Utah Canyons & Badlands Photography Workshop: April 9-14, 2023

Olympus Mons

Dates: April 9-13, 2022
Tuition: $2,195.00 - 300.00 Deposit (non refundable)
Location: Moab & Hanksville, UT
Instructor(s): Joseph Rossbach


Come explore and photograph the best desert landscape scenery that Utah has to offer. We will be visiting both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to photograph some of Southern Utah’s most iconic and otherworldly red rock landscapes. During the workshop we will also visit a lesser known but equally beautiful and inspiring area of eroded badlands, mesas and canyons near Capitol Reef outside of Hanksville, Utah.

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 world class landscape images.

In addition to expert photo instruction in the field, Joe will also be conducting classroom sessions on composition, light, special field techniques such as focus stacking, as well as digital darkroom training in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop and group image critiques.

You will also be able to fly and photograph with a drone when in Hanksville. The landscape looks stunning and you'll be able to capture unreal abstracts from the air. So, bring or rent a drone for this workshop.


Day 1: Meet & Greet at our hotel in Moab, Utah followed by a two hour class session covering locations, tips and techniques for capturing stunning images over the workshop.

Day 2: Sunrise/morning filed session in Moab (approximately 3-4 hours. 1 hour class session in the middle of the day on Lightroom image development. Afternoon/sunset filed session.

Day 3: Sunrise/morning filed session in Moab (approximately 3-4 hours. 1 hour class session in the middle of the day on photoshop image development (focus stacking, exposure blending, dodging & burning and more. Afternoon/sunset filed session.

Day 4: Sunrise/morning filed session in Moab (approximately 3 hours. Check out of hotel and head to Hanksville, Utah (approx. 1.5 hour drive). Afternoon/ sunset field session.

Day 5: Sunrise field session followed by breakfast and then hike into a slot canyon to capture the magical reflected light. Late afternoon/sunset photography session. Farewell Dinner in Torey or Hanksville, Utah (depending on where we finish shooting that evening).

Physical Difficulty:

For the most part 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 approximately a mile (one way) with no serious elevation gains. Participants should be comfortable carrying their camera gear and personal items a min of three miles.

We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in a variety of weather and temperatures ranging from chilly in the morning to warm in the afternoon. Layered clothing including gloves and a hat are recomended. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Accommodations & Travel:

There are several airport options for travel to and from Moab, UT. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is approximately 4 hours from Moab. Denver International Airport is approx. a 5.5hr drive from Moab. Grand Junction airport is only approx 2 hours from Moab.

Hotel information TBA


The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations, National Park entrance fees, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your spot on this workshop.

The remainder will be collected 90 days prior to the workshop start.If you cancel within 90 days before the start date, a partial or full refund of the workshop tuition might be available as long as we are able to find a replacement. We try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact us and we’ll do our best to work it out!

Attendees are required to purchase trip insurance for the selected workshop in case of any unforeseen emergency or situation for which cancellation is desired or necessary. This includes, but is not limited to, natural disasters, health safety, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, illness, acts of God or closures that prevent or restrict the workshop from taking place on schedule and as contemplated by JRPW. It is the participant’s responsibility to protect their payment(s) for the workshop.