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Nature Photography, Photography Workshops & Fine Art Prints






This six day tour of the Colorado Plateau in the winter will put us in some of the most beautiful and sublime desert landscapes in southern Utah. This otherworldly landscape features vast canyon overlooks along the rim of the mighty Colorado River, magnificent arches and sculpted sandstone, rolling badlands in the San Rafael Swell, and the hoodoo canyons of Bryce dressed in their finest winter white.

The striking contrast of snow across the red rock landscape and the low angle of winter light make for an amazing combination of light, weather and color across the high desert plateaus of southern Utah. Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way with expert guidance in the best locations during the best light, helping you along your creative and technical journey toward making the images you’ve always dreamed of.


  • Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 1pm in Moab. Afternoon/sunset shoot in Arches or Canyonalnds National Parks.

  • Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field).

  • Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

  • Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Hanksville, Utah (2 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the San Rafael Swell.

  • Day 5: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), late afternoon/sunset shoot (approximately 3 hours). (Optional Mid Day Slot Canyon Hike, Weather permitting)

  • Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours). Workshop ends no later than 10am.




The nearest airport is Salt Lake City International Airport. The drive from SLC Airport to Moab is approximately 4 hours and from Bryce Canyon back to SLC is approximately 4 hours. We recommend clients fly in on January 11th and fly out on January 18th allowing ample time to commute to and from the workshop starting and ending locations.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive is 4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions and some off road driving to remote locations.


A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot). Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.


There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road. Some locations, however may involve a short hike of less than a mile with no serious elevation gains. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in winter conditions. Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely. It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


LaQuinta - Moab, Utah - Address: 815 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532 -Phone: (435) 259-8700 & The Wispering Sands - Address: 90 Utah 95, Hanksville, UT 84734 - Phone: (435) 542-3238


The workshop cost cover all guiding, instruction, park permits and classroom sessions

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Questions? Contact Us


The Instructors


Joseph Rossbach

Joe is a full time photographer based out of Southern California although my Assignments and workshop Take me all over the country and internationally. I have been leading photo tours/workshops and publishing my photography for over 15 years. My particular interest at the time is the deserts of the southwestern United states and the eastern sierra mountains of California. When not Leading tours or working on assignments, you can find me exploring some well known and many Lesser known areas of the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert regions.

Joe has been leading photography workshops and tours for over fifteen years and has worked with thousands of photographers to help them refine their vision and skill in the art and craft of nature photography.


Kurt Budliger

Kurt has been photographing the natural landscape for over 20 years and has been a professional photographer for the past 13. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Kurt has been a professional educator for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a professional outdoor photographer and workshop leader, Kurt was an outdoor and environmental educator, interpretive naturalist, guide and then a middle school science teacher in Vermont.