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.

2013 Workshop News

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about a 2013 workshop. I’ve received a lot of emails over the past 2-3 months.

Unfortunately, I am not planning on a workshop this year. I have made many plans and commitments for 2013, and I’ve run out of time. (I’m learning here… many times in the past I have over-committed myself and have made my life difficult. I don’t like to be in that situation. So, it was a tough decision, but I will not hold a 2013 workshop.)

2014 Workshops

Based on the feedback from emails received, there seems to be a lot of interest in another spring-time workshop. Therefore I am tentatively planning on a workshop for February-Mar 2014.

A quick check of the moon phases and rise/set times reveals that Feb. 28 – Mar. 4 looks ideal. At that time of year, the Milky Way rises in the east a few hours before dawn.

This is a shot of the Terlingua Ghost Town church at that time of year:

If you would like to be placed on my announcement list, please contact me.

Feb. 2012 Workshop Done!

My Feb. 2012 Big Bend Photo Workshop has completed with great success. My co-teacher (Marti Jeffers) and I had a great time and have come home with many great memories and experiences to share.

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The morning before the workshop started, Marti and I woke up at 4am and drove to the cemetery near the Terlingua Ghost Town. The skies were clear and dark, and the Milky Way had just risen above the eastern horizon. These two photos were from that morning.

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I have tons of photos to sort through and process. I will be sharing these with you soon. I just need to finish unpacking and catch up on my sleep :-)

Big Bend Workshop Oct. 2012

I’m very pleased to announce my fall photography workshop in Big Bend National Park. The workshop will start at 4:30pm on Friday, October 5 and conclude at 1pm Tuesday, October 9. We will be staying at Big Bend Resort & Adventures (formerly the Big Bend Motor Inn – Route 118 at 170 in Terlingua-Study Butte, Texas). We will also hold classroom sessions in a conference room at the motel.

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Big Bend is an amazing place. I have been there almost a dozen times in the past several years. I love it. And I love to share and experience it with others. I am excited about teaching photography and leading a group around the park to my favorite places to shoot.

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The workshop will focus on night photography (stars and land-based objects) as well as classic landscape photography. We will be there at an interesting time. The sky will be moonless for a couple of hours after astronomical twilight and then the moon will rise. Shooting with moonlight provides different and interesting opportunities as compared to shooting with dark skies.

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I will bring an assortment of LED lights, including LED candles, for us to use. We will practice light painting and also using the candles as props.

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The workshop will be limited to 10 students. Tuition is $750 per participant. You can find out more details on my website:

If you are interested, please email me. Thank you!