May 6-9, 2009 in Terlingua and Big Bend, Texas

Scott Martin and  Lance Keimig team up to present a four day and night photography workshop in Terlingua and Big Bend, Texas. The Big Bend area of west Texas is 300 miles away from the nearest city and feels every bit of it. It’s one of the country’s best kept secrets, full of history and pristine landscapes. Hikers and photographers love the grand vistas, wildlife and abundance of hiking trails. The area is also great for mountain biking, motorcycling, camping and rafting down the Rio Grande. In addition to the area’s natural landscape and rock formations, there are several historic structures, mines, and adobe houses that are preserved in the desert climate that are ideal for night photography. Big Bend National Park has 800,000 acres of desert, mountain and river environments to choose from. Just outside of the park boundary lies the tiny town of Terlingua where some of our favorite locations for night photography are found.

These medium altitude (2700 – 7000 feet) locations will be around 65 degrees (F) at night while we are shooting and 88 degrees (F) during classroom hours. Combined with about 18% humidity, we will be quite comfortable. If you’ve never been to this part of the world before, you are in for a surprise. The Big Bend region is stark, dry and dangerous but also inviting and majestic.

This workshop will be jam-packed with both field and classroom instruction. We will be in the classroom each day from noon until we leave for the field before sunset. Participants can stay out shooting as long as they, or their camera’s batteries, hold out. While in the field each day, photographic techniques and creative inspiration will be discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. During classroom sessions we will focus on developing our images with Adobe Lightroom while also studying historic and contemporary night photographers. We will have a large format printer on hand for making fine art prints of participants’ work.  We will all work closely together, sharing our knowledge and observations.

Lance brings his extensive experience with night photography to the workshop through composition techniques, night photography guidelines and inspiring slides shows of historical and contemporary night photography. Scott brings his digital imaging training experience and takes an in-depth look at the entire digital imaging workflow from capture to print with night photography in mind. We will examine the skills necessary for high quality digital image capture, RAW file processing and fine art printing. We will also explore all the digital fine art processes available today, including discussion of silver halide, inkjet media, color management and print exhibition.

This workshop is specifically for digital photographers who want to learn night photography techniques all the way from exposure to image processing and printmaking. Contrast, atmosphere, light sources, equipment choices, painting with light, and subject matter at night are some of the specific things this class will cover. All participants will be able to work on their own images and will go home with a print of their favorite image from the workshop. We expect that beginners and seasoned digital imaging professionals alike will benefit from the course. Participants should expect to share some of their images for review, as the goal of this workshop is to enjoy the creative process, learn from each other and to grow as image makers.


Guests will either camp, or stay at the newly renamed Big Bend Motor Inn (BBMI) in Terlingua Texas, just outside of Big Bend National Park. The rates are a very reasonable $114.45, $107.91, and $97.01 for king, double queen and single queen beds respectively, per night. In addition to the famous Starlight Theater, a number of good coffee shops and places to eat have just recently sprouted. Terlingua’s proximity to the park, great shooting locations, dining options, classroom facilities and affordable lodging make it an ideal base of operations for this workshop.

Getting there

There are several ways of driving to the Big Bend region. Here are route recomendations for those coming from AustinEl PasoHoustonMidland/Odessa and San Antonio. Those flying into Texas can consider flying into either Midland/Odessa (MAF), El Paso (ELP) or San Antonio (SAT).


The price for the workshop is $850 plus lodging. For a workshop with two great instructors we hope you’ll find this to be an excellent value. It’s not too late to sign up – there are still a few seats and rooms available! Use the button below to reserve your space by paying for the workshop in full. $850 will be charged immediately.

After reserving your space in the workshop, call Sonya Michaels at 480-998-7199 ext 7118 to reserve a room. Ask for a room at the Big Bend Motor Inn in Terlingua as part of Scott Martin’s group.

This is going to be a really fun workshop in one of my favorite places in the whole world! Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about this workshop or about traveling to this location.