LOCATION          Moab, UT

DATE        April 11th - April 14th, 2021

INVESTMENT       $825.00 / $660.00

LIMIT     7

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy to Moderate 

DURATION           4 Days / 3 Nights




This 4 day, 3 night workshop will be held in one of the most sought after locations by night sky photographers. It's rock formations and natural arches are accompanied by dark night skies that make this one special spot for landscape and night sky photographers. We will be up most of the night capturing star trails, timelapse and milky way photographs with a few arches and other rock formations in the park. We will learn how to use our camera's to their maximum potential under a variety of lighting conditions. Simple camera settings can increase your image quality that you may not be aware of.  Many clients tell me that their pictures are ready to print right out of the camera, and that is what we are looking for, great images straight out of the camera. The camera is an amazing tool, and a tool that isn't used to it maximum capability most of the time. This is a great place to utilize our cameras and our imagination. We can also have a great time while doing that. 

Most locations are just beyond the roadside and parking areas. There are other opportunities to hike a bit further if we wish.

In 2017, Light painting is no longer allowed in Arches National Park. Our light painting demonstrations will be done outside of the Arches NP at Dead Horse State Park just down the road. With that said, there is a great chance that other people will be walking around at night, using headlamps to find their way around which at times can illuminate some of the formations. Balanced Rock is right off of the main road and cars frequently  illuminate the formation as well. So you will still be able to get artificial light at some of the locations. However, this workshop has been planned around the crescent moon setting as the milk way rises, that will give us that splash of light onto the foreground giving it a natural "painted" look. We will also go over blending images of different exposures to grab details out of extremely dark areas in a photograph.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARKARCHES NATIONAL PARKBalanced Rock lit up by a passing car on the parks main road.



  • Commercial Permit Fees
  • Milky Way and Star Trail Photography
  • Several shooting locations, and each night will have different locations                                                                    
  • How to plan your shot and where to look for the Milky Way
  • Understanding, shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, white balance and other custom settings to maximize your results
  • How to illuminate a scene for timelapse photography at night at Dead Horse State Park
  • How to master light painting at Dead Horse State Park  (Light Painting is NOT allowed in Arches NP Anymore)
  • Demonstrate and shoot time-lapse photography
  • Sunrise, Sunset, Night Sky and Post Processing Tips and Technique
  • Meteor shower observation and photography
  • Unlimited critiques and tips with me after the workshop has ended
  • FREE Online Video Tutorials for all Workshop Alumni. Video's include Star trails, Stacking, Timelapse and other Post Processing Tips


The Windows Balanced Rock under a new moon


  • Arches National Park
  • Turret Arch, Landscape Arch, Double Arch, Sand Arch and more!
  • Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, the Windows
  • Canyonlands National Park is also right down the road for day trips on your own
  • Dead Horse Point State Park - Light painting demonstrations
  • Additional lesser known spots, that are amazing and want to keep a secret!

Star Trails over Arches NP



The Moon will be in the "New Moon" Phase giving us completely dark skies the entire night and optimal conditions to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower.


Wilson Arch outside of Arches National Park.


Weather can be warm during the day and cool at night. A weather update will be sent to all participants  1-2 weeks before departure. Skies are mostly clear day and night. Average highs can be in the 70's and 80's with the lows possible in the 40's to 50's.

Dead Horse State Park at Sunset


You can fly into a number of places including, Durango, Colorado , Grand Junction, CO or Salt Lake City, UT.

This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop, meals or overnight accommodations. ** Dinner included the final night**

Turret Arch



We will stay in Moab, UT. I have stayed at the Big Horn Lodge before and it suites me just fine, and I love the look. There are many places to choose from like Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Best Western, Red Stone Inn and many others. Moab is a "happening" little town with lots of places to eat, shops and things to do. You can also camp in the park. If you are interested in camping let me know and I will help you get a site.

Panoramic Views in Arches National Park


A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera , wide/fast angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Please check our the Workshop Overview Page for more info on equipment and suggested gear. 




If you are a JBP Alumni you receive 20% OFF the ticket price.  Once a payment has been made, we can not offer a refund. If you need to cancel for any reason and can not attend, you will be issued credit toward a future workshop with us. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Milky Way Panoramic Views at Dead Horse State Park


Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop.  For more information, questions or to register please contacts us here at [email protected]


2021 Arches May Milky Way Madness


Delicate Arch


If you are a JBP Alumni you receive 20% OFF the ticket price.  Once a payment has been made, we can not offer a refund. If you need to cancel for any reason and can not attend, you will be issued "workshop credit" towards a future workshop with us. Thanks in advance for your understanding! 





WORKSHOP ALUMNI: Receive 20% OFF the price listed above