May 11-14 Grand Teton & Yellowstone Milky Way - Juan


  • Old Faithful Night Sky
  • Milky Way lights the sky at Jenny Lake

Milky Way Workshop in Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park - 2 Nights with Up To 5 Students - May 17-19, 2018

Where: Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park

When: May 17-19, 2018 (Thursday night and Friday night)

What's Included: 2 Afternoons of Classroom Training and 2  Nights of Location Guiding & In-Field Instruction

How Much: $300 per person

In the summer months, the Milky Way appears in a variety of positions. In this workshop, we take advantage of compelling foregrounds in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park that compliment the Milky Way's location and position through the night.

After classroom training each day, we head out into the field in time for sunset, we train through twilight, and then we make the most of the Milky Way skies. We're excited to offer this unique 2 night event with excellent opportunities to capture the awe of the Milky Way and we hope you'll join us. Greater Yellowstone ecosystem based events are special in that they access a ton of great locations in two big parks - Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

We will be covering the following techniques in the workshop to learn and improve your skills:

How to get perfect exposures at nighttime.

Composition for the Perfect Milky Way Photo

How to Choose the Correct ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed and White Balance for Night Photography

Photographing Stitched Panoramas

Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location

Techniques for Reducing Noise

Techniques for Brightening Up Your Foregrounds

Using mobile applications to help you scout and plan your night photography.

Advanced camera techniques for focus and exposure blending.

Post Processing overview using lightroom and photoshop. Learn my successful workflow from importing to exporting to make your images really stand out.

This workshop is limited to 5 people. This allows for more one-on-one instruction to help you achieve your goals for this workshop.

Why the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, attracts landscape and wildlife photographers from all around the world. Grand Teton and Yellowstone are known for being one of the most beautiful parks in the world with incredible landscapes and wildlife viewing (Grizzly bears, Black bears, Bison, Elk, Moose, Wolves, Etc...). The dark skies in the parks with no light pollution makes it a fantastic place for night photography. The plethora of interesting objects to photograph in the foreground in a small area make it easy to get from one location to another. With steep mountains, calm water reflections, geysers and historic cabins combined with Milky Way skies above, students get to work in amazing beautiful majestic settings that makes learning come easy and exciting.

Please be aware that this is a LATE workshop, and you will have to drive/carpool between the classroom and practical location. We will be walking off road/sidewalk after dark. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes such as hiking boots. Long pants are also advisable.

Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center

Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center

The Visitor Center glows at night underneath the Milky Way

What will I need to bring?

-A DSLR Camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode and user manual and capable of at least 3200 ISO

-At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 32GBs of memory card storage.

-A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended for night photography 

-Shutter Release or Intervalometer 

-Tripod preferably with a ball head 

-Headlamp. (with red light recommended)

-Warm clothes.

-Bug Repellent.

-Camping Chair.

-Food and snacks (some provided.)

-Your own computer with lightroom and photoshop to follow along during post processing.

-I ask that each participant to have basic knowledge of how to operate their camera and settings prior to beginning the workshop , as we will be working with very minimal light.


Weather plays a very key role in nighttime photography. I like to shoot on clear nights, but light cloud cover can add a very interesting effect in your images. If the forecast calls for rain we will have to reschedule. Even if there is partial cloud cover, I promise you that you will still take home some great shots and the knowledge on how to greatly capture the night sky on any given night.

Transportation & Lodging:

Air fare, Travel to and from hotels, lodging, transportation, meals, incidentals & National Park Admission are also not included in the price of this workshop, unless noted.

During workshops I recommend carpooling. I can provide transportation for two passengers, while a second vehicle can follow me to all locations. 

I can also provide recommended lodging locations near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park.

Teton Range Night Sky
Milky Way over the Teton Range


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