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Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop

Arches and Canyonlands Photo Workshop


Join Instructors Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar in Arches and Canyonlands Parks and explore the dramatic landscape.

Our Photo Ops
In the Moab area in Utah, we’ll explore the geological treasures in the Arches and Canyonlands parks. Each is special in its own way and offers plenty of photo ops of incredible vistas of the ancient landscape carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. There will also be opportunities astrophotography capturing the Milky Way and stars (weather permitting).

These are just a few of great natural wonders we’ll be visiting. 

  • Arches National Park including
    • Garden of Eden
    • Devil’s Garden
    • Park Avenue.
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Dead Horse State Park
  • Sego Canyon
  • La Sal Mountains
  • And so much more

Workshop techniques will cover: 

  • Astrophotography tips & techniques
  • Using the popular PhotoPills App
  • Light painting in the dark of night
  • Exposure bracketing

Everyone will come away from this workshop with amazing images.

-   Wednesday, Sept 21 through Sunday, Sept 25, 2022.
-   The Workshop begins on Wednesday evening Sept 21 with a group dinner followed by an evening shoot.
-   We will be shooting first thing Thursday morning and the workshop continues through early Sunday morning, after which we will check out.
-   There will be a little down time each afternoon when you can relax, take a nap, or explore the area around the hotel.

-  $1660 per person
-  A deposit of $500 deposit will hold your spot. The balance will be due by June 2022
-  Meals are not included in the fee. Plan to enjoy some meals as a group at restaurants in the area.
-  Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any non-refundable registration fees, travel, lodging, equipment rental or any other related expenses.

Accommodations (not included in the Workshop fee)
Rooms will be set aside for our group at a hotel and should run about $250 - $300 per night. Participants will contact the hotel directly to secure their room.  More information about the hotel will be sent to you soon. 

- This workshop is specifically designed to maximize our time in the field photographing, learning in a hands-on, real world fashion. We will be identifying and solving photographic problems in the field as they come up. 
- The group size is purposely being kept small at just 10-11 students with 2 instructors so that everyone will be able to get questions answered and have time for one on one instruction.  

Recommended Equipment
-  Digital camera with manual exposure controls. 
-  Lenses from wide angle (at least 18mm but wider if you have it) to telephoto of around 105mm. If you want to bring a longer  focal length you can but you may not have as much opportunity to use it based on what we're shooting.
-  Circular Polarizing filter
-  Neutral Density filter – split either a Variable or a 6 stop & 10 stop for long exposures. 
-  Strong sturdy tripod and head with remote trigger. 
-  Laptop if you would like to download your images during the workshop.
-  Rain cover for you and your camera just in case.

Skill Level
We recommend you are familiar with exposure basics and are comfortable with your camera’s manual settings. You won’t want to use the time at the workshop to learn photo basics or the basic functions of your camera. However, Emily and Marie will be available in the field with guidance about exposure, composition and technique.

High temperatures average mid 80s during fair weather, and lows and overnight temperatures average in the upper 50s and lower 60s degrees. There is a chance for both sunny and cloudy days which provides a nice mix of conditions.

Essentials include hiking boots with good ankle support, pants, long and short-sleeve shirts, fleece/sweater, and windbreaking jacket for cooler days and evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen and sunglasses. A wide brimmed hat can come in handy too.

- Transportation to and from Moab is not included in the workshop fee and participants are responsible to get there on their own. If flying, there is a local airport about 20 miles awy, Canyonlands, Moab (CNY), that Unites Airlines provides service to. There are some rental car companies there.You can also look at flying into Grand Junction Colorado (GJT) about 120 miles from Moab or Salt Lake City Airport (SLC), about 234 miles away from Moab. 

In order to get the most out of this workshop, you should be able to walk about 2 to 3 miles per day, and be able to traverse trails that can be rocky. The trails are relatively short, but we will cover a lot of ground. If you have questions or concerns about this please contact Marie Joabar and she can discuss with you.

We’re really looking forward to this workshop and hope you will join us there.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

What People Are Saying About Emily

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

"The instructor is a very good teacher and talented photographer. She takes us to interesting locations, gives a short briefing and technical review, then leads the class through the landscape ensuring that we students see all the photo possibilities, while checking that we keep our camera settings adjusted for the changing light. I get introduced to something new in every class. Things I could never have seen alone. With her instruction, I am now producing images that I enjoy to keep and enjoy to share with my family and friends."

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. Through her work Nature as Art she brings a creative interpretation of the natural world around us bringing a sense of serenity in a world increasingly filled with chaos. There is a sense of stillness and ethereal attributes in her images that has one see beyond what is first obvious.

Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management, with a corporate background in Human Resources and extensive years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her photographic journey began when she was a teenager and she has always enjoyed photography as a way to capture the world around her.

Emily’s passion of photography is shared with others through her nature and wildlife photography classes for Capital Photography Center based in the Metro DC area.

To enjoy her creative work, please visit Emily’s website at:

Emily teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Getting Started in Bird Photography
* Photo Adventures and to various parks and waterfalls
* A wide variety of In-The-Field Shooting classes 

Date: September 21 2022

Time: This is a multi-day event: Sept 21-25, 2022




Arches and Canyonlands near Moab Utah

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