Vegas to Zion Dusk to Dawn


Vegas to Zion Dusk to Dawn

04/13/2014 - 04/18/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 01/13/2014
This workshop is past its starting date.
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Where We Go: Shooting when the sun is down can produce the most stunning, otherworldly images in your portfolio. Instructors Tim Cooper and Gabriel Biderman show you how to excel amid the inherent challenges of shooting in low-light environments. This weeklong experience begins in perhaps the most dynamically lit city in the world and concludes three hours to the northeast beneath the dazzling cosmic canopy of Zion National Park. You create images of night lights on The Strip, explore vintage Vegas along Fremont street, and (after letting your eyes adjust) you decompress among the canyons and peaks of Zion National Park, where you create incredible nightscapes and learn to capture star trails under full-moon light.

What You Learn: Cooper is a talented landscape photographer and digital photography educator who has been with RMSP for decades. Biderman is a fine art photographer who is highly experienced in night photography. Together, they’ll have you laughing and learning all week. By day, they deliver classroom lectures on equipment necessities for low-light photography, creating effective compositions with long exposures, how to focus accurately in the dark, and Photoshop techniques for enhancing your night images. When the sun slips beneath the horizon, you test your new knowledge while photographing the lurid splendor of Vegas and the starry solitude of Zion. Each night’s shoot is followed by a group critique where the instructors study your images and offer suggestions for improvement.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your digital camera.

Student Testimonials

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.
This is our second RMSP workshop and we had a great time. Doing workshops together gives us a chance to totally immerse ourselves in a hobby we both love, while getting incredible instruction and guidance from top-notch professional instructors.
From the Vegas Strip to Zion - two very different locations - but when it comes to learning nighttime photography and all it entails, I don't think you could find a better match. Add to this scenario two great instructors in Gabe Biderman and Tim Cooper and you have one full, intensive week of learning!

Lennie Phillips Montana

For someone who was being introduced to some of this for the first time I couldn’t have asked for better instructors in Tim Cooper and Gabe Biderman. They were patient, informative and more importantly enthusiastic about teaching and helping me to explore my creative side.


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Meeting Space

This workshop begins on Sunday, April 13, at 9 a.m. at the Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshop ends Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at the Cable Mountain Lodge in Springdale, Utah.


During this workshop you will stay at two different hotels.

While in Las Vegas we suggest that you stay at the Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center from April 12-15, departing April 16. Your class will meet on April 13 at 9 a.m. in a meeting room located at the hotel.

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center
370 Hughes Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $95 per night + tax.  Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations by March 12, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.

Your second destination will be Springdale, Utah. We suggest that you stay at Cable Mountain Lodge from April 16-18. While at this location your class will meet in a meeting room at the hotel.

Cable Mountain Lodge
147 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, UT 84767

Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $125-$152 per night + tax depending on room type. Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations by February 11, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.

Air Transportation

RMSP does not provide air transportation for the workshop. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest international airport for this workshop is the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Travel During Workshop

You are responsible for your own travel during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students. Your final email will include a car share list of interested participants.


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.


Las Vegas, Nevada



Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel, Northern Lights and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. Tim has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book, Complete Photoshop® CS4 for Digital Photographers, as well as Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots with Gabriel Biderman. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world.

View other courses taught by Tim Cooper.

Gabriel Biderman has been exploring the night topography for over 20 years. Using film and digital, he blends the surreal look of the night to enhance historic and urban landscapes. Biderman’s work has been exhibited in NY, London, San Francisco, and Hawaii and he is the author of the recently released book Night Photography – From Snapshots to Great Shots. To learn more about Gabriel visit

View other courses taught by Gabe Biderman.

Vegas to Zion Photo Workshop – Schedule and Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here: Vegas to Zion)


Morning Afternoon Evening
Sunday OrientationLecture LunchComposition Field Shoot-Dinner in the field
Monday Lecture LunchCritique Field Shoot-Dinner in the field
Tuesday Lecture LunchCritique Field Shoot-Full Moon Shoot
Wednesday Leave for Zion Field Shoot
Thursday Critique LunchCritique Field Shoot
Friday Prep for Final Slideshow Critique Final Slideshow


Please keep in mind that this is an example of the schedule.  This schedule is subject to change due to class size, weather and any other unforeseen need to make adjustments.  Most mornings begin between 10-11:30 a.m. Most night shoots begin between 5 and 6 p.m.


Equipment and Supply List

Note:  The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call our office at 800-394-7677 if you have questions.


Equipment Checklist



o Digital SLR camera

  • RMSP welcomes all camera formats but only digital images will be critiqued on this workshop.
  • For best results on this workshop Gabe recommends a CMOS sensor DSLR from the last 4 years. 
  • You will want a camera that has the ability to shoot in RAW files, manual exposure mode, Bulb (B) setting for long exposures and the capability to use a remote shutter release.
  • If you are going to shoot film Gabe recommends using Fuji Acros 100 (B&W) or Fuji Astia 100 (Chrome) both films do not experience reciprocity failure for 2-3 minutes.



Please bring at least one of the following:

o Wide angle lens (17-35mm)

o  Fast Fixed Focal lens or manual focus only lens ( 24 2.8, 50 1.4, etc.)

o Normal lens (35-70mm)

o Telephoto (70-300mm)

The lenses that will best work at night will be those that have a distance scale/infinity marking on them)



o A sturdy tripod (mandatory).


Cable Release

o  A wired cable release is mandatory.   Gabe recommends bringing two, in case one breaks. He recommends the Wired  Vello Shutterboss as a back up the Vello wired remotes are sufficient. (Make sure the Shutterboss matches your model of camera)



o Polarizer


o Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray or Vario– 2 stop soft, 3 stop hard) These filters are used to reduce contrast in high contrast landscape scenes.  A software solution to this problem will be covered during class for those without filters.


Location/Field Equipment

o Camera bag or backpack

o  Lens shades for all lenses (mandatory)

o Spare camera batteries for every device (mandatory)

o Equipment manuals

o Camera & lens cleaning supplies


o Gray Card

o Field notebook


o 2 high power flashlights (40-200 lumens) and a simple maglite for finding things in your bag.  Please do not bring or wear a headlamp.


o Dedicated flash

o  Flash cord

o  Spare batteries

Memory Card(s) – bring one of the following

o  Empty Compact Flash/SD card

o  Jump Drive

o Portable Hard Drive

 Clothing and Personal Items (suggested)

o  Weatherproof clothing that can be layered for warmth

o  Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots

o  Knee pads

o  Medium to warm jacket

o  Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm

o  Water bottle

o  Snacks for between meals in the field.


Laptop Information

  • Digital SLR users must be able to:
  • Download and store your images on your laptop
  • View your images after downloading them
  • Select and transfer specific images for daily critiques


If you are bringing your laptop to an RMSP workshop, please review the following recommended capabilities:

  • RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs.
  • Free Hard Drive Space – We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer.
  • External Hard Drive – Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives (memory card) dedicated to your photography.
  • Virus Protection – Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.
  • Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords – As needed



What is the 2017 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.  
Which workshop is right for me?

Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Lightroom for Photographers, Photography of People, Macro Photography and Flash Photography will help to round out your technical know-how.

Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings under the "Considerations" or "Who?" section for this information. It will help you make a good decision about what workshop is a good fit for you.

If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.

What is the cutoff date for registration?
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.  
How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?
Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?
Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.
What is included in the tuition?
The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?
Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?

Please read our cancellation policy.

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.

RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Other Logistics

Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free Time
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / Partners
On most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.


What should I bring?
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop.   Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!    

Cancellation Policy

  Cancellation Policy for Workshops
  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
  Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.