Albert Bronson — Texas
Course: Vegas to Zion: Dusk to Dawn
When I saw that RMSP was offering a night photography workshop in two iconic locations - Las Vegas
and Zion National Park - I couldn’t resist. I always wanted to photograph the lights of the Las Vegas
Strip, and Zion was one of my favorite national parks. When I found out that the itinerary included
The Neon Museum, a graveyard for classic Las Vegas neon signs, I was hooked.
The workshop was led by Tim Cooper and Gabriel Biderman, a great pair. I knew Tim to be an excellent
teacher from other RMSP classes, and Gabriel's major photographic interest was night photography. Both
instructors ably shared their expertise. In addition, Gabriel brought along a case of Lensbabies for
the workshop participants to try out - a great accessory for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
The workshop turned out to be the ideal vehicle to re-sharpen my photography skills after a two-year
layoff working on a project unrelated to photography. The daylight hours (starting at a reasonable time
in the morning) were spent in the classroom reviewing the basics of night photography and looking at the
previous night’s output. As the sun was setting, we headed out to shoot. We followed the same schedule
in Zion, but the atmosphere was much lower key.
Vegas to Zion was a lot of fun. Tim and Gabriel did a great job reinforcing what I already knew about night
photography and taught me a few new tricks. Of course, seeing the work of the other workshop photographers
was just as helpful as hearing from the instructors.