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6-Night Light & Shadow DSLR

Timelapse Photography Workshop

Timelapse Moab Advanced 6-Night Light & Shadow DSLR Timelapse & Motion Control TL Workshop
Open to all photographers & cinematographers

During this workshop we'll spend more time out in the field capturing day and night sky timelapses and will reserve classroom sessions for days where the conditions are not as favorable for timelapse.  

This workshop takes place just after the new moon.  This will give us a couple of nights of totally dark skies followed by four nights of a small waxing moon that will set in the west as the the Milky Way rises in the east.    The benefit to this moon phase is that the faint moonlight will help to illuminate the grand landscapes and canyons of Moab while still having really dark skies for capturing the milkyway and other celestial objects.

  • Learn timelapse & motion control timelapse photography

  • Learn advanced timelapse post processing techniques

  • Learn advanced day to night exposure ramping techniques

  • Learn how the new VIEW intervalometer will change the way you shoot

  • Learn to inexpensively illuminate your foregrounds

  • Learn how to affordably power your camera and other gear for all night shooting

  • Open to all photographers & cinematographers with some timelapse experience

Join timelapse specialist Ron Risman in Moab, Utah for this 6-Night Photography & Timelapse workshop.  This 6-night workshop tour will take you to parts of Moab, Utah very few people get a chance to experience.   Amazing arches, incredible canyons red rock spires, reflections from lakes in the La Sal Mountains, and so much more. You'll learn to capture and create breathtaking timelapses, star trails, and still images throughout this 6-Night journey.  



This is an incredible workshop that will mix it up with some classroom sessions, field trips, and a ton of shooting every day of the workshop. This workshop takes place just after the new moon.  The first night we will have super dark skies wih just a sliver of the moon (3.57% brightness) setting at 10:16pm.  Each subsequent night will provide a little bit more moonlight (9%, 16.3%, 25%, 34%, 44%) than the night before, which will help to illuminate the landscapes and canyons without having much effect over the brightness of the Milky Way, which rises in the opposite direction of the setting moon.   When shooting large landscapes that are hard to light on our own, having some moonlight to illuminate the textures of the canyons, and to create moving shadows across the landscape, helps to add interest and context to a scene.

Canyonlands National Park offers some of the darkest skies in the country and was named a gold-tier night sky park by the International Dark-Sky Association, an honor reserved for the darkest of dark skies and the most stunning of starscapes.


If you love the colors and open skies of the American Southwest you'll absolutely fall in love with Moab, Utah.   Moab is not only home to Arches & Canyonlands National Park, it is also home to Dead Horse Point State Park and almost 2 million acres of breathtaking canyons carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. 


From red rock arches, spires, and mesas - to the snow capped La Sal Mountain Range - Moab has amazing vista's everywhere you look.  This is truly a photographer's paradise and we'll be taking you to the some of the best locations in and around Moab.



Moab Utah is located just 90 minutes from Grand Junction, CO or 4 hours from Salt Lake City, UT. All major airlines fly into Salt Lake City and car rentals are less expensive and plentiful in Salt Lake compared to Grand Junction.  Moab is also home to Canyonlands Airport for those who wish to fly to and from Denver.


Plan on arriving into Moab by early to mid afternoon on June 6th as we will have a meet & greet at 7pm that evening followed by a night shoot.




Our registrations help us to plan our itineraries and bring in extra professional assistance as required, thus refunds are only available up until 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.  If a cancellation needs to be made within this 90-day period we can only offer a refund if we can fill your spot.

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.


We only accept 12 photographers for this workshop in order to make sure that everyone gets our personal attention and allows us to keep a 6:1 teacher/photographer ratio.


Unlike many workshop "tours" that have you tag along with a photographer while he/she captures images, answering questions in between - our workshops are all about your experience.  In class you have our undivided attention, and in the field our instructors are there to help you learn - not shoot.  Only after everyone is set up and shooting do the instructors set up their own cameras.



We'll be staying at the Gonzo Inn in the heart of downtown Moab.    The Gonzo Inn is one of coolest places to stay in all of Moab and is convenient to shops, restaurants, and dining. Participants will receive our group discount at the Gonzo Inn, but you may stay or camp anywhere you prefer.


The first evening of the workshop will start with a meet & great, followed by a night shoot in Arches National Park.  Each day of the workshop will offer something different.  We'll plan on a sunrise shoot some mornings, while other days may see more afternoon and night-sky shooting.    Classroom sessions will cover important topics such as how to eliminate flicker; determining proper interval and exposure duration to affect the overall feel of your timelapse; composing & lighting the landscape; HDR & Hyperlapse capture; post-production workflow; post-production tips & tricks; music selection; and more.


Each shoot location will be chosen based on weather & sky conditions.  Location options include Hurrah Pass, Double Arch, North & South Windows, MESA Arch, Broken Arch, Canyon Overlook, Fisher Towers, Corona Arch, Goblin Valley, Indian Creek, La Sal Mountains, and more.



Registration for this 5-Day / 6-Night workshop is $1995.  A 50% desposit ($997.50) will reserve your spot in the workshop.  The remaining balance will be due no later than February 28, 2016.   We limit space in each of our workshops in order to offer more personalized instruction.  Early registration is highly recommended as all of our past Moab workshops have sold out.



Our workshops are approved by the National and State Parks where we conduct business. We carry permits and proper safety certifications and insurance for each workshop.  

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