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Recap: Utah Night Sky Workshop

I just returned from Utah, where I brought a group of clients to participate in a night sky photography workshop. The dark skies of Utah near Moab are perfect for photographing stars and the Milky Way, and we were fortunate enough not to have any issues with clouds. For each of our three evenings, we went do different locations where we could compose interesting star shots with silhouettes of amazing rock formations.

I thought I’d share some of my images here. You can see more of them at my Facebook and Instagram pages, too. My upcoming workshops and safaris are listed here.

Learn how to photograph stars and more with The Night Sky Photography Handbook, a complete guide for digital photographers. 

Milky Way over Turret Arch
Milky Way over Turret Arch
Castle Valley
Castle Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
North Window Arch
North Window Arch


Colorado Night Sky Class Now August 21

Night Sky Photography Class in Colorado, August 21st.
Night Sky Photography Class in Colorado, August 21st.

Due to inclement weather, I’ve rescheduled my Night Sky Photography class to Sunday, August 21st in Limon, Colorado.

I will be teaching techniques for night photography, including:

• Setting up your camera for night photography
• Locating and photographing the Milky Way
• Photographing stars
• Creating star trails
• Light painting techniques

I hope you can make it!


Colorado Night Sky Photography Class July 31

Join me July 31st to photograph the night sky!

Join me July 31st for a special night sky photography class!

Photograph the stars and Milky Way over the massive wind farm near Limon, Colorado. I will teach you how to set up your camera to capture stunning night sky photos, including time-lapse star trails and more. Visit the link below for complete details and to register.

Limited to 10 photographers; register here.

The Night Sky Photography Handbook is available here

Shooting the Milky Way

Milky Way over the wind farm near Limon, CO
Milky Way over the wind farm near Limon, CO

How to Photograph the Milky Way Galaxy

Night photography is fun, especially shooting the magical Milky Way. Unfortunately, night photography is also hard unless you are prepared in advance. To photograph the Milky Way, you need to be somewhere dark. In the summer, when the nights are warm, it often isn’t truly dark until after 10pm. That means this time of year is perfect, as the nights are just starting to get longer but temperatures are still fairly warm. You also want to make sure there is no moon to spoil the starlight. I use The Photographer’s Ephemeris to determine when astronomical twilight ends (this is when it gets very dark), and for moon information.

Tech Specs

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm AFS G zoom Nikkor lens
30-second exposure at f/2.8, ISO 1600

Night photography tips after the jump… Continue reading Shooting the Milky Way

Photo of the Day: Into the Void

Joshua Trees and the Milky Way, Death Valley, California (click for a larger view)

When you have an opportunity to get out to somewhere where it’s dark; and I mean dark, astrophotography is really quite fun. I shot this image with a Nikon D800e camera and 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VRII zoom Nikkor lens. I processed the RAW (NEF) image in Lightroom 4 and then used Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 to polish it off in post.

Capture notes:

30″ exposure at f/4.0; ISO 1600