includes instruction, classroom lectures & post processing training

January 12-17, 2018 | view other workshops

Arches, Canyonlands & Bryce Canyon w Joseph Rossbach & Kurt Budliger

Explore your vision and refine your skills all the while photographing one of the southwest's  most sublime landscapes.

This six day tour of the Colorado Plateau in the winter will put us in some of the most beautiful and sublime desert landscapes in southern Utah including vast canyon overlooks along the rim of the mighty Colorado River, magnificent arches and desert landscapes, moon like vistas and rolling badlands in the San Rafael Swell, and the Hoodoo Canyon's of Bryce dressed in their finest winter white.

The striking contrast of snow across the red rock landscape and the low angle of winter light make for an amazing combination of light, weather and landscape across the high desert plateaus of southern Utah in the winter and Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way to guide the group the best locations in the best light and help you along your creative and technical journey to becoming a more proficient photographer and producing high quality imagery.

The details:

The tour will begin on January 12th at 1pm with an opening session at tbt where Joe & Kurt will deliver an slide show of images to get you inspired for your week of photography ahead. Joe & Kurt will also be going over the schedule and logistics for the week and answer any of your questions before we start. Each day will include morning and afternoon field sessions at sunrise and sunset and beyond. During the middle of the day we will gather for post processing lessons, lectures and image critiques. The workshop/tour will end after sunset on the 17th in Bryce Canyon National Park. We suggest clients stay in Bryce that evening and begin to make their way back to Salt Lake City for whatever destination you choose the following day of the 18th.

  • Limit: 10 
  • Cost: $2195.00
  • Deposit: 30%, $658.50 
  • Days: 6 days

Note: Joseph Rossbach Photography, Adventures in Light operates this workshop under a permit issued by the National Park Service at Arches, Canyonlands & Bryce Canyon National Parks.


Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 1pm at the LaQuita. Afternoon/sunset shoot in Arches or Canyonalnds National Parks.

Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field).

Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Cainville, Utah (2 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the San Rafael Swell.

Day 5: Sunrise shoot (approximately 3 hours), checkout of hotel and begin driving to Bryce Canyon (2 hours and 45 minute drive) where we will stop for brunch along the way. Check into hotel in Bryce. Late afternoon/sunset shoot on one of the canyon rims overlooking the vast amphitheater of red hoods dressed in winter snow. 

Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), afternoon classroom critique and post processing session, late afternoon/sunset shoot (approximately 3 hours). Workshop ends after sunset.

Our Vision & Focus:

Joseph & Kurt will focus on advanced seeing and ways to unlock creativity in situations that require conceptual and compositional ingenuity. In addition to composition and creative vision, Joe will discuss the best use of light and subject matter to create a memorable and publishable image. 

On Workflow:

Joseph & Kurt will focus on teaching a logical, effective workflow that ensures the highest quality for your work, as well an image archive that is stable, consistent, and retrievable over the long term, and that ultimately liberates rather than burdens.  He will cover step by step the process from shooting RAW files in the field to optimizing the final image in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.

Workflow topics to be covered include:

  • File formats for shooting and for archiving
  • Exposing for digital
  • Downloading for automatic image organization
  • Proper file naming
  • Cataloging of images: Lightroom
  • Keywording and captioning of images
  • The many uses of metadata
  • Processing the raw file
  • Using the tools in Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Module
  • Color spaces for the best results in different media
  • Creating panoramic images
  • Color adjustment strategies
  • Using Photoshop to finalize the image: dodging and burning, adjustment layers and layer masking, controlling luminosity and contrast, sharpening for output
  • Tony Kuyper Luminosity Masks

Accommodations & Travel:

The nearest airport is Salt Lake City International Airport. The drive from SLC Airport too Moab is approximately 4 hours and from Bryce Canyon is approximately 4 hours. We recommend clients fly in on January 11th and fly out on January 18th allowing ample time to commute to and from the workshop starting and ending locations.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive is 4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions. 

Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights.

January 12 - 15th - LaQuinta - 815 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532 - (435) 259-8700

January 15-16th - Rodeway Inn - 25 E Sr 24, Caineville, Torrey, UT 84775 - (435) 456-9900

January 16-18th - The Lodge at Bryce Canyon - Bryce Canyon National Park - (435) 834-8700


  • Small group of 10 participants, 5;1 student ratio
  • Advanced seeing: Learn to find new and unexpected compositions
  • Breaking through creative block and making great photographs in challenging situations
  • Mastering a logical, efficient, and consistent workflow, from capture to final master image, that frees you to focus on creativity
  • Ensuring the highest-possible final image quality
  • Constructive group critiques of participant work

Booking & Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of 658.50 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop.  Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop.  There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).  Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.