Moab Arches and Canyonlands Workshop

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Photography Workshop

Dates – May 12-16, 2016

Investment – $1195 (Lodging not included)

Availability – Limited to 6 people


In this workshop my goal is to help you find your vision. This starts in the field by taking you to incredible locations, some of which are only accessible by 4x4. While out in the field we will discuss composition and seeing in a different way by immersing yourself in the landscape. I will show you techniques of contemplative photography and exercises to help your creativity flourish.

Finding your vision will extend into post processing, I feel this is one of the most important aspects of finding your creative vision. We will cover topics ranging from basic raw development in Lightroom to advanced burning and dodging using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when you know the how and why of advanced post processing.

There will also be critique sessions for images taken during the workshop and I will provide critique for a small selection of images you provide from the past, please have these ready on a jump drive.


Day 1 - We will meet at the hotel lobby at 3:00pm for introductions, we will then drive out to our first location for sunset, which is at 8:20pm. After sunset we will come back to town for a group dinner.

Day 2 & 3 - In the morning we will wake early to catch sunrise and continue photographing in the soft morning light. We will then come back to town for brunch as a group. We will take a break and then explore the park in the afternoon, as the light gets better we will go to another spectacular location for sunset, and then return to town for dinner.

Day 4 - Sunrise and morning shoot again. In the afternoon we will have image critiques and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. We will then go out for sunset and come back for dinner.

Day 5 - We will rise early for sunrise and be back at the hotel by 10am, at which time you are free to go.


  • Transportation from the hotel to the park locations
  • Small class size of 6 maximum
  • Water and snacks


  • Lodging
  • Meals - we will be eating together as a group often though


The average high in May is 80° and very comfortable. There is a chance of rain, so bring a rain jacket. The morning temperatures will likely be around 50°, so be prepared with some warm clothes for the sunrise shoots. Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended.


This workshop will involve short hikes of 1-2 miles, but they are across generally flat land and not terribly strenuous.


Bring a variety of lens from ultra wide angle, standard and telephoto. . A tripod will be needed as well. If you bring a suitcase full of lenses, plan on bringing a secondary bag for taking out on shoots and only bringing a couple of the lenses, I will advise what to bring for each location. Bringing too much gear only weighs you down and gives you too many options, not a good scenario for exploring your creativity.

For post processing please bring a laptop with the current version Lightroom and Photoshop. I will be covering Luminosity Masks, I use the TKPanel created by Tony Kuyper, if you are interested in using this you may download the panel from Please bring materials for taking notes as well.


Lodging is not included, but I have a block of rooms held at the Gonzo Inn for a special group rate. You may choose to stay here or any hotel of your choice in Moab. You may also to choose to camp, I can give recommendations on places to camp if you prefer this option.



You are responsible for getting to Moab, after that we will be traveling as a group in my 4x4 van. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred.


There are many easy ways to get to Moab, please see this site for more information


This workshop is not focused on night photography, but I have planned the dates so we have a partially illuminated moon to photograph a foreground illuminated by the moon, but not enough to wash out the milky way. We will go out one or two partial nights depending on the weather.


Moab has a wide variety of photographic opportunities in a relatively small area. Our schedule will be flexible so we can visit these locations at the best times based upon the weather.

  • Arches
  • Canyonlands
  • Fisher Towers
  • Hunter Canyon
  • Corona Arch
  • Potash Road
  • Many more locations...

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