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Crested butte

Crested Butte Fall Color Photography Workshop

Sept. 29-Oct 1, 2023 led by Joe Roybal 
Cost: 1,300 total ($400 due at registration) 

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 spend 3-days shooting in the rugged mountain terrain of Crested Butte, capturing the grand landscapes along with intimate scenes. Just up the road is Kebler Pass, home to the largest aspen grove in Colorado. 


Beyond the leaves... 

While the shimming colors of the aspen groves alone are worthy of a photo, we will also focus on capturing fall color in a gorgeous mountain landscape that only Colorado can offer.


Experience Level

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.



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 techniques including composition, image editing and advanced settings.

Group Size

10 people

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. 

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Photography Workshop Schedule


On Friday, we will start the workshop off at 1:00PM at the Grand Lodge with an introduction, followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have a very early dinner at a small local restaurant before heading out to shoot sunset.


On Saturday we will rise before the sun to capture the best light. After breakfast we will have a classroom session on image processing with Lightroom. The group will then take a short break before we head out to shoot for the evening light. We will enjoy dinner and conversation after sunset.


On Sunday, the mountain vistas will be beckoning us again to shoot the early morning sunrise. We will end with a critique session that will break down 15-20 of your best images and give you new ideas on how to improve. We will finish up around 11AM.

 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session 


Spend 3 days of shooting sunrise/sunset in the Elk Mountains in Crested Butte as we work on photography concepts — focusing on light, fall color, shadows, ridges, mountain vistas and much more.


We will stay at the Grand Lodge and explore the surrounding area from there. Each trip out to shoot will be unique in its own way. Your instructor will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as the light changes. By keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout interesting locations.


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. 

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Image Composition 

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, Joe or Dan will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.


Creative Editing

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.

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Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop, we 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.


The amount of personal attention, guidance, and discussion of ideas and perspectives is far above anything I've experienced in any other workshop.


Planning Your Trip to Crested Butte, Colorado

Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Crested Butte Fall Color Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant.


Hotel: We have a block of rooms held at the Grand Lodge located on Mt. Crested Butte. After sign-up you will receive more information. 


Car: If you won't have your personal vehicle, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. We will be carpooling in 3 vehicles during the workshop. ​

Flights: There is a small airport in Gunnison that is 30 minutes away or Montrose (2 hrs). Denver International Airport to Crested Butte is about a 4-hour drive.

A Stunning Mountain Landscape 

The Elk Mountains are a high, rugged mountain range in the Rocky Mountains of west-central Colorado. These protected mountains are rugged, steep and aesthetically pleasing. Crystal clear streams, pristine alpine lakes and lush vegetation are common sights.

Aerial View of Desert



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What's Included in the Colorado Fall Color Photography Workshop: 

Pro Instruction • Classroom Courses • Personal Feedback Session • Snacks and Water
Not Included: Flights, hotel, car and food.



Fall Color Workshop

Led by Joseph Roybal


Operating under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison National Forest. Dan Ballard Photography is an equal opportunity service provider.

Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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