Colorado Offroad Photography Workshop: Silverton/Ouray 

  Sept. 11-13, 2020
$1,375  [$375 due at registration]

Join me for 3-days of shooting and learning amongst the epic scenery of the Silverton-Ouray area in Southwest Colorado during fall color season. Mountain peaks rise in every direction with a beautiful scene around almost every corner...  if you know where to look and have a 4WD that is! In this photography workshop we will explore the rugged landscape during peak light with classroom time during the day. I’ve always said that one of the most rewarding aspects of photography is finding and creating unique images that few others have seen. This area is perfect for seeking out landscapes that have rarely been photographed.

COLORADO OFFROAD

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 

Somewhat Challenging

All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. Some hiking in is involved on uneven surfaces. We’ll drive to each location then a short hike/walk. *Reach out if you have any limitations.

Terrain

Rugged Mountains

We will journey down rugged roads to capture striking mountain lakes, basins and streams, while passing historic mining structures along the way.

Group Size

7 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 7 people. 

The Path Less Traveled 

Colorado Photography Workshop

This workshop will challenge you to put your photography skills to the test and discover interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own. I hope to help you learn how to create exceptional images 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 landscapes and make great images, no matter where they happen to be. This includes well-maintained dirt roads as well as rougher 4wd only trails and mountain passes.

 

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.

COME HOME WITH SPECTACULAR WORKS OF ART 
 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Sessions 

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.

4WD Included

We will be exploring the Silverton/Ouray back roads in my lifted ZR2 and a Jeep Wrangler. Both have serious 4WD systems and are equipped for challenging roads.

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 

Bonus: Fall Color Season

While this workshop is not focused around shooting fall color, the aspens should be starting to turn color early September! We will grab some bonus fall color shots while out exploring.   

Photography Workshop Schedule

 

On Friday, we will start the workshop off at 2:00PM at the hotel with an introduction followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have a very early dinner at a local Silverton restaurant before heading out to shoot sunset.

 

On Saturday we will rise before the sun to capture the best light over the rugged San Juan Mountains. After breakfast at the B&B 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 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.

Planning Your Trip: Hotel & Travel

Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Colorado Offroad Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant.

 

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at the Grand Imperial Hotel in the charming historic mining town of Silverton. 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 in the two 4WDs during the workshop. 

Flight: There is an airport in Grand Junction and a small one in Telluride as well. Denver International Airport to Silverton is about a 6-hour drive.

About the Town of Silverton

Silverton is an old mining town dating back to the 1860s. It is a part of the National Historic Landmark, home to Animas Forks and the Alpine Loop, and the summer destination for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride.

 

During the gold and silver rush, Silverton boasted of a population of 2,000 people with 400 buildings – 2 banks, 5 laundries, 29 saloons, several hotels and a bawdy red light district – Notorious Blair Street. Due to a slow market and low demand, mining in Silverton closed down in the early 1990s and is now known as a recreational paradise.  

 

Courtesy of silvertoncolorado.com

 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

What's Included in the Colorado Photography Workshop: 

Instruction from Dan Ballard • 4WD Vehicle • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session 

 Not Included: Flights, hotel, transportation to the workshop and food not included.

Please email if interested in signing-up for the

Colorado Off Road Photography Workshop!

Have questions? Feel free to reach out.