Moab, Arches & Canyonlands Fall Photo Workshop
Moab, Arches & Canyonlands Fall Photography Workshop
Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2022 (Cancelled) - 2024 Dates TBD
NOTE: Due to circumstance beyond my control, this workshop has been cancelled, but the March 2-6, 2023 Moab Winter/Spring workshop is still on (Click Here for Details) I will also still be in Moab the last week of October, and can lead individual tours (www.RockLightPhotoTours.com)
Day/5 night workshop registration: $1050
To Book: CLICK HERE
(then click 'add to cart' to pay your registration fee to reserve your slot)
fantastic week 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. Early October is peak fall color for the quaking aspen trees in the La Sal Mountains near Moab.
We will visit a wide variety of great
locations in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State
Park. We will also explore other great
locations in an around Moab and Castle Valley, and a day
exploring aspen groves in the La Sal Mountains. 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 primarily in New York state, but he
has spent the past several years 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 Moab in every season. He
is a certified photography travel guide in nearby Arches and Canyonlands
Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
- How to make your red rock images
- How to capture successful fall color photos
- how to capture good images in
challenging lighting conditions
- how to analyze a scene for compositional
- using filters to improve artistic
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
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 less
than 3 miles round trip). Participants MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE and able
to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots
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.
New for 2022, I am requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated
against Covid-19 (a booster is suggested but not required), OR present
evidence of a negative Covid-19 test no less than 72 hours before the
Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Thursday evening, Oct 27, and ends Tuesday, Nov 1 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.
Day workshop: $1050
Private bedroom (King bed, pvt bath): $140/night single occ, $165/night dbl occ.
Private bedroom (Queen bed, pvt bath): $125/night - $145/nt dbl occ
Private Bedroom (King bed, shared bath): $110/night - $135/nt dbl occ.
Private bedroom (full bed, shared bath): $90/night - $150/night dbl occ
Lodging details below.
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes
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. (www.MoabRentalHouses.com) 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 with King size bed and private bathroom (3
Avail) $140/night single occupancy, or $165/night dbl occ.
- Private bedroom with queen sized bed and private bathroom (1 avail) $125/night
- King Size bed with shared bathroom (1 avail) $110/night
- Full size bed and shared bathroom (1
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 before and after the workshop, if you wish to extend your stay in the
If you have a national parks pass, please bring it, as we will need one per vehicle to access the parks. Colin is a certified and
insured tour operator in both Arches & Canyonlands National parks, but the permit does not allow him to pay for your park entry.
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.
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.
Friday thru Monday
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 4th day in
Bears Ears National Monument. There will be 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 for at least your favorite wide angle lens can be a useful tool for controlling glare and
reflections and making colors pop. Other filters you may find useful are a warming filter and a graduated ND filter kit. Need filters? Colin is now a NiSi filters rep, and can get you a discount on all your filter needs. Contact Colin
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 can be chilly at sunrise or
sunset in the desert, and much warmer during the day.
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, to best take advantage of the Lightroom
workflow instructional session. Cables
and devices necessary to download your images from camera to laptop.
To reserve your spot, Click Here (then click 'add to cart' to pay your registration fee to reserve your slot)
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)
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