Yellowstone National Park is known for big skies, clean air and sunny days that all add up to nighttime skies in the summer that are filled with brilliant stars. Its geysers, hot springs and steaming pools provide unique foregrounds for the majestic Milky Way. Yellowstone’s geysers are a show that’s been going off like clockwork for ages. Old Faithful may be the best-known geyser in America’s first national park but it’s only one of 10,000 geothermal features within the park.
Join us in September 2021 for a four night in-depth instruction and hands-on guidance astrophotography workshop during new moon when skies are at their darkest!
We will teach you how to find your way around in the dark, find the best composition using PhotoPills, what exposures to use for night photography, light painting techniques and how to focus in the dark
Each area of the park will provide you with remarkably unique night-scape photography and lighting challenges to better hone your skills.
Within Yellowstone are half the geysers on planet earth. There are over 500 of them, and they erupt, spew, gurgle, gush, and yes even - explode - making them exceptional for reflecting and illuminating the night sky!
Some of the locations we will cover:
-Upper Geyser Basin
-Old Faithful Area
-Midway Geyser Basin
-Grand Prismatic Area
-Lower Geyser Basin
-West Thumb Area
Each night our photo session will begin at sunset and continue for several hours of astrophotography to be able to maximize our time in the park. There will also be an optional opportunity for sunrise photography on two of our mornings.
Required Equipment and Accessories :
Astrophotography requires a professional level camera and lens in order to be successful and get the image results you are looking for.
If you do not have a professional level camera or lens, we would highly recommend purchasing or renting them.
-DSLR or mirrorless camera with non-extended, "native" ISO to at least 12,800 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
-Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/2.8 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 24 mm
-A sturdy tripod (long exposures require it to be very stable)
-Shutter release cord (best option), intervalometer or wireless remote
-Headlamp with a RED filter
If you need to purchase or rent ANY of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact Craig at 520-732-1440 to help you get set up.
-Warm clothes (as the night gets later it does get cooler)
-Gloves and hat
-Boots with warm socks
-Snacks and beverages
-Camping chair or a portable seat. We do a lot of standing
What You Will Learn:
This workshop will cover single-exposure, wide-field astrophotography, which can be best described as landscape photography in the dark, with an emphasis on capturing brilliant Milky Way images using wide-angle lenses. Over the years a variety of techniques have been developed but our shooting time will be focused on getting the most out of your equipment with just a single exposure. This is a great place for the beginner astrophotographer to start their journey or the intermediate photographer to hone their skills before moving on to the more advanced techniques.
-The best times to photograph the Milky Way
-How to find the best dark sky location
-Best equipment to use
-How to focus in the dark
-How to set exposure and ISO
-Rule of 400 / 500 / 600
-Identifying other lights in the night sky
-Low level light painting techniques
-Post processing images using Lightroom Classic CC
Photo Pills Class:
One afternoon we teach you all about the PhotoPills App. Work smarter, not harder using one of the most powerful tools a photographer can keep in their pocket. We will teach you how to easily calculate the exact time and date to capture the Milky Way, sunsets, moonrises, star points or star trails to create the scene you have imagined. (*Please have this app downloaded on your phone and review before the beginning of the workshop.*)
Our home base for this workshop is Best Western Desert Inn, located in West Yellowstone, Montana where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate.
To reserve your room, call (406) 646-7376 and tell them you are with the Mike's Camera Workshop in July or September of 2021.
Because of the popularity of Yellowstone and a limited amount of lodging it is recommended you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
You are free to stay anywhere in the area.
> 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.
September 1, 2021 to September 4, 2021. *Departure on September 5th
What is Included?
The cost of the workshop DOES include:
-Photo instruction by Craig Wennersten at multiple locations
-PhotoPills class and in field instruction
-Photo editing classroom instruction using Lightroom Classic CC
-Transportation during the workshop in a 12-passenger van
-Welcome reception on our first night
-Dinner in Yellowstone on our second night
-Park entrance fees and permits
This workshop DOES NOT include:
-Transportation to / from the workshop
-Flights or car rentals
-Lodging or meals
Participants: Limit 6
Moderate : Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.
Experience Level: Who will benefit from this workshop? This is designed for the beginner to intermediate astrophotographer as defined below:
Beginner I : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "little to no" experience in astrophotography.
Beginner II : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera and have "tried" their hand at astrophotography.
Intermediate : Someone having a strong knowledge and firm understanding of their camera with "some" experience in astrophotography.
About Your Instructor: Craig Wennersten (Image 10 Photographic)
Image 10 Photographic began in 1988 with a passion for landscape photography and a desire to experience God's creation and capture God’s handiwork.
My first experiences with photography began in high school in journalism class as a yearbook photographer and also for the local newspaper in my home town, Holland, Michigan. It was at this time I began my extensive journey and education in manual cameras, black and white film and printing in the darkroom. During this time I built a strong foundation and learned the true “art of photography”.
In the 90’s – completely self-taught – I worked at refining my photographic techniques using my trusty Nikon SLR and transparency film before finally moving over to the “digital world” in 2012.
Now, I enjoy all the creative doors digital photography has opened and all it’s post-processing challenges – similar to that of my early years in the darkroom but now using computers and software.
Seasoned professional business owner, photographer and instructor who is passionate about all things photographable. I am a dark sky defender and member of the International Dark Sky Association. The night sky is disappearing worldwide at an alarming pace. As a dark sky defender I am dedicated to advocating for its conservation and protection. The brilliance of the Milky Way isn’t the only reason to protect dark skies. What else is at risk ?
While specializing in capturing all things looking up, my photography is a collaboration of astrophotography, cityscapes, abstracts and landscapes. I am a global traveller and have taught, led and organized numerous photography workshops, clinics and classes throughout the US .
Photography has always been a way for me to slow down my life, a way to stop and reflect on what is important. A time to refuel, refresh and recharge – I am grateful for it in my life.
Time is a precious commodity for all of us with busy lives, so whenever you can immerse yourself in God’s country, engage with your surroundings under the majesty of the galactic grandeur of the Milky Way and enjoy the “recharge” that outdoor photography can provide – I highly recommend it.
~ Keeping Looking Up!