Utah Badlands Night Photography Workshop

April 11 – 15, 2023

Lesser roads lead to more remote and dark areas for our workshop in Central Utah. This 5-day workshop is specifically designed to get away from the more popular tourist areas. We head towards an area where the topography is characterized by mud flats with unusual pot marked sandstone and rolling shale hills, giving it an alien-like quality. The appeal lies in these small-scale erosional features coupled with wider landscapes and scattered outcrops of photogenic eroded rocks, petrified wood, yellow mounds and shallow slot canyons. It’s all so surreal in its brutality; that’s what makes it so crushing set against a night sky.

Next, 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 nightfall. Every bit as beautiful as the more famous Utah National Parks further south, each less-traveled location promises no urban light interruptions. This workshop is organized to accommodate all skill levels from beginner to professional photographers desiring to learn more about capturing the night sky.

This workshop is designed around capturing Zodiacal Light, the galactic core of the Milky Way, and utilizing moonlight to illuminate foreground elements. Due to the remoteness of each location, there are no facilities available during the in-field portion of the workshop.


April 11 – 15, 2023

Class Size

6 Participants Maximum

Spaces Available

Only 3 Spaces Remain!



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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GP Alumni


“Brad is vigilant and thoughtful, and he strives to provide the best experience for his students.  He was warm and welcoming from the initial introduction. He fostered an environment of learning while having fun.  He’s attentive to every need to every photographer at every level. He is passionate about preserving the environment which is awesome.  Brad & Marci are an awesome team and good people.  I’m so thankful to have found GP and look forward to future workshops.  Thank you Team GP for an amazing experience!”

Topics Covered & Materials Included

This 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Introduction to Night Photography’ class at an indoor facility near Hanksville, UT. In addition, we will shoot three nights at numerous locations throughout the area with two 4-hour post processing in-class sessions. This workshop will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, focus stacking, and much more. As part of your introduction, you will receive an updated copy of our 60+ page workshop booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing for personal reference. During all field work, we will follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize any impact on the fragile, 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 comprehensive understanding of the night sky (Earth’s orbit, location of the Milky Way, meteor showers, moon cycles, etc.)
  • Appreciate the importance of planning for your shoot
  • Understand the differences between shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance, and more
  • Learn how to focus your lens at night
  • Begin to master the art of capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, composites, and more
  • Learn about light painting
  • Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
  • Receive personal tips and special techniques
  • Learn how to blend multiple exposures together 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.


Utah Badlands Night Sky Photography Workshop: April 11 – 15, 2023


SKU: UB5D 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 February 10, 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 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.