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Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 - Sunday, October 4th, 2020


Southwestern Colorado Aspen Trees light up fiery orange and yellow at the beginning of October. Learn to become a better photographer all while capturing stunning mountain scenes with beautiful fall color.

Meet me among the Aspen trees in Southwestern Colorado for this 5 day, 4 night workshop based out of Crested Butte and Ridgway, Colorado. I'll be taking you to the best places at the best time to photograph the Aspen trees and mountains of Southwest Colorado. These mountains and gorgeous aspen trees make for the perfect backdrop for us to capture beautiful images, and most importantly, sharpen your photography skills!

We'll be spending a couple nights shooting the Crested Butte area, which is known to have one of the world's largest grove of Aspen trees. The surrounding mountains make the perfect subject to compliment the burning yellow aspens. After we've seen enough of Crested Butte, we'll be headed south to the San Juan mountains. We'll spend the rest of our time here shooting areas around Ridgway, Telluride, and Ouray. All the mountains to shoot will provide us with fresh new compositions each day.

If we're lucky, we might even get the chance to photograph elk, moose, or even bears. Not only will this workshop get you some amazing shots for your portfolio, but it'll blow your mind at the amazing colors of SW Colorado.

Price: $1195 ($250 due at registration)

This is the price of guiding fees only. It is important to note that Austin James Jackson LLC is not responsible for your lodging or travel to each location. $250 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. The remaining balance of the workshop must be paid no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you fail to do so, your spot in the workshop may be lost, and you will not recieve a refund.

Should you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, the down payment can be refunded within 120 days of the start of the workshop, minus a small processing fee. After 120 days before the workshop, the down payment is non-refundable.

Difficulty: Easy

This workshop will not be very physically demanding, and we will never hike more than a couple mile from your vehicle. Some of the locations we will be accessing have steep terrain, but nothing too challenging for someone capable of hiking a couple miles on uneven surfaces.

If you have any concerns about your fitness level for this workshop, please contact me.

Group Size: 5 Students

I limit my group size to 5 students so that I can spend as much time as needed working with each student individually. This workshop is open to all skill levels, so I expect that each student will need help directly catered to them, and most instruction will be individual, rather than as a group. This allows me to successfully teach both beginners, intermediates, and aspiring pros all in the same workshop!

Recommended Skill Level:

My clients have a wide range of skills all the way from beginner to experienced semi-professional. This workshop is open to clients of all skill levels, and I teach each student as much information as they are able to digest in a short weekend.

What Will Be Covered:


- Both wide angle and telephoto compositions will be discussed.



- We will discuss what apps I use for predicting weather, as well as what kind of weather creates the best conditions. We will also talk about what subjects to shoot when the light is less than ideal.


Camera Settings

- How to properly expose every photo and how to read the histogram.


Focus Stacking and Bracketing

- Overcoming the limitations of the camera to create perfectly exposed and in focus images from front to back.



-We'll spend a morning or evening talking about how to take a panoramic photo, what makes a good panoramic composition, and how to put together a panorama in Lightroom or Photoshop.


- We will mostly just use Lightroom as a way to store photos.



- All of the magic happens here. I'll be teaching you my whole workflow.


Adding Light and Glow to a Scene


Dodging and Burning


Luminosity Masks

Much More!

What You Need to Bring:

  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera

  • ​Tripod (the sturdier, the better)

  • Lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths​

  • Polarizing filter

  • Proper clothing (rain jacket, warm clothes, hiking boots)

  • Laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed

  • Camera batteries, chargers, extra memory cards

  • A good attitude and willingness to learn!


Wednesday, September 30th -

The group will meet in Crested Butte at 3pm to meet everyone, and grab a bite to eat before we head out. We'll be shooting sunset just outside of Crested Butte. 


Thursday, October 1st -

The group will meet around 5:30am in Crested Butte. We'll be shooting sunrise just outside of Crested Butte, and right after sunrise, we will head to an Aspen grove for the potential at some telephoto compositions. After we are done, we'll return to Crested Butte, where we will begin post processing our images. This will be the first of two post processing sessions. We'll head out for sunset around 5pm, where we'll be shooting a new composition outside of Crested Butte.


Friday, October 2nd -

The group will meet around 5:30am again, and we'll head just outside of Crested Butte for sunrise one last time. After sunrise, the group will have the afternoon to get to Ridgway, which is just a couple hours south. We'll reconvene around 5pm and head out for sunset to the east of Ridgway.


Saturday, October 3rd -

The group will meet around 5:30am in Ridgway, and this time, we'll be heading west, towards the San Juan Mountains for sunrise. After sunrise, we'll head back into town, where we will spend the day processing together. Around 5pm, we'll head out for the mountains once again for sunset.

Sunday, October 4th -

The group will meet around 5:30am in Ridgway for our last sunrise together. We'll have the option of visiting a place we've already been, or the chance to go to another new spot. After sunrise, we'll say our final "see-you-laters", and head our separate ways.

What's Included:

  • Guiding. I'll be sharing my knowledge and taking you to the best places to shoot at the most ideal times. I'm a certified guide and have pulled all necessary permits for our workshop together.

  • Post Processing Session. There will be two post processing sessions during this workshop. The first one is focused on teaching my workflow, and the second post processing session is all about each participant editing photos that they took on the workshop. Expect to come out of the workshop with at least two fully finished, portfolio ready edits, and the knowledge to be able to replicate the process on the rest of your photos!

  • Instruction. I will be instructing the group as a whole, but there will be plenty of one on one time during both the sessions in the field as well as the classroom session. 

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation. Transportation is not included in any way. However, I will connect students in the workshop via Facebook group which will allow you to find a carpool if need be. This workshop will have some offload travel on maintained dirt roads. However, these roads are passable in most any passenger car, and AWD/4WD or high clearance will not be necessary. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility of your transportation.

  • Lodging. Lodging is not included. After registration, you will receive information with recommended lodging options in the area for the dates of our workshop. Many participants will choose to camp, as many of the areas we will be visiting allow camping, while others will opt for a hotel. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility for your lodging.

  • Meals. Meals are not included. It is the responsibility of you, the participant, to bring all necessary snacks and meals. 


  • Lodging is not included with the workshop. You will want to book Wednesday and Thursday night in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Friday and Saturday night near Ridgway, Colorado.

    • Participants may opt to book a hotel in Ouray or Montrose, Colorado on Friday and Saturday nights for cheaper hotel costs. Feel free to contact me with any questions about lodging.


​Austin is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR by NOLS should an injury or accident come up. However, most accidents can be prevented by wearing the right clothes and proper footwear. My workshops are all in compliance with the State of Colorado.


I take your safety very seriously, and the overall safety of the group will also be brought into consideration when choosing which locations we will be shooting.


By registering for this workshop, you agree that you will sign and date this waiver and email it to austin@austinjamesjackson.com no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.

Trip and Gear Insurance

I highly recommend getting both trip and gear insurance for any of my workshops. One simple fall or big wave and all of your camera gear may be ruined. As a reminder, Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility for the wellbeing of your gear and will not cover any damages or losses.


Trip insurance is recommended by chance that something comes up and you cannot make the workshop. Austin James Jackson LLC does not offer refunds.

"I recently attended a small group workshop on the Southern Oregon coast with Austin. During our three night course Austin walked us through his philosophy and technique for composing, exposing and shooting sunset, sunrise and, best of all, Milky Way skies. Shooting with Austin was a great experience as he is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject but also a great communicator, motivator and a willing teacher. The class was informal and shaped to our goals and preferences. Locations were top notch and Austin had the timing and spots nailed for the shoots. Best of all was our post-processing session where Austin showed us how to take our photos from the camera to wall-print worthy in just one afternoon. If you want to expand your knowledge on shooting the night sky and do it hanging with one of the coolest guys I've meet, Austin is your guy."

-Tim G.


Image credit: Andrew Herr


Student Images

Check out these images taken by students on my workshops. Many of these students took these images just a couple days after learning to shoot in manual mode, and many of them also had no experience in Photoshop. During one of my workshops, they were able to create these images.