Lesser roads lead to more remote and dark areas for our ALUMNI-ONLY destination workshop in Central Utah. This 5-day workshop is specifically designed to continue your education and expand upon skills already covered in previous courses. This special workshop has been expertly planned to take advantage of utilizing moonlight to illuminate the landscape while capturing the Milky Way Galaxy. You will be guided to remote locations by hiking 2 miles each night on soft, dirt surfaces with rocky terrain, mud hills, and among twisting sandstone sculptures.

Next, we head towards an area where the topography is characterized by mud flats with unusual pot marked sandstone and rolling hills, giving it an alien-like quality. The appeal lies in these small-scale erosional features coupled with the wider landscape and scattered outcrops of photogenic eroded rocks, petrified wood, yellow mounds and shallow slot canyons. It’s all so urbane in its brutality; that’s what makes it so crushing set against the beauty of the night sky.

Lastly, we take you to a designated dark sky reserve containing thousands of mushroom-shaped pinnacles that have taken millions of years to form. The varied formations produce caves and small arches of cream-colored rock in stark contrast to the glowing drama of a dark sky.

Every bit as beautiful as the more famous Utah National Parks further south, each less-traveled location promises no urban light interruptions. There are no water sources available and you will be hiking off-trail. This advanced course is uniquely tailored for those who have already taken a workshop with Goldpaint Photography.


April 19 – 23, 2021

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Contact us to be put on the waitlist



Physical Difficulty

Expect to hike 2-3 miles

  • 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."

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Tom P.

GP Alumni

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.”

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, post light painting, noise reduction stacking, and much more.

Topics Covered & Materials Included

This 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Advanced Methods in Night Photography’ class at a nearby indoor facility in Hanksville, UT. In addition, we will shoot three nights at numerous locations throughout the area 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, stacked 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 fragile desert environment. With over 70 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.


Central Utah Alumni Photography Workshop: April 19 – 23, 2021


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*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 February 18, 2021, 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 in the city of Hanksville, UT. The group will meet for introductions and at that time, arrange to carpool, exchange information, etc. We will arrange our classroom instruction site near most hotels and RV parks. 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]goldpaintphotography.com.

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