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Nature Photography, Photography Workshops & Fine Art Prints



Photography Worshops & Tours

We’re committed to providing you with the best, small group photography workshop and tour experience in the industry. Key features of all our photography workshops and tours include expert instructors with over 20 years of experience as outdoor leaders, educators and professional photographers, small groups so you’ll get lots of opportunity for one to one instruction, and of course epic locations including locations like Vermont, Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine, Olympic National Park, Arches & Canyonlands, the Desert Southwest, Grand Tetons National Park, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra, Iceland, Patagonia and many more.


Epic Locations ~ Expert Instruction


What to expect…..

At Adventures in Light Photo Workshops, you will experience one of the best small-group photography workshops in the industry. All workshops and tours include expert instructors with over twenty years of experience as outdoor leaders, educators, and professional photographers, and a small group environment ensures you’ll have ample of opportunity for one-on-one instruction.

Joe’s workshops are a total immersion in the art and technique of nature photography. You will come away with advanced composition skills, the ability to utilize natural light effectively, as well as knowledge of post-processing techniques such as focus stacking, image blending, filters for creative effect, digital darkroom, and much more.

Because of Joe’s intimate familiarity with each and every location, each workshop is tailored to capitalize on the best available light and weather conditions. He is committed to making sure you come home with not only a new understanding of the art and science of photography, but also with images worthy of hanging on your walls!

All of this learning takes place in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, where you will have a memorable, inspirational experience - and meet some great people as well. Join us and take your photography skills to the next level.


2019 Photography Workshops



The Tetons are arguably one of the most rugged and photogenic ranges in the Rocky Mountain West. Photographers from all over the world make pilgrimages to Wyoming to photograph the majesty of this magnificent national park. While photographing the Tetons during any season is fantastic, we think autumn is prime time. In addition to stunning mountain views late September brings on the golden color of aspen and cottonwood stands and the changing season can ofter produce dramatic skies.


SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2019 - OURAY, CO

Southwest Colorado quite possibly could be the crown jewel of the Rocky Mountains. The area features miles of undeveloped, towering alpine mountains, winding country roads with awe inspiring views, myriad lakes and tarns and countless opportunities for intimate & grand aspen forest scenes. It’s also arguably Colorado’s best fall foliage hot spot.

Our group size will be capped at 10 on this workshop to ensure an intimate shooting experience as well as maximize the instructor to student ration of 5:1. Join us for this 5-day inspiration packed exploration of this magnificent and wild region of the Rocky Mountains.


October 4, 2019 - Canaan Valley, WV

West Virginia holds a secret. Its mountains rival New England in tapestries of red, orange, gold, green and blue. And there is no other finer spot in all of West Virginia in the fall than the Monongahela National Forest. This is an amazing place for nature and landscape photography in any season, but in autumn it is truly awesome. nFrom the fiery red covered heath barrens of Bear Rocks and Dolly Sods to swirling leaves in plunge pools of mighty waterfalls, this area is by far the mid-Atlantic’s best kept autumn secret.


OCTOBER 6-10, 2019 - Montpelier, Vermont

There is no question that autumn in Vermont is the most magical time to be out photographing and exploring the natural landscape. From rushing waterfalls and forests draped in autumn color to rolling mountains and quaint New England farms, we’ll visit some of the state’s best scenery and secret spots for dramatic fall color. It truly is one of the best times to visit and photograph Vermont!


OCTOBER 12-16, 2019 - Bar Harbor, ME

Acadia National Park in Maine quite possibly could be the crown jewel of the east coast. The park features miles of undeveloped rocky coast, towering granite summits with awe inspiring views, myriad lakes and ponds and countless opportunities to photograph intimate forest scenes and quiet harbors. It’s also arguably the northeast’s best fall foliage hot spot. Join us for this 5-day inspiration packed exploration of this magnificent park.



Death Valley, a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of North America's most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa's, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens.

We will be traveling around Death Valley National Park 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 towards amazing images.

 2020 Photography Workshops



This six day photography workshop 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 Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney, to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of North America's most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa's, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens.


Springtime in Charleston
March 22-26, 2020 - Charleston, SC

Charleston is a beautiful southern coastal city and know for its breathtaking scenery and southern charm. Late March is the perfect time of year to visit this stunning region as it bursts into spring.  During this workshop we will shoot the famed Magnolia Plantation, Bald Cypress swamps, ancient Live Oaks draped in moss, the bone yard of skeleton trees on Edisto Island, Folly Beach and old city architecture. As with all of our workshops there will be ample field instruction, classroom critiques, software training and composition and field technique lectures.


APRIL 24-27, 2020 - HOODRIVER, OR

This workshop is timed to allow us to photography lush valleys filled with spring wildflowers as well as exploring the lesser known and often not visited waterfalls on the Washington side of the gorge. While the waterfalls and trails in the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side are busy, often photographed and many damaged after the wildfire a couple years back, the Washington side of the gorge has just as many and just as stunning falls to photograph and often times we will have many location to ourselves!


Palouse Washington Photography WORKSHOP
June 5-9, 2020 - Pullman, Washington

Join Joe for this five day photography workshop in the Palouse region of eastern Washington State, with rolling green and golden hills filled with patterns of growing crops mixed with rural barns and buildings and ever-changing light. Aa unique landscape formed by winds depositing silt from post ice age floods, beautiful rolling rhythmic hills perfect for both grand and intimate landscapes. The play of light and land makes for unlimited photographic compositions. We will also be visiting The Palouse Falls, an amazing waterfall dropping dramatically into a beautiful canyon in the Palouse region.


West Virginia Waterfalls One Day Workshop
June 14, 2020 - Canaan Valley, WV

Much more than waterfalls, this one day workshop will cover the four most unique features of the West Virginia Highlands: a sunrise at Dolly Sods looking at across a vast expanse of rolling mountain tops, two of the best waterfalls in the state, Elekala Falls and Douglas Falls, and a sunset from Lindy Point looking down Blackwater Canyon. In addition to photographing all these gems, we will have a two hour classroom session covering the fundamentals of image processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.


Client Testimonials

I have had the privilege of experiencing two workshops; Zion & Page and The Best of the Pacific Northwest. Each was a great learning experience and also tremendous fun! Through his guidance in the field and post processing instruction he has taken my photography to a new level. Joe does his homework to ensure that everyone experiences the best possible light in the best locations. He has a great way of bringing the group together to ensure a truly memorable workshop. I suggest you sign up and see for yourself!
— Andrew Steptoe
Want to save time AND money AND get those amazing shots you’ve always dreamed of. Then instead of trying to do it on your own and wasting time scrambling around, fighting for space with a bunch of tourists etc, sign up here and let Joe get you to all the best spots at the best times with the best light. There is one problem though... I just returned from this 2015 workshop and I don’t know when I’m gonna get time to work on all these epic shots I/we got. I guess that’s a good problem!
— Scott Allen
I have been out with Joe three times. Once on a tour to Zion national park, once to West Virginia in fall, and 3 days of private touring in Glacier National Park. Working with Joe has done two things. First, I have improved my composition immensely. I find myself spending a lot of time with Joe focused on how he visualizes images in the scene. Second, it has increased my knowledge of an area. Joe freely shares all he thinks about an area, and especially on private tours, expect to hike and see things you don’t normally see photographed. I recommend him without reservation
— Justin Berman
Joe is a remarkable photographer…his images are just breathtaking. When you attend one of Joe’s workshops you get his full attention and you walk away a better photographer. His engaging personality makes the experience all that much better
— George Walker
I attended the West Virginia Waterfalls weekend in May, and it was a superb experience. Joe is hardly satisfied with snapping photographs from overlooks, so I truly enjoyed climbing and hiking along with him to reach more unique locations. You can be sure to return with original photographs on one of his workshops. I plan to return for more
I highly recommend Joseph Rossbach’s workshops. His knowledge of photography and artistic talent are outstanding and he is an attentive and personable teacher. His workshops provide an excellent mixture of training and experience so that participants gain fully from Joe’s knowledge
— Christine z.
I went last year. It was fantastic and Joe was awesome. GO
Joseph has an artistic insight and passion for photography which are inspiring. He is able to enthuse and engage his students to extend their own skills. The suggestions concerning equipment, accessories, planning and technique are invaluable. I would recommend his instruction to anyone and look forward to taking more workshops and classes
— Susan Watling
Joe will take you places where most photo guides don’t even know about!!
— Bernie B. Villadiego



The Instructors


Joseph Rossbach

Joe is a full time photographer based out of Southern California although his assignments and workshops take him all over the country and internationally. Joe has been leading photo tours/workshops and publishing photography for over 15 years. Joe’s 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, Joe can be found exploring some well known and many lesser known areas of the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert regions of the Southwest & California.

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.


Photography Waorkshops & Tours FAQ

Q: How advanced do I need to be?

A: Anyone will find our workshops to be a great learning experience. Our participants vary from intermediate to advanced amateur and semi-pro. You should, however, be familiar with your equipment and its operation. Always bring you camera manual and any notes or books you have been studying.

Q: What kind and how much equipment should I bring?

A:We'll send you a checklist approximately 30 days before your event. But briefly, we believe lenses in the wide-angle to moderate telephoto range will be most useful. Some way to do close-ups is recommended as well. While we may not do a lot of flash photography, if you have a flash, bring it. Bring lots of memory cards, extra batteries, and a sturdy tripod is a must! We will send you a recommended list of equipment once you register for the workshop of your choice.

Q: What time do we start, where do we meet, and when does the workshop end?

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Q: What will I learn?

A:We teach state of the art digital photography techniques with an emphasis on advanced composition, use of natural light, capturing drama and mood, using filters to enhance the image, advancing personal style, location scouting and digital darkroom processing in both Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop

Q: Is transportation provided?

A:Unless listed in the workshop description, each participant is responsible for his/her own transportation. However, car-pooling during the event is encouraged both to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to get to know one another.

Q: How should I dress?

A:Come prepared for anything and bring an extra layer of warm clothes when working at higher altitudes or in cooler climates. Gortex boots, warm gloves and a hat are essential to stay dry, warm and comfortable while in the field. If you have Internet access, check the weather forecast at before you leave home.

Q: Does weather ever alter events?

A:Only if there is an element of danger. Often times "bad weather" makes for the most dramatic light possible. We shoot until mother nature allows no more! And in the event we can’t be in the field taking amazing photos, we will have classroom session with informative lectures, post processing training and image critiques until we can get back in the field and continue making amazing photographs.

Q:What’s included in my tuition?

A: Tuition includes instruction, guiding, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.
Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of workshop unless specified.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: All deposits are non refundable unless we can secure a person to fill your spot(s)).

Full payment is due 30 - 60 days prior to the start of the workshop/tour. Please log on to the workshop/tour webpage to make your final payment. Credit cards will be charged the full tuition amount 5 days after the deadline for final payment.

A full refund, minus the 250.00 processing fee, will only be issued if we can fill your spot on the workshop/tour. All cancelations must be in the form of writing, email or mail, prior to 90 days before the start of the workshop or tour.