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Monument Valley Workshops

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WorldPix is proud to present the 2018 Monument Valley Landscape Astrophotography Workshops, hosted by Wayne Pinkston.

June 6-9 - Workshop One Information

  • Date: June 6-9 2018 (Four Nights)
  • Instructor: Wayne Pinkston
  • Investment: $1395
  • Welcome Dinner

All profits from the workshop will be donated to a local charities, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home and The Navajo Relief Fund.

The Navajo Nation is generous to share the beauty of their land with us, and we will say thank you by giving back to the community.

June 11-14 - Workshop Two Information

  • Date: June 11-14 2018 (Four Nights)
  • Instructor: Wayne Pinkston
  • Investment: $1395
  • Welcome Dinner

Imagine the spectacular Landscape of Monument Valley at night! You have probably seen many spectacular landscape photos from Monument Valley. Now imagine those landscapes under a beautiful starry sky!

The organization for both workshops will be similar. Each workshop will be a four day workshop.

The day between the workshops, June 10, will be a “bonus” day or “make-up” day for anyone from either workshop who wishes to participate that day.

This effectively gives us the ability to shoot together for five nights if the weather is permitting. If one or more of the workshop days gets “clouded out”, then June 10 can be used as an extra day for shooting.

Workshop One

June 6-9 2018

Book your spot today

Limited amount of spots available. Great gift for both an aspiring and professional photographer.

Workshop Two

June 11-14 2018

Book your spot today

Limited amount of spots available. Great gift for both an aspiring and professional photographer.

An Awesome Way to Learn AstroPhotography

"Working with Wayne Pinkston is amazing. His style of teaching caters to both the amateur and professional photographer. This workshop was an amazing experience and I look forward to learning more at next year's workshop!"
Paul Lynch

Workshop Goals

Here are the listed goals during these workshops:

  1. Image Monument Valley
  2. Keep it simple! Teaching will emphasize nightscape techniques that work with single frame acquisitions and panoramas. We will discus image stacking and blended images (separate captures for the sky and foreground), however my goal is to give you techniques for single frame acquisitions that rival stacking and blending. My goal is to teach you techniques for any situation.
  3. Emphasize the landscape! We will spend a lot of time on creating a spectacular sky, however my goal is to make the landscape as attractive an eye-catching as the sky. Too often the landscape is an afterthought. A foreground silhouette is beautiful occasionally, but I want detail in the foreground while still making it look like nighttime. The landscape gets equal billing here!
  4. Learn a flexible method of processing. We will discuss processing in detail, with the idea of keeping it simple and straightforward, making it flexible enough to tailor to your vision of nightcaps, and learn how to minimize noise in nightscapes. Our discussions will involve the use of Photoshop and Lightroom in nightscape processing. 
  5. Learn Low Level Lighting, Techniques and when to use it. One night will be set aside for this.

About These Workshops

Three nights will be planned in Monument Valley, and one night scheduled for outside the valley. Monument Valley has spectacular wide landscapes and there are multiple arches within the valley that are suitable for nightscapes, but the valley itself is not ideal for learning Low Level Lighting. Yes, we will be using Low Level Lighting for creating soft illumination for various arches and structures within the valley, but a night will be set aside for specifically teaching and practicing Low Level Lighting in a more optimal setting. For that night we will be visiting a field of Hoodoos just outside of Bluff, Utah, about 1 hour away.

The three nights in Monument Valley will target the following areas of interest for compositions.

One night will be planned in the main valley, shooting classic structures such as The Mittens and The Totem Pole. We will plan panoramas of The Mittens and a panorama from John Ford Point. June is ideal for panoramas in Monument Valley!

One night will be planned in the Monument Valley “Outback”. This area is restricted from normal tourist traffic, and requires a Native Guide to visit even in the daytime. Structures of interest in this area include Big Hogan Arch, Moccasin Arch, and Sun’s Eye Arch.

One night will be planned for Mystery Valley. In this area there are several Anasazi Ruins, as well as Honey Moon Arch, Skull Arch, and others, time permitting.

About Monument Valley, UT

There are classic views of the Monument Valley buttes from the main highway, Highway 163. The best views from the highway in June occur early in the a.m., so after shooting the above locations we can drive to this location and catch some classic views from here. At this point anyone who is too tired can opt out for the last hour or so.

This area is also the location of the famous “Forest Gump Highway” the point (Route 163, milepost 13) where Forest Gump ended his cross country run. In June, in the early morning the vertical Milky Way lines up with the highway creating a wonderful composition.

A night hike to one of the Mittens may be substituted for one of the nights in Monument Valley. This depends on the interest of the group.

Possible plans for the “bonus day”, June 10, include Valley of the Gods and adjacent interesting spots near the San Juan River.On day one we will meet at 5:00 p.m. get to know each other and go over some basic information. We will then have dinner that will be “on me”.

Night excursions into Monument Valley require a Navajo Guide. There is a per person, per day charge for each person. This fee is included in your tuition payment. It does make the tuition a bit more than some other workshops. We are very fortunate to have an excellent guide, Quanah Parker Johnson. He is a Nightscape photographer himself, so he has an excellent understanding of our needs.