Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Astrophotography at Cathedral Gorge

Are you looking to further develop your photography and editing skills? During a new moon period, this four-day summer experience will take you to Cathedral Gorge to learn how to successfully shoot the Milky Way and sunset on the breathtaking pink cliffs. Before the shoot, learn the basics in astrophotography and later enhance your photo editing skills during two classes in a SUU computer lab. Bring your own DSLR camera (no camera phones), tripod, shutter line, flashlight, warm clothing, food and water. Transportation is not provided.

*Due to the amount of snow at Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Milky Way shoot has been moved to Cathedral Gorge State Park.

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Summer 2019

M, TU, SA, M / 6:00 pm
Cost: $211
Start Date: June 3

Location: Cathedral Gorge/SUU
Teacher: Dr. Lijie Zhou

Instructor Bio
Dr. Lijie Zhou is a professor in the Communication Department at Southern Utah University. He teaches copy and layout design and astrophotography and his research focuses on visual communications and branding. He received an award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for his is research on the effects of visual elements on human behavior. Lijie is a landscape and night sky photographer and specializes in long exposure landscapes, HDR photography, and photo post production and editing. Lijie’s photographs can be viewed at or lj_night_photography on Instagram.

Tentative Itinerary:

June 3: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Learn the basic lecture for astrophotography at SUU campus

June 4: 10:30 p.m. to June 5: 4:30a.m. star and Milky Way shooting at Cathedral Gorge (transportation not included).

June 8: 7:30-9:30 pm Sunset Shooting, location TBD

June 10: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. photo editing class using Adobe Photo Shop and Lightroom at SUU