Discover Moab~March 6th-10th

Snow Covered Red Rock

4 Nights of Lodging Included (Some shared space, some private rooms)

Moab is a place like no other, it is a place so near and dear to me that after just one visit we picked up our lives and made it our home! The red rocks, cactus, sandstone formations and seemingly endless canyons are just simply, amazing. One could spend a life time here capturing the amazing landscape in all the light you could imagine, with snow, fog, rain, sun and cloud Moab is so incredible! Join me for 4 days and 4 nights while I show you around my amazing home, and one of the most amazing and dark landscapes!

Group Size

8 Students

Experience Level

Intermediate

Terrain

Sandstone, Sand, and Water

Activity

Some short hikes, and scrambles, all fitness levels

The cost of this 4 day and 4 night workshop is $1799.00 with a required, and non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to hold your spot.

***4 nights of lodging included, some shared space, some private rooms. 

This workshop will be limited to 6 students to maximize personal attention.

For 4 days and 4 nights we will explore vast canyon vistas, incredible sandstone arches, and desert icons.

Moab is a bit remote, and if you’re flying, you can fly right into Moab’s Canyonlands Air Field, a short 20 mite drive from city center. Grand Junction, Colorado also has a small regional airport about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Moab, and of course Salt Lake City, approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes from town.

For this workshop our lodging will adequately sleep our group, with some shared space, and some private rooms and will be our base camp for post processing sessions and of course sleep! Youre welcome to buy and prepare meals, if you’d like, or enjoy any of the great food in town!

We will try to carpool as often as possible, but you will want a rental car so that you can use your free time to explore this awesome little town. I also suggest extending your stay beyond the days of our time together, as so often my students are so struck by this place that they simply just can’t get enough!

March is such a great time to visit, with the La Sal mountains covered in snow, little to no crowds within the parks, and beautiful brisk weather!

Topics Covered

Composition ~ Using the desert floor, fauna, and geology to our advantage

Camera Settings ~ Getting very intimate with your gear!

Create use of Filters ~Polarizer, 3 stop ND, 3 stop soft graduated ND~essential, 10 stop~optional

How to take advantage of any light

Bracketing

Focus Stacking

Night Photography ~ Settings, and focusing in the dark, shooting for stacking

Metering ~ Where and what to expose for and why

Finding focus ~ Understanding hyperlocal distance, where to focus and why

How to read your Histogram ~ Don’t trust your LCD

Raw Processing

Stacking for noise reduction using Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC)

Exposure blending

Focus stacking ~ Using Photoshop and Helicon Focus

Global and Local adjustments via Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Creating and Enhancing light

Dodging & Burning

Curves &  Levels

Blend If

Luminosity, Channel, and Color Range Masking

 

 

Things You Will Need for This Workshop

  • A camera (Full frame is ideal)
  • A tripod (sturdy, aluminum or heavy carbon is essential)
  • Cable or wireless shutter release
  • Filters (We will use polarizers, 3 stop ND filters, and 3 stop grads frequently, a 10 stop could be useful for very long exposures)
  • Clothing for moderately cold temps, or potentially wet weather (rain or snow)
  • Camera bag with water proof or resistant cover
  • Remote, or shutter release cable
  • Software listed
  • Sturdy footware
  • Laptop, hard drives
  • Memory cards (multiple)
  • Camera batteries with chargers

ITINERARY 

The first thing everyone should know when taking an in field workshop is that the weather is uncontrollable and only so predictable so our itinerary will never be rigid or formalized. I will do my best at predicting the weather using a myriad of apps and sources but we will be making our decisions on where and when we will be spending our in field time! This is really what makes it fun! chasing light and conditions is such a rush and a huge part of every nature photographers life and workflow.

From atop massive, grandiose canyons, to roaming around delicate sandstone arches and formations, back dropped by snowcapped mountains we will spend our time learning, capturing, and creating. My goal for this and all of my workshops is to fill your minds with wonder, inspiration and most importantly knowledge and confidence! I will push you out of your comfort zones and challenge you to think and see outside of your box!

We will rise for sunrises, chase the dying light and spend some time capturing the stars. We will maximize our time learning while balancing with fatigue, as sometimes the will to want to spend every second shooting and learning, can trump the need for sleep but its important that we stay sharp, so that you an remember all of the things we will work on and learn during our 4 days!

With the milky ways galactic center rising around 3 am each morning we will rise very early to capture it pre-dawn, through twilight and into sunrise! Sunset each night is around 6:15 ensuring we will have adequate time to rest and recharge! Post processing will be held in our accommodations in the afternoons, and or evenings and remain flexible throughout the 4 days.

There is no shortage of things to see, experience, and photograph here in Moab and it is my pleasure to be your instructor, mentor and friend! I look forward to working with you all!

See you in Moab!

**Cancellation Policy** Your credit card number is due upon booking and payment of deposit. Deposits are non refundable and if cancelled the deposit will go toward another group or private workshop. If you cancel within 30 days of the scheduled event and your seat cannot be filled the remaining balance will be charged to your card.

ABOUT JOSHUA SNOW

My Name is Joshua Snow, I am a Fine Art landscape and Night Photographer born in the Appalachian Mountains but raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. In 2012 I had reached... Read more