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!
Read more about the extra night option below.

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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

Easy

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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What is Included

What is Not Included

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

  • Learning how to focus on the stars
  • 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
  • Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
  • Creating panoramas without using expensive equipment
  • Taking stacked images and dark frames for later use in reducing noise (advanced, not required)
  • How to create star trails
  • Taking twilight exposures or long exposures of the foreground to create very clean results
  • Basic light painting using LED panels for continuous low level lighting

Post Processing for Beginners

  • Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom
  • Finding the right white balance for night photos
  • Using curves in Lightroom to remove light pollution
  • Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
  • Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
  • Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
  • Creating star trails with StarStax

Post Processing for Advanced users

  • Exposure blending in Photoshop to create balanced, natural looking images
  • Using Starry Landscape Stacker to stack exposures to reduce noise
  • Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
  • 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

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

Concerned about your safety.

We understand how important your safety is when we’re in remote locations. This is why David and Jennifer are both certified Wilderness First Responders, we are prepared for any situation large or small. We also carry satellite communication devices should we need rescue assistance in remote areas.

Legal.

We always run our workshops on the up and up. For this workshop Exploring Exposure is an authorized permitee with Arches National Park and a Special Use Permit holder with Deadhorse State Park and the Moab BLM. 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.

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.

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