Night Sky Photography

Trip Type: Photography, Art & Yoga Classes

Hike Level: Easy

Date: September 11-13, 2020 (2 Days)

Group Size: 10

Price: $370 for supporters, $395 for non-supporters


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The night sky over Grand Canyon reveals a cascade of luminous stars and planets. These ancient constellations have shaped the arts, sciences, and ideas across the millennia.

Don’t put your camera away after the sun sets! There’s a whole different park to photograph when the stars come out, and you don’t need a telescope. This course will discuss and demonstrate various techniques and camera settings necessary to photograph the Milky Way, the moon, the stars, and other objects in the night sky.

Trip Highlights
  • Learn composition methods and techniques to create "images with impact"

  • Instruction on image processing to complete your vision

  • Daily critique sessions to improve your skills as the workshop progresses

  • Experience the night sky from the Rim of this world-famous chasm

  • Learn about Grand Canyon's preservation of dark skies and our certification as an International Dark Sky Park

Photo description: Star Trails at Shoshone Point
Photo description: Milky Way from Yaki Point
Photo description: Moonlight canyon view from Yavapai Point
Photo description: Bright Angel Trail Milky Way


Meet at Community Building in Grand Canyon Village for a class orientation and introductions.

Discuss: Composition, Visualization, Exposure, Focus, Working in the dark, Apps for Planning.

Depart for in-field night shoot. Continue discussions in the field.

Theme: Composition, Visualization, Exposure.

Meet at Community Building.

Discuss: Image Processing, RAW files, how to look at images, star trails, critique of photos from previous night.

Depart for in field night shoot. Continue discussions in the field.

Theme: Continuing composition, visualization, critical image analysis.

Meet at Community Building.

Discuss: Image Processing of participant’s work, review of techniques and class material.

Closing words and class evaluation.

Theme: Creative decision making, more planning.

Meet your Grand Canyon expert

Stan Honda

Stan Honda is a photographer with 34 years of photojournalism experience in New York City and southern California. During the past few years, he has been working on wide-angle night sky landscapes and other astronomical images taken in locations around the world and even in New York City. He has been a National Park Service artist-in-residence in six national parks, including the Grand Canyon and has presented talks and workshops at Rocky Mountain NP, the Flagstaff Star Party and other locations.

Stan’s night sky landscapes have appeared on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, CBS Morning News, Sky and Telescope magazine and Yahoo News. Reports by Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Flagstaff Area National Monuments containing his photos have led to Dark Sky Park designation for the two national parks

What's Included

Price for the class includes:

  • Our expert instructor
  • Daily critique/review of your photographs
  • Camping on the Rim at Mather Campground
  • Park Entrance Fee Waiver

What's not included

You are responsible for:

  • All of your food, photography equipment, and hiking gear (including camping equipment if you chose to camp)
  • Transportation to and from the canyon
  • Lodging in the park before, during, or after your trip
  • Gratuity for your guide

Additional notes

Participants provide their own camera equipment and will caravan to the various shooting locations on paved roads.

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