Location: Southern Utah & Northern Arizona
Dates: Aug. 24-29, 2018
Tuition: $2395.00
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach
Group Size: Limit of 4 participants 

Highlights: Sweeping desert vistas featuring massive canyons, hoodoos, and twisted, otherworldly stone formations, high odds for dramatic thunderstorm light, colorful reflected light in sandstone slot canyons will be out muse as we chase the light and weather across the desert camping in remote locations each night for desert scenery seldom visited.


Day 1: Meet in Page, Arizona at 3pm. Location tbd. 

Day 1 - 6: We will drive 4x4 roads to remote locations each day and camp on location to shoot the light. Tour ends at noon on August 29th.

Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity. The majority of the locations we will visit can be easily accessed by road. A few locations we may visit require short hikes to access, no more than 3 miles round trip and featuring anywhere from 0-300ft of elevation gain.

Where to fly into if you are not driving:

Las Vegas International Airport: 4.5 hour drive to Page, AZ

Phoenix International Airport:  4 hour drive to Page, AZ

St. George Regional Airport: 2.5 hour drive to Page, AZ

* It is recommended to book your return flight into any of these locations. Drive time back will be similar from the location we end.

What you'll learn: The instructors will teach a variety of techniques—both in the field, and during our informal classroom sessions—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including:

• Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset

• Using less-than-dramatic light to your advantage

• The fundamentals of powerful and effective composition

• Abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs

We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on informal classroom sessions - held during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive to successful photography - will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques including:

• RAW processing

• Working with adjustment layers

• Layer masking and exposure blending techniques

• Color management

• Special effects techniques for artistic expression

• Exporting, sharpening, and saving images for optimum web presentation

Workshop Includes:
- Expert technical/compositional instruction and guiding in the field
- Informal digital darkroom instructional sessions
- Image critique sessions with both instructors

Not Included:
- Transportation (Participants are asked to team up and carpool for the duration of the tour. Reasonably high clearance, and 4WD are a MUST.)
- Meals, alcohol, & incidental costs

Recommended Equipment:
- Digital SLR camera (w/extra batteries and memory cards.)
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 14-24mm and 24-70mmf/2.8 lenses)
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm f4 lens)
- Tripod and sturdy ballhead
- Cable or electronic shutter release
- Circular polarizing filter
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them.)
- Rocket blower and micro-fiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Rain jacket and pants
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Bag to carry photo gear and extra food/clothing
- Extra socks (we recommend padded wool hiking socks)
- Clothing for comfort anywhere between 50 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Camping Gear Required:

  • 3 Season Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag rated to 30 degrees or higher
  • * We will supply camp chairs, camp cooking gear and fuel.


The temperature can change quite rapidly during monsoon season. It can be  chilly to comfortable in the morning but when the sun comes up it can get quite warm, especially when the sky is clear, little wind and one is walking. But then again it can change rapidly if it gets cloudy and storms are brewing..

So be prepared to both add clothes on and to remove clothes. For example one can dress light but then have light coat with a hood and light trousers that is both wind and water proof. A cap and light gloves are good to pack as well.

The average temperature for August is 90F - 66F.


It is necessary to have good walking shoes for our field trips. However they should not be too heavy. That means that one is carrying extra load on each foot.

Sturdy hiking boots can come in handy for longer walks/hikes over rocky terrain.

Many people have started to use light walking sticks to ease climbing or walking over rough country. It is very handy.


We recommend having appropriate rain gear including a water/wind prof shell in the form of a jacket & pants.