Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Private Night Photography Workshops by Royce Bair

A light painted Broken Arch in Arches National Park ~ © Royce Bair
Private Night Photography Lessons in the Field. During this past year, I started offering private, one-on-one night photography workshops, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Private instruction allows greater flexibility for teaching and offers many additional opportunities for my clients! We can sometimes do as much photography in two nights than you can do in a group situation during three or four nights. Of course, we can also do as much daytime photography as you want (depending on how much sleep you require). The cost is only a little more than a group workshop, but it can actually be equal to or less expensive, when you invite a friend or two to share the costs (maximum of four photographers allowed in a private group). Let me illustrate...

Day rate: I charge $1,000 for the first day of instruction and $800 for each additional day (some photographers book just one day). Weather* days are $300. Here's a typical fee cost illustration for two, three and four photographers:

  First Day/night ................... $1,000.00
  Second Day/night (a Weather* day)..    300.00
  Third Day/night ...................    800.00
    Total fee cost .................. $2,100.00
    Cost per photographer (when 2)... $1,050.00
    (Cost per photographer, when 3).. $  700.00    
    (Cost per photographer, when 4).. $  525.00    

Definitions: A "Day/night" of photography includes up to 8 hours of my time in guiding and teaching. At least three (3) of those hours will be doing starry night photography. The daytime instruction can be in the field or in the classroom (i.e. image post processing). A tag-along spouse or friend, without a camera, is not considered a "photographer".

*Weather Days: In virtually every group workshop I've ever conducted, there are nights where we have so much cloud cover that few stars can be seen or photographed. Although we always try to make good use of the night with "Blue Hour" photography and demonstrating light painting techniques, this is not what you really paid in advance for. When this happens in my private workshops, we just call it a night and rest up for better nights. If I cannot give you at least three (3) hours of starry night photography, I will either prorate you for the time we are able to shoot or charge you a flat $300 fee to cover my expenses for that day.

Travel Expenses: You will cover your own travel expenses for transportation, lodging and meals.

Locations for private workshop lessons can be any place in the world! Any workshop location within 350 miles of my residence includes my travel expenses in the first day rate fee. Examples of workshops that are within this 350-mile radius: Arches National Park, Grand Teton N.P., Yellowstone N.P., Zion N.P., Bryce Canyon N.P., Capitol Reef N.P., Canyonlands N.P. and Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M.

You will also cover my travel expenses for any workshop that is greater than 350 miles from my residence in Salt Lake City, Utah. I will cover my own lodging and meals. For distances greater than 350 miles, you will be charged the following travel expenses, in addition to my day rates:

   351-800 miles (car travel one way): $0.95 per mile*
   Over 800 miles: Actual airfare charges + actual
         car rental fees (we can share this vehicle).
*Example: One of my favorite places in eastern California are the Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine. From this area, you can also visit Mono Lake and the ancient Bristlecone Pines. Google says it's 582 miles from Salt Lake City to Lone Pine —that's 232 miles over my free base distance of 350 miles. At 95 cents per mile, that would be a travel expense of $220. As for your own travel expenses, you would want to fly into Las Vegas and rent a car for driving to Lone Pine (232 miles).

Reserving your date: I charge a $300 deposit to reserve a date. You can reserve up to a six days at a time. There is a deposit fee of $300 for each day you wish to reserve. This one deposit covers all the photographers in your group. I am happy to help you with your travel arrangements and hotel recommendations.

CALL: 801-558-2701 to make your reservations, or EMAIL me at royce.bair[AT]gmail[DOT]com (to prevent spam email, I ask you to substitute the "[AT]" with the "@" symbol and the "[DOT]" with the "." character).

Final payment: I request the balance of my fees (and any travel expenses) 60 days prior to the starting day of your private workshop.

Cancellations: You can cancel or change your reservation up to 60 days prior to your reserved date(s) and receive a full refund (less credit card processing fees). Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the workshop will receive a refund on any fees paid, less the $300 deposit for each day you had reserved —unless another photographer wishes to take your place.

Refunds: If, after completing at least one of your reserved workshop days, it is decided that you no longer need one or more of your additional reserved days, you will be refunded all but the $300 deposit for those unused days (less credit card processing fees). Travel expenses cannot be refunded.

Recommendations: Read what others have said about my workshops.

Available dates for 2015 and 2016: At the moment, I have the following dates available (best for starry night photography). Any one or more of these days can be reserved:

  • October 7-17, 2105 ~ completed: @ Mono Lake, CA
  • November 6-14, 2015 ~ completed: "Old Barns" Workshop
  • December 7-15, 2015 ~ Dec 4-5 Reserved by "Mike"
  • March 11-12, 2016 ~ free NightScapeWalk near Wendover, Nevada
  • April 4-9, 2016 ~ April 4-6 Reserved by "Nancy"
  • May 2-10, 2016 ~ May 2-3 Reserved by "Joanna" ~ May 5-7 Reserved by "Glenn"
  • May 30 - June 8, 2016 ~ excluding Sunday, June 5
  • June 29 - July 9, 2016 ~ Reserved by "Mike" and "Nancy"
  • July 26-30, 2016  ~ Reserved by "Claus"
  • August 1-6, 2016  ~ Aug 4-6 Reserved by "Janet"
  • August 29 - Sept 3, 2016  ~ Aug 29 - Sept 3 Reserved by "John" and "Jean"
  • September 20-23 ~ Grand Canyon Milky Way/Rafting Workshop (full)
  • September 26 - Oct 5, 2016 ~ excluding Sunday, Oct 2
  • October 25-29, 2016
  • October 31 - Nov. 4, 2016
  • November 25-26, 2016
  • November 28 - Dec. 3, 2016
Note: The above dates are optimum, or nights with little or no moon interference. You can schedule periods a few days earlier or later than this, but you may lose some night shooting hours due to moon interference. If you are interested in other dates, let me know, and I'll tell you the amount of "Star shooting time" available for those nights, in the location that you wish to photograph.

GROUP Workshops: I also do paid group workshops. Past and future workshops are listed on my NightScape Meetup site. Check out my FREE NightScape PhotoWalks.

2017 Workshop Schedule: So far, I have the following group workshop (8 spots) scheduled:
      •  Grand Teton with "Solar Eclipse" ~ August 21-24 (more details to come)


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  2. Let me know if you get a schedule for the Tetons night shooting and the group could use another person.,

    ps, do you do any time lapse night sky?

  3. We have many great photographers around the world. Every one has its own unique style as an artist.
    Mizanur Rahman

  4. تعتمد شركة ركن البيت على افضل الخدمات الاساسية المميزة التى تساعد فى الوصول الى افضل النتائج المميزة التى تؤدي الغرض المطلوب حيث لدينا شركة تنظيف بالرياض تساعد فى تحقيق افضل ما هو مطلوب في خدمات النظافة بعيد عن اعمال التنظيف اليدوية التي تستخدم اساليب فعليك ان تتعاون وتتصل بنا في شركتنا حيث يمكنك الاستعانة بخدمة تنظيف الفلل من خلال التواصل مع قسم شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض التي تحقق كل ما هو جيد في اعمال التنظيف والسعى الى التنظيف من الالف الى الياء كما يوجد لدينا خدمات اخري في النظافة مثلا تنظيف الخزانات التي تحتاج الي مختص فني في تقديم اعمال نظافة الخزنات من خلال شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    التي لديها خدمة متخصصة في القضاء علي البكتريا والرواسب التي توجد في قاع الخزانات من خلال شركة تسمي المتميزة في التعقيم والتظهر للحصول علي كل ما هو صحي من خلال شراء اغلى انواع المنظفات والمساحيق والمعطرات المميزة التى تساعد فى الوصول الى اى نتيجة يرغب العميل بها فشركة ركن البيت هى افضل الشركات التى تهتم باعمال التنظيف لمنزلك التي توجد لديك مثل خدمة شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض مهما كانت مساحته ومهما كانت درجة الاتساخ فلاتتردد فى التعامل معنا لدينا خدمات اخري يمكنك متابعتها مثلا بعض الناس يعتمدون علي شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض والتي تعتبر من افضل الخدمات الاساسية داخل مدينة الرياض التي تحتاج عناية شديدة في اعمالها من خلال تعاملها مع قسم شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض والتي يستخدم مبيدات طبيعية والتي تقتل جميع الحشرات المنزلية مثل الصراصير والنمل الابض والفئران بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تهتم بتوفير افضل الخدمات الاساسية فى اعمال الرش فاذا كنت فى اى مكان وتعانى من وجود حشرات فعليك التخلص منه من خلال شركتنا المتميزة

  5. thanx,Nice info شركة رش مبيدات بجدة الشركة الاولى فى المملكة والتى تعتبر افضل شركة رش مبيدات بجدة كمان اننا نضمن لك الجودة والتوفير لاننا ارخص شركة رش مبيدات بجدة ونقوم بمساعدتك على إبادة الحشرات فى شركة رش حشرات بجدة ونقوم بمكافحة الحشرات أيضاَ فى شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة والتى تعتبر افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة بل وتعبر كذلك ارخص شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة

  6. its very Nice شركات الماسة تقدم لكم شركة جلى رخام جدة فنحن نساعدك على عمل جلى رخام جدة حيث أن شركتنا شركة جلى بلاط جدة لديها أفضل ماكينات جلى بلاط جدة كما اننا فى شركة شركة جلى سيراميك جدة لدينا احدث أدوات جلى سيراميك جدة كما ان شركتنا تعتبر افضل شركة جلى رخام جدة وبشهادة العملاء نعتبر افضل شركة جلى بلاط جدة ونعتبر أيضا افضل شركة جلى سيراميك جدة كما أن لدينا افضل اسعار جلي بلاط جدة

  7. Very Nice شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة انها شركة الماسة والتى تتميز أيضاً أنها شركة رش حشرات بجدة وعلى مر الأيام أصبحت شركة الماسة افضل شركة رش مبيدات بجدة كم أصبحت أيضاً افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة نعمل سوياً على إبادة جميع الحشرات والقوارض فى شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة كما أننا لدينا أفضل المبيدات الحشرية فى شركة رش مبيدات بجدة