Bisti Wilderness Alumni Night Photography Workshop

May 27 – 31, 2024

We are thrilled to return to a favorite destination tailored for our alumni members only. Welcome to the rolling landscapes of remote badlands within the Bisti (Bis-tie) Wilderness. After 6 years of meticulously searching for the most extraordinary locations to shoot in, we are still 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 to take advantage of the unearthly landscape formations. Due to the remoteness of each location to secure very dark conditions, 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.


May 27 – 31, 2024

Group Size

6 Participants
1 Instructor



Spaces Available
Only 1 Space Remains!
Physical Difficulty
Each night will require walking 5 miles on flat terrain.
Lunar Cycle

3rd Quarter
76 – 43% Illumination

Elevation Range

~5500 ft

Workshop Gallery

Brad Goldpaint

“To provide you with the best personal learning environment possible, I limit my class size and NEVER bring my own camera to a class.

Topics Covered & Materials Included

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,  and much more. 

This 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 60+ 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: 

  • Receive an exclusive, updated copy of our 60+ page workshop booklet. This valuable guidebook contains step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing, exposure guides for capturing the Milky Way, ‘Planning Your Shoot’, and much more.
  • 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, stacked exposures, and more
  • Learn advanced noise reduction stacking
  • Receive personal tips and special techniques
  • Understand how to blend multiple exposures and ‘light paint’ in post processing using Adobe Photoshop
  • Learn how to accurately color correct the Milky Way
  • 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.

Register for the Workshop

Bisti Wilderness Alumni Photography Workshop: May 27 – 31, 2024


SKU: BWA Category:

*Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. A 50%, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start date. Please pay the balance in full by March 28, 2024, or your space may be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for more info.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodations and transportation are not included in the workshop fee. We understand each person has different needs and may want to stay in a hotel or campsite. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend arranging your accommodations near Farmington, NM. The group will meet for introductions and at that time, arrange to carpool, exchange information, etc. We generally try to arrange our classroom instruction in hotel meeting rooms similar to a Best Western or Holiday Inn Express when available. You will receive a detailed itinerary well before the workshop date to assist you as you make your travel arrangements.


GP Alumni

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014

“I had the privilege to attend Brad’s workshops in Central Utah and Mt. Shasta and both were nothing short of magical. Brad’s meticulous attention to detail and planning ensures that you will have the most fulfilling photographic experience. In addition, his personal attention and care is supportive and promotes your growth as a photographer. Brad also seems to attract quality participants, great people who I have enjoyed spending time with and have developed friendships with… Brad’s positive energy is contagious and should be experienced. You won’t be disappointed.”

Behind the Scenes


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