Arches, Canyonlands and Beyond

Moab, UT 84532, USA

Rock Light Photo
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Oct 25 - 29, 2024
Group size: 3 - 8
Arches, Canyonlands and Beyond
Moab, UT 84532, USA

Rock Light Photo
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Oct 25 - 29, 2024
Group size: 3 - 8

About this trip

Spend a fantastic week exploring Arches, canyons, ancient rock art, the Colorado River, iconic movie and TV locations, and some of the best light for landscape photography in the world.  

We will visit a wide variety of great locations in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park.  We will also explore other great locations in an around Moab, Castle Valley & Bears Ears National Monument.  The workshop will include classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images.  We will shoot sunrises and sunsets each day as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. 

Subjects will include, but not be limited to: Natural arches, canyons, ancient ruins and rock art, the Colorado River, iconic movie and TV locations, and optional night photography in internationally recognized dark skies parks.  We will end the workshop with a group slide show and critique.

About the Workshop Leader

Colin is an award-winning photographer who has spent the past several years exploring the red rock Canyonlands of Southern Utah and the mountains of Colorado.  As a part time resident of Moab since 2011, he  has spent several weeks a year exploring the photographic riches in and around Moab in every season, and has been leading workshops and tours in  the area for several years as the founder of Rock Light Photo Tours.   He is a certified and insured photography travel guide in nearby Arches,  Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands national parks.  

Field Lessons Included

- Making your red rock images pop

- Determining proper exposure
- Capturing great images in challenging lighting conditions

- Analyzing a scene for compositional options

- Using filters to improve artistic results

Classroom Instruction

- Shooting and Stitching panoramic images

- Colin's Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images

- Creating dynamic black and white images from digital color captures

- Photographic techniques for shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau 

- High Dynamic Range photography techniques, including multiple exposures and use of grad ND filters

 - A positive group critique of images to end the workshop - this is a  wonderful lesson in composition and seeing the world through other  peoples' eyes. 

Other Considerations

Skill Levels

All skill levels are welcome.  Participants who have a good working  knowledge of their cameras, a basic understanding of digital workflow,  and knowledge or exposure to Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop will get  the most from this workshop.   

Physical Demands

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically less than 3 miles round trip). Participants MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE  and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes.  Keep in mind that the elevation in Moab is 4000', and Arches and Canyonlands are at 5000-6000'  above sea level. 

Group Size

Maximum 8 photographers. 

Housing Options

Accommodations are available in one of our two 3BR luxury vacation rental properties just 10 min. south of Moab, Utah, each with a private hot tub and a fully equipped kitchen, which will be a great base of operations for visiting  Arches National Park other locations in and around Moab.  One of the two properties will be the home base for the workshop, giving us a place to gather for classroom sessions, a kitchen to use for meals, and a chance to mingle with and learn from your fellow photographers.  Prices shown do not include local taxes.

- Private bedroom (King bed, pvt bath (3 avail): $150/night single occ, $175/night dbl occ. 

- Private bedroom (Queen bed, pvt bath (1 avail): $130/night - $150/nt dbl Occ (1 Queen, 1 full)

- Private Bedroom (King bed, shared bath (1 avail): $120/night - $135/nt dbl occ. 

- Private bedroom (full bed, shared bath(1 avail): $100/night - $125/night dbl occ (2 full beds)

Please be sure to request one of the lodging options above when  booking if desired.  Payment taken separately.  contact with questions.

Workshop Details

Registration fee: $1065 per person (includes 6.85% Utah services tax)

Deposit to reserve a date: $300

Dates and Times

Workshop begins Fri, Oct 25, 2024 at 3pm, and ends Tue, Oct 29 at Noon.

Non-photographer/tag-along rate: $500 - for a  spouse/partner/friend who wants to come along, eat meals with the group,  and travel to some of our shooting locations.  Note there is a double  occupancy rate for the lodging options at the vacation rental properties.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather and be based at the Red Rock Garden vacation rental property in Moab, Utah.   Directions and details will be sent  well in advance of the workshop.

What’s included

  • Sales Tax
    6.85% Utah services tax
  • Photography Instruction
    Classroom and on-site instruction on capturing and processing red rock images.

What’s not included

  • Airfare
    Round trip airfare not included. Moab has a small airport (CNY 20 min away)). Larger airports nearby include Grand Junction (GJT 2 hours) & Salt Lake City (SLC -4 hours)
  • Local transportation
    We will carpool as possible, but access to a vehicle while you are in town is suggested
  • Meals
    We will eat some meals as a group at restaurants in Moab, but all meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Lodging
    Housing options are available as an add-on

Available Packages

Workshop Registration Fee
Available until October 18, 20248 left

$995 registration fee plus applicable Utah service taxes.

Deposit: $300
Non-Participant/Tag-a-long Rate
Available until October 18, 2024only 2 left

For a spouse/partner/friend who wants to come along, eat meals with the group, and travel to some of our shooting locations as an observer.  Note there is a double occupancy rate for the lodging options at the vacation rental properties.  

Deposit: $0

Your Organizer

Rock Light Photo
Professional photographer Colin D. Young offers 4-6 multi-day immersive photography workshops in various locations generally centered around U.S. National parks, with an emphasis on the national parks of Colorado and Utah. He is a certified and insured photo tour guide in Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks.


I have been out with Collin for quiet a few times to capture the moments of nature with cameras. I enjoyed all of the trips. The beauty and grandeur of those places often captured my mind, as I was capturing their images. Photography is about capture the right light at right moments and right places. Colin is a career professional light expert, and has a keen sense and splendid knowledge about light. He helped almost every participant in his workshops to get high quality images. I have about 50 years of experience in photography, and I still learn something new in each Colin’s workshop. I plan to attend more Collin’s workshops.
By Quan D on 18 Dec, 2023
I attended Colin's Arches and Canyonlands workshop in March of 2023 and it was a fantastic experience. Colin knew the area well and took us to all the best spots at the right times. He was friendly and personable and I would recommend him to anyone interested in landscape photography. Our group had photographers with greatly varying levels of skill and experience and Colin was excellent at meeting their often different needs. This was my first time doing a photography workshop but it definitely won't be my last.
By Jerry B on 04 Dec, 2023
My first workshop with Rock Light Photo hooked me! The trip was well-organized, well-planned, had good fellow guests, and solid leadership from Colin Young. There was a strong sense of camaraderie and fun, heightened by most of us staying in the same rental house. We visited a lot of sites in Bryce Canyon, and since I'd never been, it was really eye-opening and fun. Colin organized things well, but not too much, and was responsive to the group's varying skill levels and energy. I've done several more photo workshops with Rock Light Photo in different places and consistently enjoyed myself, learned a lot about many aspects of photography, and gotten great images. I'd strongly recommend Rock Light Photo for photographers with a range of experience - you'll also have fun, grow as an artist, and create great photos.
By D H on 02 Nov, 2023