The Monument Valley Landscape Astrophotography Workshops are given in association with WorldPix, a charity organization that promotes and uses photography as a way to make a difference in society. Profits from the workshops will be donated to a local charity through WorldPix.
WorldPix believes in the power of a photograph to lead the way to effect change for communities in need. We believe in the power of a photograph to tell a story, to touch a life, to inspire action, to provide insight, and to provide enjoyment.
Panorama of the Mittens, Monument Valley
Imagine the spectacular Landscape of Monument Valley at night! You have probably seen many spectacular landscape photos from Monument Valley. Now imagine those landscapes under a beautiful starry sky!
1) Landscape Astrophotography in Monument Valley, Utah:
May 4-7 Full
4 nights - Good shooting hours are roughly 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
2) Landscape Astrophotography in Monument Valley, Utah:
June 2-5 Full
4 nights - Good shooting hours are roughly 10:30 p.m. to 4:10 a.m.
Cost $1995 USD
1) Image Monument Valley!
2) Keep it simple! Teaching will emphasize nightscape techniques that work with single frame acquisitions and panoramas. We will discus image stacking and blended images (separate captures for the sky and foreground), however my goal is to give you techniques for single frame acquisitions that rival stacking and blending. My goal is to teach you techniques for any situation.
3) Emphasize the landscape! We will spend a lot of time on creating a spectacular sky, however my goal is to make the landscape as attractive an eye-catching as the sky. Too often the landscape is an afterthought. A foreground silhouette is beautiful occasionally, but I want detail in the foreground while still making it look like nighttime. The landscape gets equal billing here!
4) Learn a flexible method of processing. We will discuss processing in detail, with 3 goals, A) keeping it simple and straightforward, and B) making it flexible enough to tailor to your vision of nightcaps. Discussions will involve the use of Photoshop and Lightroom in nightscape processing. C) Learn how to minimize noise in nightscapes.
5) Learn Low Level Lighting, Techniques and when to use it. One night will be set aside for this.
Big Hogan Arch
The Totem Pole
The organization for both workshops will be similar. Each workshop will be a four day workshop. Attendance will be limited to 6 participants in each workshop to allow adequate attention to each person.
If one or more nights gets clouded out then we will devote the time to extended teaching and processing sessions.
Three nights will be planned in Monument Valley, and one night scheduled for outside the valley. Monument Valley has spectacular wide landscapes and there are multiple arches within the valley that are suitable for nightscapes, but the valley itself is not ideal for learning Low Level Lighting. Yes, we will be using Low Level Lighting for creating soft illumination for various arches and structures within the valley, but a night will be set aside for specifically teaching and practicing Low Level Lighting in a more optimal setting. For that night we will be visiting a field of Hoodoos just outside of Bluff, Utah, about 1 hour away.