Capture Colorado


Experience the breathtaking beauty of western Colorado this Autumn during my
all inclusive 3-day and 3-night landscape and nightscape photography workshop.

Includes three nights of lodging at the Timber Ridge Lodge in Ouray. Our small group, limited to five participants, will enjoy road-trip style travel on backcountry roads, into jaw-dropping scenes. Hard to describe, unless you’ve been there!

Our basecamp is one of my favorite towns in Colorado, Ouray. Dubbed the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray is home to scenic byways, historic Victorian architecture, a classic Main Street, micro-breweries, and even a natural and famous sulfer-free hot springs pool, so bring your swimsuit.

Colorado has had a special place in my heart since I was a teenager and tagged along on my Dad’s Wilderness Workshops in Photography. An accomplished fine art photographer, he led treks into the rare air of Mount Evans, and to the historic mining districts of Red Mountain Pass. Colorado inspires a bit of the Wild West in all of us, and I now regularly travel to this part of the Rockies, exploring great locations to both shoot and enjoy. From the coffee roasters to the bakeries, from the player pianos to the narrow gauge rail, this area makes for a full-on western adventure.

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My Teaching Style

I strongly believe that living-in-the-moment, creates a mindful and deliberate experience. An experience that takes away more from a place than simply images. I hope to share with you my passion, not only for capturing compelling photographs, but allowing yourself to be “captured” by the beauty and awe of a place.

It is my privilege to share with you my knowledge of photography. My goal is to provide a positive environment that nurtures your art, and grounds you in best practices through instruction, tips and techniques that allow you to pursue creativity more freely.

My workshops are adventurous and enjoyable. I give you maximum time in the field. But be sure, I also allow you to rest and recover –– don’t want any cranky photographers.

There is no arguing that golden hour light is wonderful, but I will also teach you how to maximize any lighting scenario, simply because we don’t always have the luxury of creating images in golden hour, or under perfect lighting for that matter. During our down time, we will rest, talk shop, or simply enjoy camaraderie with like-minded folks.

So that I give you the most well-rounded educational experience, I include three hours of private Skype post-processing, and/or critique of your work after every workshop. This way, I can provide you with highly personalized attention for what you want or need to cover. I think you will enjoy this style of learning.

My workshop road trip adventures are designed to fill you with memories, as you fill your memory cards with unforgettable images.


We will kick off this fall photo feast at the Ouray Brewery on Main Street with a Meet & Greet that will begin at 3:00 p.m. This will give us a couple of hours to relax, get acquainted, recover from our day of travel, and get ready to shoot some nightscapes (Astrophotography landscapes) that evening close to town.

Our first day together will look like this:
Date: Sunday 9/29
Check in Lodge: 3:00 p.m. (Timber Ridge Lodge, Ouray, CO)
Meet and Greet: 3:00 p.m. at the Ouray Brewery on Main Street
Astro Shoot: Depart lodge 6:00 p.m. — Return to lodge: 11:30 p.m.

We will discuss our Monday through Wednesday itinerary during our Meet & Greet.

Vital Stats

Dates: September 29 — October 2, 2019 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Price per person: $1,745 (three days/three nights) ($745 down to hold your place — balance due by August 29)
Group Size: 5 Students
Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced
Terrain: Generally flat, may be uneven –– altitude: 6,200’-11,000’
Activity Level: Moderate activity with treks under a mile
Climate: Avg. Daytime temps: 60-70˚–– Avg. Nightime temps: 35-45˚
Milky Way Galactic Core Visibility: Will be visible with the best night for viewing on Sunday, September 29 (weather permitting)

This Workshop Includes 

All Lodging: Three-nights in private rooms at the wonderful Timber Ridge Lodge in Ouray, CO

Photographic Instruction: Landscape and nightscape photography instruction and inspiration. I will pay close attention to each of you so that you get the most out of each opportunity.

We Plan to Explore (subject to change):

  • The San Juan Skyway

  • Red Mountain Pass & Historic Mining District, ghost towns, Crystal Lake

  • Spectacular Sneffels Range

  • Popular Points of interest between Ridgway and Silverton, plus hidden treasures.

Workshop Instruction will Include:

  • Storytelling through compelling photographic compositions

  • Creativity in the field

  • How to shoot intense fall foliage

  • Intimate landscapes (picking out details with your long lens)

  • The art of high-noon shooting (how to make the most of harsh light)

  • Light & Shadow, how to make it count.

  • Exposure bracketing, focus stacking

  • Gear that enhances your work (Learn how filters help create movement, saturation, contrast and drama)

  • Blue hour nightscape blends

  • Single exposure nightscapes

  • Star stacking 

  • Overview of post processing, answering general questions

  • Image critique

Post Workshop Private Skype three-hour class will include:

  • Post Processing Techniques

  • Milky Way processing Techniques

  • Exposure Blending for greater dynamic range

  • Dodging/burning

  • Prepping files for social media

This workshop does not include

• Group Transportation
• Meals, snacks, or beverages

What to Bring


  • DSLR, or mirrorless camera

  • FX lens or equivalent: Wide angle: 14-24mm Mid-range: 24-70mm, Telephoto: 70-200mm, 80-400mm, etc. (Telephotos are perfect for intimate landscapes)

  • Wired shutter release or wireless remote release, for long bulb exposures and achieving critical focus

  • Solid tripod & head

  • Extra batteries for everything that takes batteries

  • Extra memory cards

  • Lens cleaner/blower

  • Circular Polarizer (if you only have one filter in your bag, this is it)

  • 3-stop or variable neutral density (not required)

  • Headlamp

  • Laptop to backup your memory cards, sort and process images


  • Bring layered, breathable, clothing, including waterproof shell

  • Comfortable supportive footwear, wicking socks

  • Consider hand warmers for those early morning shoots, gloves

  • Trekking poles (if needed)

  • Water and snacks (hydration very important at altitude)

  • Sun Glasses

Please Note: Deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel, your deposit will go toward another workshop or private instruction.