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.
May 22-26, 2022
Arches Entrance Permits?
As you may know, Arches National Park has moved to a permit system to enter the park. This will not affect our workshop in any way. As a CUA (Commercial Use Authorization) holder, we are allowed to take our groups into the park at any time without the need for an entrance permit. If you plan on visiting the park before or after the workshop you will want to reserve your timed entry permit in advance.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Included
What is Not Included
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!
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.
We always run our workshops on the up and up. For this workshop Exploring Exposure operates under a Commercial Use Authorization with the National Park Service, a Special Use Permit with the BLM, and a commercial permit with Deadhorse State Park. We are also an equal opportunity service provider.
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.
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.
Are spouses/partners welcome?
Yes, but seating is limited. If they come out on location you will have to provide your own transportation, or pay the full price for another seat.
Note: during the pandemic group sizes are limited, so this is not the case currently and they would need to pay for an additional spot.
Will I have cell signal during the Workshop?
Cell signal is extremely intermittent in most of the locations we will visit, you should not expect to be connected all the time, at certain locations you may be offline for long periods, enjoy the silence. There is cell service and wifi available in Moab.
Will the instructors take photos during the Workshop?
The instructors will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, create comradery with the group, and to show you the same type of images you will be taking for our post-processing session. Our focus will always remain with you.
Will weather cancel the Workshop?
Unless there are very dangerous conditions the weather will not stop us. It may force us to change our plans and refocus on landscape photography rather than night photography, but we will make the best of any situation. No rain checks will be given for any weather related circumstances.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies, pandemic, etc. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend trip insurance to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We recommend Travelguard or World Nomads.
We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. we are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we also recommend the purchase of trip insurance.
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.