Spaces Available on Sept Big Bend Workshop

I have four spaces available on my upcoming night photography workshop in Big Bend. You can get the full details here:

Please contact me if you’re interested.

The price of tuition has been lowered to $750. The maximum class size is nine people. I currently have five signed up.

Don’t let the advanced description scare you. If you have at least a bit of experience shooting in very low light conditions and know how to change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO while in manual, then you’ll be okay. This workshop is designed to take basic skills and work them to gain advanced knowledge mostly by experience (so we’ll be spending a lot more time shooting in the dark).

Please contact me if you’re interested.

Photo Workshop Sept. 2016

I’m holding a night photography workshop based in Big Bend this coming September. It will start on the afternoon of the 23rd and conclude late on the 26th.

See the fine details here

Click pic for more info.

This workshop will focus on night photography, and I will teach and demonstrate advanced techniques. We’ll also spend more time in the field shooting the dark, night skies that the Big Bend is famous for.

Interested? Please contact me!

Workshop News – Jan 2016


Reminder: I will hold a free (open to any visitor of Big Bend National Park) short astrophotography workshop at 9:00pm on Friday, January 15, 2016 in Big Bend National Park. It will be at the small parking lot at the north end of the Basin road (aka the cell phone lot). This workshop is being held on behalf of the Big Bend Conservancy (formerly Friends of Big Bend) and is part of the Dark Sky Weekend celebration.

Please see this post on Facebook for detailed information:


The April 2016 workshop has filled up, and I’ve begun a waiting list. If you’re interested in attending, please let me know. I’ve had 1 – 2 cancellations just before every workshop I’ve held in the past. So, there’s a decent chance a spot will open.

Short, Free Workshop – Jan. 15, 2016

I will hold a free (open to the public) short astrophotography workshop at 9:00pm on Friday, January 15, 2016 in Big Bend National Park. It will be at the small parking lot at the north end of the Basin road (aka the cell phone lot). This workshop is being held on behalf of the Big Bend Conservancy (formerly Friends of Big Bend) and is part of the Dark Sky Weekend. The Big Bend Conservancy will post more info about the events scheduled for that weekend soon.

Big Bend April Workshop 2016

Dates: April 5 – 9, 2016
Students: 12
Tuition: $650
Focus: Night and Landscape Photography

PLEASE NOTE I have changed the date from February to April for this workshop. The new date will still place us there under dark, moonless skies.

THE DATES ARE NOW CONFIRMED! I will create a detailed listing for this workshop and start accepting deposits soon! Look for an announcement here with further details and instructions.

Please contact me if you are interested or have questions!

New Workshop for Feb. 2016

NOTE: The dates have changed. See the post above.

I’m planning to hold a photography workshop in the Big Bend of Texas in February 2016. It will start on Monday, Feb. 15 and run through Saturday, Feb. 20.

The dates will place us there under dark, moonless skies when the Milky Way rises at about 4:30am each morning. We will head out very early and shoot the Milky Way and night sky, and we may stick around for sunrise if it looks good. Our days will have limited classroom time; Everyone will have several hours of free time during the day to nap and catch up on things. We will also have an afternoon outing to photograph the landscape and sunset.

The Milky Way is in a different location and orientation at this time of year as compared to the fall (when I hold my usual workshop). It will rise in the east and span over the horizon and will offer new and interesting opportunities.

Full details of this workshop are being developed, and the details will be very similar to past workshops.

Please contact me if you are interested or have questions. I’m not taking deposits at this time, but I can put you on a short list if you are seriously interested in attending.

Big Bend Workshop News (Oct. ’14)

It’s on! This event is officially scheduled and accepting students. I have a room block and a conference room booked.

I’ve sent an announcement out to my email list and now have several folks signed up. Please see the workshop details page (click here!) for more information.

I’ve lowered my price a bit and made some slight changes in how the event will operate. The workshop details page has all the information and fine details.

Please contact me if you are interested or have questions. I hope to see you in Big Bend!

Workshop Update for 2014

Due to several factors in my personal and work life, I’m moving the 2014 Big Bend workshop to October. The revised details are:

Dates: Oct. 21 – 25, 2014
Tuition: $550
Students: 10
Location: based in the Big Bend area of remote west Texas

I will also alter the structure of the workshop slightly from previous years. The changes will be:

- Our time in the classroom will be cut down. We will meet an hour a day, or two hours every other day, or however it works out at the time. But we will not spend the majority of the mid-day hours in the classroom as in prior workshops.

- I will shoot in the field along side you. However, I will make myself available to you at all times. If you need me, I will help you.

I’m making changes based on feedback on previous workshops. We do a significant amount of driving and moving around because the Big Bend area is a huge place. Trying to cram in a lot of classroom time is difficult, and the end result is folks being a lot more tired than necessary. Plus workshop participants need more time to get supplies, eat, and rest. Just getting food in the area can take a long time. (it’s all on “desert time”… very similar to “island time”, if you’re familiar with that concept :-)

Our shooting locations are also large in area and we are usually the only people there. Workshop participants tend to spread out quite a bit, and having me float around to each person during a shoot is not easy. I will position myself as best possible (middle of the group) and be available, but if no one needs me (which happens 50% of the time) then I will shoot for myself.

These changes are based on past workshops and also a recent private guided shoot that I gave in Big Bend. The guided shoot was like a workshop, but we only had about 2 hours of classroom time (total) and I shot for myself in the field. The end result was quite good. Folks enjoyed it very much and came away with amazing photos.

So, I’m going to transition my workshops to be somewhere in between a classic workshop (as I’ve conducted in the past) and a guided shoot (where you simply have a leader take you around to various places to shoot).

I will send announcements out to those who have expressed interest. If you want to be placed on my announcement list, please contact me.

Once I finalize the details with the motel, then I will take on students and require a deposit of $200. Please stay tuned for that announcement.

This workshop will focus on night photography of the stars and land-based objects as well as classic daylight landscape photography. We will shoot within and just outside of Big Bend National Park.

The schedule for this workshop is around a new moon. The skies will be very dark and moonless after sunset allowing us to see and photograph the Milky Way.