A three day class at the Black Canyon on the Gunnison where we will practice daytime and nighttime shooting and editing.

Join us in August for a 3 Day Photography adventure capturing the Sunrise, Sunset and Night Sky in the beauty of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

We will begin this workshop before we leave for our destination with an online lecture to help you prepare for capturing the best images possible as we explore our destination. Then we will have full days of photography and hands on learning to capture the best images possible as we navigate the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

After we have spent time capturing Sunrise and Sunsets we will then move onto the Night Sky and how to capture the Majestic Milky Way and star trails.

Our goal is a long weekend full of fun shooting events. We will prioritize sunrise, sunset, and night sky photography. During the days we will have sessions on image editing and image review. It is recommended to bring your laptop as well as a camera with you.


Workshop: $1695, plus Eventbrite processing fee.

($500 deposit due to secure your space - Invoice for Remaining Balance will be sent 30 days prior to event start date)

(You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the registration fee)


What You’ll Learn:

  • Landscape techniques including focus control, diffraction, and hyperfocal calculations
  • Controlling dynamic range during sunrise and sunset imagery
  • Color editing and management, including custom color profiles, white balance, and saturation techniques
  • Photographing the Milky Way Galaxy, pinpoint stars, and star trails

Required Equipment and Accessories :

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with ISO range to at least 6,400 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
  • Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/4 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 35 mm
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Intervalometer, wireless remote or shutter release cord (Recommended)
  • Extra batteries
  • Headlamp with a red filter
  • Small flashlight

NOTE: If you need to purchase or rent any of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact any Mike's Camera location.

Recommended Items:

  • Warm clothes - Layers (as the night gets later it does get cooler)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Camping chair or any portable seat. We do a lot of standing.

About your Instructor: Joe Klocek

Joe Klocek has worked in the photographic industry as a photographer, salesman, and instructor since 2005. Today he teaches courses on a variety of topics, including macro, wildlife, exposure theory, videography, and studio lighting. In the past few years he has been a guest speaker for photographic societies and travel expositions. He lives in Denver with his wife, son, and unmanageable book collection.

Pre-Workshop Online Lecture: Monday July 29, 2024

Day One: Saturday August 3, 2024

  • 5:00pm - Meet for group dinner
  • 7:00pm - Capture the sunset and night sky at the Painted Wall View

Day Two: Sunday August 4, 2024

  • 5:45am - Sunrise at Tomichi Overlook
  • 1:00pm - Image editing collaboration and instruction instruction
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm -Sunset and night sky at Sunset View Overlook

Day Three: Monday August 5, 2024

  • 5:45am - Sunrise at Painted Wall View
  • 3:00pm - Image sharing and review (At Hotel)
  • 7:30pm - Sunset at Chasm View Overlook

More Details:


Workshop: $1695, plus Eventbrite processing fee.

($500 deposit due to secure your space - Invoice for Remaining Balance will be sent 30 days prior to event start date)

(You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the registration fee)

Participants: Limit 10


Experience Level: Beginner - Advanced Beginners and experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

Endurance Level: Easy - All age levels are welcomed. We’ll drive (Car Pool) to each location then walk to the best position.

Lodging: Our home base for this workshop is Holiday Inn in Montrose, CO. We have reserved a block of rooms for our stay.

You can use this link to access our Block Room Rate or call the hotel directly and let them know you are part of the Mike's Camera Group. You are welcome to stay elsewhere in the area if you prefer.

The cost of this workshop DOES include:

  • Welcome reception Dinner on our first day
  • Complimentary breakfast at the Hotel
  • workshop instruction by Joe Klocek

The cost of this workshop DOES NOT include:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation to and from the workshop Flights, rental cars, trip insurance etc.
  • Meals (other than dinner on our first night and complimentary hotel breakfast)

Cancellation Policy:
> 90 days prior:  Fully refundable.

< 90 Days Prior: Deposit Nonrefundable.

< 60 days prior: 1/2 of Tuition refundable as credit, after nonrefundable deposit.

< 30 days prior: No credit or refund.

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