Colorful Colorado Fall Foliage Tour September 25th-29thJoin Me in Southwestern Colorado for Golden Aspens!
4 Nights of Lodging Included
Southwestern Colorado has long since been known for its amazing mountains, and autumn foliage, and for good reason; There is nothing quite like it! Join me for 4 days, and nights in the heart of Southwestern Colorado for a wonderfully fun, small group workshop! Crested Butte, and Ouray will be our home bases during the tour. Starting in Crested Butte, just across the mountains from Aspen, we will drive the ol’ dirt roads in search of stunning scenes, and with a little luck they’ll all be backdropped by snow capped peaks! Crested Butte is a funky little town with character as large as the mountains surrounding this popular Ski town! Unique, bizarre and fun little shops, restaurants and saloons dot the main drag very near by our incredible mountain lodging! You’ll have time to get a feel, and experience this little town for 2 nights, since the sun sets fairly early, and you’ll definitely want to take the time! Once we have taken in and digested Crested Butte we will move onto arguably the most stunning region of all of Colorado, and mountains that rival the Alps of Switzerland!
The San Juan’s Mighty 14,000 peaks are incredible to see, and be near. They seem to emanate an energy that just can’t be described! Based in Ouray at the rustic Timber Ridge Lodge, we will fan out from there, experiencing abandoned gold mines, red mountains, golden aspens, and huge craggy peaks dominating alpine valleys! Close by are several natural but man-improved hot springs to soak away the chill from the crisp autumn air. You’ll definitely want to experience these! If the sights dont have you reeling to return, the springs will! The nearby towns are ripe with micro-breweries, and tasty food, so you’ll never need to go hungry, or thirsty!
I always say that one day I will have a tiny cabin tucked deep into the mountains of Colorado, and that dream keeps me coming back again and again. The sheer beauty of this area is almost tangible, one can almost reach out and touch the massive mountains. Sometimes, you even forget to take a photo! Seriously, it happens! But never fear, I will be right behind you guiding you through the in’s and out’s of capturing these awe-inspiring scenes!
Cost and Whats Included
Join me for 4 days, and 4 nights as we explore Southwestern Colorado together!
The cost of this workshop is $2199.99 and requires a $500.00 deposit to secure your space!
What’s included in the tuition of this workshop?
- All lodging!
- As much knowledge as I can impart onto you, and as much as your brain can handle!
- My brain is overflowing with so much ‘stuff’, and I can’t wait to blow your minds!
- Post processing instruction
- Screen recorded in Hi-res with audio available to download with practice files!
- A new outlook on photography
- Seeing things in a way you haven’t before, I will challenge you on this!
- All kinds of tips and tricks to enhance your workflow, your creativity, and skills!
- Sometimes there are small tweaks and tricks that can have HUGE impacts on our work, and workflow, and sometimes they just come to mind away from the classroom!
- Camaraderie, and new friendships with other creative folks!
- Maybe the best part about these workshops is the friendships and bonds I’ve formed with students!
- Beautiful memories and images to cherish long beyond the time together!
**Itinerary is subject to change, and will be flexible
This immersive and intimate workshop will take us through some of the most stunning scenery in America! The itinerary for this workshop will begin on September 25th at 3 PM at the coolest little pizza joint in Crested Butte: The Stash, for a “Meet & Greet” to kick back, relax, get to know each other, and talk about the workshop!
Surrounded by three different mountain ranges, Crested Butte affords us the opportunity to capture images in nearly every direction we look! For two days, we caravan around the mountain roads of Crested butte, amongst the mountains and golden aspens. Most notably of which is Kebler pass, a graded gravel and dirt road and is acclaimed as the most beautiful road in Colorado! Here we will see infinite photographic opportunities! We also might have a chance to see wildlife like Bear, Moose, and Elk if we’re lucky! When were all done filling memory cards we can retire to the warmth of our luxury cabin, enjoy a warm beverage and relax to rest up for the next day!
Once we drag ourselves away from this amazing place we will head south towards my favorite mountains, the mighty San Juan’s! In my opinion these massive mountains easily rival the might and majesty of the Rockies! We will be nestled into the Ouray Valley with our stay at the Timber Ridge Lodge, just a short distance from the Ouray hot springs! From here we fan out toward Red Mountain pass, a huge canyon surrounded by fiery aspens, and big horn sheep! Its also littered with abandoned mines from the gold and silver days! These make excellent subjects amongst the landscape! We will spend a majority of our time in the Ridgway area just ten minutes from Ouray, Ridgway is another quaint Colorado mountain town and is the gateway to a network of county roads that lead you straight into the towering Peaks, and basins of the Sneffels Range! As well, just outside of Ridgway in the other direction are some of the most interesting mountains Ive ever seen, the Cimmarons, with massive building like towers, some of them even have names like “Courthouse Tower”!
Each day we will capture the landscapes during the best light at sunrise and sunset, and we will spend an afternoon (wherever we can squeeze it in) critiquing, post processing, and reviewing the groups images! (All of the post processing will be screen recorded, and available to download after the workshop with practice files!!)
As you can see, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do, see, and photograph on this workshop! Please consider joining me in one of my favorite places on earth!
Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:
- A sturdy tripod
- Autumn can sometimes bring interesting weather, and with it some wind, so a sturdy tripod is essential!
- A DSLR, or mirrorless digital camera
- A shutter release cable
- these are essential in capturing tack sharp images
- Dont worry! These aren’t essential but certainly beneficial! A polarizing filter is your best friend!
- A wide angle lens
- anything in the 12-24mm range will be great! It doesn’t not have to be a ‘fast’ lens, ƒ/4 lenses are fine!
- A mid to long range zoom (28-300, 70-200, 100-400 etc..)
- Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 80-90º’s possibly higher and into the 30º’s at night.
- Snacks and water.
- You have to stay fed, and hydrated to be at your sharpest!
- A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!
- You won’t be following along but will want to use some of your time importing, culling and processing your images!
- Plenty of batteries
- You dont want to be in the field about to capture one of the most magnificent scenes you’ve laid eyes on and have your battery die!
- Lots of memory cards!
- Like dead batteries, full memory cards that haven’t been ‘dumped’ can really mess up a shoot. So bring extra!
- External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.
- I always advise saving your files to an external, at least as a primary, if not a backup!
- Flashlights and headlamps
- in case were out after dark!
- Sturdy Shoes!
- No broken ankles on this workshop!
- A rain fly for your camera bag and camera!
Things you might want:
- Trekking poles
- These are not essential but if you have trouble on uneven ground they can be a life saver. literally!
- Protect those babies!
- Third party editing software that I use during the post processing workflow
- Helicon Focus (for focus stacking)
- Nik Collection by DXO
What you will learn on this workshop:
- Finding a connection to nature
- For me, the most influential and motivating asset to my work is the connection I can have with a location. This connection can make you a better photographer without even knowing it!
- How to make images more interesting, how to make the image tell a story, how to make the image your own!
- When, where, and how to capture it, then how to enhance it!
- Technically, and creatively filters can improve your photography!
- Bracketing & Exposure blending
- How to capture immense dynamic range, bracket, and blend them!
- Needs & wants vs. Reality
- Creative use of foreground, and wide angle distortion
- How to use the distortion to your advantage, and how to lead your viewer in!
- Focus stacking
- How we make every detail as sharp as possible! Using a third party software called Helicon Focus
- Perspective blending
- Blending different focal lengths to achieve a more ‘eye accurate’ perspective
- Helping composition
- Stretching, perspective change and warping in Photoshop
- Dodging and burning
- Balancing and enhancing light and demanding the viewers attention!
- Web sharpening
- Preparing files to look their best on social media!
- Print Sharpening, and Color profiling!
- How to prepare files for printing!
- Image critique
- This can be done as a group, or individually but is an essential and imperative to growth!
About your instructor
Josh, or Joshua, as his close friends refer to him, is an ex-engineer turned full time landscape photographer who seeks beauty and perfection in nature. His images take on lives of their own with his wizardry behind the computer.
“I want my images to transport you, for your mind to be immersed in the scene as my mind saw it, for you to feel like you’re standing by my side with the wind on your face and sun on your shoulders”
Josh spends most of his time in the Southwest after making Moab home with his small family of desert rescue dogs, and beautiful wife Lacey. Spending half the year traveling to less warm locations around the world in search of his next image, in search of his inspiration.
Josh isn’t a fan of flashy business tactics, and instead relies on his character, and work to be his biggest asset. Joshes passion right next to capturing and processing his images is teaching, and relaying all of his knowledge to his students. His irregular and non rigid background in photography gives him a special outlook and set of skills that help his students in seeing the world differently!
“There are so many critics in this world that will tell you how, why, where, and when to create, and I say that we should all create as we see fit, and create images that tell stories not just about nature but about ourselves. I use my imagery to convey my feelings when words just aren’t enough”
**Cancellation Policy** Deposits are non refundable and if cancelled the deposit will go toward another group or private workshop.
Had such an amazing time at our Death Valley workshop, learned so much from night photography to the actual processing. Joshua is super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming back for another in the futureJessica Santos
I just got back from an amazing workshop with Joshua Snow! Let me just say the experience far exceeded my expectations. From the site selection to the in-field coaching to the editing sessions after everything was on point. If you want to take your photography to the next level I highly suggest Joshua Snow Photography.Dr. Paul J. Lynch, MD
If you want a great learning experience, you need to take a workshop from Joshua. He has a gift for capturing nature which is unique, and something that not every photographer or artist possess. You can see it in his images, but also in the process he uses, from composition to editing. He is truly talented, I would highly recommend courses with him if you are serious about capture nature in a unique way. Keep up the great work Joshua!Dr. Duane Weenig, DDS
I'd been following Joshua's photography for awhile, but when a move across country landed my wife and I in Moab for a few days, I thought "What a better way to experience these parks than with someone who knows them so intimately?"
Am I glad I did! Joshua was incredibly knowledgeable about where the best light would be at certain times and how to get there. He helped me plan and execute multiple shots, including an EPIC milky way in Arches.
He's very personable, and after 5 minutes of hanging out, felt like you'd known him your whole life! I learned more from my conversations with Joshua on our one day outing than I have in the past 4 months combined about photography.
Highly recommend taking a workshop or solo excursion with Joshua, and hopefully will do so again myself someday.
Josh is THE BEST. I just finished a two day workshop with him, and learned more than I could have imagined. His technical expertise and creativity are beyond measure. He exhibits patience, kindness, and organization through all situations. In the field, it doesn't take long before everyone within earshot recognizes his skill level. Josh was always helpful to everyone that approached. The main reason I recommend Josh is that his work speaks for itself. His talent shines. Under his guidance I was able to capture images I only ever dreamed about. By far this is THE BEST WORKSHOP IN MOAB.Daniel Kinney
Just do it! At the end of April 2017, I participated in Joshua’s Arches and Canyonlands Milky Way and landscape Panorama Workshop and am so glad that I did. I came away with skills, techniques and jaw dropping pictures I am sure to enjoy for decades.
I learned about the workshop a only few weeks before it started and was able to get a slot due to a cancellation, Joshua keeps the group small to ensure lots of personalized attention. Before the workshop, he made sure I had the correct equipment, can you say Nodal bar, and answered all questions I had. Two days before the start he contacted the participants to see if we could start a night early due to weather! It turned out to be a great call as Thursday night was clear and Friday night was cloudy!
Joshua has the technical expertise with the camera and software and the demeanor to teach it in a relaxed way. In the field, he was always there to provide advice, double check setting and triple check the results. In the classroom, he made sure we knew what we were doing and why. I had experience with Lightroom but no time with Photoshop and Joshua took the time explain much of the basics and terminology.
This was my first photography workshop and my expectations were greatly exceeded. If you want to accelerate your skills in an immersive workshop led by a passionate, skilled, National Park and BLM licensed photographer and adventurer then take one of Joshua’s workshops. Furthermore, it is only set of workshops that I am aware of that offers both infield and classroom (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software) sessions.
Just do it and reaps the rewards!
This was my first photography workshop and I am so glad I went with Josh. When I saw he would be conducting it in Death Valley I immediately jumped on the opportunity. It was an intense 3 days so be prepared for little sleep and lots of shooting. It was like an injection of pure creativity which for me was much needed. Josh and his partner, Jesse were able to provide individual attention to each person in the group and they did not hold back on any tips and advice on how to make your images more impactful. If you're on the fence just pull the trigger and sign up, it'll be worth it!Rick laRocca
Had a blast with Josh! 1. He knew amazing places to go. 2. Planned our shoots based on weather to make sure we got the best Scenes 3.Had great advise and tips while shooting 4. His post Processing instruction was on point!Chance Allred
FUN - ADVENTUROUS - INFORMATIVE
I attended Josh's workshop in Death Valley National Park and it was everything I was hoping it would be plus more. First and foremost, Josh is a very personable easy to talk to guy. he truly is there to help you learn and answer all your questions. I've heard some "professional" photographers who run workshops like this are more concerned with getting their pictures than helping you with yours. NOT the case with Josh. Plus, he had a co-lead photography with him, Jesse Moran, who was just as amazing as well. No matter what your having difficulties with on sight he's there to help you get the shot you envisioned and especially with astrophotography(milky way) which he is probably most well known for. Secondly, we covered every possibly location DVNP has to offer. We were always on the move and making the most of our time together. This part was probably the most fun for me because I love adventure. Third, he teaches you all his tricks of the trade to edit milky way shots and more. If you like to have fun, if you like adventure and you want to grow with your photography I would strongly consider doing a workshop with Josh. You won't be disappointed.
Great photographer and great teacher! Josh showed me so much more about photography and after taking the workshop I feel like I’ve improved on a ton even though it was only a couple days with him.Very passionate about photography which is displayed in his teaching. Super nice guy and really knows some great spots. 100% would recommend for a workshop and hope to take another one of his in the future. He helped me a ton with the editing portion as well and now I can finally finish some shots I’ve been intimidated to work with in photoshop. Had an awesome weekend and came away with some great shots. Psyched to go out and shoot and improve on these techniques!Leon Lefebvre
Josh is a passionate and giving photog and a great teacher. I recently attended a workshop with him and what a great experience it was. Josh's local knowledge was key in getting us to the right locations at the right times. Josh is very knowledgeable in PS and shared his common techniques for finishing a great landscape shot. He was always available to answer any questions whether in the field or doing post processing. I've only attended a few other workshops but one thing I definitely appreciated was that when we were out shooting, he was concerned with us getting great shots and answering questions, NOT getting his own shots. His passion for photography and nature is genuine and it shows. If you are thinking of taking a photo workshop in Moab, there is only one choice: Joshua Snow Photography!Dave Ruben
Just do it. I came by Joshua’s website by reading an article he wrote for Really Right Stuffs magazine “Light and Shadow”. I then read his blog, and what impressed me was the passion and dedication he had for his craft. I decided to take the Moab workshop to see if that passion and dedication was real and I can tell you firsthand, it is. We were given choices of locations to shoot, then as a group we voted. The class size was small (ours was five) so personal instruction was good. I didn’t expect to come back with a stunning photo like Joshuas, but I expected to learn how he achieved them. What I came back with were the tools that allows you to achieve those results. The post processing sessions were instructional and good and to get results like his are not easy and are intensive, but in the end, the results are impressive. Joshua promised we would be tired and sore, and he delivered. Great workshop. Take one, you won’t regret it.Dave Niino
I have been attending workshops for photography for over 20 years. I have seen my share of good ones and not so good, but without question, the workshop with Joshua Snow was the best I have ever been to. Please read why: 1) His images are incredible evoking emotions in almost every one. Through his images he demonstrates his knowledge of translating what he sees through his lens to a representation that makes one understand the beauty of nature and our surroundings. 2) The workshop itself was challenging intellectually, artistically, and physically. Josh took us to places where we had the opportunity to create our own once in a lifetime images. If we needed help, advice, or guidance, he was right there to do so. He did not concern himself with capturing his own photos, but rather focused on making sure the participants got the shots they were after. 3) Josh was incredibly generous with his time. He stayed with us at a shoot or in a class until everyone was satisfied and had all their questions answered. He recorded all of his instruction and has given us access to it so we can review the wealth of knowledge he provided. 4) Josh Snow is among the most passionate people I have ever met with respect to photography and the outdoors. He freely shares all of his knowledge about photography, light, capture techniques, processing workflows and tips, and his love of the outdoors in hopes that it enhances our love of the same. He is as genuine a person as you will ever meet; a person you want to learn from, a person you want to share a meal with, a person you want to be around. 5) I learned more about night photography in four days than i have in two years and three previous workshops. He is a patient, complete, and engaging teacher. 6) It is my dream for Joshua Snow to become recognized by the photography community for the amazing photographer and person dedicated to the discipline that he is. I sincerely hope I have the privilege of attending another one of his workshops. If anyone reading this would like to contact me for a conversation about Josh's workshops, I would welcome the opportunity. Josh has my contact information....BruceBruce Blaylock
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