Workshop Dates

  • 4 Full Days & Nights

  • Starts: September 10th (10:00 a.m.)

  • End: September 14th (early A.M.)

Only 1 Spot Open

Learn New Skills in 2020

In 2020 we continue to add to our dark-sky masterclass sessions to ensure you have the ability to capture & process Night Sky images & timelapses when the workshop is over.

  • Learn to plan & see your compositions 

  • Learn new noise-reduction techniques

  • Learn to eliminate planes & satellites from your timelapses

  • Learn to eliminate planes & satellites from your photographs

  • Learn to combine images for longer exposures

  • Learn to create Time-Crunched © photographs

  • Learn when, why and how to light your foregrounds

  • Learn to use MOTION CONTROL Heads & Sliders

  • Learn new planning techniques to nail your shot every time

  • Learn to professionally post-process your night sky photos

  • Learn a professional time-lapse post processing workflow

  • How to put together breathtaking films using Premiere Pro

Timelapse & Night Sky Master Class

Intimate Workshop

Join time lapse specialist and educator, Ron Risman in Moab, Utah for 4-nights under the dark skies of Moab, Utah.  Learn night-sky photography & time lapse in one of the most inspiring locations and under some of the darkest skies. The workshop combines advanced classroom instruction with daily on-location shoots, and is open to photographers of all skill levels.

This is an intimate workshop with hands-on classroom and on location scouting, shooting & instruction. You will come away with extensive knowledge on how to compose, capture, and process night-sky photographs and time lapse films

Incredibly Dark Skies

This workshop is scheduled around the dates of the new moon to ensure that we have the darkest skies.   Our workshops are kept small and intimate in order to maximize learning in class, and to allow us to provide personal instruction in the field.  This class is ideal for beginners through intermediate skill level.

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During this workshop you'll learn

  • Proper camera settings to capture the night sky

  • Finding composition and focus in the dark

  • Determining the best interval for a given subject

  • How to avoid and/or eliminate timelapse flicker

  • The proper way to set up an intervalometer

  • When & Why to use Motion Control to improve your timelapses

  • Post processing workflow from A to Z

  • How to process your time lapses for smooth, professional results

  • How to create motion star trails from your timelapse images

  • How to manage and process hundreds of images

  • How to put it all together to create breathtaking films

  • PLUS!  All new for 2020 (See Learn New Skills in 2020 above)

Footage captured during our Moab Workshop



Our workshop begins on September 10th at 10:00 a.m. with a meet & greet, followed by our first classroom session.  After our classroom session we'll break for an early dinner before heading out to shoot.  We'll carpool in no more than 4 vehicles to our evening's shoot location and will arrive well before sunset.  This will offer plenty of time for in-field instruction; to capture sunset; and to scout for a great night-sky composition. Our night shoots in the fall typically end between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. depending on location, as well as the desire of the group.


Registration for this 4-Day & Night workshop is $1995.  Space in very limited and early registration is highly recommended.


In these uncertain times, all new registrations are 100% refundable through June 30th.  If a cancellation after this date is required, due to no fault of your own (Restricted travel bans, lodging shut downs, etc.), a full refund will be given at the time of workshop cancellation.

If you are transferring a credit from a previously canceled workshop, and if this workshop needs to be canceled your credit will be applied to any future workshop in 2021. 

We highly 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.   Some credit cards offer trip cancellation and rental car insurance if you use the card to book the trip or the car.


The workshop is being held at the Gonzo Inn - in the heart of downtown Moab. The Gonzo Inn is one of best places to stay in all of Moab and is convenient to shops, restaurants, and dining.


We have rooms being held at the Gonzo Inn at a discounted rate. The rooms at the Gonzo Inn are spacious and the Vibe at the Gonzo Inn feels like Moab.

Once registered, you'll receive a welcome letter with information about reserving your room.

The Gonzo Inn                     

100 West 200 South

Moab, UT 84532

(435) 259-2515


Moab, Utah is located just 90 minutes from Grand Junction, CO or 4 hours from Salt Lake City.  You will find many more flight options and discounted rates when flying into Salt Lake.


Rugged Rentals in Salt Lake City offers very good deals on cars and 4WD vehicles, and we can highly recommend them for their very competitive prices and top notch customer service.  They are located at 2740 California Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84104


Timelapse Workshops is permitted by the National and State Parks where we conduct business. We carry permits and proper first aid certifications and insurance coverage for each workshop.


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Moab is not only home to Arches & Canyonlands National Park, it is also home to the stunning Dead Horse Point State Park and almost 2 million acres of breathtaking canyons, fins, and plateau's carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers.   Also nearby is Goblin Valley State Park, with landscapes that are truly out of this world.


Moab features breathtaking red-rock landscapes against the snow peaked La Sal Mountain range.   It is also home to some of the darkest skies in the world, and with the high desert climate (dry weather) the conditions for night-sky capture couldn't be better.   

A Remarkable Night Sky Experience

From Ron Risman

Our workshops are a place where you'll learn to capture and create breathtaking night sky photographs and time lapse films, while connecting to nature and to other photographers who share the same passion for astrophotography and time lapse. 

As a photographer and educator it is a honor to be able to put together a remarkable night-sky experience for photographers from all over the world, and to see them take what they've learned and continue capturing the night sky long after the workshop has ended.. Many of these photographers come back again and again in order to rekindle that connection with our night skies, and that in itself is success for me. 

Ron Risman
Timelapse Specialist

Professional Dark-Sky Photographer