Arches & Canyonlands National Park Photography Workshop 2017


Dates: March 9-12, 2017

Tuition:  $1,500.00

Location: Moab, UT

Instructor(s): Kurt Budliger & Joe Rossbach


The desert southwest and specifically Arches & Canyonlands National Park is one of the most geologically unique and beautiful areas in North America. Arches National Park is home to the largest collection of sandstone arches and natural bridges in the world. While the area has changed a lot since Edward Abbey first patrolled the park as a seasonal ranger, one thing remains true, it’s truly a photographer’s paradise. Join us for this 4 day photographic exploration of Arches and Canyonlands National Park. This small group workshop (max 12 participants) guarantees an intimate shooting experience and opportunity for one on one instruction.

Key Features:

  • Gain a strong technical foundation in outdoor photography
  • Learn the importance of “seeing the light”
  • Learn how to use filters
  • Composition and Design
  • Advanced field techniques
  • Explore and photograph one of the most geologically unique areas in North America
  • Photograph sunrise and sunset among red sandstone arches, spires and canyons
  • Bring your images to life using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Get individualized instruction and critique in the field as well as classroom

Locations Include:

  • Delicate Arch
  • Mesa Arch
  • The Windows
  • Turret Arch
  • Double O Arch
  • Fiery Furnace
  • Green River Overlook
  • Grandview Point
  • Balanced Rock and many more


The workshop will kick off on Thursday March 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM in Moab, UT (exact location TBD) with a short reception and slideshow and then it’s into the field we go to make images. There is no “set” daily schedule, rather we keep things flexible in order to best respond to the weather and light available for making images.  Typically, we’ll be out for sunrise, shoot until mid morning and then take a break for a meal and brief rest.  We’ll convene in the conference room for instruction, post processing and critique during the mid-day hours when the light is typically less conducive to photography.  We’ll then head back out into the field in the late afternoon and evening, ending our session after sunset.  The workshop will conclude after shooting sunset on Sunday March 12.

Physical Difficulty:

There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road.  Some locations, however may involve a short hike of less than a mile with no serious elevation gains.  We will be spending a lot of time shooting outdoors in a desert environment with uneven terrain.  Hiking boots and a modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


Participants are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals.  Carpooling is encouraged to minimize our footprint as well as foster camaraderie.  The specific workshop hotel/venue will be determined soon.


A deposit of 300.00 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.