Colorado Fall Timelapse Workshop: Oct 11-14, 2018

Wilson Peak Storm
Autumn Sunrise over Sneffels Range
Sneffels Range Sky Fire
Wilson Mesa Sunset
Wilson Peak Storm
Autumn Sunrise over Sneffels Range
Sneffels Range Sky Fire
Wilson Mesa Sunset

Colorado Fall Timelapse Workshop: Oct 11-14, 2018

from 400.00

Towering mountains, golden leaves, and the occasional dusting of snow make Colorado one of the best places for fall photography, and it's where I created my 5-year fall timelapse film

Our workshop begins on Thursday afternoon with a short meet and greet, and a sunset shoot near Telluride. Over the next 3 days, we'll be spending as much time in the field as possible as well as a classroom session on editing timelapse sequences.  Depending on conditions we may spend one late evening photographing the Milky Way.  Our workshop will end after a sunrise shoot on Sunday morning.

Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

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    Dates: Oct 11-14, 2018

    Start - Stop Days: Thursday afternoon - Sunday morning

    Cost: $895

    Deposit: $400

    Max Class size: 6

    Basecamp: Telluride

    Nearest Airports: Telluride, Durango, Grand Junction, Montrose, Denver

    Lodging & Meals: Not Included

    Preferred Accommodations:  TBD

    Transportation:  4x4 transportation provided to all locations, participants are responsible for transport to/from Telluride.  Most locations are accessible with a 2WD vehicle, if you have a 4x4 vehicle with off-road experience you are welcome to drive yourself to all photo locations.

    Special Gear: Warm layers for cold mornings.

    Fitness: Moderate - Hikes from .5-5 miles on and off trail over uneven terrain and on mountain slopes. Elevations from 7000-11000ft.

    Locations:  Scenic locations around Telluride.

    Climate: Cool days 40-70˚F, Cold Nights Nights 25-40˚F, Typically dry with occasional rain or snowstorms

    Overview of Skills & Topics Covered:

    • Location Scouting: We'll discuss the best locations for timelapses as well as how to find new and different angles on popular spots. We'll also cover techniques for planning the time to photograph, and researching/reading the weather.
    • Shooting: Camera setup for timelapses including settings such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, interval, and length.  Composition and settings for the various types of landscape locations encountered and ideas on how to create unique sequences like day to night.
    • Editing: We'll have 1 classroom session on importing, editing, and exporting timelapse sequences using Lightroom and LRTimelapse. We'll cover editing styles and choices as well as more broad ideas for creating a finished film.

    Gear Needed:

    • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
    • A selection of lenses from wide angle to telephoto, the more choices the better. Please have one wide lens with an aperture of f/4 or faster
    • An intervalometer that works with your camera or built in app like the Sony Timelapse app. Please contact me if you need help selecting one.
    • Lots of batteries or an external battery source, timelapsing consumes a lot of power.
    • To fully participate in the classroom session, please bring a laptop computer with Lightroom and LRTimelapse already installed (both offer free trials for new customers).
    • Appropriate clothing for mountain weather in the Colorado Rockies. Temps can be as high as the 70s (˚F) in the day and in the 20s at night with anything from blue skies to heavy rain, fog, or snow. Long underwear, down-clothing, rain gear, wool, and waterproof footwear are all suggested.
    • Please bring snacks and drinks for time spent in the field, many of the best times for shooting are around breakfast and dinner so normal eating schedules are often disrupted. I typically have a late breakfast after shooting and an early or late dinner depending on shooting conditions.
    • To keep the cost of the workshop down official transportation is not included. Getting to locations is done as a group with students taking turns carpooling and riding in my 4runner. This has never been an issue and actually ends up being a great way to meet and interact with other participants during non-instruction time.


    • A basic understanding of your camera and its operation as well as your other gear. If you're new to photography please take an intro-to-photography class before joining, as we'll be focused on the creation of timelapse sequences.
    • The ability to hike short trail distances (3 miles and under) in the mountains at elevations above 5000ft. The best way to acclimate is to arrive in Colorado a couple days early. Any hiking to locations will be at a moderate pace but require basic physical fitness; please do not sign-up if you're unable to meet these requirements. I've had students of all ages and body types able to meet these requirements with home training as simple as hiking multiple times per week with their camera pack.

    Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

    To be at the best locations for sunrise and sunset our hours in the field will vary. Some locations require a couple hours travel on rough backcountry roads.

    The final itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions. 

    This workshop will take place in remote mountain areas. Not all areas have bathrooms and you will need to bury or pack out any waste, I will provide a shovel and any needed toiletries. We will be hiking on this trip and possible locations could include steep trails, rocky terrain, off-trail travel, and high elevation, you must be able to handle 2-8 miles of moderate desert hiking per day.

    Cancellation policy:

    • If you cancel 90+ days prior to the workshop your payment is refunded minus a $125 fee; if you transfer your spot to another participant the fee is waived minus any payment processing fees.
    • 90 days to the start of the workshop a refund is only available if your spot can be filled. You can transfer your spot to another photographer or wait to see if it's filled (I will attempt to fill it from any wait-list). The full remaining balance is due 60 days before the workshop and a $125 processing fee will be applied to any transfers until the start of the workshop. No refunds on the full amount owed after 60 days.

    There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY for any reason, medical, weather, or otherwise. You are encouraged to purchase travel insurance and refundable airfare to cover any potential losses due to illness, family emergency, natural disaster, etc. If you fly with points on Southwest it's easy to get a refund for use on future flights. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail.

    I reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met or unavoidable circumstances prevent its start. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be given the option of rescheduling for a later date, transferring to another future workshop, or a full refund. I am not liable for any travel or lodging expenses incurred due to cancellation and as such travel insurance is recommended.

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