We’ve just completed the 2021 Jasper Dark Sky Photography Workshops. We will post updated details and schedule for 2022 opportunities as they become available.
Join us as we explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and its stunning location within the Canadian Rockies. We will spend the workshop photographing some of the best dark-sky locations in Jasper National Park and share many of our favourite locations along the way.
Jeff Bartlett lived in Jasper for five years and there are few photographers with better knowledge of its many photographic landscapes. This will be Jack Fusco’s 8th year attending the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, so being out under the stars in Jasper feels like being at his second home.
Our work from Jasper has been featured by National Geographic, NASA, the LA Times, Travel Alberta and many other outlets.
After successful week-long workshops in both 2018 and 2019, we are returning to the Jasper Dark Sky Festival with an all-new workshop format that will help more people join in the fun! This year we’re offering one-night workshops on both Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23. If both workshops sell out, we’ll even add a third, on Thursday October 21.
4 Key Facts about the Jasper Dark Sky Workshop:
Dates: Two unique workshops, zero overlapping locations, so you can choose to join either or both!
- Friday, October 22, 2021 – Exploring Maligne Lake and the Maligne Valley
- Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Exploring Athabasca Falls, and Pyramid Lake Areas
During many of our past visits to the Dark Sky Festival, we have been fortunate enough to photograph the Northern lights. If the opportunity presents itself on either night, we will change our plans to head to the best locations in the park to chase the aurora.
Cost: $299+GST per workshop. Sign up to both events and you will receive 10% off both nights.
Instructors: Jack Fusco and Jeff Bartlett
About the Jasper Dark Sky Photography Workshop
Jasper is the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve and home to some of the best stargazing you will ever encounter. The stunning scenery and easy-to-access locations make it the ideal location to hone your skills – whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned night-sky photographer.
During the workshop, we’ll work together to create some truly spectacular images. By blending group lessons that teach core concepts with dedicated 1-on-1 instruction time, we will help you improve your photography no matter your experience level. In just one night, you’ll leave feeling more confident behind the lens.
We highly recommend our participants stick around Jasper all weekend, as there isn’t a better event than the Jasper Dark Sky Festival for night sky enthusiasts.
What to Expect
During this photography workshop, we’re sticking with a small group size that will allow us to tailor learning objectives and provide 1-on-1 instruction to each photographer.
Typically, we say our workshops are for everyone; however, this workshop is an exception because we’re focusing strictly on the dark sky. Participants need to come prepared with requisite equipment that can capture the night sky. Each participant should have, at least, a camera with one fast aperture lens, and a sturdy tripod.
It’s important to arrive rested and with energy, too, as we will be out late! The workshop doesn’t have a scheduled finishing time; however, we typically find most groups stay out until at least 2AM. If weather conditions are favourable, we have stayed out as late as sunrise.
If you’re unsure of your gear or need advice on what to bring/rent, please feel free to reach out! We are more than happy to help you select what you will need.
- Welcome session and basic camera setup from 3PM-5PM
- Night Sky Photography throughout Jasper National Park in a small group (3 location minimum)
- Basic snacks and water for the evening
- Transportation via Car Pooling*
What’s Not Included
- Travel to and from Jasper
- Accommodation in Jasper
- Meals in Jasper
- Photography gear
*Although we’re not technically offering transportation for this workshop, we will help as much as possible. During the session from 3PM-5PM, we will work together to arrange carpooling to reduce our footprint on the park and the number of vehicles traveling to each photo location.
Currently, there are no COVID-19 restrictions in place in Alberta; however, that is subject to change. For our workshop, we will follow all public health restrictions and recommendations.
Out of respect for all participants, we require our participants to be fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenica, or Janssen vaccine, or an approved combination of these.
What our Participants are Saying
Jeff is a natural teacher. He is relaxed and easygoing, with a keen eye for his student’s strengths and weaknesses and a willingness to put himself second and their experience first.”Kita Roberts, return participant
The workshop was well organized with many concepts and examples presented that helped me improve my photography beyond what I am doing now. Needless to say, this was an outstanding travel photography workshop.Ruben Rodz, former participant