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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.


Easy to Moderate

All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. Very light hiking is involved. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position. *Reach out if you have any limitations.


Field & Classroom

We will be in the field shooting for sunrise and sunset with classroom time & breaks during the day. Learn techniques such as focus stacking, focal length blending, advanced camera settings & 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. 


Moab Off Road Photography Workshop 

Nov 17-19, 2023: FULL (waitlist)

$1,400 total ($400 deposit at sign-up)

 4WD JEEPS INCLUDED! Moab is one of the most intriguing places on earth, with countless red rock formations and mystic landscapes ...yet most people only see a small part of it. In partnership with a local jeep guide, we will take the path less traveled in search of unique photographs in this 3-day workshop. I have found that an incredibly rewarding aspect of landscape photography is creating original, distinctive works of art. 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! 

3-Day Moab Photo Workshop

We will not be shooting iconic locations in this workshop. My goal is to challenge you to discover new and interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own. I hope to help you learn how to find exceptional locations in general, without the normal limits of a group workshop.


The idea is to go to remarkable locations and make great images, no matter where they happen to be. I will take you on well-maintained dirt roads as well as rougher 4WD only trails. This is not intended to be a "hardcore" off-road experience.


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. 



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 Unique Photo Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Image Editing • Portfolio Feedback 

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 


4WD Included 

We will be exploring the Moab area back roads in 3 lifted Jeeps. These have 4WD systems and are equipped for challenging roads.


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.

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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 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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Dan is a gifted teacher, one with no agenda except what you want and need. He is generous with his knowledge and experience, sharing the best of both.  I learned so much, I don't hardy know where to begin. I learned to come to grips with my weaknesses and develop my strengths. Best of all, Dan gives specific detailed input, including suggestions about equipment, technology, organization, etc. I felt that I grew as a photographer. And you'll have fun, enjoying the art and craft of photography."  –Roberta

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Moab Photography Workshop Schedule 

On Friday, we will start off the workshop in the lobby of the hotel at 1:00pm with an introduction then a classroom session on creating strong images, followed by lunch. After lunch we will grab gear and head out to explore the natural wonders of Moab. We will shoot through sunset in hopes for great color and light. 


On Saturday, we will rise before the sun to capture the great morning light. After returning for breakfast and a short break, we will have a classroom session on image processing with Lightroom, followed by a long off-road drive and shooting sunset.

On Sunday, the stunning red rocks 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. 


Planning Your Trip to Moab


Please note that transportation to and from the workshop and accommodations during the workshop are up to each participant.

Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms for the group at the Hyatt Place located in town. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. 


Car: During the workshop we will ride in the rented 4WD vehicles. 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. 


Flights: The closest large airport is in Salt Lake City which is about a 4-hour drive from Moab. Boutique Airlines usually has daily flights to Moab (Canyonlands Field CNY) from Salt Lake or Denver. 

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Incredible Desert Landscape

High above the Colorado River, Moab is a geological maelstrom that has been shaped by eon after eon of weathering by rain, snow, ice, and wind. Most of the formations in the park are composed of Entrada sandstone, which geologists say was part of a low arid coastal plain adjacent to a great inland sea 150 to 200 million years ago. Over time, the sand was covered by layers of sediment and hardened into rock. In each of the park's districts, visitors can see the remarkable effects of millions of years of erosion on a landscape of sedimentary rock.

What's included in the workshop?

Instruction from Dan Ballard • 4WD Vehicles + Local Guide • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Sessions • Snacks & Water

Not Included: Hotel, food, travel to the workshop, extras

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    I 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: (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.
    We 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.
    Please 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.
    We 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.
    You 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.


Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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