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Craters of the Moon

National Monument




August 26th  - 29th, 2022

All skill levels



8 students

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS  |  $1,295

Trip Overview

  • Experience the beautiful landscapes and night skies of Craters of the Moon National Monument with myself as your guide, a former Artist in Residence for the park!

  • Capture breathtaking images of the Milky Way and landscapes around Craters of the Moon!

  • Advance your photography skills in an exciting group class!


What is included?

  • Myself as your professional photography guide.

  • Hotel lodging. (Rooms are double occupancy. If desired, single occupancy rooms are an additional fee.)

  • I was an Artist in Residence at this park and have scouted the many spots to shoot!

  • Post-processing training in Photoshop and Lightroom for creating publication and print quality photographs.

  • Lesson on navigating the night sky and local geology.

  • Light refreshments during the field instruction and classroom sessions.

  • Small group size of 8 students.

What should I bring?

  • DSLR/mirrorless SLR digital camera.

  • Wide angle lens such as 14-24mm. Also worth bringing are a 24-70mm and 70-200mm.

  • Sturdy tripod and ball head.

  • Multiple charged batteries, battery charger, and empty memory cards.

  • Shutter release cable (intervalometer).

  • Headlamp with a red light setting.

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed.

  • Warm clothing, thermals, and rain gear.

  • * I recommend ordering a L-bracket for your camera body if you do not already have this accessory. L-brackets allow quickly swapping between landscape and portrait orientation while keeping portrait shots to remain centered over the tripod.

What is not included?

  • Park entrance fee

  • Airfare

  • Meals

  • Travel insurance

Physical Fitness Requirement:

  • Ability to hike up to 1 mile will be helpful on this workshop. Most photography locations are near the parking lots where we will be driving to and require only a few minutes hike.


  • This 4 day and 3 night workshop cost $1,295 with a $600 deposit required to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due 3 months prior the workshop.

Permits and Certifications:

  • I have submitted my application with the National Park Service for the required permit to conduct a workshop at this park. The workshop is pending acceptance of the permit with the NPS.
  • In the event of an emergency, I am certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • I am trained in the practice of Leave-no-Trace hiking and camping to protect the natural resources.
  • Lastly, I served as an Astronomy Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park where we received Interpretive Ranger Training on how to best facilitate visitor experience and learning!

COVID-19 Information

  • We will practice social distancing in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and we will wear masks to help limit airborne exposure.

  • Students should book refundable airfare in the event the workshop has to be postponed due to COVID-19.


Day 1:


We will start our adventure by meeting as a group at the Paradise lodge in the afternoon at 3:00pm. Introductions will be made for students and we will have dinner at the Paradise Lodge restaurant at 5:00pm. After dinner, we will hike around the Paradise area capturing the beautiful dark night skies. Paradise offers a lot of great compositions, especially of the Tatoosh Range where fog can fill the valley at night.