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Dark Sky Photography Workshop with Jeff Bartlett & Jack Fusco

Join photographers Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco for an incredible dark sky photography workshop and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

Join us as we explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and its stunning location in the Canadian Rockies. We will spend the workshop photographing some of the best dark-sky locations in Jasper National Park and we’ll wrap up just in time for the Dark Sky Festival signature weekend hosted by Tourism Jasper. Jasper is the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve and home to some of the best stargazing you will ever encounter. The stunning scenery and easy-to-access locations make it the ideal location to hone your skills – whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned night-sky photographer.

During the workshop, we’ll work together to create some truly spectacular images, while covering in-depth tutorials for photographing star trails, capturing the Milky Way or northern lights and post-processing techniques. The instructors, Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco, have combined experience leading workshops across North and South America, Europe and Africa! This will be our second workshop in Alberta and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have it line up with one of my favorite events of the year.

Jeff spent five years living in Jasper and there aren’t many people with better knowledge of its many landscapes. This will be Jack’s 7th consecutive year attending the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, so being out under the stars in Jasper feels like being at a second home. Their work from Jasper has been featured by National Geographic, NASA, the LA Times, and many other outlets.
The workshop ends on Thursday, October 24, but the Jasper Dark Sky Festival continues all weekend. We highly recommend our participants stick around, as there isn’t a better event for night sky enthusiasts. If you are staying in Jasper for a few extra days, plan to attend the Night Under the Stars at Lake Annette and book tickets for both the Keynote presentation and SpaceTalks.

A Workshop For All Levels
Our Canadian Rockies Dark Sky Photography Workshop is designed to maximize one-on-one learning, so we are including only ten participants along with two instructors. The excellent 5:1 ratio allow us plenty of flexibility, so we can tailor learning objectives and instructions to each photographer’s unique needs. We’re also adamant that it’s important to not just learn how to capture more compelling images but also how to edit them, so we’ll spend afternoon sessions covering beginner to advanced post-processing practices. Typically, we say our workshops are for everyone; however, this workshop has a few exceptions because we’re focusing strictly on the dark sky. Participants need to come prepared with requisite equipment. We hope everyone will come prepared to capture the night sky, meaning they’ll have at least one fast aperture lens, a sturdy tripod, a cable release, and be ready to stay out late! We do have several planned sessions, but our curriculum is never set in stone. Our experience allows us to quickly adapt to our clients needs. If there are specific photography skills you want to learn or improve, we are there to help.
If you’re unsure of your gear or need advice on what bring/rent, please feel free to reach out! I’m more than happy to help you select what you will need.

What’s included:
Welcome Session on October 20, 2019
4 nights shooting throughout Jasper National Park in a small group.
1 on 1 photography instruction opportunities
Farewell session and image presentation on October 24, 2019
Complimentary transportation during daily photography sessions
What’s not included:
Travel to and from Jasper
Accommodation in Jasper*
Meals while in Jasper

*Although our workshop does not include accommodation, we will be based out of The Crimson hotel in Jasper. We will host daily post-processing sessions at the hotel and use it as a meeting point for our nightly photography excursions. We also have a group rate available, so it’s the easiest place to stay during the workshop; however, participants are free to make other arrangements provided they’re able to provide their own transportation to and from The Crimson.

Contact person: Jeff Bartlett | 780-931-2962 | Jeff@Jeffbartlettmedia.com | www.jeffbartlettmedia.com

Food Lab

Mixing Food and Science, FOOD LAB is a fun, interactive cooking demo of molecular gastronomy at which ingredients meet technology in quirky cooking techniques to obtain unique flavors, textures and style. The best part? You get to eat.

NEW Planetarium Experience “From Jasper To Jupiter”

Our first completely NEW planetarium experience in 4 years…In an age of space tourism,  BLAST OFF from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve for: * an ‘orbital cruise’ around the Earth * ski craters on the Moon * fly through a comet tail * race through a giant canyon on Mars * dive under a moon of Jupiter * sail the seas of a satellite of Saturn and more!

NOTE: This is experience takes place in our planetarium dome theatre ONLY (Telescope Experience not included)  children under 4 years are not permitted


Solar-Gazing & Planetarium

See local constellations and auroras 40-seat domed theatre, then, look at safety-filtered views of solar flares and other details on the Sun with one of our knowledgeable astronomy experts.

Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, meet in the Main Lodge

$39/adult, $19/youth (ages 4-17)


SkyTram Star Session (evening on a mountaintop) with 3-course meal

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Photograph the Stars: A How-to Guide to Astrophotography, with Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco

In 2018, Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco debuted Chasing Darkness, Episode 01: Alberta, Canada, during the Dark Sky Festival. This year, they’re going to teach you how to capture your own dark sky images in just 90-minutes.
During Photograph the Stars: A How-to Guide to Astrophotography, the two astrophotographers will move quickly, beginning with the basics and ending on timelapse techniques that will help take your own night-sky photography adventures to another planet. It’s a high-paced, hands-on event that will leave you longing to explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve through your own lens.
About Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco
Jeff Bartlett is an adventure photographer and filmmaker based in the Canadian Rockies. His work blends adventure and vibrant landscapes to portray a true sense of place.
Jack Fusco is an astrophotographer based in San Diego, California. Through his photography and films, he hopes to capture the sense of wonder and vastness that we all feel while staring out into a star-filled sky.

Beyond the Stars

Sometimes the stars don’t align. Due to an unfortunate weather forecast, this evening’s (October 25) stargazing program at Lake Annette is cancelled. We’ll see you lakeside for Saturday’s event (which is still on!) for a night of amazing exploration of the skies.

The following activities will be available TONIGHT ONLY at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School from 8-10pm:
-National Geographic Night Sky Odyssey
– TELUS World of Science Edmonton: “Over the Moon” displays and planetarium programming
– Storytelling by Warrior Women
– Indoor telescope demonstration and slideshow by RASC

“Power down. Look up.”

Join us along the shores of Lake Annette for one of the most memorable star gazing experiences in the world. Offering people of all ages a variety of free, intimate, and interactive programming with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Center, Dark Sky Photographers, Parks Canada Interpreters, and other special guests. No charge !

Shuttles: Please note that there will be no parking permitted at the event. A complimentary shuttle service is provided. Busses will depart every 15 min from the Visitor Information Centre Lawn between 7:45pm-10:45pm and return from 8:00pm-11:15pm.

Join us along the shores of Lake Annette for the one of the most
memorable stargazing experiences in the world. Offering people of
all ages a variety of free, intimate and interactive programming with
Telus World of Science – Edmonton, The Royal Astronomical Society
of Canada – Edmonton Centre, Parks Canada Interpreters and other
special guests.


The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton will have telescopes and
science activities related to light and optics set up for this evening’s
star gazing event.


Warrior Women showcase haunting melodies and harmonious
song writing that gives you an experience of a lifetime. Performing
songs written in both English and their native tongue, Cree.


Having worked his way through a variety of Craft- and Communitybased
practices, he currently focuses on lighting design, lantern art,
and light sculpture. You can engage him to light up a small space,
or as large as a week long multi-stage festival, as permanent as
your street lights, or as temporary as a Lantern Walk.


A Dark Sky Augmented Reality Adventure
Come and see how we use the innovative technology of augmented
reality to juxtapose the classical 17th century depictions of the
constellations over actual stars in the night sky in real time. Sit back
and let yourself be transported by an awe-inspiring soundtrack
as you listen to the stories of our ancestors told from a singularly
enchanting perspective. Presentations take place at 8pm, 8:45pm,
9:30pm, and 10:15pm.



Join us on a 2.4 km Easy Guided Hike. Immerse yourself and
experience the moonlit skies of Jasper National Park and learn all
about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of
the park (including us!) see in the dark. Bring a flashlight and meet
by the red lit up box.
8:15pm-9:15pm / 9:30pm-10:30pm




VIP Stargazing Reception

Join the stars of the Dark Sky Festival for an exclusive evening at the newly renovated Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. Stargaze through telescopes and learn more about the wonders of the night sky from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Mingle over delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by renowned chef Stuart Allen. Share smores and swap space and science stories with some of the most interesting minds in STEM. Note: The VIP Reception does not include admission to the Keynote event.

Please note each ticket includes 2 drink tickets and will be available for purchase after.

Music will be provided by James Renton of Edmonton’s own Fire Next Time.

Complimentary Shuttle Service to the VIP Stargazing Reception

Courtesy of Pursuit, the following shuttles will be available to attendees of the VIP Stargazing Reception:

  • 9:00pm: Complimentary shuttles will depart from the festival tent (located at 305 Bonhomme Street) to Wilderness Kitchen, Maligne Canyon.
  • 9:30pm to midnight: one shuttle will loop between Wilderness Kitchen and the Jasper Park Lodge, departing every 15 min.
  • 9:30pm to midnight: one shuttle will loop between Wilderness Kitchen to Visitor Information Centre, departing every 15 min.

Last busses will depart Wilderness Kitchen at midnight.


After Dark with Alan Nursall

Join us at the Jasper Legion for After Dark.  Test your knowledge with a space and science trivia challenge, hosted by Canadian television personality Alan Nursall. It’s an night you won’t want to miss!

Alan Nursall is a Canadian scientist and President & CEO TELUS World of Science Edmonton, who reported on science news for the Canadian television series Daily Planet and the Alan Nursall Experience on the Discovery Channel.

Music will be provided by James Renton of Edmonton’s own Fire Next Time.

Science for Breakfast, featuring Seth Shostak and Nick Pope

Nick Pope used to run the British Government’s UFO project; he researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and other strange phenomena, leading the media to call him the real Fox Mulder. Seth is Senior Astronomer and Institute Fellow at the SETI Institute. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals, and most recently authored Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Start your Dark Sky Festival morning off with a bang by joining Seth and Nick in a conversation about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Ticket price includes a hot buffet breakfast.

Contact Us

  • Address

    Tourism Jasper
    500 Connaught Dr.
    Jasper, AB, Canada T0E 1E0