After a successful weekend during the 2021 Jasper Dark Sky Festival, we’re excited to announce our new Jasper Dark Sky Photography Workshops. For 2022, we are returning to Jasper with two one-night themed workshops. Participants can choose between a Wide & Telephoto Astrophotography or Impact Images: Using Scale, depth of field and the human element.
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 sites in Jasper National Park and share many of our favourite locations with you to help plan future photography excursions.
Jeff Bartlett lived in Jasper for five years, and there are few photographers with better knowledge of its many photographic landscapes. It’s Jack Fusco’s 9th 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 2018 and 2019, we returned to the Jasper Dark Sky Festival with a series of one-night experiences last year. Participants loved it because they could balance our workshop with more festival events. This year, we’re doing the same thing, offering two one-night sessions on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22.
Key Facts about the Jasper Dark Sky Workshop:
Two Choices: Two unique workshops, zero overlapping locations, so you can choose to join either or both!
- Friday, October 21, 2022 – Wide & Telephoto Astrophotography
On the first night of our workshops, we will create unique images with wide-angle and telephoto lenses. In addition to providing instruction on fundamental technical skills required to take incredible night sky photos, we will also teach different ways to approach compositions through lens selection.
- Saturday, October 22, 2022 – Impact Images: Using scale, depth of field and the human element
While using traditional astrophotography techniques, conveying the sense of grandeur that often draws us out under the night sky can be challenging. During this workshop, we will focus on methods to add impact to night sky images by adding Scale, depth and the human element.
Online Sessions: Before and after the workshops
- Pre-Workshop Fundamentals – On Tuesday, October 18, Jack and I will host an online session that covers everything you need to know to take photos of the stars. This session will cover gear, Astro planning, camera settings, and some helpful astronomy information to help you capture more images during the workshop.
- Post-Workshop Edit Session – You came to the workshop, captured some beautiful images, and now you need to edit them. It can be a daunting task. On Wednesday, October 26, we will host an online edit session. We’ll use images captured during the workshop sessions and walk you through our edit process from start to finish. For this workshop, we will use Adobe Lightroom Classic; however, the tools and techniques are similar to any photo software.
It’s worth noting that our plans are firm, but they aren’t set in stone. We have been fortunate enough to photograph the Northern lights during many of our past visits to the Dark Sky Festival. If the opportunity presents itself on either night, we will change our location plans to head to the best locations in the park to chase the aurora. Trust us; you won’t be disappointed.
Cost: $299+GST per workshop. Sign up for both events and receive 10% off both nights.
These one night workshops provide incredible value, including two online sessions and 6-hours of field time. Each purchase includes:
- October 18, 2022: Online Fundamentals Session
- Either October 21, 2022: Wide and Telephoto Astro Photography
- Or October 22, 2022: Impact Images: Using Scale, Depth of Field and the Human Element
- October 26, 2022: Post-Workshop Edit Session Online
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 place to hone your skills – whether you’re just starting or a seasoned night-sky photographer.
We’ll work together during these workshops to create 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. You’ll leave feeling more confident behind the lens in just one night.
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 focus strictly on the dark sky. Participants must come prepared with the requisite equipment to capture the night sky. Each participant should have at least a camera with one fast aperture lens and a sturdy tripod.
It’s also essential to arrive rested and with energy, 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 2 AM. 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.
- Two online sessions (Pre and Post Workshop)
- Night Sky Photography throughout Jasper National Park in a small group
- 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. We will all 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.
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