LOCATION          Moab, UT

DATE        April 15th - April 20th, 2021

INVESTMENT       $1,395.00 / $1,116.00

LIMIT     9

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy to Moderate 

DURATION           5 Days / 4 Nights




This 5 day, 4 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. This workshop will take place during the work-week where we will avoid a majority of the weekend warriors. We will be up most of the night out 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. Processing your images are very important as well, it's a multi phase process which you will learn to master during this workshop. 

Most locations are just beyond the roadside and parking areas. There are other opportunities to hike a bit further for example to Delicate Arch which is about a 3 mile round-trip hike and has a elevation gain of 480 feet. This hike is moderately strenuous, but easy and very doable, frequent "pitstops" is not an issue at all. The view is well worth it.  I have seen both the elderly and the younger children, make this hike. Let me know if you think any pre existing health conditions could be an issue.

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 if you have the patience. However, this workshop has been planned around the crescent moon setting as the milky 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 since light painting is no longer allowed.




  • Commercial Permit Fees
  • Dinner at the Moab Brewery (one night) **
  • 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)
  • Light Painting techniques ( At Dead Horse State Park), Light Painting is NOT allowed at Arches National Park 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



  • Arches National Park
  • Turret Arch, Landscape Arch, Double Arch, Sand Arch and more!
  • Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, the Windows, Garden of the Gods and More!
  • Canyonlands National Park is also right down the road for day trips on your own
  • Dead Horse Point State Park Night Shoot ( Our Location for Milky Way and Light Painting)
  • Additional lesser known spots, that are amazing and want to keep a secret!

Balanced Rock lit up by a passing car the on main park road.



The Moon will be just past the new moon phase giving us time to shoot with crescent moonlight and without any moonlight.


An 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.

A storm over the Devils Garden section


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**

Dead Horse State Park



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.

A night under the stars with Delicate Arch ARCHES NATIONAL PARKARCHES 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. 

Arches Star Trails


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! If you choose to make a deposit, the remaining balance is due by January 15th, 2021.

Milky Way Panoramic Views


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]



You can search for "Arches" to located other photos taken over the last 12 years at Arches or visit the NIGHTSCAPES or DESERT SOUTHWEST galleries.



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! If you choose to make a deposit, the remaining balance will be due by January 15th, 2021


2021 Arches Milky Way Madness




WORKSHOP ALUMNI: Receive 20% OFF the price listed above