Tuition: $2,699
Deposit: $500
March 23-28, 2021
October 26-31, 2021


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

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

Basecamp: Prospector Inn, Escalante, Utah

A group block has been established at Prospector Inn, if you chose to book another hotel please see the list below.

Call: 435-826-4653 to book.


4x4 Terrain

The Grand Staircase National Monument Master Class

The Grand Staircase National Monument 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 Grand Staircase National Monument Landscape

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s (GSENM) vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs that run for distances, defying human perspective. This is high country, 3,000 square miles of colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow slot canyons, delicate washes, and seemingly endless slickrock. GSENM was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped, and students in this Landscape Master Class Workshop will photograph frontier areas that few photographers ever see, such as stunning desert land waterfalls, arches, riparian oases, sculpted slickrock and explore the narrow Peek-a-boo and Spooky Gulch Canyons.

Grand Staircase–Escalante is a pristine backcountry that affords excellent opportunities for creative solitude and unconfined wilderness, that rewards our students with all-embracing creative image opportunities, vivid memories, and a yearning to return.

Curriculum Assignments for Grand Staircase-Escalante

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: Chimney Rock, Gooseneck, Sulphur Creek, Sunset Point, Panorama Ledge, Grand Wash, The Switch Backs, Temples of the Moon and Sun, Hickman Bridge, Freemont River, Fruita Orchards 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
  • Field Meals
  • Training Documentation
  • Post-Production Classes
  • 5 Hours Personal Online Tutoring

Tuition Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to and from Basecamp


Our Base Camp is at Prospector Inn, Escalante, Utah (Visit Site) (Prospector Inn in Escalante, UT is off of UT-12, 280 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT and 302 miles northeast of Las Vegas, NV.)

Call: 435-826-4653 to book.


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