Utah's Hidden Gems

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 - Sunday, October 9th, 2022

$1695 - 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. 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: $1695 ($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 up to 6 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. I find that by limiting my workshops to 5 students, no one feels held back by someone who may not learn as fast as others. I'll teach each student as much as you're able to handle in our time together!

What Will Be Covered:


- Both wide angle and telephoto compositions will be discussed.

Milky Way Photography

- Both in the field and in post processing there are certain things we need to do differently when shooting after dark. I'll be teaching you my whole process in order to create amazing images of the night sky.


- 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 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​

  • 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, October 5th -

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, October 6th -

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, October 7th -

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, October 8th -

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, October 9th -

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:

  • Lodging. Lodging is included in this workshop. Everyone will have their own room in both houses we stay at.

  • Guiding. As an expert and someone who frequently travels this area, I will be sharing my knowledge on locations, taking you to the place where I believe there to be the most favorable weather conditions for photography.

  • Post Processing Sessions. We will spend our afternoons back at the house editing photos. I'll teach you as much as you can absorb in one long weekend!

  • 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. 

  • Lifetime access to my exclusive alumni Facebook group. Here, you can get weekly image critique from Austin, as well as talk to other alumni.

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 offroad 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. 


​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 Oregon, and I am a registered Oregon Outfitter Guide.


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.

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. Because of the nature of a being a small business, Austin James Jackson LLC does not offer refunds.

Testimonials & Student Images:

"This was my first time attending a photography workshop and will not be my last.  Austin is amazing when it comes to communicating what to expect, patients with instruction of 5 individuals, and scouting the best locations in the area.  The price was the first thing to draw me to this workshop in Utah.  But after experiencing this trip for myself, its value to me is substantially more than what it was priced at.  Austin really took the time to make sure everyone was getting the most out of their time spent there.  Whether it was on location shooting or in the house editing.  Austin was absolutely present with each person to make sure questions were being answered and techniques were being applied.  He gave us all the space to get the shot we wanted, not one he chose for us.  This was where I was most impressed.  I seen Austin many times run up sandy hills or up and down steep rocks just to make sure everyone was getting time with him. He never neglected anyone.  He made us all feel like we were on the same level, no matter our skill level.  In the end, we all went our separate ways feeling accomplished and more confident than we had arrived.  Austin made sure we left with at least two images that we felt great about how the post edit came out.  To conclude, book now if you can!"

- Derek H.  (Kentucky)

"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.

"Austin put together a simply amazing workshop. His willingness and ability to share about the entire process, from finding compositions, to assessing the conditions, to exposure settings, to thinking about post, and even what gear to use and why, was a ton of content that increased my skills exponentially in a very short time. Plus, the locations were gorgeous, and our group had a ton of fun together. Looking forward to the next workshop!"

- Andrew H.

"Wow!! Tons of information in Austin’s workshops. I highly recommend anyone from amateur to advanced photographers to take one of is workshops. He is vey knowledgeable in his craft and will not let you leave his workshop with any unanswered questions you may have. I will definitely be taking another one in the future. Thanks Dude for being an awesome and patient teacher!! Cheers"
-Dustin Beau Photography

"Austin's passion for photography and the outdoors is second to none. When I signed up for his workshop I thought I would learn a lot of new things and see some new places. What I didn't realize was how much fun I would have while doing it. Austin makes sure that you not only leave with incredible images, but guides you on how to find those compositions on your own so you can continue to do so even after the workshop is over. You'll leave with a whole new outlook on photography while taking your vision and creativity to a new level. I can't recommend his workshops enough, truly a great experience!"
-Shaun I

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