Crested Butte "Back Roads" Photography Workshop

July 23-25, 2021: FILLING FAST!
Cost: 1,375  [$375 due at registration]

Join Dan for a 3-day photography workshop in the charming small town of Crested Butte, tucked away in the remote Elk Mountain Range. Old mining roads from the late 19th century make this the ideal place to explore and find unique landscapes in Colorado’s backyard. We’ll take the back roads to photograph crystal clear alpine lakes, aspen groves, rugged mountain vistas and lush green vegetation. This is a Colorado photography workshop you don't want to miss! 

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 composition techniques, adv camera settings, image editing & more! 

Group Size

10 people

I 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. 


 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Sessions 
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Capture Rugged Mountain Landscapes

-  what to expect  -

We will be shooting in exciting and beautiful locations. But we will also working nonstop to improve your photography skills, from the technical how to side of creating sharp images to composition theory to image editing. 

We will stay at the Grand Lodge where we will have classroom time and explore the surrounding area from there. Our goal is to capture each scene in the best light, which means we will be out early for sunrise and again for sunset. 


I 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 


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. 

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

Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

Portfolio Feedback

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, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.

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During Wildflower Season

This workshop takes place during Colorado wildflower season! While our focus will be on grand landscapes, you will also have the opportunity to shoot scenes featuring wildflowers.

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 knowledgable, helpful and generous with his guidance” -Karen Berman 

Photography Workshop Schedule


On Friday, we will start the workshop off at 2:30PM at the Grand Lodge with an introduction, followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have an early dinner at a local restaurant before heading out to shoot sunset.


On Saturday, we will rise before the sun to capture the best light over the peaks. After breakfast and a short break, we will have a classroom session on image processing with Lightroom. Then we will go out for any early dinner followed by the evening photoshoot. 


On Sunday, the mountain vistas will be beckoning us again to shoot the early morning sunrise. We will end with a feedback 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.

* Exact schedule subject to change based on weather, good light, etc.

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

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at the Grand Lodge in Crested Butte for the workshop dates. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay.

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 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. 

Planning Your Photo Trip 

About Crested Butte, Colorado

"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." [Mentioned by]

What's Included in the Crested Butte Photography Workshop: 

Instruction from Dan Ballard • 4WD Vehicles • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Sessions • Snacks and Water
 Not Included: flights, hotel, food, transit to/from the workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

What does TFL's full-service, on site testing include?

Task Force Lab will coordinate and deploy registered nurses trained to collect samples along with all required testing materials and personal protective equipment. In addition, collected samples are couriered directly to our local partner laboratory for immediate processing so we can return your results within 24-48 hours.

Which FDA-EUA PCR test is TFL's partner lab running?

TFL's partner lab runs the BGI-MGI Americas Real-Time Fluorescent RT-PCR Kit for Detecting SARS-CoV-2 which was one of the first 20 tests to receive an FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

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Where is TFL currently providing on site testing?

TFL has been providing full-service, on-site testing throughout Southern California (including in Altadena, Santa Monica, Rancho Palos Verdes, Aliso Viejo and Irvine), and Northern California (San Jose) since May 2020.

How do I know TFL's turnaround time will not exceed 24-48 hours?

TFL's partner laboratory sells capacity, not tests. When you buy through TFL, the test spot is yours whereas other labs have a queue. There is no overbooking - we understand that you depend on these results to get your team back to work safely.

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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