Factory Butte Photo Workshop in Central Utah

Factory Butte Photo Workshop in Central Utah



Dates: May 6 - 8, 2020 (3 days, 2 nights)

Location: Hanksville, Utah

Group Size: Maximum of 4 participants

Skill Level: Photographers of all skill levels welcome

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. The highlights of this workshop will be accessed via hiking across relatively flat terrain. Some locations are simple steps away and some are 2 to 3 miles one-way. To maximize our in-field time, we will be out for large parts of the day to all day. Depending on group preferences and ability, participants will be encouraged to explore additional harder-to-reach areas of this vast location.

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Grab your spacesuits and let’s take a trip to Mars - conveniently located at the Factory Butte near Hanksville, Utah. We will be honing your skills at two relatively obscure, yet world-class locations within 15 minutes of each other. These unique locations are out of this world with a truly immense in-person “wow” factor that you most certainly won’t forget. You won’t be stuck in the usual line-up of photographers all vying for “the shot”. Rather, we will aim to build a connection with these beautiful landscapes and discover their endless compositional opportunities. I will show you my approach under various lighting conditions and we will come away with multiple meaningful images.

The timing of this workshop has been purposefully aligned with the full moon. Watching a full moon rise above or dip below the horizon is a magical experience. We won’t need to burn the midnight oil to see the full moon in all its glory. During each month there is a sweet spot that give us a few chances to see the full moon during the golden hours. Weather-permitting, we will have multiple opportunities to capture this most majestic monthly occurrence.

The workshop is limited to four participants to allow for ample one-on-one instruction. My focus is on the participants and guidance will be tailored to each individual’s level of experience. Post-processing instruction will include both one-on-one as well as a group session.

I will share with you what I do and what I use for pre-planning and scouting, the thought processes I go through as I make compositional and camera setting decisions in-field, and my entire post-processing workflow starting in Adobe Lightroom and ending in Photoshop. You won't need to buy any extra plug-ins or panels in order to follow along.

Upon checkout, you will be asked some basic questions to ensure you have a great experience. A portion of the workshop fee ($250) is considered non-refundable. If the need for a cancellation arises, this deposit may be applied to a future group workshop or private instruction.




Day 1

  • Meet and greet

  • Basics on shooting a moonrise/moonset

  • Sunset and moonrise shooting (in-field session 1)

Day 2

  • Sunrise and moonset shooting (in-field session 2)

  • Group editing and post-processing instruction 1

  • 1-on-1 image critique, Q&A, and post-processing instruction

  • Sunset and moonrise shooting (in-field session 3)

Day 3

  • Sunrise and moonset shooting (in-field session 4)

  • Group editing and post-processing instruction 2

  • 1-on-1 image critique, Q&A, and post-processing instruction 2


Get personal.

one-on-one attention


Transportation is not included. However, carpooling is encouraged and I will attempt to carpool as many participants as possible. Your own transportation is recommended to explore the surrounding parks and hidden gems of Central Utah beyond our time together.


Lodging is not included. I strongly recommend finding a place to lay your head in either Cainville or Hanksville, Utah. There are multiple hotels in and around both of these conveniently located towns. There are also plentiful campgrounds. I personally will be camping and you are more than welcome to join me. If you need specific recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach out.


Due to the potential for students to have food allergies, particular food preferences, or other dietary restrictions, I will not be providing meals of any kind during the duration of the workshop. It will be your responsibility to bring or purchase food for yourself from a local grocery store. However, I’ve learned how to share and will offer light snacks during our in-field adventures, plus I’m sure I’ll have an extra can or two of soup laying around.


Recommended Packing List

  • Camera (full frame recommended)

  • Wide-angle and short telephoto lenses (I exclusively use two lenses for my work: a 16-35mm and a 70-200mm)

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Cable or wireless remote release

  • Memory cards

  • Extra batteries and charger

  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed

  • Backpack with a rain cover

  • Appropriate clothing (including warm layers and rain gear)

  • Headlamp

  • Hat or sunscreen and lip balm