What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in photography workshops adventures and tours in Southern Utah and Colorado. In 2020 we will have 4-6 days intensive photo workshops in Moab (Arches & Canyonlands), Bryce Canyon, Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, as well as Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.

The group is for photographers at all skill levels who want to explore some fantastic places while forwarding their photographic skills, and meeting some cool people along the way!

Upcoming events (4)

Trail Ridge Road Sunset and Night Photo Tour

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

$225.00

Time to start planning some events in Rocky Mountain National Park for the summer!

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular place to spend an evening - with several overlooks to choose from for often spectacular sunsets, and at 12,000' elevation it is also a fantastic spot for night and Milky Way photography.

We will shoot golden hour and sunset at at 2 or 3 locations on Trail Ridge Road, then break for a quick picnic dinner (bring your own) while we wait for the Milky Way to emerge on a moonless night.

We will spend at least 2-3 hours shooting the night sky, with instruction on how to capture the Milky Way!

All skill levels welcome.

8 participants max.

Gear Required:
DSLR with a wide angle lens - ideally capable of f/2.8 or faster (f/3.5 or f/4 will do).
Tripod.
Shutter release.
Headlamp (with a red setting if possible)
Picnic dinner
Warm clothes! It gets cold at 12,000' almost every night. Bring lots of layers.

Two options:
Wednesday, July 7 5pm-12:30am
Monday, August 9 4:40pm - midnight

Reservation Fee for Meetup members: $225

This is a paid tour - only $225 per person (my normal sunset/night tours are $325!).
Visit my website to pay your reservation fee: http://www.lightandphoto.com/photography-workshops/2021-trail-ridge-road-sunset-night-tour-reservat

I can also take payment via Venmo (@RedRockGarden)

Feel free to email me with questions: [masked]

NOTE: This tour was very popular last year. I do plan to add some additional dates in August, but book quickly if you are interested. There will be a rain date on Wed, July 14th

FAQ:
- I am fully vaccinated, and assuming that is true for all, we should have no need to wear masks outside, once we are up on location. I will encourage people to carpool (I will have a few spaces in my Subaru), but we should probably plan on wearing masks in vehicles, as there is a fair amount of driving.
- Will I need to drive? Good question! Due to some small parking areas, I am hoping we can get down to just 3 or 4 vehicles. If you plan to check out early (it does make for a late night), then perhaps plan to drive yourself.
- Do I need to reserve one of the new entrance permits? NO, my CUA permit acts like an entrance permit for whomever is with me!
- Do I need to pay an entry fee for the park? It depends on how late the Beaver Meadows entry station stays open, but if you have a park pass or American the Beautiful pass - please bring it just in case!
- How do I find you on Trail Ridge Road? You don't! We will meet in the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center parking lot. Even if the visitor center is still closed, we will meet near the kiosks outside (near the bathrooms, which should be open) I will confirm much of this the week before.
- How do I pay you? my Venmo is @RedRockGarden, and Paypal is [masked]. Your space is not reserved until you are paid up!
- Is there a rain date? YES - Wednesday, July 14th. If it looks like there will be a complete washout, and/or if we discover that there are storms on the road that make it dangerous to travel above tree line. If you do not hear from me, please assume the tour is still on!
- What if I have never shot the Milky Way before? GREAT - I will help you! We will have plenty of time between when the sun goes down and when the stars come out for me to guide you step by step in how to capture the Milky Way on your digital camera (as long as you have the gear listed above)
- What is you cancellation policy? Since this is only a few weeks away, and there is a rain date, if you need to cancel, I will apply 100% of your fee toward a future tour or workshop if I can fill all the slots on the workshop.

Hope to see some of you there!

Trail Ridge Road Sunset and Night Photo Tour

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

$225.00

Time to start planning some events in Rocky Mountain National Park for the summer!

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular place to spend an evening - with several overlooks to choose from for often spectacular sunsets, and at 12,000' elevation it is also a fantastic spot for night and Milky Way photography.

We will shoot golden hour and sunset at at 2 or 3 locations on Trail Ridge Road, then break for a quick picnic dinner (bring your own) while we wait for the Milky Way to emerge on a moonless night.

We will spend at least 2-3 hours shooting the night sky, with instruction on how to capture the Milky Way!

All skill levels welcome.

8 participants max.

Gear Required:
DSLR with a wide angle lens - ideally capable of f/2.8 or faster (f/3.5 or f/4 will do).
Tripod.
Shutter release.
Headlamp (with a red setting if possible)
Picnic dinner
Warm clothes! It gets cold at 12,000' almost every night. Bring lots of layers.

Two options:
Wednesday, July 7 5pm-12:30am (Click here to RSVP for July 7: https://www.meetup.com/Southern-Utah-Colorado-Photo-Workshops/events/278245718/)
Monday, August 9 4:40pm - midnight

Reservation Fee for Meetup members: $225

This is a paid tour - only $225 per person (my normal sunset/night tours are $325!).
Visit my website to pay your reservation fee: http://www.lightandphoto.com/photography-workshops/2021-trail-ridge-road-sunset-night-tour-reservat

I can also take payment via Venmo (@RedRockGarden)

Feel free to email me with questions: [masked]

NOTE: This tour was very popular last year. I do plan to add some additional dates in August, but book quickly if you are interested. There will be a rain date on Wed, August 11

FAQ:
- I am fully vaccinated, and assuming that is true for all, we should have no need to wear masks outside, once we are up on location. I will encourage people to carpool (I will have a few spaces in my Subaru), but we should probably plan on wearing masks in vehicles, as there is a fair amount of driving.
- Will I need to drive? Good question! Due to some small parking areas, I am hoping we can get down to just 3 or 4 vehicles. If you plan to check out early (it does make for a late night), then perhaps plan to drive yourself.
- Do I need to reserve one of the new entrance permits? NO, my CUA permit acts like an entrance permit for whomever is with me!
- Do I need to pay an entry fee for the park? It depends on how late the Beaver Meadows entry station stays open, but if you have a park pass or American the Beautiful pass - please bring it just in case!
- How do I find you on Trail Ridge Road? You don't! We will meet in the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center parking lot. Even if the visitor center is still closed, we will meet near the kiosks outside (near the bathrooms, which should be open) I will confirm much of this the week before.
- How do I pay you? my Venmo is @RedRockGarden, and Paypal is [masked]. Your space is not reserved until you are paid up!
- Is there a rain date? YES - Wednesday, August 11th. If it looks like there will be a complete washout, and/or if we discover that there are storms on the road that make it dangerous to travel above tree line. If you do not hear from me, please assume the tour is still on!
- What if I have never shot the Milky Way before? GREAT - I will help you! We will have plenty of time between when the sun goes down and when the stars come out for me to guide you step by step in how to capture the Milky Way on your digital camera (as long as you have the gear listed above)
- What is you cancellation policy? Since this is only a few weeks away, and there is a rain date, if you need to cancel, I will apply 100% of your fee toward a future tour or workshop if I can fill all the slots on the workshop.

Hope to see some of you there!

Autumn Color in Rocky Mountain National Park Photo Workshop

Estes Park Visitors Center

$795.00

Sept 20-24, 2021

Spend 5 days in a variety of locations around the beautiful Rocky Mountains during a photographer’s favorite time of the year - Autumn! The last two weeks of September is generally the time for peak color in Northern Colorado and the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We will visit a variety of great locations in Rocky Mountain National Park for fall foliage, combined with classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to process and critique your images. We will shoot sunrises and sunsets as weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction and image processing. Locations will include, but not limited to: aspen groves, waterfalls, forest streams, lakes and mountain overlooks. We will end the workshop on Friday with a group slide show and critique.

About the Photographer: Colin is a professional photographer and licensed photography tour guide in Arches, Canyonlands & Rocky Mountain National Parks, and currently resides in Broomfield, Colorado. He has led several fall foliage workshops in Upstate New York over the years.

Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:

How to make your foliage images pop
How to capture good images in challenging lighting conditions
How to analyze a scene for compositional options
Working with a range of lenses for a range of compositions
Using filters to improve artistic results

Indoor sessions will be spent viewing and critiquing participants’ images. In addition, Colin will give indoor instructional presentations on:

Fall foliage photography techniques
Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
How to shoot and stitch together panoramic images

Skills Needed

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

Other Considerations

NOTE: This workshop will involve 2-5 miles of rugged hiking per day at 8,000-11,000′ elevations. Participants MUST be in GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE. If you are coming from sea level, plan to arrive a couple of days early to acclimatize yourself to the high elevations.

Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 6 photographers

Registration Fees: $795

Click the link below to learn more, and to reserve and pay your $250 deposit:8 Slots max!
http://www.lightandphoto.com/autumn-color-in-rmnp

Limited housing options will be available at the vacation rental property in Estes Park that will be our base of operations.

NOTE: RSVPing to this Meetup alone does not guarantee you one of the 8 slots on the workshop. You must pay a $250 deposit to reserve your slot.

Dates and Times

Workshop begins Monday, Sept 20 at 4:00 pm and ends Friday, Sept 24 at 1pm.

Where to Meet:

I will rent a vacation rental property in Estes Park for Sept 20-24 which will be our base of operations for the week. Contact me if you are interested in dates before or after the workshop.

Limited housing options will be announced soon.

For more details, and to reserve your slot, visit
my workshop webpage: http://www.lightandphoto.com/autumn-color-in-rmnp

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Colin D. Young Photography
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Bears Ears Cliff Dwellings and Rock Art Photo Workshop

Blanding - Visitor Center

$795.00

Bears Ears Cliff Dwellings and Rock Art
Oct 18-22, 2021
Blanding, Utah

Spend 5 days in Utah's newest National Monument exploring canyons for cliff dwellings, rock art, and other ancient Native American structures. Learn a little archaeology while capturing images of these photogenic ancestral pueblos. This will be an active workshop, with several miles of hiking each day. This will be the first time I have offered this workshop, and I am really excited to share some of my favorite places in this remarkable place!

About the Photographer: Colin is an award-wining photographer who has spent the past decade exploring the red rock Canyonlands of Southern Utah. As a part time resident of Moab since 2011, he has spent several weeks a year exploring the photographic riches in and around Southern Utah in every season. He is a certified photography travel guide in Arches, Canyonlands & Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. He is the owner/operator of Rock Light Photo Tours based in Moab, Utah.

8 photographers max

Registration Fees:
Full 5 day Workshop $795
Prices do not include applicable sales taxes

To Book: http://www.lightandphoto.com/bears-ears-cliff-dwellings-rock-art-photo-worksh
(then click add to cart to pay your $250 deposit to reserve your slot)

Housing options TBA

Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:

How to make your red rock images pop
How to capture good images in challenging lighting conditions
How to analyze a scene for compositional options
Using filters to improve artistic results
How to photograph and document ruins and rock art using a Leave No Trace approach

Indoor sessions will be spent viewing and critiquing participants’ images. In addition, presentations will include:

Photographic techniques for shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau
HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography
Shooting and Stitching panoramic images
Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
Creating great black and white images from digital color captures
A presentation on the archaeology and history of Bears Ears by a special guest!

Skills Needed

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

Other Considerations

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically 2-5 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 the area ranges from 5000'-7,000' above sea level.

Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8 photographers

Dates and Times:

Workshop begins Monday afternoon, Oct 18, and ends Friday, Oct 22 at Noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather and be based at a vacation rental property to be announced in Blanding, Utah (about little more than an hour South of Moab). Directions and details will be sent well in advance of the workshop.

Registration Fees:

Full five day workshop: $795

Limited housing options available (not included in registration fee)
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes

To Book: http://www.lightandphoto.com/bears-ears-cliff-dwellings-rock-art-photo-worksh
(then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit required to reserve you slot.

Colin D. Young Photography
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I will donate 5% off all registration fees from this workshop to Utah Diné Bikéyah and the Natural Resources Defense Council to support the legal battle to restore the original boundaries of this unique resource illegally reduced by the outgoing administration.

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