Photography in Zion National Park
A Daytime and Starry Night Photo Workshop via Springdale, Utah
Dates: November 5-8, 2013
Overview: Zion National Park in early November is magical time of the year. The crowds are gone. The park's mandatory shuttle service has shut down and you are allowed to use your own car within the park. The temperature are warm and moderate, and the autumn foliage is at it's peak color. This will be my last workshop for 2013.
My workshop are more about shooting than spending time in a workshop 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 tour and 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 nine (9) participants to ensure you get the level of attention you deserve. 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:
• Court of the Patriarchs
• The Watchman
• Virgin River
• Big Bend
• The Organ
• Great White Throne
• Temple of Sinawava
• Towers of the Virgin
• The Grotto
• Oak Creek
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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Fall & Winter Night Sky vs. Summer: As we approach Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the brightest portions of the Milk Way, the central bulge, disappear below the horizon for several months (and appear in the Southern Hemisphere). However, other stars take their place on the night stage, i.e. Sirus, the brightest star in the sky (showing between the man's legs), and the Orion Constellation (between his outstretched hands) — arising only in the winter months.
Below is a similar photo, taken in late Spring (May) with a fisheye lens. By August, the Milky Way will be in a near vertical position, and further to the right (south). About one-half of the central bulge will also have disappeared below the horizon. Both the Spring/Summer and the Fall/Winter night skies have their own kind of beauty.
Some have asked, "How are the peaks illuminated behind the man?" There is a valley between the hill the man is standing on and the mountain behind him. In that valley is the small town of Springdale, Utah. The light pollution from the town (mainly, from the orange-ish sodium vapor street lamps) is illuminating the peaks. Because it is such a small town, its light pollution does not over power the stars. Light pollution can be beautiful and useful.
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 Springdale - Rockville, Utah area. Lodging is fairly inexpensive at this time of the year. My favorite place to stay is at the Quality Inn at Zion Park because it's very close to the park entrance and the rate are reasonable. Utah.com Zion Lodging lists 28 hotels that range in price from about $90 to $180 per night. Because the workshop ends on a Friday morning, you may wish to arrive a day early or stay an extra day or two after the workshop and put to use what you've learned (or take a rest after three straight sleepless nights).
Transportation: Each participant is responsible for their own transportation to Springdale, Utah. You are also responsible for local transportation to our featured photography locations within Zion National 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).
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 August 5, 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 September 5, 2013. Cancellations with full refunds are allowed through September 5, 2013. Cancellations between August 6 and September 5, 2013 will be refunded any amounts paid less a $100.00 processing fee. Cancellations between September 6 and October 5, 2013 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds are given on cancellations after October 5, 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 July 9, 2013), to:
Royce Bair - Stock Solution, Inc., 6640 South 2200 West, West Jordan, UT 84084.