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The Big Bend region is set in the Chihuahuan desert of Texas and Mexico.  It has a beauty of its own and some of the darkest skies around! The Chisos Mountains provide some amazing rock formations and landscape photography. The ghost town of Terlingua is also a photographer's dream with the ruins from the old mining town and the desert culture.   Join us to enjoy this beautiful area and learn how to photograph the landscape and night skies.


Click HERE for dates and details on the Big Bend Night Photography Workshops.  ​

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Pacific Northwest.  Subalpine wildflower meadows surround the mountain while ancient forests wrap around Mt. Rainier’s lower slopes and tall evergreen trees point to the stars.  

We will most likely not be conducting a workshop at Mt. Rainier in 2020 or 2021.


     In the field:

  • Camera settings for night photography 

  • How to focus at night

  • Understanding hyperfocal distance

  • How & when to use hyperfocal distance 

  • How to use an intervalometer

  • How to photograph star trails

  • What is focus stacking and how to focus stack 

  • Using PhotoPills to plan your Milky Way shots

  • Using augmented reality to plan your photographs

  • How to shoot panoramic pictures in landscape photography

  • How to light paint foreground objects for landscape photography shots

 Access to Post-Processing Video Tutorials:

  • Basic workflow in Lightroom (uploading and organizing in Lightroom)

  • Basic editing in Lightroom

  • Post-processing in batches in Lightroom

  • Basic editing in Photoshop

  • Stacking for star trails 

  • Creating and stitching panoramic pictures

In addition to the concepts and topics taught during the workshop, all participants receive the following:

Post-processing videos 

People learn best when they can easily walk through the steps with their own photos and on their own time.  In the new era of COVID, we will not hold classroom time during the workshop to dive into post-processing.  Attendees will receive access to post-processing videos.

Beginner's Guide to Photographing the Night Sky

Attendee's will receive the Beginner's Guide to Photographing the Night Sky, a comprehensive guide for beginners including information on required equipment, planning, learning how to find dark skies, and intermediate to advanced techniques to explore. 
  • A detailed itinerary will be sent to all attendees two months prior to the workshop. For a general itinerary, see the information on the specific workshop at 2019 Workshop Locations & Dates 
  • All attendees are responsible for their travel, food, park entrance fees, and lodging in the area. 
  • We are fully insured and with proper permits to be in the National Parks.​  We believe in and support our National Parks system, so we are proud Commercial Use Authorization Permit holders with Big Bend National Park! This provides us good standing with the Park and the rangers, and it helps to fund fantastic conservation projects that would not be possible without special use educators and their students! So a portion of your tuition goes right back to help protect the park you love!
  • Both of us hold certification in  NOLS Wilderness First Aid.
  • Our workshops are capped at an 8-person maximum.  We have two instructors (with the exception of the women's workshop), so there are never more than four participants for each instructor.
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