Tuition: $2,499-$2,799
Deposit: $500
Dates: April 28-May 3, 2020 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
April 20-25, 2021

Arrive on Day One for evening orientation — Depart for home on Day Five.

4 full days of onsite photographic and post-production classes.

Basecamp: La Quinta Inn, Moab, Utah

Call: 435-259-8700 or book online:


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The Canyonlands National Park Master Class

The Canyonlands National Park Master Class is a 5-day full immersion, photography workshop that teaches an end-to-end workflow for the creation of landscape art. Students learn landscape capture techniques, creative composition approaches, atmospherics, visualization techniques and post-production methods that will allow them to express their subjective thoughts and feelings. The workshop is small, intimate, collegial, and the instruction hands-on, with intensive field capture instruction at specific locations. Photographers identify and then increase the emotional range of their work to create images that are a vision beyond documentation while gaining valuable insights into landscape thematics, mini-portfolio creation, environmental considerations, and visualization skills for the creation of landscape art photographs.

Upon their return home, students receive 5 hours of online post-production tutor training.

The Canyonlands National Park Landscape

The Canyonlands National Park is a land of colossal photographic drama and ‘Ol West Get There Adventure’ with crimson canyons, stout mesas, flat top buttes, and cathedral spires in the heart of southeastern Utah’s high desert. Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you will photograph. The Green and Colorado Rivers courses through the Island in the Sky District where we will learn grand scenic compositions across vistas that are hard to comprehend. We will explore trails that will take us to rocky rims and overlooks that allow us to shoot the famous White Rim and cliff shadows that caress the Colorado and Green Rivers. Using our 4×4 vehicles, we will then head deep into the spires and rivers along the White Rim Road and Shafer Trail and interpret spires and white-cap mesas up close.

The Master Class Workshop then moves into the LaSalle Mountains, the Fisher Towers Range along the Colorado River you will travel to landscapes that few will ever reach, but you will, and you will create some exceptional landscape art photography— guaranteed.

Curriculum Assignments for Canyonlands National Park

While we teach many of the same processes and creative approaches in all parks, each Master Class has a unique theme assignment. Master Class photographers receive proprietary assignments for each location, explore documentary, narration and navigation art approaches, and create mini portfolios of their work.

Explore, Learn, Grow, and Share

Explore and photograph: Mesa Arch, Dead Horse Point and Trail, Horse Thief Trail, Mineral Bottom, Shafer Trail, Fisher Rock Trail, Colorado and Green River shooting exercises, La Salle Mountains and more.


Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre-Class Tutorials, Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic Range Capture, Lens choice and its compositional effects, ND Filter applications, ETTR, Landscape Gear, dynamic bracketing, and more.


Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscape Art: Develop Raw images with Lightroom, explore the principles of image segmentation with Photoshop, extend image range with dynamic blending with Luminosity masks, scale contrast and color to govern emotional tone, and learn theme specific to tools for personal expression.


Grow Your Landscape Art Photography: Learn the Power of Image Visualization, Sky and Ground dominant compositions, thematics, the application of documentary, narrative and navigation art approaches and how to create images that are a Vision Beyond Documentation.


Share: Share ideas and experiences, with fellow photographers who will become lifelong friends.

You’ll benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews, as we help take your photography to the next level.

Tuition Includes:

  • Lodging Assistance
  • All Local Ground Transportation
  • Training Documentation
  • Post-Production Classes
  • 5 Hours Personal Online Tutoring

Tuition Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to and from Basecamp


Our Base Camp is at La Quinta Inn, Moab, Utah (Visit Site) (The La Quinta Inn in Moab, UT is off of US-191, 234 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT and 113 miles southwest of Grand Junction, CO.)


You get to Moab and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off-road transportation to all areas.