Join Marc & Tricia with Keep Your Daydream (www.keepyourdaydream.com) for this workshop led by David and Barry of Benton Downs Photography in the beautiful mountain town of Ouray, CO for a night sky and landscape photography workshop.
Workshop Leaders: David Downs & Barry Benton
Nestled in a box canyon, Ouray is literally surrounded by mountains. Often referred to as the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray is a photographer’s dream. From rugged landscapes to clear, flowing creeks, the photographic opportunities are abundant and extraordinary. Along with sessions to hone your skills shooting the mountain beauty and moving water, we will also do night sky photography to capture the stars and, hopefully, the Milky Way. You will enjoy some time to explore downtown Ouray, which is listed as a National Historic District, and the unique shops and restaurants.
Come join us in this incredibly beautiful place for photography education and relaxation!
The photos on this page were captured in other Colorado locations and depict the styles of photography we hope to capture while in Ouray.
Join us to capture your best images yet and be inspired for a lifetime.
Thursday April 30 @ 5:00 PM – Sunday May 3, 2020 @ 1:00 PM [ Reserve your spot ]
● Composition Tips for Best Images
● Capturing Panoramas
● Capturing Motion
● Photographing at Night
● Editing Landscapes and Night Sky Images
Additional workshop details
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Our base camp will be the Ouray KOA. We have blocked a few RV sites (the block expires on April 19, 2020). You must call Kendall (information below) and request a site for the “KYD Photography Workshop.” You will receive 10% off your entire stay along with a discount at the restaurant and store. There are also limited cabins available for rental on a first call, first served basis.
To receive your discount and to be near the KYD & Benton’s RV sites, do not book your site on the KOA website. Please call Kendall directly.
Ouray KOA/Mountain Top Resort LLC
Approximately a week before the workshop we will email all registered participants with a detailed agenda, map, etc. Here is a tentative agenda (subject to change):
Thursday, April 30th – Gather at KYD RV at 5 PM. Dinner as a group at a local restaurant where we will review the agenda, get to know each other and discuss some preliminary guidance on camera settings, gear & how to plan a night sky shoot. We will then head out for a trial run with camera settings for night sky and possible sunset photography.
Friday, May 1st – We will be out early to capture beautiful sunrise photos before returning to camp. Then, there will be free time until after lunch (approximately 1:30 PM) when we will gather for a session on shooting & editing landscape/panorama images and more instruction on night sky photography (about 2 hours). Then it’s nap time to get the batteries charged for the night ahead. We will once more head out for sunset photos and return to our rooms by 9:30 PM for a few short hours rest.
Saturday, May 2nd – We will head out at 3:00 AM (yes, it’s early) to capture a beautiful night sky with the Milky Way followed by sunrise shots before heading back to town for rest and relaxation. After lunch, we will take a short hike to a waterfall and learn how to best capture moving water. We will discuss the use of filters in daylight photography. We will meet back for dinner and wrap up at 5:30 PM with a goal of breaking by 7:00 PM for another sunset opportunity for those interested.
Sunday, May 3rd – If the weather was uncooperative for our Milky Way shoot on Saturday morning, then we will use this morning as a fallback. If Saturday morning was successful, we will plan an optional excursion for those interested. This usually involves a bit more strenuous hike that starts no later than sunrise and potentially before depending on destination and condition of trail.
Note: Only PAID participants will attend photography instruction sessions however spouses and other adults may attend any breakfast, lunch, or dinner gatherings.
Each participant will be responsible for their own transportation to Ouray. While in Ouray we will transport participants to and from any locations requiring vehicles.
Recommended photography gear
Camera with a wide angle/large aperture (16mm, f/2.8 or wider is best) and a middle zoom (24mm-70mm) lens. If a longer zoom is available, we will discuss using them for panoramas and we might encounter some wildlife as well.
A sturdy, lightweight tripod.
Rain cover for your camera.
A camera pack suitable for hiking.
Remote shutter release – Bring one if you have it. Or, know how to set a 2-second shutter delay for your camera. If you use the timer on your camera instead of a shutter release, make sure you know how to turn off the front timer light or cover it with tape.
Headlamp – Learn how to use it. Especially, the night vision (red) feature if it has it.
Filters – If you have a circular polarizing filter, bring it. If you have a neutral (graduated and non-graduated) density filter or two, bring them. They may come in handy for the early morning sessions. If you have them and not sure how to use them…bring ’em and we’ll help you!
Batteries – Bring an extra battery if you have one. If not, make sure you have your charger.
Storage – An extra SD or CF card (maybe 2 or 3…)
The weather in Colorado is unpredictable. Pay careful attention to weather forecast in the days leading up to the workshop. Come prepared for cold, wet messy weather and warm sunny days. Layers are a must.
– Hiking boots with warm socks
– Hats, gloves
– Hiking poles (if you have them)
– Layers, layers, layers…
– Anything else you need in order to be comfortable in potentially cold, windy, and wet weather.
– Water Bottle
If you have food allergies, be prepared to bring what you need. There are limited dining options in the area. We will do everything we can to accommodate everyone’s preferences and needs but there are no guarantees.
We will not do any intense technical hiking. However, there is a chance we will be going on some hikes with elevation changes and very uneven terrain. These hikes may be a pretty good cardio workout and require fairly healthy knees. We will take our time but it is important to know your limits. You do not have to participate in all of our planned activities and we will suggest some alternative locations for you to explore on your own.
If you have any questions or concerns about this workshop, please contact us.
Location pro tips
There are so many beautiful places around Ouray. You’ll want to spend some extra time here and take advantage of this amazing place. Here are a few good resources for you:
Class size is limited. Reserve now to guarantee a spot.