Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Photography Workshop 2020

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Photography Workshop


Dates: January 24-26, 2020

Tuition:  $1,250.00

Location: Moab, UT

Instructor(s): Kurt Budliger & Joe Rossbach


Come explore and photograph the best that Moab, Utah has to offer on our annual Arches & Canyonlands Photography Workshop. We will be visiting both parks and photographing some of Southern Utah’s most iconic landscapes including Balanced Rock, Mesa Arch, Delicate Arch and many more lesser known and arguably as beautiful and otherworldly red rock landscapes.

Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way with expert guidance in the best locations during the best light, helping you along your creative and technical journey toward making the images you’ve always dreamed of.

In addition to expert photo instruction in the parks, Joe and Kurt will also be conducting classroom sessions on composition, light, special techniques such as focus stacking and creating mind-blowing panoramic as well as digital darkroom training in Adobe Lightroom and image critiques.

Our Vision & Focus:

Joseph & Kurt will focus on learning to “see” the landscape in new ways; unlocking creativity in situations that require conceptual and compositional ingenuity.  In addition to composition and creative vision, they will discuss the best use of light and subject matter to create a memorable and publishable image. During classroom sessions Joseph & Kurt will focus on teaching a logical, effective workflow that ensures the highest quality for your work, as well an image archive that is stable, consistent, and retrievable over the long term, and that ultimately liberates rather than burdens.  They will cover step by step the process from shooting RAW files in the field to optimizing the final image in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.


Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 1pm in Moab. Afternoon/sunset shoot in Arches or Canyonalnds National Parks.

Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field).

Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field), workshop concludes after sunset with a group dinner in Moab.


Physical Difficulty:

For the most part 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 approximately a mile with no serious elevation gains.  If conditions look good we may hike to Delicate Arch, a 3 mile round trip hike over slickrock with a 400 ft elevation change.  We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in winter conditions.  Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely.  It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must.  A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Accommodations & Travel:

The nearest airport is Salt Lake City International Airport. The drive from SLC Airport to Moab is approximately 4 hours. The next closest major airport is Denver, CO, approx. a 5.5hr drive from Moab.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive is 4×4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions.

Hotel information TBA


A non-refundable 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.