Spend 5 days in Utah's newest National Monument exploring canyons for cliff dwellings, rock art, and other ancient Native American structures. Learn a little archaeology while capturing images of these photogenic ancestral pueblos. This will be an active workshop, with several miles of hiking each day. This will be the first time I have offered this workshop, and I am really excited to share some of my favorite places in this remarkable place!
About the Photographer:
Colin is an award-wining photographer who
has spent the past decade exploring the red rock Canyonlands of 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 Southern Utah in every season. He
is a certified photography travel guide in Arches, Canyonlands
& Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.He is the owner/operator of Rock Light Photo Tours based in Moab, Utah.
8 photographers max
Full 5 day Workshop $795
Prices do not include applicable sales taxes
To Book: CLICK HERE (then click add to cart to pay your $250 deposit to reserve your slot)
Housing options TBA
I promise to
donate 5% off all registration fees from this workshop to Utah Diné
Bikéyah and the Natural Resources Defense Council to support the legal
battle to restore the original boundaries of this unique resource
illegally reduced by the outgoing administration.
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
How to photograph and document ruins and rock art using a Leave No Trace approach
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
Adobe Lightroom workflow for
getting the most from your images
Creating great black and white
images from digital color captures
A presentation on the archaeology and history of Bears Ears by a special guest!
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
2-5 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 the area ranges from 5000'-7,000'
above sea level.
Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Monday afternoon, Oct 18, and ends Friday, Oct 22 at Noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather and be based at a vacation rental property to be announced
in Blanding, Utah (about little more than an hour South of Moab). Directions and details will be sent
advance of the workshop.
Full five day workshop: $795
Limited housing options available (not included in registration fee)
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes
To Book: CLICK HERE (then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit required to reserve you slot.
Feel Free to Contact Me with questions about the workshop or housing.
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.
There will be a limited number of housing options at our home base
vacation rental property in Blanding, Utah - to be announced. Directions
and details will be sent well in
advance of the workshop.
All park admissions are included in the
registration fee. Colin is a certified and
insured tour operator in Bears Ears National Monument.
Airfare & Local
Airfare and local transportation is NOT included. There is not
much in the way of public
transportation in the area, and the closest major airport is about 3
hours away in Grand Junction, CO (GJT), and a smaller airport outside Moab (CNY). Note: due to
COVID-19, please plan to drive yourself difficult to
social distance in enclosed spaces such as vehicles. We will reassess the COVID situation as the dates get closer.
Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we will stay
flexible so that we optimize our time in the field, giving you the best
to capture great images based on weather and lighting conditions. The cliff dwellings and rock art are best photographed
during the day, leaving time in the evenings for instructional sessions, and down
time. We will probably take advantage of the full moon Oct 20 to do some night hiking as well.
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
days in advance - 50% refund. If we manage to fill all the workshop
slots, then the remaining 50% can be applied toward future workshops
- 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)