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Goblin Valley Astrophotography Workshop


July 12th—15th, Derek Culver @blazing_heavens and I will be hosting and teaching an Astrophotography Workshop at Goblin Valley Park, Utah.

Reasons to sign up!

1. This Astrophotography Workshop will be absolutely one of a kind. During the workshop you’ll have access to Star-Trackers and be able to capture the Milky Way in extreme detail.
2. Goblin Valley has one the darkest skies in the United States. And because the Workshop is during the New Moon (meaning no moon) you will see the stars and Milky Way like never before.
3. You’ll be taught how to capture the Milky Way, long exposure techniques, composite techniques, multiple exposure techniques (time blend), light painting techniques, post-processing in Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop, and so much more. All skill levels are welcome! No experience to the most experienced. Everything that @blazing_heavens and I know and do to create our work, you can learn too!
4. You will have the option to stay in Goblin Valley’s Yurts!
5. I can guarantee you that this will be an unforgettable Astro-Vacation with memories that’ll last a lifetime. 10/10 fun, chillin with other space lovers.

Co-hosted with the iconic astrophotographer and artist Jaxson Pohlman, the focus of this workshop for Jaxson and I is to facilitate an EPIC astrophotography trip full of fun memories and to teach you the fundamental and advanced techniques we use in the field and in post processing to create unique and emotion evoking astrophotos!

Taking place surrounded by epic landscapes and under the STARRY dark skies of Goblin Valley State Park, this is a 3 night-4 day astrophotographer's paradise- We have rented YURTS and several campgrounds to stay LITERALLY in an easy walking distance to the epic rock formations and geology of the park! After a 4 star dinner cooked by the renaissance man Jaxson Pohlman claims he is, we will begin our descent into the park... Jaxson and I will guide you to the best spots of the valley, teach you about the geology of the area and the night sky, and take you through our entire in the field shooting process: showing you how we choose our compositions, why we choose them, and how we shoot them... This will be three full nights and four days of hands on instruction of how to shoot the Milky Way in Bortle 0 (the darkest) skies in the country, and all our in the field processes- followed up by non-stop talk of astrophoto adventures, imaging technique, our theory and processes of creating our art, "ooo's and aaah's as we show you the best parts of the night sky, how to image them, and what it all means to us.

Our goal is to provide an epic and memorable astro-adventure in one of the most uniquely beautiful spots in the country; all while providing a comprehensive lesson, taught in a laid back manner, to create great astrophotos :)



Thursday through Sunday July 12-15th, 2018. Full itinerary only released to participants and serious inquirers.


$1000 per person total.

A $100 payment to reserve one of six spots in advance, the remaining balance can be payed online any date before 7/12 or cash upon arrival.


Goblin Valley State Park, Utah. The exact coordinates of our spot will be provided once signed up.



A DSLR with long exposure capabilities
Sturdy tripod
Various lenses (14mm-85mm), mostly wide angle with fast aperture (f/2.8-ish)
An intervalometer
A headlamp with red light capabilities
Memory cards and batteries
Proper clothing, medicine, hella snacks.

Three epic full nights/days of hands on astrophotography instruction with Jaxson and Derek in Goblin Valley State Park, camping and yurt accomodations, over 4 hours of post processing videos and private editing lessons, and life long memories of a truly fun and passionate astrophotography vacation. This workshop will teach you a comprehensive workflow from image acquisition to editing, so you can create extremely clean, detailed, and creative images using a standard DSLR set up.


(included but not limited to!)

Both Jaxson's and Derek's personal artistic theory with composition and photography.
Camera settings ISO, Aperture, and Exposure time for a well balanced image.
Learning about and planning your Milky Way shots around the Milky Way core schedule, moon cycles, light pollution and locations.
Discuss astrophotography equipment like lenses, camera bodies, intervalometers, and even equatorial mounts, and post processing softwares like Lighroom and Photoshop.
Finding an artistic and interesting composition and foreground and what factors contribute in making a high quality astrophoto.
Astrophotography techniques like how to focus your camera at night, find the Milky Way and important night sky constellations, stars, and celestial objects.
Concepts about balancing a proper exposure and the exposure triangle with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Topics like Signal, Noise, Rule of 500, Coma, Chromatic Aberrations.
We will also discuss astrophotography topics like Signal to Noise Ratio, Quantum Effeciency, Tracking, Stacking, and more.