Badlands & Big Skies Workshop - May 31 - June 4, 2024 - Sold Out

Dates: May 31 - June 4, 2024
Glendive, Montana
$2,295.00 (300.00 Deposit)
Joseph Rossbach & Mark LaRowe
Group Size: Maximum of 10 participants - 2 Instructors

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Join myself and renowned Montana photographer Mark LaRowe for a an amazing foray through the little known badlands of eastern Montana. Commonly known as “The Big Sky State”, Montana is primarily known for its 64 named mountain ranges which reside primarily in the western half of the state. However, to the East of the Rocky Mountain Front resides a dizzying array of cap rocks and eroded sedimentary rock. One of the most under-appreciated set of hoodoos in the country lies in the spectacular Makoshika State Park south of Glendive. Slightly to the northwest of Glendive is the relatively unknown Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area. A perfect example of wind and water erosion.

The Terry Badlands is reminiscent of the well-known Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Its features includes colorful, banded cliffs that overlook the beautiful rolling prairie. Exploration will reveal sandstone arches, spires, mesas, and buttes riven by deep gullies. To the east of Glendive, via a 1 hour drive, is famed Theodore Rosevelt National Park, named after the 26th president of the Untied States. Theodore Rosevelt National Park offers amazing opportunities to photograph rolling prairie, mixed badlands and variety of wildlife including Bison, coyotes, Big Horn Sheep, Prairie Dogs and much more wildlife.

In June, the prairie erupts with a colorful array of wildflowers. The crown jewel is the monsoon season in eastern Montana which typically lasts from Mid-May through June. The storms that arise over the endless plains are fueled by the sun-warmed earth, which in turn causes the air to rise and create beautiful, towering cloud formations and often tremendous thunderstorms and can be seen over the badlands and prairie from hundreds of miles away. This offers an amazing backdrop for the the unique foreground geology and flora.


  • Makoshika State Park
  • Terry Badlands
  • Theodore Rosevelt National Park


Day One: We will kick the workshop off starting at 2pm at the hotel where Joe and Mark will be giving several presentations on best techniques and workflow for photographing this amazing area of prairie and badlands. After class, we will head out into the field for an afternoon sunset shoot.

Day Two - Four: Each day we will be out well before sunrise to get to amazing locations to capture first light and early morning golden hour. In the early afternoon, on each day, we will have classroom sessions covering photo processing and image critiques. Each afternoon, after class, we will be out in the field chasing monsoon storms, amazing light and unique photo locations.

Day Five: After a sunrise/morning shoot, we will conclude the workshop back at the hotel no later than 10am.


Easy to moderate. There will be some hikes that may involve walking top to 1 mile each way over mixed terrain including dirt/rock and clay badlands with some elevation going up and down small hills.

Key Features:

  • Gain a strong technical and creative foundation in outdoor photography
  • Learn the importance of “seeing the light,” weather forecasting and location scouting
  • Learn how to use filters in the field to control dynamic range
  • Learn strategies for making dynamic compositions that have energy and engage the viewer
  • Learn how to choose aperture and hyperfocal focusing for depth of field
  • Bring your images to life using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (beginner and advanced techniques)
  • Get individualized instruction and critique in the field as well as classroom
  • Photograph badlands, hoodoos, big sky prairies, wildlife and classic western landscapes
  • Photograph sunrise and sunsets and chase dramatic monsoon weather


Participants are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Glendive, 1919 N Merrill Ave, Glendive, MT 59330 -

Please reference Joseph Rossbach Photography Workshop when booking your reservation.


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.