Kanab, Utah

Colead with Dave Lane




June 24th - 27th, 2022


8 students

All skill levels


4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS | $ 995

Trip Overview

  • Experience the beautiful landscapes and night skies of southern Utah around the Kanab area with myself and astrophotographer Dave Lane as your guides!

  • Capture breathtaking images of the Milky Way!

  • Work hands on with professional telescope equipment gear onsite for deep sky astrophotography!

  • Advance your photography skills in an exciting group class!


What is included?

  • Myself and Dave Lane as your professional photography guides.

  • Access to professional telescope equipment onsite.

  • Post-processing training in Photoshop and Lightroom.

  • Detailed lesson on navigating the night sky performed by myself, a former Astronomy Ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park.

  • Light refreshments during the field instruction and classroom sessions.

  • Small group size of 8 students for 2 teachers.

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 and thermals.

  • * 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?

  • Airfare and lodging

  • 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 observatory site, or parking lots where we will be driving to and require only a few minutes hike.


  • This 4 day and 3 night workshop cost $995 with a $500 deposit required to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due 3 months prior the workshop.

Permits and Certifications:

  • 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!


Day 1:

We will start our adventure by meeting as a group at Dave's observatory outside Kanab no later than 2pm to provide introductions to the workshop participants. After dinner, we will hike around the area capturing the beautiful dark night skies and preparing for the next few days of exciting adventures!

Day 2 and 3:


For the next few days we will work on telescope astrophotography and image processing. Students will get a tour of the observatory to see the telescope equipment and we will answer questions on how to setup your own astrophotography equipment if you are looking to shoot deep sky targets. Students will also have the opportunity to checkout local hiking areas for hiking and sightseeing. In the evening we will practice wide field astrophotography techniques such as how to photograph Milky Way panoramas and nightscapes.

Day 4:


Today we will wrap up the workshop and students are free to leave for the airport.

Your Teacher

Hi! My name is Matt and I am a professional photographer with 15 years of experience and a passion for education. Along with a Master's degree in Geology and Planetary Science, I hold a teaching degree and was a National Park Service Astronomy Ranger. The goal of my workshops is to help teach my students so they reach their full photographic potential. Having students push their creative boundaries and enjoying themselves in the field behind the camera means everything to me. I know how exciting it is catching that inspiring moment with a camera and I love sharing that excitement with my students! When you sign up for my workshops you are not only enrolling in an educational trip, but you are joining a family of other workshop photographers who share your passion for travel and self-improvement.

Cancellations + Refunds

Full refunds (excluding the deposit) will be given if a student has to withdraw, but must be requested no later than 6 months prior to the start of the workshop. 50% of the workshop payment (not including the deposit) will be refunded if requested within 4 months to the start of the tour. In the event of a weather related emergency, or any other circumstance causing the workshop to be canceled, a voucher for an upcoming workshop will be issued. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover your trip.

Acknowledgement of Risk

By joining this workshop you are acknowledging there at inherent risks during hiking and being in the outdoors. You accept full responsibility for taking care of yourself during this workshop. By joining the workshop you agree to not hold Matt Dieterich Photography, LLC liable for any injures or damaged equipment. I recommend having insurance on your equipment to protect your investment.