Arches & Canyonlands 2023 Winter/Spring Workshop
2023 Moab, Arches & Utah
Canyonlands Winter/Spring Photography Workshop
5 Day workshop: March 2-6, 2023
SOLD OUT! Contact me if you wish to be added to a wait list.
Other Upcoming Moab Workshops:
Full 5 day Workshop $950
(see below for housing options - sale prices cannot be combined with other discounts)
To reserve your slot, Click Here to pay your $850 registration fee.
fantastic weekend exploring Arches, canyons, ancient rock art, the Colorado River,
iconic movie and TV locations, and some of the best light for landscape
photography in the world. The weather is cool and lovely in early March, with the snow-capped LaSal mountain peaks making a great background.
We will visit a wide variety of great
locations in Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State
Park, plus location in the Island in the Sky and Needles districts of Canyonlands National Park. We will also explore other great
locations in an around Moab and Castle Valley. The workshop will include
classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and
critique your images. We will shoot
sunrises and sunsets each day as weather allows, with a few hours each day
dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. Subjects will include, but not be limited
to: Natural arches, canyons, ancient ruins and rock art, the Colorado River, iconic movie and TV locations, and optional
night photography in internationally recognized dark skies parks. We will end the workshop with a group slide
show and critique.
About the Photographer:
Colin is an award-wining photographer based in Colorado and Southern Utah. As a part time resident of Moab
since 2011, he has spent several weeks a year exploring the photographic riches
in and around Moab in every season. He
is a certified photography travel guide in nearby Arches and Canyonlands
national parks, as well as Bryce Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
- How to make your red rock images
- how to capture good images in
challenging lighting conditions
- how to analyze a scene for compositional
- using filters to improve artistic
- using your tripod to capture
longer exposures and greater depth of field
- How to photograph red rocks in the snow (if we're lucky!)
Indoor sessions will be spent viewing
and critiquing participants’ images. In
addition, presentations will include:
- Photographic techniques for
shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- Shooting and Stitching panoramic
- Using apps and topo maps to help
predict great locations for sunrise and sunset
- Adobe Lightroom workflow for
getting the most from your images
- Creating great black and white
images from digital color captures
All skill levels are welcome. Participants who have a basic understanding
of digital workflow and knowledge or exposure to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom
will get the most from this workshop.
Though locations visited during this workshop are readily
accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically
than 3 miles round trip). Participants MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE
to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy
and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes. Keep in mind that the
elevation in Moab is 4000', and Arches and Canyonlands are at 5000-6000'
above sea level.
Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8
Dates and Times
Workshop begins early Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2021 and ends Monday, March 6 at noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather and be based at the Red Rock Garden
rental house in Moab Utah. Directions and details will be sent well in
advance of the workshop.
Registration Fees: Full 5 day Workshop $950 - SOLD OUT
See below for housing options in our luxury rental properties in Moab.
To Book: CLICK HERE(then click add to cart to pay your registration fee to reserve your slot)
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their
cost is not included in the
registration fee. We will work with the
group to organize meal times and locations.
Fully stocked kitchens are available at each rental house, and we will
likely plan to eat at least one meal per day there.
Accommodations are not included, but are available at discount rates in one of two luxury vacation
rental properties just 10 min. south of Moab, Utah, each with a private hot tub
and a fully equipped kitchen. These will make a great base of operations for
visiting Arches & Canyonlands national parks, Dead Horse Point State Park,
and lots of other locations in and around Moab and Castle Valley. One of the two properties will be our home
base for indoor instructional activities.
- Private bedroom (King bed, pvt bath (0 left): $140/night single occ, $165/night dbl occ.
- Private bedroom (Queen bed, pvt bath - 0 left): $125/night - $145/nt dbl Occ
- Private Bedroom (King bed, shared bath - 0 left): $110/night - $135/nt dbl occ.
- Private bedroom (full bed, shared bath - 0 left): $90/night - $150/night dbl occ (2 full beds)
Prices are indicated for single occupancy. Want to bring along a spouse, partner or
other non-participant? Contact us for
double occupancy rates. Beds may be
available for a night or two before and after the workshop, if you wish to extend your stay in the
Colin is a registered and
insured tour operator in both Arches & Canyonlands National parks, but guides are not allowed to pay for guests. If you have a national parks pass, please bring it. We will need at least one for each vehicle.
Airfare & Local
Airfare and local transportation is NOT included. There is not much in the way of public
transportation in Moab, and the closest major airport is in Grand Junction,
Colorado (GJT), a little less than 2 hours away, and Salt Lake City (SLC) a
little more than 4 hours away. UPDATE: Sky West is now flying 12 flights a week from Denver to Moab
Canyonlands Airport (CNY), operating as a regional carrier for United,
meaning you can book through United. Rental cars are generally required for those
getting around, although we will try to organize ride shares as much as
possible, and we will carpool as much as possible, to keep both our carbon
footprint and parking space as minimal as possible. CNY is close enough for us to pick you up there. Plan to arrive anytime Thursday afternoon, March 2. If you wish to come a day or 2 early (or stay late), please let us know ASAP - we can probably accommodate you.
Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we will stay
flexible so that we optimize our time in the field, giving you the best chances
to capture great images based on weather and lighting conditions. We plan to
photograph golden hour at sunrise and sunset each day, with time during the day
for additional shooting locations, instructional sessions, and down time.
Participants arrive in Moab. Kick-off dinner and opening
presentation with a brief instructional session on the plan for the week, and
introduction to the area.
Thursday thru Sunday
Each day will start with a morning field trip followed by breakfast/brunch. Break for processing and instructional
session. Afternoon field trip. Evening viewing and critique of participants’
images. Exact locations to be determined
based on weather and specific interests of the group, but roughly the plan will
be to spend one day in Arches, one day in Canyonlands/Dead Horse Point, one day
in various other locations in and around Moab, with a possible 4th day in
Bears Ears National Monument. The New Moon is March 6, so later in the week we
will have an optional field trip or two for night photography as well.
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Group critiquing
session, slide show and workshop wrap-up.
(Schedule may vary considerably depending on
weather and other factors)
What to bring:
- A digital or film
camera capable of manual exposure settings.
Due to the short time frame of the workshop, people with digital
cameras, especially digital SLR cameras, will get the most from the
Plan to bring all of
your lenses, from wide angle to telephoto, as the variety of locations will put
all your gear to work!
A sturdy tripod
A circular polarizer
filter, while not required, can be a useful tool for controlling glare and
reflections, and making your red rock images pop. Other filters you may find useful are a rectangular or square graduated ND filter. A variable ND filter is not really useful on this workshop.
Hiking boots or other
sturdy shoes: while the hikes to locations we will visit will be fairly short
(typically less than 2-3 miles round trip) a good set of sturdy hiking boots is
good for protecting the ankles on rocky trails and slippery rocks.
Lots of clothing
layers – Moab weather can be finicky, and temps in early March can be cold at sunrise or
sunset in the desert, and much warmer during the day. Fingerless gloves are helpful for cold weather shooting!
A headlamp or
flashlight, in case we need to hike back after sunset, or if you wish to
participate in optional night photo sessions.
Your own method of
transportation. We will carpool to
locations as possible.
A laptop computer,
ideally loaded with Adobe Lightroom Classic, to best take advantage of the Lightroom
workflow instructional session. A tablet with Adobe Lightroom works, too. Cables
and devices necessary to download your images from camera to laptop or tablet is a must! Please figure this stuff out before you come, so you don't waste valuable workshop time fretting over downloads!
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