by Skip Cohen
Here's a workshop that needs to be on your bucket list. It's photographing the night skies in Sedona!
First, your "coach" is one of the best educators in imaging, Bob Coates. I won't deny I'm a little prejudiced, having hung out with Bob for 20+ years. But the friendship we have came out of my respect for his style, knowledge, passion for the craft, and willingness to always help on any project. He's an artist, educator, author, and a great friend to so many photographers in the industry.
Next comes the location: SEDONA! It's one of our favorite places to visit, but it's more than just the beauty of Sedona; it's the area's peacefulness. And for a night sky workshop, it's the ideal "canvas."
Sedona is a dark-sky community. Add red rocks to the Coconino National Forest, and the combination makes for some spectacular opportunities for making starscapes featuring the Galactic Core of the Milky Way or stunning star trail images.
The Milky Way and Night Sky Workshop starts with time in the classroom. You'll meet your fellow adventurers and learn how to find where night sky features will appear, allowing you to plan for a solid image. Tips and techniques for using your camera, including proper settings, will be covered. You'll learn how to experiment for the best results.
Last but not least is the ability to boost your skillset combined with the camaraderie of a small group (six people max) workshop. In a small hands-on environment like this, attendees will get time with Bob, as well as the opportunity to work with the other artists on the adventure.
The video below rounds out the description of this incredible opportunity with Bob and the Sedona night sky.
Got an interest? Click on either of Bob's photographs above for more information.
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