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.
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.
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.
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.
COME HOME WITH WORKS OF ART
Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session
LIGHT & COLOR
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.
IN THE CLASSROOM
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Operating under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison National Forest. Dan Ballard Photography is an equal opportunity service provider.
ABOUT BUYING NEW GEARI always tell my students that you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light. While I do recommend shooting with the best gear you can afford, keep in mind this is not the most important factor.
CAMERA GEARCamera: (preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless with the ability to shoot raw) Lenses: My ideal setup for full frame is a16-35mm, 50mm, 70-200 or 300mm. If you own a 24-70 or equivalent that is fine. As long as you have something fairly wide and a telephoto. For DX or APS-C users, any combination of lenses that gets you from at least 18mm to 200mm. Preferably from 10mm to 200mm but if you don’t already own a wide angle don’t stress. Other: A sturdy outdoor tripod is a must! Also, plenty of digital memory, extra batteries & battery charger, lens cleaning cloth, camera bag that allows you to easily get to your gear. You may want to consider bringing a back up camera as well. Filters: The only filter that I consider a must have is a circular polarizer. While I don't use it often — when you need it you have to have it. There can also be situations where a 10 stop neutral density or variable ND (variable neutral density) can be very useful. This is definitely not something that is mandatory but could be useful on the workshop or shooting in general. I prefer the screw on circular polarizers and ND filters. I also carry a 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter, and although I rarely use it these days — it can come in handy. If you don't already know what this is or how to use it, don't stress about bringing one. I prefer hand holding 4x6 inch grad ND filters.
OUTDOOR GEARWe will shoot rain or shine. A rainjacket is a must and a small travel umbrella is highly recomended. Layered clothing is super important for changing temperatures — early morning can be cold with afternoons getting very warm. Consider thin gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. Also helpful to have is a flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray. For more challenging or strenuous workshops, it is helpful but not mandatory to bring waterproof boots or gators. I don't personally usually use a camera cover (I prefer an umbrella) this is something you may want to bring along.
CLASSROOMPlease bring a laptop computer with a card reader for the classroom portion of the workshop. It would be best to have Adobe Lightroom software installed. We will also spend a small amount of time with Adobe Photoshop if you want to have this installed as well to follow along. I use the Creative Cloud and purchasing the Lightroom/Photoshop package which is only $9.99 a month. If you use and prefer another editing program that is not a problem at all. You will still pick up a ton of new thoughts and ideas — much of the editing is focused on the artistic side of image processing. Also, if you don't have a laptop — don't stress. You will still benefit from the ideas shared in the courses. You are welcome to borrow a laptop or share with another student. If you prefer to take written notes, it is a good idea to bring along pen and paper.
CRITIQUE SESSIONWe will be critiquing images taken prior to the workshop, please inlcude a section of 15-20 of your favorite images you would like feedback on. We may also have a chance to critique some images taken during the workshop.
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPSYou must have travel insurance for an international workshop. I recommend bringing quite a few snacks with you. Granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to see what kind of plug adaptor you will need for electronics. If you are signing up from outside of the US, please be aware of VISA requirements for the country of travel.