MOAB OFF ROAD 

Moab Off Road Photography Workshop 

March 19-21, 2021: Filling Fast!

Cost: 1375 total ($375 deposit due at registration)

 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 this 3-day workshop we will take the path less traveled in search of unique photographs via 4WD Jeeps. I have found that an incredibly rewarding aspect of 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! 

COVID UPDATE: Moab and parks are open. This workshop is a go, with a number of steps being taken to maintain a safe environment. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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.

Endurance 

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.

Terrain

Desert with Mountains

We will be exploring less known red rock formations and river scenes around Moab. Imagine desert scape with rock formations, canyon mazes & mountain backdrops. 

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. 

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COME HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART 

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

4WD Included 

In partnership with a local guide, we will be exploring the Moab area back roads in 3 lifted Jeeps. These have 4WD systems and are equipped for challenging roads.

Journey Down the Back Road

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. This is not a jeep tour or intended to be a "hardcore" off-road experience.

 

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; and at least one location will be accessed from the highway, but will require a .5-mile hike

 

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. 

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. 

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.

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 

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

Moab Photography Workshop Schedule 

On Friday, we will start off the workshop in the lobby of the hotel at 2:00pm 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

 

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 at the Moab Holiday Inn 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. 

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 Moab Photography Workshop: 

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

 Not Included: Hotel, food and travel to/from the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the workshop?


The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from Dan Ballard, photoshoots at several locations in Moab, transportation during the workshop in 4WD vehicles, classroom courses, snacks & water. This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accomodations, food or any gear




Accommodation & transportation


Please note that transportation to and from the workshop and accommodations are not included and are up to each individual participant. Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms reserved for the group. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. Payment is made individually. Car: We will ride in rented 4WD vehicles during the workshop. If you won't have your personal vehicle for getting to and from the workshop, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after. 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.




What if I need to cancel?


If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-44 days prior to the start of the workshop, all deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited. Please see Terms & Conditions page for more information: https://www.danballardphotography.com/cancellation-policy




Where will we be shooting?


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 will be taking you to places around Moab that are off-the-beaten-path and rarely photographed.




What should I bring?


Main photo gear: -Camera body & lenses -Sturdy tripod -Extra batteries -Large memory card -filters (optional) Always be prepared for any kind of weather. It can get very cold at night: -Warm clothing: layers are best -Gloves and beanie -Rain jacket and/or umbrella -Sturdy shoes for walking Highly recommended: -Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed -About 15 of your best images for feedback session (flashdrive, ipad, link or prints) -Pen & notepad (or laptop) -Day pack with water & snacks For other ideas please see the workshop gear page: https://www.danballardphotography.com/photography-workshop-gear-list





Have questions? Feel free to reach out.