New Mexico Badlands May 11th-13th - Joshua Snow

A deposit of $350.00 Required to hold your spot!

This is a special event! Join me in exploring the Bisti De Na Zin Wilderness for 3 days and 2 nights!


This workshop will be limited to 4 eager, and adventurous participants! The total cost of this event will be $1200.00. A $350.00 deposit is required to hold your spot, and the balance of your tuition will be due upon arrival.


**All participants will be responsible for bringing their own gear; tents, sleeping bags, food, water, and equipment. 1 spare set of camping gear is available. 


      The  Bisti De Na Zin Wilderness area of the New Mexico Badlands is other worldly, with white clay, pink sand, petrified wood, chocolate and yellow clay capped hoodoos, deep ravines, insane rock formations, and last but not least, and perhaps most importantly, the very, very dark skies! 


     The Bisti De Na Zin wilderness belongs to the Native Navajo peoples that inhabit this are of north western New Mexico, and thankfully it is open to the public, until someone ruins it for everyone. We need to cherish these lands, and make sure that we leave no trace, and carry out whatever we carry in. 


       The dark skies of Bisti are so special, often teeming with vivid green airglow and endless compositions! At night you can hear the calls of great horned owls, and coyotes off in the distance. You can walk for miles and miles here and walk right past a hidden gold mine of compositions. Its important to carry in loads of water and be very mindful of your direction, gps is highly recommended. 


      During our time in the badlands we will be backpacking into overnight locations upwards of 2 miles, carrying our tents, sleeping bags, and food. Temperatures in May can dip into the 40's but nothing a few adventurers can't handle! Especially for the rewards! 


      Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:


•A sturdy tripod

•A DSLR, Preferably a full frame sensor but crop sensors will work!

•A shutter release cable•A wide angle lens, like the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8Canon 11-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8(although not recommended due to extreme coma), the rokinon (or Samyang)14mm f/2.8 to name just a few.

•A hiking or backpacking pack

•20º or less rated sleeping bag

•A packable tent

•Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 50º possibly higher.

•Snacks, and dehydrated meals

•Lots, and lots of water as it will also be used for cooking your dehydrated meals! (Mountain House brand is my favorite!) (Check Amazon)

 •A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!

•Plenty of batteries

•Lots of memory cards!

•External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.

•Flashlights, and headlamps 


Things you might want:

•Trekking poles

•Sunglasses

•Scarf or buff (sandstorms occur regularly)

•Camp stove and cooking vessel (recommended!)

•Hydration tabs



We will plan on meeting for a meet and greet Friday afternoon at 12pm at Nataani Nez restaurant at 101 Ayani'Neez Blvd, Shiprock, NM 87420  (we will backtrack a few miles and hike out to the ridge leading up to this awesome castle like structure and spend a few hours shooting) It is on the way to Farmington which is the nearest town to Bisti.


Friday evening after arriving at Bisti, we will hike in, explore, and make camp in what I call the "Hoodoo Garden" where hundreds of white clay hoodoos rise from the earth ranging from a few inches to over 15 feet, with endless compositional opportunities. We will capture sunset, star trails and twilight images and can continue into the rise of thegmilky way!


Saturday morning we will rise for sunrise and likely hit the "Cracked Eggs". The days after sunrise and before sunset will be spent exploring and scouting for your next subjects for sunset, twilight and milky way! 


The workshop will conclude on sunday after we've captured sunrise, and travelled back to Farmington for our 5 hour processing session!


In field topics covered:

•Composition

•Focusing in the dark

•Focus stacking

•Time blending (preconceiving our compositions and shooting the foregrounds in the blue hours to blend with skies in post processing)

•Shooting for stacking (stacking high iso frames for the best possible noise reduction)

•Star trails

•Calculating low ISO exposures

•Planning your shots, locations, and compositions using the Photopills App

•Indirect light painting


Post Processing topics covered:

•Stacking high ISO sky frames for noise reduction (using Starry landscape stacker for Mac)

•Blending blue hour frames and night skies together

•Star trails (using Starstax)

•Lightroom RAW file optimization

•Photoshop masking, milky way enhancement techniques, sharpening, web sharing preparation, and print preparation.

•Use of Googles free NIK collection



Please read the cancellation policy at the bottom of this page well.


All Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the locations.

All Workshops are non refundable due to weather, or the like. A "rain check" for any other workshop will be given if the workshop needs to be cancelled. This will give you immediate first choice and slot of any workshop, or if you prefer, a private workshop can be scheduled. If cancelled before 30 days of the event you will receive a full refund, after 30 days and before 10 days you will receive a 50% refund, and after 10 days you will not receive a refund. Trip insurance is highly recommended.