Mars Exploration in Central Utah
Mars Exploration in Central Utah
Dates: May 17 - 19, 2019 (3 days, 2 nights)
Location: Factory Butte, Utah
Group Size: Maximum of 4 participants
Skill Level: Photographers of all skill levels welcome
Difficulty: Easy. The highlights of this workshop will be accessed via light hiking across flat terrain. Depending on group preferences and ability, participants will be encouraged to explore additional harder-to-reach areas of this vast location.
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 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 in various lighting conditions and we will come away with multiple meaningful images.
The timing of this workshop has been chosen to align with the full moon. Watching a full moon rise or dip below the horizon is a magical experience. My technique to capture the essence of the full moon setting during sunrise or rising during sunset isn’t a simple process. We will be performing dry runs as needed during the day to become familiar with the process before the main events. Weather-permitting, we will have multiple opportunities to capture the moon.
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 sessions.
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.
Shoot for the Moon.
and a whole lot more
Day 1 (Friday)
Meet and greet
Basics on shooting a moonrise/moonset
Sunset and moonrise shooting (in-field session 1)
Day 2 (Saturday)
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 (Sunday)
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
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)
Cable or wireless remote release
Extra batteries and charger
Laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed
Backpack with a rain cover
Appropriate clothing (including warm layers and rain gear)
Hat or sunscreen and lip balm