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2021 Photography Workshops 

Join us for a 3-day photography course to improve your skills and capture stunning landscapes!

Small Groups • Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK PHOTO WORKSHOP

Jan 8-10, 2021: FULL (waitlist)

Cost: 1,350

Capture stunning winter scenes of Rocky Mountain National Park in this 3-day landscape photography workshop. Winter is an excellent time of year to visit, with significantly less crowds, snowcapped mountains and endless beauty. We will base out of Estes Park and spend sunsets and sunrises shooting, with classroom time and image editing during the day. 

March 5-7, 2021: OPEN!

Cost: 1,175 

Join Pro Photographer Joseph Roybal for a 3-day photography workshop in Death Valley National Park to improve your skills and capture incredible landscapes. From valleys to sand dunes to canyons to salt flats, there's a reason why they call it the photographer's oasis. Very few places on earth offer as many textures, intense colors and extreme conditions to capture.

March 19-21, 2021: OPEN!

Cost: 1,375 

In this 3-day workshop we will take the path less traveled in search of unique images. 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! My goal is to challenge you to discover new and interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own.

I recently spent the day with Dan Ballard. He is the real deal. He not only takes breathtaking shots, but he knows how to teach others how to do the same thing. I learned a lot from Dan, he has an easy to understand style and takes the time to explain many other aspects about making your photos marketable.”  —Susan Humphrey

WHITE SANDS PHOTO WORKSHOP

April 23-25, 2021: COMING SOON!

Cost: 1,150 

Join Pro Photographer Joseph Roybal for an exciting weekend shooting and learning in the world's largest gypsum dunefield! The stark beauty and sharp relief of the waving white dunes will take your breath away. We will have special permission to enter the National Park during sunrise and sunset to capture peak color! Email to get on the interest list to be notified when this workshop is open for registration.

COLORADO RANCHES

PHOTO WORKSHOP 

April 30-May 2 2021: FULL

May 14-16, 2021: NOW OPEN!

Cost: 1,475 

Spend 3-days shooting stunning western scenes in Westcliffe, Colorado in beautiful winter conditions. This is your chance to shoot beautiful horses running against a mountain backdrop along with old barns, cowboys, homesteads, natural grasses, streams and so much more. We will spend the mornings shooting at an authentic 4,000-acre working cattle ranch! 

COLORADO SAND DUNES

PHOTO WORKSHOP

May 7-9, 2021: OPEN

Cost: 1,175

Capture the tallest and most awe-inspiring sand dunes in North America! We will be shooting some of the most photogenic areas of the dunes with the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountain backdrop and meandering flow of the Medano creek bed. I’ve always said that these sand dunes rank as one of my top shooting destinations in the world for landscape photography. 

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 knowledgeable, helpful and generous with his guidance. If you want an honest assessment of where you can improve and get to the next level, there is no better.”    —Karen Berman

PFEIFFER BIG SUR

PHOTO WORKSHOP 

May 2021: COMING SOON!

Cost: 1,175 

Join Pro Photographer Joseph Roybal in capturing the gems of California's rugged coast line. The dramatic seascape, towering redwoods, waterfalls and mountain streams of Pfeiffer Big Sur are sure to inspire any photographer. Get ready to learn and explore during this exciting 3-day photography weekend. Email to get on the interest list to be notified when this workshop is open for registration. 

Join me for 3-days photographing horses running through lush green fields set against an enormous, snow-capped mountain range along with the beautiful Wyoming landscape. Traditionally dressed cowboys and cowgirls will make the perfect subject as the sun rises behind them. Located outside of Jackson Hole, WY! 

June 4-6, 2021: FULL! (waitlist)

Cost: 1,475 

Dan Ballard has a keen eye for great landscape photography and experience in capturing it, HOWEVER, it is his determination to share his in-depth knowledge and teach it to others that was the highlight of the weekend. He was very patient with each student and took interest in each individual’s needs and level of experience. I gained tremendous increased knowledge in my landscape shooting as well as image processing in Lightroom. This is a serious workshop for serious landscape photographers of any level.  –Stan Crane

BANFF, CANADA

PHOTO WORKSHOP

June 2021: FULL (waitlist)

Cost: 1,575 

Imagine spending several days shooting epic mountain scenes that are less-photographed and coming home with unique works of art. I guarantee you will be blown away by the massive snow-capped peaks, glistening glacier lakes and sweeping vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff. 

SAWTOOTHS IDAHO

PHOTO WORKSHOP 

May 28-30, 2021: FILLING FAST!

Cost: 1,275 

New Workshop! Come capture the jagged and towering Sawtooth Mountains in the heart of Idaho. This lesser-known location is a landscape photographer's paradise, boasting gorgeous alpine lakes, and open countryside comparable to the Tetons. Join Dan Ballard for a weekend of photography instruction in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the US.

COLORADO WILDFLOWERS

PHOTO WORKSHOP 

Get ready for a 3-day photo experience in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado! Striking mountain peaks and rolling hills covered with waist-high wildflowers surround the historic small town of Crested Butte. We will journey down dirt roads that wind through the valleys in search of great images.

July 16-18 2021: FULL (waitlist)

Cost: 1,275 

CRESTED BUTTE BACKROADS 

PHOTO WORKSHOP 

July 23-25 2021: 2 SPOTS!

Cost: 1,375 

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. We’ll take the back roads to photograph crystal clear alpine lakes, aspen groves, rugged mountain vistas.

I envisioned that I would capture many new and breathtaking landscapes—which I did!  However, what I wasn’t expecting, and what I didn’t really experience in other workshops was Dan’s philosophy of photography.  I left Dan’s workshop as a more aware and calculated photographer.  Dan has an unmistakable passion for photography, and he challenges his students with his philosophy to help them grow in their photographic journey.  — Greg Liengswangwong

Aug 2021: WAITLIST

Cost: 1,675 

Discover the jaw-dropping landscapes of Norway in this 4-day photography workshop. Magnificent peaks, quaint villages and crystal clear fjords set the scene for a fascinating  experience. This year we will be shooting in Senja — a true hidden gem, with dozens of exceptional shots and significantly less crowds.

The workshop filled in the gaps that I just hadn’t been able to figure out on my own. Dan’s artistic and technical expertise, patience, and ability to recognize the difficulties I was having, explain why I was having them, and provide instant solutions to those problems were invaluable.  –Mike Menachof

2021 FALL WORKSHOPS

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Waterfall leading to mountain range in Colorado San Juan Mountains
COLORADO OFF ROAD 
September 2021 - Cost: 1,275
Crested Butte Fall Color Colorado with old barn and fog
CRESTED BUTTE FALL COLOR
September 2021 - Cost: 1,275
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RIDGWAY FALL COLOR
September 2021 - Cost: 1,275
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PENNSYLVANIA BARNS IN THE FALL
October 2021 - Cost: 1,275
WATERFALLS OF RICKETTS GLENN
October 2021 - Cost: 1,275
LAKE POWELL
 OVERLAND
November 2021 - Cost TBD

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10+ years of experience teaching

While photography is my first passion, teaching is a close second. Over the past years I’ve worked with hundreds of photographers across the globe — from beginner hobbyists to emerging pros who are striving to make it to the next level. I am fluent working with Nikon, Sony and Canon gear. These workshops are for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photography skills!

Individualized, detailed instruction 

I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. We will journey away from taking iconic images to discover new and interesting compositions. My goal is to guide you in creating original images while helping you see the final printed image in your "mind's eye" before you push the button. 

 

I’ve been told by many students that my workshops are unique in the sense that I always stay with the group providing one-on-one instruction and critique. When I am shooting, it is with the aim of sharing ideas and thoughts as the light changes. You will learn about my entire process for creating powerful and dramatic images starting with where to shoot and why. We will dig into how to master composition, understand light as well as image processing in Lightroom.

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