Lesser roads lead to more remote and dark areas for our ALUMNI-ONLY new 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 ventures into a narrow slot canyon under a waning moon. Austere patterns of radiance glows and refracts from a moonlit sky as it filters down into the depths of sandstone chambers.  This rare alignment of light within these concealed sandstone corridors has never been offered in a night sky photography workshop so this will be the first of its kind. Moonlight seems to stray further from the genre but you will be amazed by how well it captures the story. The main narrows can be easily reached from the trailhead, but don’t let the concealed entrance fool you. This thrilling adventure will challenge your resolve as you maneuver through closed in walls and straddle rocks to navigate curved stone cavities. You will be expertly guided to remote locations by hiking 2 miles each night on dirt surfaces with rocky terrain, mud hills, and in twisting ravines.

Next, we head towards an area where the topography is characterized by mud flats with unusual pot marked sandstone and flat-topped hills devoid of any vegetation, 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 23-27, 2019

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Contact us to be put on the waitlist



Physical Difficulty

Expect to hike 1-4 miles with minor scrambles

  • 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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Jonathan A.

GP Alumni
2014, 2016
“I have taken many photography workshops, but I can honestly say that Brad Goldpaint’s workshops have been my favourite.  Not only is Brad an excellent teacher, but the warmth, kindness and care and attention that he gives to each participant is unparalleled.  He is generous in sharing his knowledge and clearly loves helping each person learn and grow as much as possible, so they can express their artistic vision.”

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

This 5 day workshop begins with a 4 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:

  • 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 Night Photography Workshop: April 23 – 27, 2019


SKU: CU5A Category:

Additional information

Workshop Payment

Nonrefundable Deposit, Remaining Balance

*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 22, 2019, 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 generally try to arrange our classroom instruction at or near your accommodations 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]goldpaintphotography.com.

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