Arches, Canyonlands & La Sal Mountains Fall Photography Workshop
Oct 1-6, 2020
Day workshop registration: $850
To Book: CLICK HERE
(then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit 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
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.
Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Thursday evening, Oct 1, and ends Tuesday, Oct 6 at Noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather and be based at the Moab Rental
House (Rim Village, Y4) in Moab Utah. Directions and details will be sent well in
advance of the workshop.
Day workshop: $850
Private bedroom (King bed): $110/night
Shared bedroom (full bed): $75/night
10% Discount for workshop and Rock Light Photo tour alumni
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes
To Book: CLICK HERE(then click 'add to cart' to select workshop length and housing options to reserve your slot) Meals
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 with King size bed (3
- Shared bedroom with Full size bed and shared bathroom (4
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
All national parks admissions are Included in the
registration fee. Colin is a certified and
insured tour operator in both Arches & Canyonlands National parks.
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)