Colorado Wildflowers Photography Workshop: Crested Butte
July 7-9, 2023 (3 days): $1,275 FULL
July 20-23, 2023 (4 days): $1,650 FULL
$450 due at registration | Remaining due 45 days prior
Join Dan Ballard for a photography experience in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Rugged mountain peaks and rolling hills covered with waist-high wildflowers surround the historic small town of Crested Butte (worthy of a photo in itself). Prepared to be dazzled by Lupines, Glacier Lilies, Indian Paintbrushes, Columbines, Sunflowers, and about fifty other species of flowers. We will journey down the many dirt roads that wind through the valleys in search of spectacular images. This Colorado Wildflowers Photography Workshop is one the most enjoyable photography outings you will find!
Beginner - Advanced
Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.
Easy - Moderate
All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position for sunrise & sunset. *Reach out if you have limitations.
Field & Classroom
We will be in the field shooting for sunrise and sunset with classroom time & breaks during the day. Learn composition techniques, adv camera settings, image editing & more!
We prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 10 people.
COME HOME WITH WORKS OF ART
Unique Photo Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Image Editing • Portfolio Feedback
Wildflowers Photography Workshop
This is a full on landscape photography workshop and not a tour of the wildflowers. That means we will be working nonstop to improve your photography skills, from the technical how to side of creating sharp images to compositional theory and image editing.
We will stay on Mt. Crested Butte where we will have classroom time and explore the surrounding area from there. Our goal is to capture the wildflowers in the best light, which means we will be out early for sunrise and again for sunset.
Your instructor will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as the light changes. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. By keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout interesting locations.
Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear
other brands welcome
PHOTO WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques.
Not Just Pretty Flowers
This workshop features Colorado wildflowers and beyond. You will learn how to use flowers as a foreground for majestic mountain landscapes.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, you will learn simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.
We will go through the editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. This editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.
Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, we guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.
Planning Your Trip
Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Crested Butte Colorado Wildflowers Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant.
Hotel: We have rooms held for our group at the Nordic Inn on Mt. Crested Butte for the workshop dates. After sign-up you will receive information on how to book your stay.
Car: If you won't have your personal vehicle, we highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. We will be carpooling to each location during the workshop.
Flight: The closest nearby airport is in Gunnison, about half an hour drive from Crested Butte. You can also fly into Denver, which is about a 4-hour drive to Crested Butte.
About Crested Butte
An historic coal mining turned ski town; Crested Butte is a place that lives and breathes outdoor adventure where the only limits are your own. An authentic destination, where crowds don't exist, zany, festive community events are a priority, and genuine family adventure awaits. With vibrant Victorian store-fronts and expressive local characters, Crested Butte remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that will take you back to a simpler life and time.
What's Included in the Colorado Wildflowers Photography Workshop:
Hands-on Pro Instruction • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Sessions • Snacks and Water
Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food
Operating under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison National Forest. Dan Ballard Photography is an equal opportunity service provider.