Colorado Fall Colors 2014 Workshop Schedule

Our fall workshops are coming up again this year, so after working out some accommodation and schedule details, we have decided to post a portion of the 2014 Photography Life workshop schedule – Colorado Fall Colors, which will take place on September 26-28 in San Juan Mountains of Colorado in Ridgway / Telluride area. We have reworked the workshop program for this year and we are happy to say that this workshop will bring the best experience in terms of not only learning the art of landscape photography, but also vacationing in one of the most picturesque locations in the world.

San Juan Mountain Snowy Vista

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/8.0

2014 Colorado Fall Colors / Landscape Photography Workshop (September 26-28, 2014)

Instructor: Nasim Mansurov. Regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the world for fall foliage, the San Juan Mountains of Colorado are breathtaking and absolutely stunning for photography. This workshop will combine a pre-workshop class on landscape photography, with the experience of photographing beautiful scenery in different areas of the San Juan range. We will travel together in cars and stop at the most scenic locations throughout the day, starting at sunrise and ending at sunset. Education will be provided throughout the workshop and the instructor will spend one on one time with each participant. The goal is to learn how to capture beautiful landscapes in both normal and challenging lighting conditions. After coming back from the photo shoots, we will spend the last day learning how to post-process images.

Best of all, this year we are doing something completely different – we will all be staying at lodges at a campground instead of a hotel! I have been staying at the Ouray KOA Campground for the past 2 years and each time I regretted that our participants could not join us for evening campfire, grilled food and photography stories to share. Therefore, this year we are moving from the hotel to the campground. Not only will it be an amazing experience to stay at one of the cozy cabins, but it will also be cheaper, especially for renting larger cabins that can accommodate up to 6 people.

This workshop is by far the most popular one we have offered in the past and it usually fills up within 24 hours. We will also offer an additional day for extra shooting / individual session with the instructor.

For more details about this workshop, check out Emily Fagan’s guest post, where she described the workshop and provided some sample images from our workshop in 2012. We will limit this workshop to 10-12 people. Here are some some of the images from past workshops:

San Juan Mountains Hay Sunset

NIKON D600 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, ISO 400, 1/30, f/8.0

Nikon D600 Sample (11)

NIKON D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm, ISO 100, 1/10, f/11.0

Nikon D600 Sample (6)

NIKON D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm, ISO 200, 1/40, f/11.0

Getting there: Colorado local residents might prefer driving to the location. If you are from out of state / different country, the best option is to fly into Grand Junction (usually connecting through Denver or another hub), rent a car and drive to Ridgway, CO. Generally, flying into Grand Junction is cheaper than flying into Telluride. Once you reserve your spot, it might be a good idea to coordinate flight schedule with others in the group to see if it is possible to share car rental fees.

What to bring with you: your fully charged camera, memory cards and a tripod. If you are wondering about what lens(es) to take with you, we recommend a good wide angle zoom lens (a 16-35mm, 16-85mm, 18-55mm or 24-70mm will do perfectly fine) and a good normal to telephoto lens that covers up to 200mm of focal length for distant shots. Kit lenses and super wide angle lenses are fine too, although I personally recommend to get something sharper for the best quality details / prints. Make sure that your lens has a filter thread, since we will be relying on filters a lot. A polarizing filter is a must-have – see “must-have filters for landscape photography” post for more details. I also recommend a graduated ND filter (two stop or 0.6 ND is ideal), but if you don’t have one, then you can just borrow from us – we will have a couple of sets for participants. Absolutely make sure to bring warm clothes and gloves for the sunrise shots. Late September can get quite cold in the mountains. I will provide more detailed information on what to bring to each participant when we get closer to the workshop date. Most communication will be handled over email and phone.

Please do not book your campsite accommodation yet, as we will have group rates for participants.


We value those who serve in the military, so if you or your spouse are active military or in reserves, you will be eligible towards an additional 15% discount. If you qualify for a military discount, please contact us via the “Contact Us” page and after your military status is verified, we will provide a coupon code to use.

How to Sign Up

In order to sign up for the above workshop, please use our secure Workshop Registration page. Please note that the fees are fully refundable between now and August 23, 2014. We will not be able to provide a refund after this date (planning and coordination issues).

Workshop fees do not include lodging, transportation or food.


  1. Profile photo of Angelina 1) Angelina
    July 24, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Sorry that I can’t make it to this workshop. I hope to be able attend one of your workshops in the future.
    It would be helpful if you announce the workshop a little in advance so the people are not local or live close by can sign up for the worskshop.

    • July 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Angelina, I apologize for such a delay. I already posted workshops for 2015 as well for those that want to plan way in advance :)

  2. 2) Phyllis stockfisch
    July 24, 2014 at 7:02 am

    What are the costs?

    • July 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Phyllis, it is $850 for the whole workshop (2.5 – 3 days), plus you can sign up for an extra day, which is another $400.

  3. Profile photo of rajesh 3) rajesh
    July 24, 2014 at 7:17 am


    I tried to reserve spot it did not work. Gave error when I used my discover card.


    • July 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Rajesh, we had some issues with our payment system earlier. Please try again – it should work now.

  4. 4) Tonya
    July 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Is there still availability in this workshop? I registered via my iphone early this afternoon and haven’t received an email or any type of conformation.

    Thank you!

  5. 5) Muskegon Photography
    October 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I wish I was in the area for this. I visited in May/June but now I’m back in Michigan.

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