Under the Milky Way in the Wild Utah Outback

Come photograph Utah’s expansive night skies and the waning crescent moon over stunning landscapes. Led by Muench Workshops’ Wayne Suggs, you will learn his techniques for capturing images that will make jaws drop.

Our fully-outfitted campsites in The San Rafael Swell and Cathedral Valley will place us in precisely the right place to capture the beauty of this stark landscape under the moonlight. Weather permitting, these will be perfect conditions and location to photograph night skies.

Don’t worry, we won’t be roughing it. We’ll be camping “Muench-style” which means sturdy tents, with raised cots and comfortable mattresses. Our outfitters will have separate kitchen and dining tents set up, so you can expect delicious food.

You can expect to be shooting long into the cool nights, learning how to compose, focus, and expose your images, in the dark. We’ll be exploring creative ways to light the scene and highlight the landscape’s features. You can also count on some intensive classroom time learning the best techniques for processing your night sky images. Wayne will teach his signature methods for blending multiple files in Lightroom and Photoshop, and David will make sure everyone’s questions are answered. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the night sky experts!

Location:

Utah

Tuition:

$5,495

Dates:

August 29–September 5, 2021

Fitness Level:

Moderate
Tent camping, hikes of up to 2 miles, uneven rocky trails, some in the dark

Availability:

Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

What a blast! Had never been to Utah, so I didn’t know what to expect—the scenery was absolutely inspiring and breathtaking. We had a great group of guests and instructors and phenomenal weather conditions for all of the shoots. Camping was a blast, loved being so close to everything and not worrying about hotels. Super comfortable with great food!
— Joseph Wu, Goblin Valley Ninja ‘14, and 9 other Muench Workshops

Itinerary and General Information

August 29, 2021: Arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) before 5:00 PM this day. We’ll meet for a group dinner at 6:00 PM.

August 30–31, 2021: We’ll start the morning with an introductory Lightroom session. Then, at noon, we’ll head out to our first fully-outfitted campsite along the slopes of the San Rafael Swell. This significant geologic feature—it includes both the San Rafael Reef and Goblin Valley—provides an opportunity to photograph hoodoos and other unusual desert forms.

September 1, 2021: After breakfast, we’ll leave camp for the Red Sands Inn in Torrey, UT. After a bit of a rest and a hot shower, we’ll have our first critique session of the workshop. We’ll review the images you’ve shot so far, and learn new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop. Later in the evening, we’ll head back out to Capitol Reef National Park to practice what we’ve learned.

September 2, 2021: We’ll have an opportunity to sleep this morning, after a long evening under the stars the night before. We’ll have a private meeting room arranged today where we’ll work on new post-processing techniques taught by Wayne and David. We’ll end the day with a sunset shoot at Hickman Bridge.

September 3, 2021: After a sunrise shoot and breakfast, we’ll meet our outfitters at our second campsite in Cathedral Valley, where we will stay for one night. This is a stunning area, with excellent photographic opportunities at night, sunrise and sunset, and throughout the day. Photographic highlights here include the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, sandstone monoliths that resemble cathedrals. We’ll be camping here for one night; plan for a very full evening of shooting.

September 4, 2021: This morning we’ll head to the Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, stopping en route for shooting. On arrival, we’ll have another critique session to review the images from the second half of the workshop. We’ll also use this classroom time to reinforce some of the techniques we’ve learned in post-processing. 

September 5, 2021: We will have a final post-processing session from 8–11:00 AM. This will be a chance to finish your work on merging images with Wayne and David’s help. Flights home from (GJT) airport can be scheduled for any time today after 2:00 PM.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)

  • All meals during the workshop

  • All transportation during the workshop

  • All camp bedding, cots, sheets and sleeping bags

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros

  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction

  • Gratuities for camp staff

  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Grand Junction, CO. Any lodging before or after the workshop dates. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Anything else not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,495 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $3,000 will be due not later than May 1, 2021. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This workshop is limited to 8 guests. Click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in Utah! Got questions?