Desert Night Skies May 2021 - ColdSnap Photography

Desert Night Skies May 2021

Bluff, Utah

May 11-15, 2021

Milkyway Valley of Gods in Utah by John Gregor of ColdSnap Photography

There are few places left in North America with nights as black as night. Southeast Utah is one of those places. Great night sky photography requires great night skies. This location is perfect. This small group workshop (limited to 4 participants) is a great way to learn how to capture awesome night sky images. These workshops are a combination of field shoots and computer classroom. During the early morning hours you will be in the field learning how to capture the Milky Way and Star Trail images. During the day you will work in our classroom to realize the vision you saw at night. Our setting for the field shoots are incredible desert locations with wonderful landscape features. Desert landforms and monuments will punctuate the celestial skies to give your photographs impact and pizazz!

We practice “Leave No Trace” and sustainable eco-tourism practices while visiting these culturally sensitive locations!


This workshop is a combined field shoot and computer classroom. During the early morning hours (when the Milky Way is at it’s peak) we will be in the field capturing beautiful night sky imagery.

These field shoots will provide the subject matter for daily classroom sessions. Classroom sessions will  demonstrate post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Instruction will include: print resolution, color space, using ICC Print Profiles, paper/media selection, image sharpening for print output, and editorial post-processing manipulation.

Each participant will work on their own images and have the opportunity to make several 8×10 test prints.  Each student will leave with 2 finished 17×22, fine art prints, that evoke the photographer’s excitement and vision as first experienced in the field.


We are based out of Bluff Utah. While this little town (Population 250) isn’t easy to get to—it is a centrally located for deep-dark night skies. There are several hotels and restaurants in town which make it ideal for a base of operations. The small and quiet nature on Bluff will warm your heart and add to your workshop experience.

The nearest international airports are Durango CO, (2 1/4,  hour drive), Phoenix  AZ (5.5 hour drive), Salt Lake City UT (5.5 hour drive) or Grand Junction CO (3.5 hour drive but connecting flights might prove challenging.) Stay in contact with us as we may be able to carpool you with other participants who are attending. While getting here is a challenge–it is well worth the effort!

Sample Itinerary

We don’t have a fixed itinerary as locations and sites visited will depend upon weather and light conditions. The 5 day duration of the workshop will allow us to work at a steady but un-hurried pace and allow us ample opportunity for capturing the night skies.


Non-refundable deposit of $200 holds your registration until 60 days prior to the workshop when the balance is due.

Maximum of 4 participants.

Please read our cancellation policy before registering.

For questions please call John at (218) 830-0767.

Includes ground transportation to our night sky locations, permit and entrance fees if any for our locations, instruction in the field and classroom, paper, inks, and use of printers.


We have made special arrangements with La Posada Pintada hotel in Bluff for special rates. This hotel is centrally located (and right across the street from our classroom!) and is a wonderful place to hang your hat after a long day of photography.

This is a past workshop

To see our current list, see our workshops page