Arches Under the Stars Photography Workshop

The Night Landscape in Arches National Park with Tom Till

Nov 10-15, 2009

Join world-renowned landscape photographer, Tom Till, and Moab Photo Tours owner, Jon Fuller, in this unique opportunity to learn to photograph the natural landscape of Arches National Park and the surrounding area by night as well as by day. You will learn the techniques of light painting, and photographing both star points and star trails in the spectacular natural scenery of the Moab area. In addition to the night landscape sessions, you will have the opportunity to photograph Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in prime landscape sunrise and sunset light as well, while learning the techniques used by the pros.

Because we are conducting this workshop in November, sunset is early and allows us to shoot night landscapes and still get to bed at a decent hour. Sunrise is also later, so we’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and still go out for sunrise landscapes in some of Tom’s and Jon’s favorite locations around Moab. Most people don’t realize that winter light is the best photographic light around Moab, and since it’s the ‘off-season’, you don’t have to fight the crowds for tripod space at iconic photo spots! November weather in Moab is usually quite pleasant and comfortable as well.

Both Tom Till and Jon Fuller are long-time Moab residents, and there are no photography guides who know the Moab area better. In addition to the iconic photographic locations in the area, you’ll get to photograph some of Tom’s and Jon’s favorite landscape spots, unknown to most of the photo guides who bring workshops to Moab.

During the mid-day hours, we will have photo critiques and technical discussions to improve your landscape photography skills. We will also discuss digital work flow and post-processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and fine art printing. Tom and Jon are both very patient, friendly instructors, and everything will be done in a very non-critical environment. In addition to helping you learn to be a better photographer, we want you to have fun while doing it. If it isn’t fun, you aren’t doing it right!

Our base of operations for this workshop will be the Gonzo Inn, Moab’s premier lodging, conveniently located just off Main Street in downtown Moab. Workshop fees are based on single occupancy, since all rooms have a single king bed. Suites (some with fireplaces!) are available at additional cost. A discount is available for couples sharing a room.

Arrival day is Tuesday, 10 November and we will have an orientation get-together that evening. We will shoot both sunrises and sunsets on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and night landscapes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Saturday night we will have a group dinner at one of Moab’s finest restaurants to end the workshop, included in the workshop fee. Lodging is included in the Workshop fee for Tuesday through Saturday nights, with departure on Sunday, 15 November.

Cost of this workshop is $1,470.00 and includes 5 nights lodging (single occupancy), 4 days and 3 night sessions of photography, instruction, and the dinner at the end of the workshop. We will be carpooling for transportation to and from the shooting locations. Workshop fees do not include transportation to, and from, Moab from your home, meals (other than specified), alcohol, or incidentals.

To ensure personal attention to each workshop participant, workshop size is limited to 10 participants. To reserve your place in this unique photography workshop, email