Nightscape and Landscape Photography Workshop
with co-leader Mike Taylor

October 11-14, 2018

Availability - Limited to 12 participants


Based out of Farmington, NM
Fly into Albuquerque (See 'How to Get There' section below)


Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from two of the most respected night photographers. Mike Taylor and David Kingham are joining forces for an exciting adventure in the Bisti Badlands and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah. We will spend three nights under the stars along with shooting sunset each night in some of the most alien landscapes you will ever see.

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What You Will Learn

In the Field

  • How to read a scene to create compelling compositions using shapes, lines, visual mass, texture, and more
  • Reading weather and lighting conditions to know when to go out on your own in the right light
  • How to use apps to scout out your own locations and plan your next shoot
  • When and how to use lenses to bring focus to your subject
  • Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
  • Achieving maximum sharpness using focus stacking
  • Creative use of ND Filters to create motion in clouds and water
  • Creating panoramas without using expensive equipment
  • How to take correct exposures for bright skies; to be later used for exposure blending
  • Identifying the best light and how to expose correctly

Post Processing for Beginners

  • Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom and keeping files organized
  • Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
  • Using white balance to create mood in your images
  • Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
  • Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
  • Exposure blending using HDR for natural looking results

Post Processing for Advanced users

  • Exposure blending using luminosity masks to create balanced, natural looking images
  • Focus stacking using Photoshop and/or Zerene Stacker for maximum depth of field
  • Blending different focal lengths to correct for wide angle diminishment
  • Creative burning and dodging techniques to bring focus to your subject
  • Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
  • Creating drama with Light Bleed
  • Using Midtone Contrast to make images pop off the screen
  • Sharpening for web and print

Our Philosophy

We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the field and the classroom to take your photography to the next level.

Our passion is seeing you grow in your photographic journey. We put your interests ahead of our own. Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all. Our focus is your learning experience, and we will not run off to chase the light and leave you behind. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner. This is so you can see how we approach a scene, demonstrate techniques, and create comradery with the group. Our focus will always remain with YOU.

We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.

Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you. With our small group size, we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.

Fitness Level

This workshop is somewhat strenuous and will involve hikes of 2-4 miles total daily. Most of the hikes are over fairly level ground with a bit of up and down on solid packed ground. The most strenuous hike is a total of 3 miles out and back with some sandy sections going up and down through washes and some minor climbing up some rocky sections. Those in reasonable health will have no problems with this. If you have any doubts, please contact us before signing up to discuss further.



What is Included

  • Three attentive instructors for a client to instructor ratio of 4:1 plus an assistant
  • Water and snacks
  • Image Critiques
  • Tailored post processing instruction in Lightroom and Photoshop
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    Navajo guide fees

What Is Not Included

  • Lodging - we have a block of rooms held for you
  • Meals - we will be eating together as a group
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    Tip for the Navajo guide

How To Get There

We recommend flying to Albuquerque, NM (ABQ), from there it is a 3 hour drive to Farmington, NM. Or for less of a drive you can fly to Durango, CO. It is only a one hour drive from Durango.

Please visit this site for detailed directions.

We recommend using Google Flights to find the best option for where you are coming from.

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