August Milky Way at Bryce Canyon Workshop

Photography in Bryce Canyon National Park

Day and Starry Night Photo Workshop

Dates: August 28-31, 2013

Overview: Bryce is full of exhilarating panoramic vistas at the top of the canyon, and intimate visual encounters as we exploring down in the canyons. My workshops are more about shooting than spending time in a classroom setting. Most of my instruction is on location while we are preparing to shoot. My workshop are also about having a lot of fun with fellow photographers who share a common passion.

This will be much more than just a night photography workshop. We will also be covering three sunrises, three sunsets and six twilight periods — 12 to 18 hours of prime-time daylight photography, and six hours of twilight photography. All this, in addition to at least 12 hours of night photography on three of the darkest evenings of the month! You can expect to finish this workshop with a significant portfolio of images you will be proud to showcase.

My goal is to share with my students everything I know about night photography. Nothing is off limits. I will do everything I can to make you a better photographer. I want to give you the tools to apply your vision to night photography.

I limit my workshop to only seven (7) participants to ensure you get the level of attention you deserve. (This is a smaller and more intimate group than my other workshops), I also want a strong bond to be created in this small group. I encourage you to share ideas and help each other learn during the workshop.

Locations we plan to visit:
• Sunset Point
• Sunrise Point
• Inspiration Point
• Bryce Point
• Navajo Loop Trail
• Thor's Hammer
• Wall Street
• The Mask
• The Fortress

Workshop Photo Examples (All of these photos were taken within the park. We plan to shoot at most of these locations.)











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What Will be Covered?

Shooting, shooting, shooting: Unlike many workshop that spend much of their time in classroom instruction, we will spend most of our time traveling to and shooting at some of the park's best locations!

Understanding night exposures: You will learn how NightScape photography is different from regular landscape photography.

Shooting Techniques: In addition to tips for daylight and twilight photography, you will learn how to prepare and operate your camera for night shooting. You will learn how to properly exposure for a starry night sky, including the Milky Way.

Night Preparation: Learning how to find subjects on the night sky. Planning the right time to go. How to find dark skies. Finding foreground landscapes that compliment the night sky. Using the right light source to enhance your foreground (light painting), when needed.

Additional Information & FAQ

Meals and Lodging: are not included. Your are free to stay anywhere in the Bryce Canyon area. However, we recommend Best Western's Ruby's Inn [masked]), which is only a few short miles from the park. (Currently, there is an "End of Summer Special" available for this last week of August: Pay one night at regular price and get any additional nights (max 5 nights) at 50% off! Please contact me if this becomes full, and I will give you a list of two other motels in the area. I recommend that you book as early as possible, as August is Bryce's third busiest month of the year.)

Transportation: Each participant is responsible for their own transportation to Bryce Canyon. You are also responsible for local transportation to our featured photography locations within the park. You can use your own car, a rental car, or your can carpool with other members of the workshop. You are also responsible for your own park entrance fees ($25).

Hiking: Most of our photography locations are accessible from your car with very little hiking. There is one exception: All of the descriptions that include locations along the "Navajo Loop Trail" will require moderate hiking on a well maintained trail. Although we never go more than one or two miles along this trail, you should be aware that this trail has an average elevation of about 8,000 feet, and has some steep switchbacks. (We will take this trail at a slow pace.)

Special Equipment Requirements: There are NO special equipment requirements for this workshop. As long as you've got a DSLR camera, a tripod, some decent walking shoes, and a warm jacket for evening shooting, you are all set. Most participants bring their camera, a tripod, and a couple of lenses along with a backpack to carry their gear....and lots of media cards to store their images. Some people bring their laptops to use during our resting hours, but that's personal preference. Those who register for this event will receive emails with pre-workshop tutorials and suggestions that will help them become better prepared for this fun workshop.

Note: We will be resting during the middle of the day (typically from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM), so bring your earplugs and sleeping masks! (These are the poor light conditions times, when other tourists are most active in the park.)

Are significant others allowed? Yes, as long as they are not a photographer.

Does weather affect the schedule? Definitely! While partly cloudy skies can add interest, completely overcast skies will block all the stars in our night scenes and dampen our daylight shoots. Although I cannot guarantee clear skies and perfect conditions, it is uncommon to have several days of poor conditions. Even if the skies are overcast we will continue to go out and learn everything this workshop has to offer.

Investment: $695.00 per student. ($795.00 for registrations after May 28, 2013.) Note: Many photographers charge about $1,000 for a workshop like this! A 50% deposit ($347.50) is required to reserve your space, or you may pay in full. Full payment is due by June 28, 2013. Cancellations with full refunds are allowed through May 28, 2013. Cancellations between May 29 and June 28, 2013 will be refunded any amounts paid less a $100.00 processing fee. Cancellations between June 29 and July 28, 2013 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds are given on cancellations after July 28, 2013. No exceptions can be made for this policy. Any cancellation must be in writing (mail or email). Travel insurance is recommended, along with refundable airline tickets.

Payment: When you RSVP, you will be taken to my PayPal account (Stock Solution, Inc.) for online payment. The default payment is a deposit of $347.50. You can also change this and pay the full amount of $695. Any balance of payment should be mailed (to arrive by June 28, 2013), to:

Royce Bair - Stock Solution, Inc., 6640 South 2200 West, West Jordan, UT 84084.

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  • George M.

    This was my third workshop with Royce Bair. I learn more each trip from his knowledge and mentoring - he is a master of Night Sky Photography. The experience was terrific and the I really enjoyed the group. I look forward to the next workshop with Royce!

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Fabulous experience

    September 1, 2013

  • Steven S.


    September 1, 2013

  • David H.

    Fun, informative, and we had great luck with the weather overall ...

    August 31, 2013

  • Beth

    Oh how I wish I could have attended this! Are there any special arrangements needed to to shoot at Bryce Canyon at night, or can you just find a spot off the road and shoot? I have never been to UT before and the pictures are beautiful (both day and night). If I ever make it out there I would love to visit this location.

    August 23, 2013

  • Rita N.

    Living in China I don't get to see the stars/milky way very often and what a better place to drink it all in, than Bryce Canyon. My goal, one day, is to create an incredible photograph of the moon but i haven't a clue where to start. Hoping to have a better understanding on the advanced techniques to capture the night after this workshop.

    August 3, 2013

  • Royce B.

    We just had a last minute cancellation on this workshop, so one spot is now available on a first-come basis.

    July 29, 2013

  • iqbal m.

    I have signed up for the Zion workshop

    April 1, 2013

  • Cyndi B.

    So I would like to sign up for your wait list for Bryce Canyon. Can you let me know what workshops are not currently full?

    March 31, 2013

  • Royce B.

    Wow! It only took the weekend and part of the today (Monday) for this workshop to fill up. I appreciate your support, and look forward to meeting each one of you. I'll be sending out more information as we approach our starting date. I will now open up the system for the waiting list.

    March 11, 2013

  • David H.

    Sounds awesome ....

    March 11, 2013

  • A.M. R.

    Sorry can't make it!

    March 8, 2013

Your organizer's refund policy for August Milky Way at Bryce Canyon Workshop

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 90 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Cancellations between May 29 and June 28, 2013 will receive a $247.50 refund on their $347.50 deposit. Cancellations after June 28, 2013 will not receive a refund on their deposit.

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