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2023 Photography Workshops 

Join us for a 3 or 4 day photography course to improve your skills and capture stunning landscapes!

Small Groups • Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback 

Sept. 15-17, 2023: FULL!

Cost: 1,375 

Join me for 3-days of shooting the epic scenery of the Silverton-Ouray area in Southwest Colorado. Peaks rise in every direction with waterfalls around almost every corner...  if you know where to look and have a 4WD that is! In this workshop we partner with a local jeep guide (included) to explore the dirt roads and mountain passes of these beautiful mountains. 


Sept. 29-Oct 1, 2023: FULL!

Cost: 1,300 

Join Joseph Roybal for a 3-day photo workshop in one of the top areas to shoot fall color in country! Sprawling aspen groves, rugged mountain terrain and alpine lakes define this stunning Colorado landscape. Capture intimate scenes along with sweeping mountain vistas during peak light. This is a fall color workshop you don't want to miss!

Dan Ballard has a keen eye for great landscape photography and experience in capturing it, HOWEVER, it is his determination to share his in-depth knowledge and teach it to others that was the highlight of the weekend. He was very patient with each student and took interest in each individual’s needs and level of experience. I gained tremendous increased knowledge in my landscape shooting as well as image processing in Lightroom. This is a serious workshop for serious landscape photographers of any level.  –Stan Crane

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023: FULL!

Cost: 1,650 

Join me for 4-days of winding mountain roads, aspen filled valleys and bursts of orange and gold…. Fall color in Colorado is sure to inspire. But that’s not all this photography workshop is about. We will focus on the dramatic scenery of the towering San Juan Mountains and venture to less known locations to create original images.



Oct. 20-22, 2023: 2 SPOTS OPEN!

Cost: 1,350

Hidden in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania are some of the most impressive and photogenic old barns and silos in the country. The in-use, rundown beauty of these rustic old farms blew me away. Join me for a 3-day workshop capturing the history and culture of the countryside of Pennsylvania in the fall.  

Oct 22-24, 2023: 3 SPOTS!

Cost: 1,200

Come capture dozens of waterfalls and gorgeous fall foliage during the quiet hours at Ricketts Glen State Park. This weekday workshop will be the perfect addition to your weekend shooting fall foliage, with classroom time and plenty of one-on-one instruction in the field. Escape the crowds and take advantage of this unique learning experience. 

I have been shooting for 30 years and one day with Dan has literally changed the way I shoot, select and edit and my photos forever. [He] is honest, down-to-earth, amazingly knowledgeable, helpful and generous with his guidance. If you want an honest assessment of where you can improve and get to the next level, there is no better.”    —Karen Berman


Nov 10-12, 2023: FULL (waitlist)

Cost: 1,475

Spend 3-days shooting stunning western scenes in Westcliffe, Colorado in fall conditions. This is your chance to shoot beautiful horses running against a mountain backdrop along with old barns, cowboys, homesteads, natural grasses, streams and so much more. We will spend the mornings shooting at an authentic 4,000-acre working cattle ranch! 

Nov 17-19, 2023: FULL!

Cost: 1,400

In this 3-day workshop we will take the path less traveled in search of unique images. Most people come to Moab to shoot the same images that millions of others have already taken, but you will come home with images most have never seen! My goal is to challenge you to discover new and interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own.In November there is a great chance we will have snow on the La Sal Mountains!


I envisioned that I would capture many new and breathtaking landscapes—which I did!  However, what I wasn’t expecting, and what I didn’t really experience in other workshops was Dan’s philosophy of photography.  I left Dan’s workshop as a more aware and calculated photographer.  Dan has an unmistakable passion for photography, and he challenges his students with his philosophy to help them grow in their photographic journey.  — Greg Liengswangwong

Dec 1-3, 2023: 2 SPOTS!

Cost: 1,250

Join Dan for a 3-day photography workshop in glistening white sands of New Mexico to improve your skills and capture incredible landscapes. With special permits from the National Park service for "early entry" and "stay late," we'll have the opportunity to capture the beauty of the dunes during the best light. 

Jan 12-14, 2024: NOW OPEN!

Cost: 1,475

Join us on a 3-day winter photography workshop in the small town of Westcliffe, Colorado! We will be shooting beautiful horses running against the snow-capped mountain backdrop – along with old barns, cowboys, and the gorgeous landscape. Located in south-central Colorado, the Wet Mountain Valley may be the state's most beautiful and unspoiled mountain valley.

Jan 26-28, 2024: FILLING FAST!

Cost: 1,350

Capture stunning winter scenes of Rocky Mountain National Park in this 3-day landscape photography workshop. Winter is an excellent time of year to visit, with significantly less crowds, magnificent snowcapped mountains and endless beauty. We will base out of Estes Park and spend sunsets and sunrises shooting, with classroom time and image editing during the day. 

The workshop filled in the gaps that I just hadn’t been able to figure out on my own. Dan’s artistic and technical expertise, patience, and ability to recognize the difficulties I was having, explain why I was having them, and provide instant solutions to those problems were invaluable.  –Mike Menachof







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10+ years of experience teaching

While photography is my first passion, teaching is a close second. Over the past years I’ve worked with hundreds of photographers across the globe — from beginner hobbyists to emerging pros who are striving to make it to the next level. I am fluent working with Nikon, Sony and Canon gear. These workshops are for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photography skills!

Individualized, detailed instruction 

I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. We will journey away from taking iconic images to discover new and interesting compositions. My goal is to guide you in creating original images while helping you see the final printed image in your "mind's eye" before you push the button. 


I’ve been told by many students that my workshops are unique in the sense that I always stay with the group providing one-on-one instruction and critique. When I am shooting, it is with the aim of sharing ideas and thoughts as the light changes. You will learn about my entire process for creating powerful and dramatic images starting with where to shoot and why. We will dig into how to master composition, understand light as well as image processing in Lightroom.

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Photographers huddle around a fire in the Wind River Range
small group of photographers during a workshop in Colorado
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