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Interested in exploring the Catskills Mountains while bettering your photographic craft?

This is a group for anyone interested in landscape and nature photography in the beautiful Catskills Mountains of New York. Let's explore the Catskills, share our favorite locations, our work, and our passion for photography. Hopefully this can be a forum for professionals and serious amateurs alike. Meetups with hopefully include hiking opportunities, salons where we can share and critique each others work, as well as hands-on photo workshops.

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Bryce Canyon Magical Light Photo Workshop

Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center


2022 Bryce Canyon Magical Light Photography Workshop

April 28 - May 2, 2022 Tropic, Utah

SOLD OUT! Contact me if you want to be added to a wait list

A 5-day hands-on photography workshop exploring Bryce Canyon National Park and nearby locations. with photographer Colin D. Young.

Explore the wondrous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon on this 5 day/4 night photo workshop in Southern Utah, home to some of the most magical natural light for landscape photography in the world.

Subjects will include, but not be limited to: Unique rock formations, natural arches, slot canyons, canyon rim vistas, and night photography in an internationally recognized dark skies park. We will end the workshop with a group slide show and critique.

We will be based at a 5BR vacation rental in Tropic, Utah.
3 private rooms (queen or king beds): $110/night+tax single occupancy, $130 dbl occ.
2 shared rooms (twin beds): $75/night+tax

Pending weather, we will spend at least 3 full days in Bryce Canyon National Park, and the balance of time in other nearby locations.

Registration Fee: $895
Deposit: $250 to reserve your slot

To reserve your slot, pay the $250 Deposit to reserve your place (only 8 photographers, MAX) by clicking on the link below: NOTE: An RSVP here on Meetup does not reserve your slot until you pay the deposit.


More details can be found on my website here:

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Colin D. Young Photography

Arches at Night Milky Way Photo Workshop

Red Rock garden


Arches National Park has been designated as an official International Dark Sky Park. Spend 4 nights photographing the Milky Way against a wide variety of fascinating rock formations, including the largest collection of natural arches in the world, and some rock formations not found within the park. Scheduled around the new moon, this will be a fantastic week to capture the Milky Way.

We will visit a wide variety of great locations in Arches National Park, as well as a couple of locations outside the park. The workshop will include classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images. We will shoot each afternoon into late at night as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. We will end the workshop with a group slide show and critique.

About the Photographer: Colin is an award-wining photographer based primarily in New York state, but he has spent the past several years exploring the red rock Canyonlands of Southern Utah. As a part time resident of Moab since 2011, he has spent several weeks a year exploring the photographic riches in and around Moab in every season. He is a certified photo guide in Arches, Canyonlands & Bryce Canyon national parks.

Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:

Capturing the Milky Way with your digital camera
Techniques and gadgets for better Milky Way photography
Making your red rock sunset images pop
Determining proper exposure
Capturing great images in challenging lighting conditions
Analyzing a scene for compositional options

Indoor sessions will be spent viewing and critiquing participants’ images. In addition, presentations will include:

Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
Post processing for night photography
Creating composite images with layer masking
Image stacking to reduce noise
Photographic techniques for shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau

Skills Needed

All skill levels are welcome. Participants who have a basic understanding of digital workflow and knowledge or exposure to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, and who have a good working knowledge of their camera and lenses, will get the most from this workshop.

Other Considerations

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically less than 3 miles round trip). Participants MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes.

Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 6 photographers.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather and be based at two Moab Rental Houses vacation rental houses (Red Rock Garden & Rim Village, Unit Y4), in Moab, Utah.

Registration Fees:
Full 4 night workshop: $895

+ private room (King bed, 4 nights) $130/night
+ shared room (full bed, 4 nights) $80/night
$250 Deposit required to book your slot.
Balance and room fees due Apr 15, 2022.

Note: an RSVP here does not guarantee your slot - you must pay to reserve a space.
More Details:

Pay a deposit to reserve your spot:

You can also book a custom photo tour with Colin in Moab or Estes Park anytime at www.RockLightPhotoTours.com

Contact me with questions:

California Coastal Redwoods Photo Workshop

Crescent City


Forest bathe in old growth redwood forests, hike through fern canyons and along beautiful rivers, explore rocky coasts and tide pools with almost daily fog, and search for Ewoks among the ferns and rhododendron.

Whether you’ve visited a Coastal Redwood forest before or not, you’ll be humbled by the sense of majestic quiet of these special, ancient ecosystems. The air is imbued with scents which cannot be bottled, and it’s impossible to describe the cathedral-like experience of walking among these vast canopies in person. Try to capture the variety of greens, light and shadows, and the vastness of these incredibly diverse forests and tidepools.

We will spend 5 ½ days exploring Redwoods National Park and three associated California state parks (Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks) from our home base on the coast in Crescent City, California, near the Oregon border. These parks have been untouched by recent wildfires, and in fact experienced almost no smoke this past summer due to prevailing offshore breezes and the coastal fog that provide 50% of the moisture to the redwoods!

We will visit a variety of great locations in groves of giant trees on rocky coasts, combined with classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images. We will shoot early mornings and sunsets as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. We will end the workshop on Friday with a group slide show and critique.

We will be based at a 4BR (+ cabin) vacation rental on the coast in Crescent City, California. There will be a variety of bed options (2 king bedrooms, 2 queen bedrooms, and one shared room with 2 twin beds)
Prices TBD.

The closest decent sized airports are Redwoods Airport in Eureka/Arcata (ACV) to the south, or Medford, OR (MFR) to the East (both have nonstop flights from Denver on United)

A rental car is recommended, as the drive from the airports is a couple of hours, and restaurants and markets will not be in walking distance for the most part. If you wish to save on rental cars, please let me know, and I can try to pair you up with others for rides from the airport, etc.

We will carpool to locations as much as possible (as long as everyone is fully vaccinated). Some locations are on some unpaved roads, so hopefully we'll have a couple of AWD/4WD high clearance SUVs for those days.

More Details:

Registration Fee: $995

To reserve your slot, pay the $250 Deposit to reserve your place (only 8 photographers, MAX) by clicking on the link below: NOTE: An RSVP here on Meetup does not reserve your slot, until you pay the deposit.

Lakes, Waterfalls & Night Skies of Rocky Mountain National Park Photo Workshop

Spend 4 1/2 days exploring alpine lakes & glacier-fed waterfalls in rugged Rocky Mountain National Park, and shoot the Milky Way high on Trail Ridge Road. We will explore the Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, Dream, Emerald & Gem Lakes, and other lovely locations inside and outside the park, high in the Rocky Mountains.

The workshop is scheduled near the new moon, so we will also spend at least one night high on Trail Ridge Road - which at 12,000' of elevation has some of the best views of the night sky in the Front Range.

NOTE: This workshop will involve 3-6 miles of rugged hiking per day at 8,000-11,000′ elevations (at a moderate pace). Participants MUST be in EXCELLENT PHYSICAL SHAPE. If you are coming from sea level, plan to come to Estes Park a couple of days early to acclimatize yourself to the high elevations.

Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:

· Capturing moving water in photographs
· How to create the silky, long exposure waterfall effect
· Reading and shooting the light
· Varying shutter speed for creative effect
· Utilizing filters to improve artistic results
· Using your tripod to capture longer exposures and greater depth of field
· How to photograph the Milky Way

Indoor instructional presentations will include:

Tips & techniques for photography waterfalls and moving water
Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
We will end the workshop with a group slide show and critique.

What to bring:

· A digital or film camera capable of manual exposure settings. Due to the short time frame of the workshop, people with digital cameras, especially digital SLR cameras, will get the most from the workshop.

· A sturdy tripod is essential for capturing the long exposures necessary to capture waterfalls and streams.

· Your favorite filters, but if you do not already own one, please pick up a circular polarizing filter for at least your favorite lens. There will be a formal on-site demo on how to control reflections and glare on water using a circular polarizer. A graduated neutral density filter can also be useful for sunrises.

· A wide angle lens (14mm-24mm is best) capable of shooting f/3.5 aperture or faster for capturing the Milky Way

· Hiking boots: we will be hiking 3-6 miles a day, and a good set of waterproof hiking boots is good for protecting the ankles on rocky trails and slippery rocks, and allow you to get to better shooting positions in or near streams and below the falls. Hiking sticks can also be useful.

· Your own method of transportation. We will carpool to locations as possible.

Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8 photographers

Registration Fee: Full workshop (July 25-29): $895 but only $795 for members of this Meetup Group!

Note: RSVPing to this Meetup does not guarantee you a slot. You must pay the $250 deposit reserve your place.
To reserve your slot (8 max): Click Here then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit.

Dates and Times

Workshop begins Monday, July 25 at 2:00 pm and ends Friday, July 29th at 11am.

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that some of this workshop will happen indoors, I am requiring everyone to be fully vaccinated.

Where to Meet:

I will rent a vacation rental property in Estes Park for July 24-29 which will be our base of operations for the week. Contact me if you are interested in dates before or after the workshop.

Limited housing options will be announced soon.

More Details Here: http://www.lightandphoto.com/lakes-waterfalls-night-skies-of-rmnp

Feel free to contact me with questions:
Colin D. Young Photography

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