshops

If you are looking for a private guide to show you around Moab, look no further. We have spent extensive time in the Moab area and know all the great locations it has to offer. We can be your private tour guide or we can turn your experience into a full workshop training you on composition, vision, post-processing with Lightroom and Photoshop, all without the group.