Banff at Night: An Introduction to Astrophotography

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Juniper Hotel & Bistro

1 Juniper Way

Banff, AB T1L 1E1


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Banff at Night: An Introduction to Astrophotography With Paul Zizka

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Banff at Night: An Introduction to Astrophotography

With Paul Zizka

Assistant(s): Kahli Hindmarsh and Trent Enzsol

Max 17 participants (unless COVID-19 regulations change, then 20).

Over this two-day workshop, Paul and his assistants will lead participants through a variety of night photography concepts, from preparing for an astrophotography session to image capture in the field and post-processing.

In the classroom, the event will include time for editing demos, critiquing, slideshows and lectures. In the field, we will be visiting a handful of locations that are world-famous for their beauty in daylight, but that look even more gorgeous under the night skies.

Pending COVID restrictions, classroom sessions may be moved to a virtual experience from your accommodations in Banff.


  • all instruction - classroom and field
  • in-class coffee/tea on March 12 and 13, some refreshments
  • coffee and snacks for field time
  • OFFBEAT Annual Membership - value $95
  • ebook: Paul Zizka's Guide to Photography in the Canadian Rockies - Banff to Lake Louise Edition
  • Canadian Rockies Annual, Volume 5


  • accommodations
  • transportation to and in Banff
  • meals
  • travel insurance
  • Banff National Park Pass 

COVID-19 Workshop Policy:

Paul Zizka Photography will adhere to the current restrictions and recommendations set out by Alberta Health (at the time of the workshop). We will maintain social distancing, masks indoors and when unable to keep 2-metres apart, ensure proper hand-washing and no shared meals.

Should recommendations change, we may plan itinerary adjustments to account for group meals.


*Review any requirements around self-isolation in your home province or state when travelling to or from the destination.

*Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19; with a history of international travel in the last 14 days; or with close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must remain at home.

*All participants must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate immediately if they present symptoms. There are no refunds should a participant become ill during the workshop.

*Masks are recommended, and may be mandated, for use in indoor spaces. Masks will be worn outdoors when a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained. Please bring your own masks.

*Paul Zizka Photography will provide hand sanitizer to be used throughout the workshop.

*Adjustments may be made to group meals or snacks to account for any necessary adherence to COVID-19 provincial guidelines.

*To support public health contact tracing efforts in the event that an attendee tests positive, Paul Zizka Photography will provide all participant contact information to health authorities if requested.


Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes. Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, including National Geographic, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, and Climbing magazine.


The itinerary is subject to change according to weather conditions and COVID-19 Policies. 

Day One - Friday, March 12

3pm - We will be meeting in the Kiguli Room at the Juniper Hotel.

Please bring your cameras and outdoor gloves with you to the classroom.

(No need to bring the rest of your gear ie. tripods, lenses, warm clothes etc. We will be doing an indoor exercise with cameras and gloves only).

Doors will open around 2:45pm and we will aim to start at 3pm sharp.

3pm - 6pm - Welcome, introductions, classroom session (includes coffee/tea)

Why astrophotography?

Preparing for astrophotography

Image capture in the field


6pm - 8pm - Break - Dinner (on your own) and prep for field session

8pm - midnight - Field session in the Banff area (includes coffee/snacks)

Day Two - Saturday, March 13

12pm - 5:30pm - classroom session (includes coffee/tea and refreshments)

Please eat lunch prior to arrival.

Post-processing demo




Advanced topics: focus stacking, star trails, northern lights, Milky Way, human element

6pm-8pm - Dinner on own

8pm - 1am - Second field session in the Banff area (includes warm drinks/snacks)

1am - Conclusion of the event. Group shot and farewell.


Photography Level - ALL: This event is open to both amateur and professional photographers. 


Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable). An administrative fee of $100 will be held in all cases.

This workshop must have a minimum of 12 participants to run. Paul Zizka Photography will issue a full refund in the case that the workshop is cancelled. 

Please review the full cancellation policy in our Workshop Terms and Conditions.


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