Saguaro National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop

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The 2nd Annual National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Saguaro National Park

National Park Trips Media (an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service), Tamron USA and Hacidenda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort have teamed up to offer the 2nd Annual National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Saguaro National Park. With Saguaro cactuses standing 40-60 feet tall and crisp skies, Saguaro National Park is a spectacular destination for photographers. The workshop will immerse an exclusive group of participants into the art and science of night skies photography with an emphasis on capturing the Milky Way with Saguaro cactuses in the foreground. As an added bonus, we’ll also do a sunset and a sunrise shoot.

The workshop begins the evening of the 18th with a two-hour seminar at the host lodging property and will cover techniques for capturing your best sunset, night skies and sunrise images. We’ll also cover light painting and lens selection. Tamron USA will have their full complement of lenses available to loan out to you for the entire program, including their award-winning 15-30 (FX and DX in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts).

After the seminar, we’ll head to Saguaro National Park for the first shoot (sunset) followed by two to three night skies stops at three different locations within the park. We’ll be in the field until approximately 1:30 a.m. and after a rest break we will head back out the morning of the 19th to capture the sunrise. After the sunrise shoot, we’ll return to the host lodging property for a post-shoot session which includes post-processing instruction of the images we took during the workshop.


What's Included:

Expert instruction by Tamron photographers
In-the-field personalized instruction at up to five locations within Saguaro National Park
Full line of Tamron lenses available for all participants to use throughout the workshop
2-hour pre-shoot seminar (sunset, night skies, sunrise techniques + light painting)
1.5-hour post-shoot seminar (post processing)
Transportation to and from the host lodging property to all shoot locations (participants are required to travel with us in our vans)
Dinner and snacks on the 18th, breakfast on the 19th 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pre shoot seminar; lens loaner; dinner served during seminar
5:00 pm – 6:45 pm Sunset shoot (sunset is at 5:47 pm)
6:45 pm – 1:00 am Night skies shoots
1:00 am – 1:30 am Transportation back to host lodging property

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30 am – 7:30 am Sunrise shoot (sunrise is at 6:31 am)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Post-shoot seminar with breakfast at host lodging property

Workshop Headquarters and Host Lodging Partner:
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718

All participants must arrange transportation to the host lodging property. We will provide transportation from this location to all shoot locations within Saguaro National Park.

Oct 18 - Dinner will be provided during the pre-shoot seminar
Oct 19 - Breakfast will be provided during the post-shoot seminar
**Please email Rob Wood at if you have special dietary needs

Late October in Saguaro National Park can see average low’s in the mid 50’s with average highs in the 70’s. Because we’re shooting at night and in the early morning come prepared for cooler temperatures. Historically, October in Saguaro yields clear crisp night skies.

Inclement Weather:
In the event weather prevents photographing the night’s skies, we will have several contingencies.

What to Pack:
DSLR, tripod, wide angle and zoom lenses (Tamron will have their full complement of lenses available for all participants to use, in both full-frame and crop-sensor models, including their new 15-30mm), extra memory cards, headlamp, laptop for post processing instruction, light hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain jacket or shell, hat, sun glasses.

$349 + processing fees. Includes workshop, transportation to and from shoot locations, and some meals. Airfare and lodging not included.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no refunds within 30 days prior to the event start day. To make a refund request for an event 31 or more days before the event start, please contact Rob Wood, publisher of National Park Trips Media, via email at

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Photo: Milky Way over Saguaro National Park by Bob Wick BLM

Price: $349+ processing fees

Hacienda Del Sol

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
3:00 PM to 9:00 AM

5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road
Tucson, Arizona