Locations: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and other areas around Moab, Utah

Dates:

November 12-14, 2021

November 15-17, 2021

November 18-21, 2021

March 4-6, 2022

March 7-9, 2022

March 10-12, 2022

Cost: Full: $900.00, Deposit: $300.00

The deposit of $300 is required at registration to reserve your spot in the workshop. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to workshop start date.

Due to the complex nature of our multi-day expeditions, our cancellation policy is 90 days on all domestic and international expeditions. Cancellations made before the 90 days will receive a full refund of their deposit. Cancellations made within 90 days of departure will be refunded the full amount they have paid minus the $300 deposit. We strongly recommend travel insurance in order to protect you from unforeseen travel interruptions that prevent you from joining us.

Mesa Arch Sunrise

Let’s face it, when most people think of the southwestern United States the images that cross their minds are that of the Moab area. This area is famous for arches, towers, canyons, and some of the darkest skies in the country. There is no shortage of incredible scenery available in southeastern Utah. Home to two National Parks, along with an additional 1.8 million acres of BLM managed public lands, the opportunity for unique photos is truly endless. There are vast expanses of red rock that go on for as far as the eye can see. Moab is truly a wonderful place and no doubt a must on any photographer’s bucket list.

On this three-day two-night hiking and vehicle-based photo workshop you will be granted the opportunity to photograph some of Utah’s most iconic landscapes, as well as some lesser-known gems. Our group sizes are kept small so that each photographer gets access to one-on-one instruction. Your instructor will ensure that you are in position to photograph some truly breathtaking moments and their knowledge of seasonal light and weather patterns will help you to utilize every moment of the magical golden hour light that the desert is so famous for, as well as show you the secrets of capturing the incredible stars that shine over Moab.

During this workshop we will photograph iconic locales such as Delicate Arch and Mesa Arch during the optimal time of day to maximize the red hues presented at sunrise or sunset. There will be optional excursions to more intimate and unique locations in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well. Other possible locations include Corona Arch, Wilson Arch, Jeep Arch, and Castle Valley. Locations and times are flexible to allow for the group to move with the light and avoid the crowds whenever possible.

Due to the early morning schedule to shoot the night skies and sunrise we will return to our hotel each day mid-morning to rest up and enjoy a meal to help ease the burden of this schedule. You will also have the option to meet with your instructor and review and edit your photos from the previous day’s adventures. This time will also allow an opportunity to receive one-on-one photo processing instruction from your instructor to make the most of those beautiful desert landscapes.

Please note: Due to the nature of the terrain and photo locations on our Magic Hours of Moab Workshop, it is recommended that those who sign up are in good health and ready for a hike. Although the purpose of this trip is photography, it is best suited for those that like to get out and hike!

Mesa Arch Milky way

Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive and check into hotel. Meet in conference room at hotel for introductions and itinerary at 5:00 p.m., followed by a brief overview and discussion about shooting the Milky Way and the sunrise. This will be an early night to prepare for the early departure the next morning.

Day 2:

Departure from hotel at 3:30 a.m. for the Milky Way over Mesa Arch shoot. Arrive at Mesa Arch at 4:30 a.m. and hike .25 miles to arch. Set up and shoot stars, practice light painting and have time for individual experimentation.

Between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. we will transition to sunrise setup and wait for sunrise at 7:00 a.m. From 6:00 a.m. until sunrise we will discuss settings, composition and the importance of planning ahead and knowing the location. We will be setting up early to secure the best shooting location and to be prepared for large groups of people. Mesa Arch has blown up in popularity in recent years so expect a large number of photographers to line up around you at this location.

After the sunrise, and a short time to shoot the location in the early morning light, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and rest. At noon there will be a photo review opportunity and post processing session held in the conference room of the hotel. Bring your computer, photos and a lunch.

The rest of the day is yours to do with as you please. I will be available to take people out to different locations during this time. We will meet again as a group for an optional sunset shoot at North Window Arch in Arches National Park.

Day 3:

Departure from hotel at 3:00 a.m. for the Milky Way over Delicate Arch shoot.  Arrive at Delicate Arch at 4:00 a.m. and hike 1.5 miles to the arch. Set up and shoot stars, practice light painting and have time for individual experimentation.

Between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. transition to sunrise setup and wait for sunrise at 7:00 a.m. From 6:00 a.m. until sunrise we will discuss settings, composition and what to expect from this sunrise.

After the sunrise, and a short time to shoot the location in the early morning light, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and rest. At noon there will be a photo review opportunity and post processing session held in the conference room of the hotel. Bring your computer, photos and a lunch.

The rest of the day is yours to do with as you please. I will be available to answer any questions you might have before you begin your travels home.

Window Arch

Trip Details

Physical Requirements: 

All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike 3-7 miles per day on steep mountain trails with a daypack. Note: not all days will require extensive hiking, however it is important to be physically prepared for the hikes that are strenuous.

Group Size:

Our small group size, combined with an experienced photography guide, will insure personalized attention and great wildlife and landscape photography opportunities. Group size is limited to 10 participants per workshop to ensure plenty of time for everyone to benefit from one-on-one instruction with the instructor throughout the workshop.

Accommodation:

Holiday Inn Express - Moab

1515 North Highway 191

Moab, UT 84532

Meals:

Meals are not included with the workshops. We often have snacks available while out on location and then will return to town to allow time for meals.

Weather:

Expect warm pleasant days and chilly nights. The weather is generally very dry and stable in Utah however it can change on a moment’s notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes:

Multiple iconic locations around the Moab area, including milky way and sunrises.

Professional photography instruction before and during shoots.

Post processing instruction and photo review.

In camera review and camera settings adjustment when necessary.

Snacks and water during hikes and while driving.

Ground transportation during the workshop.

Optional guided hikes to iconic locations in the area.

Price Does Not Include:

Airfare

Accommodation during the trip dates.

Participant meals.

Alcoholic beverages.

Transportation to and from Moab.

Guide and staff gratuities.

Travel Details:

Departure city is Moab, Utah

Recommended Gear:

Personal:

Hiking boots, socks, and long pants

Rain jacket, warm layers for cold night and pre-sunrise shoots

Personal toiletries

Headlamp

Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hat

Hydration Blatter or water bottle

Photography:

Tripod

Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera

Wide Angle lens, 10-22 mm

Mid-range lens, 24-100 mm

Telephoto can be useful in different situations but not required

Filters: ND, Polarizer, Graduated ND

Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies

Remote Shutter Release

Laptop to back up your images and to participate in the post processing session.

Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared:

ISO Photography Training is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop. We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service, and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously, and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

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Date: November 12-14, 2021

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