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6-Night Timelapse & Photography Workshop + Total Solar Eclipse

DATE:           AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 24, 2017


This is going to be a very special photography and timelapse workshop that combines the stunning and majestic scenery of the Grand Tetons with the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years.


Along with the amazing landscapes and vistas, you'll be learning how to create professional quality time-lapses and photographs through classroom sessions and hands-on instruction out in the field.


You'll learn why, when and how to create realistic HDR photographs and time-lapse, how to capture night-sky images that reveal light and color the human eye cannot see, how to stack images for noise control, and how to capture & process high definition timelapses using Adobe Lightroom and LRTimelapse.


In the middle of our workshop (August 21) is the Solar Eclipse, and we'll be under the path of totality, giving you an experience you'll never forget.   You'll learn how to best capture the eclipse, and we'll have solar glasses on hand for you to enjoy the show with your own eyes.


Rate Includes Workshop & Lodging*

* You'll only be charged $2496.08 for the workshop.  The rest you'll pay directly to the hotel for your

stay at a special rate of $1483.92

Register Today.  Workshop Starts In:

Join Time-lapse Specialist Ron Risman & Professional Photographer JT Blenker

JT Blenker

Ron Risman

Join photographer Ron Risman, and special guest instructor, JT Blenker, for 5-Days and 6-Nights in Jackson Hole and Pinedale Wyoming.   You'll be capturing the majestic splendor of western Wyoming, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, and the Wind River Mountains while you take your timelapse and photography skills to the next level. 


This is an intimate workshop open to photographers and cinematographers of all skill levels, but class size is limited to only 10.  With two instructors, you'll have our undivided attention throughout the week.  The workshop includes classroom sessions and and in-field instruction, allowing you to come away with extensive knowledge of how to control your camera, find great compositions, capture and process bracketed images, and how to best capture and process professional quality timelapse.


  • Learn to make photographs instead of taking photographs

  • Learn to use depth-of-field to control the viewers eye

  • Learn how and when to use ND and Grad ND filters

  • Learn to eliminate people from a scene using filters

  • Learn to capture the solar eclipse using a solar filter

  • Learn to shoot and process bracketed images

  • Learn to best organize your images for a smooth workflow

  • Learn advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques

  • Learn to capture the night sky in stunning detail

  • Learn to compose and focus in the dark

  • Learn the tools that help you scout and pre-plan your shot


  • Learn to capture professional timelapses using your DSLR

  • Learn how to capture "Holy Grail" day-to-night timelapses

  • Learn to capture the Milky Way and night sky in motion!

  • Learn to use motion control sliders to add camera movement

  • Learn post processing techniques and tricks 

  • Learn to create star trails using your camera

  • Learn the importance that depth plays in your compositions

  • Learn to control the look and feel of your timelapses

  • Learn how to select the best intervals for any given subject

  • A new moon guarantees the brightest view of the sky

  • Open to photographers & cinematographer of all skill levels

Total Solar Eclipse

I decided to host our fall workshop this year at Grand Teton National Park. This location has been high on my list for a couple of years, but I wanted to wait until the date of the solar eclipse since the Tetons are directly in the path of the eclipse on Monday morning August 21, 2017.    This is the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 38 years and there will not be another one in this part of the country in our lifetime. 

New Moon

Yes, in order to have a total solar eclipse it will have to be a new moon - but when will you ever have the opportunity to capture a total solar eclipse during the day and be under the darkest skies anywhere at night with the Grand Tetons as your foreground.   Wyoming provides this for us this year!!!!




Our home base for the workshop will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Pinedale, Wyoming.  Pinedale is located just 15 minutes from the darkest skies you have ever seen and is 90 minutes to Grand Teton National Park.   We'll spend a few days up at Grand Tetons and another day or two closer to Pinedale.  Pinedale is home to one of the most magnificent mountain ranges - the Wind Rivers - and over 1,300 names lakes within the Wind River Range.  See description in the right-column for more information about the Wind River Mountain Range. 


Since this area is in the direct path of the total solar eclipse, all hotels are sold out (many as early as 3 years ago).  If you can find a room anywhere near the path of the eclipse you'll be expected to pay over $800 / night for a motel room in the days ahead of and just after the eclipse.


When you register for this Wyoming workshop we will provide you with the information needed for you to reserve one of the king suites that we have held for workshop participants.  The hotel is otherwise sold out.


Intimate Classes with a Focus on You!

We have very limited space for this workshop in order to keep this an intimate learning experience. Our low teacher / student ratio ensures that each photographer receives personal attention throughout the workshop.

Cancellations & Travel Insurance


Due to the virtually non-existant hotel availability around the dates of the Total Solar Eclipse all workshop registrations are final.  We cannot honor refunds at any point for this workshop.   Once sold out we can try to find a replacement for your spot, but only then will we offer a refund. 

We recommend that participants obtain travel / trip cancellation insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that require the cancellation of the workshop or your participation in the workshop.   Please refer to our terms & conditions.

Registration & Payment


Registration for our 5-Day, 6-Night workshop is $2499  A 50% desposit ($1249.50) will reserve your spot in the workshop.  The remaining balance will be due no later than June 30th, 2017.   Space is limited to just 10 photographers. Currently there are only two spots available. Early registration is highly recommended to guarantee a room at the hotel.

Traveling to Pinedale, Wyoming


The closest major airport to Pinedale, WY is Salt Lake City.   It's a 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake to Pinedale, WY.    Jackson, WY (90 minutes away) also has an airport that is serviced seasonally by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, SkyWest Airlines and United Airlines.  

Grand Teton National Park - Jackson, WY


Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.


The Teton range is majestic as the peaks stand nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor.   The peaks rise into alpine meadows flocked with wildflowers, then past crystal blue & white glaciers until the reach the granite pinnacles above.    The Tetons are made up of the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons - and Mount Owen, Teewinot Mountain, and Mount Moran, nearby are no less spectacular.

Wind River Mountain Range - Pinedale, WY


The Wind Rivers contain more than 40 named peaks over 13,000 feet, including Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest at 13,804 feet. Seven of the largest glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are found here, including the single largest glacier in the American Rockies. There are over 1,300 named lakes in the Wind River Range, and the headwaters of the Green River can be found here. The Continental Divide crests the Wind River Range's entire length.

Rate Includes Workshop & Lodging*


* You'll only be charged $2496.08 for the workshop.  The rest you'll pay directly to the hotel for your

stay at a special rate of $1483.92

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