Autumn Color in RMNP

Autumn Color In Rocky Mountain National Park
5 Day Photo workshop:  Sept 24-28, 2023
Estes Park, Colorado

Registration Fee: $950
To pay the deposit: Click Here then click add to cart.
Balance Due August 1st

Spend 5 days in a variety of locations around the beautiful Rocky Mountains during a photographer’s favorite time of the year - Autumn! The last two weeks of September is generally the time for peak color in Northern Colorado and the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We will visit a variety of great locations in Rocky Mountain National Park for fall foliage, combined with classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images.  We will shoot sunrises and sunsets as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing.  Locations will include, but not limited to: waterfalls, forest streams, aspen groves, lakes and mountain overlooks.  We will end the workshop on Thursday with a group slide show and critique.

About the Photographer: Colin is a professional photographer and licensed tour guide in Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon & Rocky Mountain National Parks, and currently resides in Longmont, Colorado.  He has led several fall foliage workshops in Upstate New York & Colorado over the years.

 Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
  • How to make your foliage images pop
  • How to capture good images in challenging lighting conditions
  • How to analyze a scene for compositional options
  • Working with a range of lenses for a range of compositions
  • Using filters to improve artistic results
Indoor sessions will be spent viewing and critiquing participants’ images.  In addition, Colin will give indoor instructional presentations on:
  • Fall foliage photography techniques
  • Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
  • How to shoot and stitch together panoramic images

Skills Needed
 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.

Other Considerations

NOTE:  This workshop will involve 2-5 miles of rugged hiking per day at 8,000-11,000′ elevations.  Participants MUST be in GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE.  If you are coming from sea level, plan to arrive a couple of days early to acclimatize yourself to the high elevations. 

Group Size:   The workshop will be limited to 8 photographers

Registration Fee: $950

CLICK HERE to reserve and pay your $250 deposit

Limited housing options available in the 4BR vacation rental property that will be our home base for the workshop.

Feel Free to Contact Me with questions.

Dates and Times

Workshop begins Monday, Sept 24 at 4pm and ends Friday, Sept 28 at 1pm.


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.


Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.  A limited number of lodging options will be available at the 4BR home base property in Estes Park beginning on Saturday, Sept 23 (if you want to arrive a day early to get acclimated to the elevation).

Program Schedule:

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, and fall color. We plan to photograph throughout the day. After dinner, we’ll head back to the house for instructional sessions.


Participants arrive in Estes Park. Kick-off dinner and opening presentation and instructional session on Colin's secrets for capturing fall color.

     Monday thru Wednesday

 Early morning field trip followed by brunch.  Break for processing and instructional session.  Afternoon field trip.  


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.  NOTE:  We will go where the color is best.  If color is not peak in the park, we may visit other locations in the Front Range where color may be better)

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 workshop. 
  • 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 is essential for capturing the long exposures necessary to capture waterfalls & streams, as well as at sunrise/set.
  • All your filters. A circular polarizer filter, while not required, can be a useful tool for controlling glare and reflections on leaves and water.  A graduated neutral density filter can be useful at sunrise or sunset.
  • Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear and warm layers – Colorado mountain weather can be finicky, and temps can be chilly at sunrise or sunset, especially at higher altitudes.
  • A headlamp or flashlight, in case we need to hike back after sunset.
  • Your own method of transportation.  We will carpool to locations as possible.
  • A laptop computer loaded with Adobe Lightroom Classic, to best take advantage of the Lightroom workflow sessions.
To reserve your spot, Click Here (then click "add to cart" to pay your $250 deposit)

Workshop Cancellation Policy
  • More than 120 days in advance - full deposit will be returned
  • 60-120 days in advance - deposit can be used for a later workshop
  • 30-60 days in advance - 50% refund.  If we manage to fill all the workshop slots, then the remaining 50% can be applied toward future workshops
  • COVID-19 - if a COVID-19 related travel ban or quarantine directly affect you, or if the workshop is cancelled due to travel restrictions - 100% refund (or apply 50% toward a future workshop with a 10% discount)


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