Workshops 2020 - After Midnight Landscapes

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Workshops 2020

Monument Valley at Night - 3 nights               

May 16-18,  2020      7 photographers     FULL

Cost $1495 per person 


Profits from the workshops will be donated to a local charity through WorldPix. WorldPix is a charity organization that promotes and uses photography as a way to make a difference in society.  WorldPix believes in the power of a photograph to tell a story, to touch a life, to inspire action, to provide insight, and to lead the way to effect change for communities in need.


1) Image Monument Valley!

2) Keep it simple! Teaching will emphasize nightscape techniques that work with single frame acquisitions, stacking images, 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. 

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The workshop will be a three day workshop. Attendance will be limited to 6-7 participants 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. Monument Valley has spectacular wide landscapes and there are multiple arches within the valley that are suitable for nightscapes. We will be using Low Level Lighting for creating soft illumination for various arches and structures within the valley.

The best Milky Way shooting hours in Monument Valley at this time of year are approximately 11 pm until 4 - 4:20 am. We will meet for the night shooting session around 9:30 - 10:00 pm each night, depending on location.

On day one we will meet at 3:00 p.m. get to know each other and have about 2 hours of lectures. We will then have dinner at Gouldings Lodge that will be "on me".

For the next 2 days we will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m (or up to 6 p.m.) for talks about image acquisition, nightscape processing, Low Level Lighting, etc. This is for anyone interested. You will then be free to have dinner or relax until we again meet up for the nightly expedition.

I will do my best to make myself available for individual sessions in the afternoons if anyone is interested.

Night excursions into Monument Valley require a Navajo Guide. There is a per person, per day charge for each person. This fee is included in your tuition payment. It does make the tuition a bit more than some other workshops. We are very fortunate to have an excellent guide, Quanah Parker Johnson. He is a Nightscape photographer himself, so he has an excellent understanding of our needs.

Your travel and lodgings are not included. There are 2 excellent hotels in Monument Valley, The View Hotel (located at the entrance into the park), and Goulding's Lodge (located across the highway). Both are convenient and are very  nice.

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Monument Valley, Utah

Nearby towns are Kayenta and Mexican Hat. Kayenta is 28 miles South on the same highway as Monument Valley (MV) and Mexican Hat is 26 miles North on the same highway, Route 163. Both take about 30 minutes to reach the entry into Monument Valley. Both have hotels that are less expensive. I have stayed in Mexican Hat and is was no problem driving into MV.

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To Sign Up:

To sign up Contact me using the "Contact Me " button in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Please let me know your email address, and your mailing address. Please also include your phone number unless you have reservations doing so. At the workshop I will need your phone number to text any schedule changes.

Payments will be by PaPal or personal check. Contact me using the "Contact Me" button and I will send you the PayPal address for payment. The full tuition is $1495 USD. You need to pay a deposit of $500 USD to secure your spot. The rest needs to be paid 90 days before the workshop date. A full refund is possible up until 30 days prior to the workshop, a 75% refund up to 3 weeks before the workshop, and 50% refund up to 2 weeks before the workshop, none thereafter. The fee includes the workshop and guiding fees, and the dinner on night one. Room and other meals are the responsibility of the individual.

The activities are all relatively low key and safe, however there may be some short hikes or scrambling over rocks. No one is encouraged or required to do anything that makes them nervous or uncomfortable. There are many good photos otherwise. If any activity is thought to be outside your range of comfort you must inform me and we will plan accordingly. You are the judge of what you can do!

Closest Airports:

The nearest place to fly into is Flagstaff, Az. or Durango, Co. As I look today, Flagstaff is cheaper. Both are about 3 hr. 15 min way, give or take a few minutes. Albuquerque, NM and Phoenix, Az. are about 5 - 5 1/2 hours away. Salt Lake City is 6 1/2 hours away. Grand Junction, Co is 4 1/2 hours away. That is a good one if you want to go to Moab as well.

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