WWP Moab Workshop (Spring of 2013)


One of the following 3 weekends (please let me know if any or all of these will work for you)

March 16-17

March 23-24

April    6-7



We will be based out the town of Moab, Utah. Moab is one of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed, it’s a cool small town lined with unique shops/dining, but most important for a group of nature photographer’s the town is located very near the entrance to both Arches and Canyonlands National Park. If you haven’t been to either, they are incredibly diverse Parks and offer some of the most impressive features and sweeping views to be found anywhere on the planet!

We will be shooting a variety of locations at Parks. I have explored both in all seasons and have scouted many locations that work well for sunrise and sunset. We will read the light, take into account the weather and tailor our locations to what the skies are offering (a good idea on any photography trip!). We will meet in the mornings at the entrance to the park we will be going into, and I will ask that you follow me in your own vehicle. If any of you aren’t comfortable with this e-mail back and we can work out an alternative.

Arches National Park, a potential location for the workshop!



Day 1: (Saturday)

We will meet at our first shooting location on Saturday morning pre-sunrise at the park entrance of either Arches National Park, or Canyonlands National Park (depending on what the conditions are) and continue on to our first sunrise shooting location. We will shoot the sunrise, and then take a break for a lunch-time photo critique and Q&A session.

During this first lunch/critique session I will teach on various nature photography related subject matter; including depth of field, composition, reading light and technical camera functions/settings with a Q&A session at the end. This is a chance to ask your lingering questions! During the lecture I will provide each attendee materials to take home so you can reference the lessons post-workshop.  Also, I will have laptops (if you have your own please bring that) available to pull up our images from that sunrise and we will have a group critique session. Critiquing other’s work is an art-form in itself, and I will ensure it is a helpful productive session with positive discussions.

After our lunch we will drive to whatever sunset location we decide upon and end day one with a bang! We will then return to Moab to our respective hotels and get ready for day 2 on Sunday.

Day 2: (Sunday)

Sunday will begin just like the prior day, pre-sunrise at the entrance to one of the two Parks. As far as the structure of the day, it will be very similar to Saturday, but rather than a lunch-time lecture, we will  take a short break. Some of you may want to rest/nap or if anyone is up for it, we may go on a short beginner/intermediate hike to explore the Parks in greater detail. A hike can be a great way to make the most of those mid-day hours that provide lighting not conducive to nature photography. After our break, we’ll end up at our final shooting spot for sunset on Saturday night and wrap up the workshop there.

If you’re extending your stay in Moab (either pre or post workshop), I can give you ideas for a great vacation, whether you’re looking for high adventure on the Colorado river, or a relaxing hike on one of the many famous trails in these parks. Moab is an excellent place for the outdoor enthusiast and the area provides a HUGE variety of unforgettable activities. I’ll be happy to help you plan out any extra time you may have.


Anyone.  Most of the subject matter will be directed to the beginner to intermediate photographer, however anyone with a passion for photography can benefit from my knowledge of the area and passion for outdoor photography! This is my first multi-day workshop I’ll be hosting, and I can promise it will be a relaxed and fun atmosphere spent amongst likeminded folks who love the outdoors and nature photography.


How much?

$599 per student. This includes lunch on both days. Also, 1-1 instruction from during our sunrise session and all the Q&A you can handle throughout both days. A $199 deposit (non-refundable) will be required to reserve a spot.

An intensive workshop like this is an investment in yourself as I will share anything/everything I’ve learned about outdoor photography over the years.  I’m fully confident you will leave with not only great memories photographing some of the most beautiful places in the southwest, but more importantly, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of your camera’s capabilities and limitations, along with knowledge of how to overcome those limitations. Also, techniques we will cover in finding composition and reading light will forever change the way you see the landscape and help you make the most of you outdoor adventures with camera in hand. If you like nature photography and the outdoors it doesn’t get much better than a weekend in Moab, Utah.


What do I need?

All attendees will need a basic DSLR camera (preferably with a wide angle lens). Tripods are mandatory.

Additional photography gear that will be helpful but not necessary includes; circular polarizing filter and graduated neutral density filters. If you don’t have these I can show talk about technique to overcome lighting challenges that these help with. If you have questions at all here, please use the contact link below to ask, I’ll be happy to clarify!

We’ll be shooting at sunrise and sunset which can be chilly in the desert, so warm clothes will be a must to stay comfortable. A few layers to work through the temperatures throughout the day will be helpful as the temperatures will vary greatly from the cold morning to the warmer afternoons. Again, please ask any questions.

Maybe the most important thing required is a passion for photography and a good attitude. (<also mandatory ;-) )


Everything else?

I’m going to need a minimum attendance of 4 students to host the day, so the group size will be between 4-6 students.

If you want to attend, please reserve your spot w an initial $199 deposit, w/ the remaining $400 to be paid on site day of workshop. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!



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