What we're about

We're a Colorado photography workshop group based out of Colorado Springs in beautiful Colorado. Specializing in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, California and many more national areas to come. We have several outstanding photographers on board offering affordable opportunities for excellent locations where you'll learn everything from landscape photography, night sky photography, and much more. More information coming soon!

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Milky Way and Light Painting Photography on Independence Pass

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2022 Independence Pass Milky Way Workshop

Join Lars Leber and PPA Master Photographer Ken Childress for our Milky Way adventure along Independence Pass. It will be a fun, full night of capturing fantastic Milky Way images you'll be proud to share and hang in your home.

This workshop is a two-part adventure:
1st - We will be trekking to the top of Independence Pass to photograph the Milky Way reflecting in the summit ponds. We will also photograph the Milky Way in various compositions around the summit.
2nd - We will be moving down the pass and capturing the Milky Way over Independence Ghost Town. There, we will illustrate low level lighting techniques to create foregrounds that add dramatic impact to your images.

We will meet at a location in Buena Vista, then caravan to the top of the pass. If you’d rather ride, there will be seats available in our vehicles or you can make arrangements to car pool with another attendee at the meeting location. We will be parking close to the location where we will be photographing the Milky Way, so no strenuous hiking will be involved. There are restrooms at the first photography location.

As always, we will provide you with a guide to your camera settings and shooting tips and assist you at the shoot site. We will be hosting a Zoom class for post-processing an image from the night on Sunday, July 31st, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


  • Once paid, all workshop registration fees and retainers are non-refundable unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • If a workshop is cancelled by American Photo Treks, a full refund will be given.
  • If a workshop is full, and a cancelled spot can be filled by another registrant, a refund will be given minus a 10% processing fee.
  • If a workshop is cut short due to forces out of the control of American Photo Treks, there will be no refunds given. This includes, but is not limited to, such events as Acts of God, Unexpected Closures, Sickness, Passage of Law, or any action taken by governmental or public authorities, Pandemics, or registrant no-shows.
  • American Photo Treks is not responsible for airline tickets, hotel costs, other tickets or payments, weather delays, or any other costs and/or expenses because of trip cancellation or changes.
  • American Photo Treks is not responsible for any factors such as weather, road closures, delays, etc. that may prevent a participant from attending a workshop.
  • American Photo Treks strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect your investment in costs incurred to attend a workshop. American Photo Treks is an affiliate of Roam Right Travel Insurance. Roam Right Travel Insurance\
  • Weather can be an issue in Colorado. Conditions can be unpredictable. We will be watching the weather and forecast as the date approaches. If we have to cancel due to weather, we will issue full refunds.


You will be required to read, sign, and return the American Photo Treks LLC liability waiver. The waiver can be downloaded HERE (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mlvzmf1k6nw1o2d/APT%20Liability%20Waiver%20%26%20Model%20Release%20-%20Independence%20Pass%202022.pdf?dl=0).

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  • Fast lens (f/2.8 or faster), wide angle ideal
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release
  • Dress warmly in layers

Past events (76)

2022 Cottonwood Pass Milky Way Workshop

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