We are once again happy to announce the Colorado Fall Colors Workshop, which will be taking place in one of the most picturesque locations in the world, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. A number of our readers have been inquiring about this workshop already, so after working out the schedule, I decided to open up the registration and provide some details about the workshop. This photography workshop will take place from September 24-27, so we are adding an extra day to the workshop to see and photograph more beautiful locations in the area. Get ready to learn a lot, shoot a lot and enjoy quality time with like-minded people that share your passion. And best of all, we will be doing it in a vacation-style environment, not in a typical hotel!
2015 Colorado Fall Colors / Landscape Photography Workshop (September 24-27, 2015)
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.
Compared to last year, the workshop will span a total of 4 days instead of 3. There is a lot to see in the area, so the additional day will be very beneficial for all participants.
Just like last year, 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 3 years and last year we all had a blast! The campground hosts are amazing and the cabins are very nice and cozy. And if anyone prefers to travel to Colorado in a trailer, the Ouray KOA is a great place to stay at (I will be staying in an RV, right next to the cabins). In addition, staying at the campground is cheaper compared to staying at a hotel, especially if you share your cabin with someone else (some larger cabins 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. Just like last year, 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:
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 more 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 later this year when the campground opens.
The workshop cost is $900 per participant and $300 for the extra day (individual one-on-one sessions).
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 July 24, 2014.
Workshop fees do not include lodging, transportation or food.