Moab Photography Workshop: April 5-8, 2018

Green River Overlook.jpg
Night Wonders over Delicate Arch.jpg
Grand View Sunrise.jpg
Mesa Arch Glow.jpg
A Midnight Storm.jpg
Earth Laid Bare.jpg
Brushing the Night.jpg
Castle Valley View.jpg
Delta Pool.jpg
Hamburger Rock Sunset.jpg
Morning in Dead Horse Point.jpg
Turret Arch Sunrise.jpg
Green River Overlook.jpg
Night Wonders over Delicate Arch.jpg
Grand View Sunrise.jpg
Mesa Arch Glow.jpg
A Midnight Storm.jpg
Earth Laid Bare.jpg
Brushing the Night.jpg
Castle Valley View.jpg
Delta Pool.jpg
Hamburger Rock Sunset.jpg
Morning in Dead Horse Point.jpg
Turret Arch Sunrise.jpg

Moab Photography Workshop: April 5-8, 2018

from 400.00

Deep canyons, fantastical arches, and distant snowy distant peaks makes Moab one of my favorite places to photograph.  Our workshop begins on a Thursday afternoon where we'll meet in Moab and then drive out to one of the nearby national parks for sunset.  We'll spend the next 3 days photographing iconic locations in Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, and more!  We'll also spend an afternoon on photo processing with Lightroom, the only tool I use for 95% of my images. On Sunday we'll finish our tour with a sunrise in Arches National Park. You're welcome to stay in the area and continue exploring on your own after; recommended nearby areas: Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley, Monument Valley, San Rafel Swell, Natural Bridges NM, Bears Ears, GSENM.

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

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Dates: April 5-8, 2018

Start - Stop Days: Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning

Cost: $800

Deposit: $400

Max Class size: 8

Basecamp: Moab

Nearest Airports: Moab, Grand Junction, Salt Lake, Denver

Lodging: Not Included

Preferred Accommodations: Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn ($160/night)

Transportation: You are responsible for transportation to the workshop. Ride-sharing with the instructor (me!) and other participants will be used for most locations. A rental sedan will get you to most locations in the National Parks, 4WD rentals are available in town for off-road exploring before/after the workshop.

Special Gear: Warm layers for cold desert mornings.

Fitness: Moderate - Hikes from .5-6 miles on and off trail over uneven terrain and sandstone, elevations of 4000-6000 ft.

Locations around Moab: 

  • Arches National Park: Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, The Windows Section, Devils Garden
  • Canyonlands National Park: Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook, White Rim Overlook, Grand View Point
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Colorado River
  • Needles Overlook
  • Anticline Overlook
  • Castle Valley

Climate: Comfortable days 60-75˚F, Cold Nights 30-45˚F, Typically dry with occasional storms.


What You Will Learn

Desert Photography:  The primary goal of this workshop is to guide you to the best spots and provide instruction while shooting.

Shooting Techniques:  Camera setup along with the importance of learning your camera.  Camera settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.  Compositions for the various types of landscape photography encountered including grand vistas and more intimate scenes.

Post Processing:  We will cover editing workflow in Lightroom as well as techniques for noise reduction, sharpening, color balancing & enhancement, as well as some other tweaks to improve your images.  The majority of my work is edited in Lightroom with manual blending and object removal performed in Photoshop.

Location Scouting:  We'll discuss the best locations for desert photography in the Southwest 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.


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 desert 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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