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Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 - Sunday, September 20th, 2020

$1495 - Lodging Included!

Central Utah is a photographer's paradise, if you know where to look. Learn how to capture stunning images in one of the lesser known areas of Utah.

Meet me in the desert for this 5 day, 4 night landscape photography workshop where I'll be teaching you all the techniques you need to capture stunning images. Utah might be known for its National Parks, but right in the middle of all those National Parks is Escalante and the Badlands of Utah, two areas that I think are much more photogenic than the National Parks. Many of the spots we will be visiting are not spots that you could find from a simple google search.

First, we'll spend a couple of nights in the Hanksville area, photographing some of the most unearthly scenes you've ever seen. One of the areas we will be visiting is even the area where astronauts research, since it is the area that most resembles Mars on Planet Earth. After we leave our house in Hanksville, we'll be traveling to Escalante to photograph beautiful red rock in the desert. We'll be hiking to slot canyons, arches, and even trees growing in massive holes to capture some of the most unique compositions that Utah has to offer.

Whether the skies are clear or cloudy, you'll walk away with multiple images that you're proud of. We'll be spending our nights shooting the Milky Way (when clear) and our days editing our photos. I'll be walking each and every person through their own images to ensure that you walk away with multiple portfolio ready photos.

Price: $1495 ($500 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. $500 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: Moderate

This workshop will involve some hiking in sand, as well as walking over rocks and moving through slot canyons. We will be visiting one slot canyon that is so narrow that you will be required to carry your pack over your head for a short distance. If you are physically fit and capable of walking 3-4 miles a day, you will have no problem in this workshop.

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. My workshops generally have a good mix of a few beginners, mostly intermediate, and a few advanced photographers.

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.


Night Photography

- We'll shoot the night sky when the skies are clear. There is a lot to learn about night photography, but I;ll be breaking in to over multiple nights to teach you everything you need to know.

- How to use a star tracker


- 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 16th -

The group will meet at our house in Hanksville at 4pm on Wednesday evening. We'll drop our bags of, briefly chat about the workshop, and head out to shoot sunset just outside of Hanksville. If skies are clear, we'll stay out and shoot Milky Way as well.


Thursday, September 17th -

We'll be rising early to shoot sunrise in the Hanksville area, and then heading back to the hotel for a processing session. We'll spend a few hours processing, and then we'll head out for an afternoon hike through a canyon, followed by sunset at some interesting rock hoodoos and another Milky Way session if skies are clear.


Friday, September 18th -

The group will have the choice between shooting sunrise this morning if conditions look good, or an editing session. We'll be leaving Hanksville and headed about two and a half hours southwest to Escalante. The group will meet back up at our new house in Escalante around 3pm. We'll be driving separately, but going through Capitol Reef National Park, so if you wanted to make a stop to see the National Park, you'll have time on your way to Escalante.

Once we get settled in our new house in Escalante, we'll be heading out for sunset just outside of town.


Saturday, September 19th -

We'll be up early to head for sunrise. After sunrise, we'll return for a processing session. In the early afternoon, we will head out to a couple of slot canyons, and then continue on to another spot for sunset. We will shoot Milky Way if conditions allow.

Sunday, September 20th -

We'll have the chance to shoot one last sunrise together, or if conditions don't look favorable, the group may opt for one last processing session on Sunday. At 10:30am, the group will 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. We'll be spending our down time during the day talking about post processing. After you learn my workflow, you'll get the chance to work hands-on on your own images with my assistance. 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. 

  • Lodging. Lodging is included in this workshop. Everyone will have their own room with a queen or king size bed in both houses we stay at.

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 washboarded dirt roads. However, these roads are passable in most any passenger car, and AWD/4WD or high clearance is usually not necessary, but is recommended. If you're worried about transportation, you'll be connected with others in the workshop months in advance, where you can arrange a carpool. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility of your transportation.

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


  • Each participant will have their own queen or king size bed. If you need special accommodations, please contact me after signing up for the workshop.


​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 Utah.


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.