ARCHES/CANYONLANDS/MON.Valley - October 2-6, 2017 :: 2 SPOTS REMAIN - Don Smith Photography
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Moonrise Between Mittens


9th Annual Full Moon Over Red Rock, Arches, Canyons, and Monument Valley Mittens

October 2-6, 2017

Join me for a workshop photographing some of the most beautiful arches, canyons, and red rock that southeast Utah has to offer. Similar to the past three years, I am basing the workshop around the full moon! We will be hosting the workshop in Moab, which conveniently sits amongst Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. A new exciting location will be added to this year's workshop: Full moon rising beside East Monument Valley Mitten! I have timed this workshop to place you in a position to photograph this incredible event - don't miss out!

I will have another qualified pro instructor with me for this workshop.

I have purposely planned this workshop during early October to take advantage of the full moonrise/moonset. This will be our sixth year holding this workshop and it sells out fast so don't delay!

2017 Tentative Schedule:

Monday - October 2 - Workshop officially begins at 1:00 pm with a 2-hour group orientation meeting followed by a sunset shoot at the famous Delicate Arch.

Tuesday, October 3 - Friday, October 6 - We will explore many of the famous icons of both Arches and Canyonlands and take advantage of the spectacular sunrise and sunset light. As in the past, we will also take advantage of the full moonrise and set. We will also include at least one evening of "star photography" at Arches utilizing one of the famous arches as our subject! We will also be visiting famed Dead Horse Point State Park as part of this workshop.

Also this year, we will be photographing a full moon rising next to the famed east Mittens in beautiful Monument Valley!

This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include two sessions of Photoshop training and a minimum of two image review sessions. Workflow training will include: RAW processing in using the latest version of Lightroom and complete workflow training in the latest version of Photoshop. Workflow topics will include: preparing an image for both print and web presentation, proper methods of setting white and black points, how to "properly massage the middle tones," color balance, localized tonal and color adjustments via luminosity masking, 32-bit blending techniques, blending multiple exposures via layers and masks, freehand masking techniques, selection of masks based on both tones and colors, proper sharpening and noise reduction techniques, etc.

The workshop will conclude on Sunday, October 16, following a sunrise/early morning shoots.




Cost: $1845.00 (includes 4 nights lodging in Moab, Utah)

Frequently Asked Questions: Arches/Canyonlands/Monument Valley FAQ's

Lodging/Meals: Lodging for 4 nights is included at River Canyon Lodge. Meals are not included in price of workshop. Transportation: We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation to and from the workshop and workshop locations.

Cancellation Policy: To view our cancellation policy, please click here: Cancellation Policy

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Don Smith Photo Workshops carry valid Commercial Use Authorization Permits for both Aches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as Dead Horse Point State Park. Our Monument Valley shoot location does not require a permit. We are fully insured and instructors have certified advanced first aid training.

Travel and other expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. Though I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, and consider the possibility extremely remote, for your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

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