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A Utah Badlands Astro & Landscape Workshop Itinerary

~No Mans Land~

A 3 Night, Four Day adventure in the heart of the Southern Utah Badlands!

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Mission & Agenda

This area boasts some of the most incredible geological formations you'll ever see.  Adorned with layers and layers of sedimentary shale in almost every color of the rainbow and is truly a sight to behold. Join me for an epic workshop, exploring my favorite locations by day and by night! From martian like badlands to goblin like hoodoos, to mile high canyon tops, towering buttes, slot canyons, and arches. We will explore this vast and arid landscape in search of thought provoking and original images! 

The group will be based out of a spacious and luxurious rented Condo where we will also hold our Classroom sessions. I find this to be a great way to promote camaraderie, friendship and foster inspiration while on these tireless trips! 

Where: This workshop will be based out of Hanksville, UT

When: May 9th-12th, 2024 (3 Nights)

Limited to only 5 Students

Total Cost: $2299.99 

Deposit: $900.00 @ Time of Booking

Lodging Included

Vision & Focus

Capturing the Endlessly Barren Beauty of this No Mans land

This workshop is aimed at capturing the desert in its many forms, and in its diverse Light by Day and Night. From playas of delicately cracked mud and Massive layered Buttes jutting from the earth to canyons of rolling badlands for as far as the eye can see. Arches, Slot canyons, and more. 

Our focus will be:

  • Discovering Composition, Learning how to master visual flow with little to work with

  • Creating and crafting a visual narrative, Telling a story with your image

  • Choosing the most engaging and thought provoking compositions to enhance that story

  • Learning what technique or process best captures those elements

  • Capturing Blue Hour images for Blending, for the BEST Astro Results

  • Stacking images for focus, How, When, and Why!

  • Focal Length Blending, Creative, Innovative, and Restorative techniques using wide angle lenses

  • When and How to Properly Bracket and Exposure Blend

  • How to put it all together in Adobe Lightroom, Helicon Focus, Starry landscape Stacker and Adobe Photoshop

  • Various Techniques for Dodging & Burning, and Shaping the Light 

  • Color theory and its Immense power in Post Processing

~In-depth post processing
Entirely Screen recorded
~One-on-One image critiques
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Group, Terrain & Weather


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•1 Week ahead of the event we will have a "Pre-Workshop" Zoom class to discuss finalities, concepts, techniques and to get you familiar with the type of images we will be working on!


Evening Day 1: We will begin this trip on Thursday, May 9th at 3pm at our Lodging (TBD). From there you will check-in to your respective rooms and we will gather again for a briefing, chat a bit and strategize for the first evenings shooting. This crash course approach lets me gauge your varying skill and level of understanding of photography principals and fundamentals. We will capture sunset, blue hour, twilight and the Milky Way!

Morning Day 2: The Following morning we will rise bright and early for that mornings sunrise location. Which could be decided that morning based on weather, clouds, conditions in general. After capturing Sunrise we will make our way back into town. Students are welcome to lag behind and explore until the classroom session.


Classroom Session from 1-4pm

-Late Lunch/Early Dinner

Evening Day 2: Reconvene at 5pm, Briefing, Head out for Sunset Location, again TBD.

Day 3: Will follow the above Itinerary

Morning Day 4: The Final Sunrise, will follow the above Itinerary, followed by a group Breakfast!

-End - Checkout Time (10/11am)

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Included: 3 Nights of Single

Occupancy Lodging 

Total Cost ~ $2199.99

Howe to Get There

Best Airport: Salt Lake City, or Moab, Utah

Lodging Location: Will be shared closer to the event
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