Bisti Wilderness Night Photography Workshop

May 25 – 29, 2023

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 5 years of meticulously searching for the most extraordinary 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 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 25 – 29, 2023

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Contact us to be put on the waitlist



Physical Difficulty
Each night will require 5 miles of hiking (roundtrip) on flat terrain.

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GP Alumni


“Brad bleeds excellence in everything photography-related.  He is kind, intelligent, quick-witted, knowledgeable, but most of all, caring.  At no additional cost, Brad offered to lead during extra nights when weather threatened planned photoshoot evenings.  He purposefully left behind his camera to ensure focus on helping students… In short, I couldn’t have been more pleased with Brad.  He was simply outstanding!”

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,  noise reduction stacking, 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 70+ 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 70+ 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.


Bisti Wilderness Photography Workshop: May 25 – 29, 2023


SKU: BW2 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 26, 2023, 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.


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by sending an email to info[at]