Colorado Workshops

An old homestead on the eastern plains of Colorado under a Fall storm and a setting moon.

I’ve done the research and now it’s time for you to take your photography to the next level as you photograph unique abandoned buildings and churches during sunrise, sunset and under dark or moonlight nights. Darren has been exploring the plains for several years and has picked out some amazing locations depending on the time of year. 3 key elements you will learn are focus, exposure and composition. What looks good on the back of your camera may not always be the best exposure when it comes to post processing. When shooting Milky Way we will also learn about Low Level Lighting to illuminate our foreground subjects. Let Darren be your guide as you explore the Colorado backroads with old abandoned homesteads, cabins, farmlands all while taking your photography to the next level. All workshops come with follow up Zoom meetings and on going support.

Locations – Workshops will take place on the eastern plains of Colorado and the western plains of Kansas. I can send specific locations upon request so you know before we go. Kansas has a lot of old buildings and barns which make for great photographs.

Pricing – Based on workshop locations and size of workshop (3 max for small groups) prices will vary a little bit…

  • Single Day or Night in Colorado $195pp, Max 4 people.
  • 2 Days or Nights with 2 areas $379pp, Max 4 people.
  • 3 Days or Nights with 2-3 areas $569pp, Max 4 people.

Milky Way Feb-May

In the early season the Milky Way is arching like a rainbow and reaching more to the east. This time of year the Milky Way rises in the early morning hours of Feb and gets later until in May and is up around Midnight.

Milky Way June-Oct

Summer and Fall Milky Way offer you an easier time to shoot the night sky because of the timing when the Milky Way is up. The Milky Way is up after sunset until the early morning hours before sunrise.

April-Nov Landscapes

The eastern plains of Colorado are known for some dramatic skies in the summer and fall months due to the storm systems we get sometimes.

Comet Neowise over the Abbott Church in Eastern Colorado

Larger Group Options – If you have a large group between 5-12 people please contact me directly for pricing and locations. Before contacting. Please let me know how many days and a couple sets of potential dates. Large groups work best over 2 or 3 day period. Large group workshops also come with follow up Zoom meeting and ongoing support.

Full Moon Photography – Shooting on a night of a bright or full moon isn’t about shooting the actual moon. It’s about using the moonlight to create daytime like images with stars. This is how I actually learned night photography many years ago and it’s great for beginners who just want to see what night photography is all about.

What’s included – Expert location guiding based on time of the year and the phase of the moon. In field learning and personal instruction. Learning how to shoot properly so we can get the best results in post processing. Zoom meeting following the workshop and ongoing support after the workshop when needed.. Some transportation may be included depending on locations and your level of comfort being in a car with someone. This will be discussed during booking. I never want to see any of my students get stuck in any part of the process.

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation (See above)
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Entertainment
  • Travel and Camera Insurance (highly recommended)

What do I need to bring?

  • DSLR Camera/Mirrorless Camera
  • Wide Angle Lens F/2.8 or Wider
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Remote Cord/Cable Release
  • Batteries and Memory Cards

Ready to improve your photography? Contact me directly to schedule.

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