We are excited to offer a new destination tailored for our alumni members only. Welcome to the rolling landscapes of remote badlands within the Bisti (Bis-tie) Wilderness. After 5 years of meticulously searching for the most incredible locations to shoot in, we are most enthusiastic about this adventurous destination! Located near the Four Corners region of New Mexico; this desert wilderness was once a coastal swamp and has become an etched fantasy world of strange rock formations made out of sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. Hoodoos, carved from weathered elements formed eerie pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and many other unusual formations. These alien-like shapes are surrounded by petrified wood, dinosaur bones and fossils preserved from primitive species dating back to the Jurassic period. This 5-day workshop is specifically designed to continue your education and expand upon skills already covered in previous courses. You will be expertly guided to remote locations by hiking approx. 5 miles roundtrip each night on flat topography and dirt surfaces. This advanced workshop is planned for utilizing a strong amount of moonlight with early evening views of the Milky Way. Due to the remoteness of each location to secure very dark conditions with no light interruptions, there are no restrooms or water sources available, and you will be hiking off-trail. This course is uniquely tailored for those who have already taken a workshop with Goldpaint Photography.
June 26 – 30, 2017
6 Participants Maximum
Moderate to Strenuous. The first 2 nights of shooting will require 5 miles (roundtrip) on flat terrain.
What can I expect during an *Alumni Only* workshop and how is it different from my first class?This workshop is specifically designed to continue your education and expand upon skills already covered in previous courses. This class will be structured around new topics covering additional shooting techniques and advanced post processing methods including, but not limited to: advanced exposure blending, depth-of-field stacking, composite panoramas, luminosity masks, post light painting, noise reduction stacking, and much more.
Topics CoveredThis 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Advanced Introduction to Landscape Astro-Photography’ class at a nearby indoor facility in Farmington, NM. In addition, we will shoot three nights at numerous locations throughout the Bisti Wilderness with two 4-hour post processing in-class sessions. During this alumni workshop, we will concentrate on advancing your skills mastering the art of capturing the Milky Way and moonlit landscapes, creating star trails and composite panoramas, focus on depth-of-field stacking, and much more. Our updated 50+ page post-processing booklet will be provided to all participants. As always, during all field work we will follow ‘Leave no Trace’ principles to minimize any impact on the high desert environment. With over 65 topics you will:
- Gain a further understanding of the night sky & planning for celestial events
- Implement advanced methods for planning your shoot
- Master the art of capturing the Milky Way, exposure blending, depth-of-field stacking, composites, and more
- Learn advanced noise reduction stacking
- Receive personal tips and special techniques
- Understand how to blend multiple exposures, use luminosity masks, and ‘light paint’ in post processing using Adobe Photoshop
- Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Bridge & Photoshop
What equipment do I need to bring?We encourage you to visit our ‘Workshop FAQ’s Page’ for required equipment during your workshop, itinerary examples, and much more.
* Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. You are responsible for supplying your personal necessities. Please visit our terms & conditions for more info.