Escalante's Wonders June 14th-17th - Joshua Snow

A deposit of $350.00 is required to save your spot!

This workshop is reserved to Six (6) adventurous participants. 


This workshop is a very special one, in one of Utahs incredible monuments. Grand Staircase Escalante is one of the most diverse, and interesting areas in Utah with incredible slot canyons, Arches, badlands, toadstools, hoodoos and more. Its also an area under severe threat of disappearing. 


**All participants will be responsible for bringing their own gear; tents, sleeping bags, food, water, and equipment. 1 spare set of camping gear is available.



This workshop will consist of 2 full days, and nights of shooting, with a processing. Locations and times will remain flexible so that we can take advantage of the best light and conditions. 


Some of the potential locations might include:


•Zebra Slot Canyon

•Spooky and Peek-a-boogulch

•Sunset Arch

•Dance Hall Rock

•Devils Garden


Due to the distance from the town of Escalante (40 miles to some of our locations over washboard grading) camping will be the best option for the duration, we will meet Thursday evening at Nemo's, the best burger joint in Utah! for a meet and greet and discuss meeting points, locations, and times. The workshop will begin Friday and conclude Sunday early afternoon! GSENM has several designated camping areas, and are first come first serve, although there should be no issue finding adequate space for the 7 of us. 


The cost of this workshop is $1200/per participant, a deposit of $350.00 is required to reserve your spot, and the balance will be due upon arrival. 


Enjoy this incredible landscape, and learn how to create beautiful Astro and Landscape imagery! 



You will be guided to some of the coolest areas of GSENM and learn things like low level lighting to give your night photos that something extra! Learn how to compose, focus stack, perspective blend, make star trails, and stack night images for noise reduction!


The group will be capped at six to ensure each participant gets the most out of the workshop and leave you with a head, heart and hard drive FULL of unforgettable knowledge and experiences.


Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:


•A sturdy tripod

•A DSLR, Preferably a full frame sensor but crop sensors will work!

•A shutter release cable

•A wide angle lens, like the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8Canon 11-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8(although not recommended due to extreme coma), the rokinon (or Samyang)14mm f/2.8 to name just a few.

•A hiking or backpacking pack

•~20º or less rated sleeping bag

•A packable tent

•Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 50º possibly higher. •Snacks, and dehydrated meals

•Lots, and lots of water as it will also be used for cooking your dehydrated meals! (Mountain House brand is my favorite!) (Check Amazon)

•A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!

•Plenty of batteries

•Lots of memory cards!

•External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.

•Flashlights, and headlamps


Things you might want:


•Trekking poles

•Sunglasses

•Scarf or buff (sandstorms occur regularly)

•Camp stove and cooking vessel (recommended!)

•Hydration tabs


The workshop will conclude on sunday after we've captured sunrise, and travelled back to the town of Escalante for our 5 hour processing session!


In field topics covered:


•Composition

•Focusing in the dark

•Focus stacking

•Time blending (preconceiving our compositions and shooting the foregrounds in the blue hours to blend with skies in post processing)

•Shooting for stacking (stacking high iso frames for the best possible noise reduction)

Star trails

•Calculating low ISO exposures

•Planning your shots, locations, and compositions using the Photopills App

•Indirect light painting


Post Processing topics covered:


•Stacking high ISO sky frames for noise reduction (using Starry landscape stacker for Mac) •Blending blue hour frames and night skies together

•Star trails (using Starstax)

•Lightroom RAW file optimization

•Photoshop masking, milky way enhancement techniques, sharpening, web sharing preparation, and print preparation.

•Use of Googles free NIK collection



Please read the cancellation policy at the bottom of this page well.


All Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the locations.


All Workshops are non refundable due to weather, or the like. A "rain check" for any other workshop will be given if the workshop needs to be cancelled. This will give you immediate first choice and slot of any workshop, or if you prefer, a private workshop can be scheduled. If cancelled before 30 days of the event you will receive a full refund, after 30 days and before 10 days you will receive a 50% refund, and after 10 days you will not receive a refund. Trip insurance is highly recommended.


•Dark Corridor•

•Dark Corridor•

A mysterious, dark, and narrow slot canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah.