Arches, Canyonlands & Badlands of Southern Utah Photography Workshop 2020

Arches, Canyonlands & Badlands of Southern Utah Photography Workshop


Dates: January 24-29, 2020

Tuition:  $1,895.00

Location: Moab and Hanksville, UT

Instructor(s): Kurt Budliger & Joe Rossbach


This six day tour of the Colorado Plateau in the winter will put us in some of the most beautiful and sublime desert landscapes in southern Utah.  This otherworldly landscape features vast canyon overlooks along the rim of the mighty Colorado River, magnificent arches and sculpted sandstone, rolling badlands in the San Rafael Swell, and the hoodoo canyons of Bryce dressed in their finest winter white.

The striking contrast of snow across the red rock landscape and the low angle of winter light make for an amazing combination of light, weather and color across the high desert plateaus of southern Utah.  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.

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)

Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Hanksville, Utah (2 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the San Rafael Swell.

Day 5:Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), optional Mid Day Slot Canyon Hike weather permiting, late afternoon/sunset shoot.

Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot, workshop ends after group breakfast.

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 approximately a mile with no serious elevation gains.  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. We recommend clients fly in on January 24th and fly out on January 31st allowing ample time to commute to and from the workshop starting and ending locations.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive is 4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions.

Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights.

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.