Colorado High Country Autumn Workshop - October 1-4, 2023

Photograph the best autumn colors Colorado has to offer in the San Juan's & Crested Butte!

Dates:October 1-7, 2023
Tuition: $2,495.00
Location: Ouray, Colorado
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach


Day 1: Meet & greet and opening presentations starting at 1pm followed by an afternoon/sunset photo shoot in the park.

Day 2-4: Workshop days will be intense as we will be out every morning well before sunrise to catch great light in the mountains. After sunrise we will spend several hours photographing aspen groves, reflections, backlight leaves, macro subjects and more. We will return to our hotel in Ouray for a meal/rest break before having a classroom session each day covering topics on landscape photography techniques, post processing autumn images and daily critiques. After class, we are back out shooting again for the afternoon until sunset.

On Day 4, we conclude the workshop after our sunset shoot. This gives everyone a chance to sleep in the next morning before traveling back home

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 egage 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 epic Rocky Mountain autumn landscapes, intimate ponds, woodlands and streams in glorious autumn color


  • Participants should have a good understanding of their camera equipment and know how to operate it.
  • Ability to shoot in a variety of weather and environmental conditions from rain, fog and even bright sunny days.
  • Must be able to hike 2-3 miles on some days at elevations above 8,000 feet.

Planning your trip:

It is recommended to fly into Denver International Airport and out of. We will start in Ouray, Colorado, that is approx. a 6 hour drive from Denver and end in Crested Butte, approx. 4 hours from Denver.

Because we will at times be driving bumpy, muddy and rough dirt roads on this workshop a High Clearance 4x4 is recommended. Also there can be snow at this time of the year at higher elevations and 4x4 may become necessary.

We will plan on setting up a carpool for traveling from the hotel to shooting locations.

You will receive a group block code and info for lodging no later that 90 days in advance of the start of the workshop.

You will also receive a detailed equipment, gear and clothing checklist no later that 60 days in advance of the workshop.


A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 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).


Sample images from past Colorado autumn workshops.