"Dan Ballard pushed me to see photography in a completely new way, gave me useful tips and truly inspired me to become a better photographer.  His passion and enthusiasm for his craft is apparent immediately – it’s impossible not to get excited about photography in his presence!  He is a great teacher and truly wants to assist other photographers getting to the next level.  He spent the time giving one on one advice and critiqued my work – and the feedback was definitely useful.  I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and a new sense of purpose for my photography – his workshop was worth every penny!  Thanks!"

- Michelle Hohol , Illinois

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“I just completed a Southwest workshop with Dan Ballard and was totally blown away.  I am a semi-professional photographer from Canada with my work showing in numerous galleries. I had spent several months looking for the right workshop that would take my work to the highest level. Having seen Dan’s incredible work online, I was interested in meeting him personally and learning about his technique. On every level both Dan and his workshop exceeded my expectations. The workshop covered every possible aspect of photography including: equipment, location selection, composition, post production and the business side of the art. In each area Dan’s communication was clear and his insights were priceless. I left the workshop as a better photographer.

Without any hesitation at all, I would highly recommend Dan’s workshop to anyone interested in improving as a photographer, getting some new spectacular images, enjoying the company of a passionate teacher and having a great time.”

- Mark Brodkin, Canada

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“I have been shooting for 30 years and one day with Dan has literally changed the way I shoot, select and edit and my photos forever.  What he taught was not necessarily new information, but by focusing on a few core principles and then spending time with each of us to reinforce those ideas, he ensured we all understood.  When I shoot now, I hear those basic questions and ideas in my head.  I will not take a photo now unless I am clear about the story I am telling and know that this is the way in which that story can be told best.  Again, simple ideas, but they made ALL the difference in my work.  I have had several teachers and mentors along the way, but Dan brought these keys points to light better than anyone else.  Dan is honest, down-to-earth, amazingly knowledgable, helpful and generous with his guidance.  He is an amazing photographer and fantastic teacher.   If you want an honest assessment of where you can improve and get to the next level, there is no better.“

-Karen Berman, California

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"Taking a private workshop with Dan was a fantastic experience. He is an extremely interesting and interested person, and a very warm and easy going guy, so it was a delight to spend 4 days with him. He is a wonderful, patient enthusiastic teacher. He knows where to find great spots to shoot and we also came across surprise places in our travels. I came away with photos of which I am very proud, I highly recommend Dan to anyone wishing a great time, a great learning experience, and great photos!

-Carol Larson, New York

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I just wanted to thank you for leading a fantastic workshop in Ridgeway, Colorado.

Your exuberance and passion for your craft is inspirational and is quite evident from the personal energy you devote to teaching and leading a group of photographers. I really appreciated the amount of time, effort and your own  personal abilities you  brought to the workshop.

Thank you immensely,

 

Karen Abel, California

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"Dan is a gifted teacher, one with no agenda except what you want and need. He is generous with his knowledge and experience, sharing the best of both.  I learned so much, I don't hardy know where to begin. I learned to come to grips with my weaknesses and develop my strengths. Best of all, Dan gives specific detailed input, including suggestions about equipment, technology, organization, etc. I felt that I grew as a photographer. And you'll have fun, enjoying the art and craft of  photography."

-Roberta McGowan,   New Jersey

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"I recently spent the day with Dan Ballard. He is the real deal. He not only takes breathtaking shots, but he knows how to teach others how to do the same thing.  I chose Dan to present a workshop on landscape photography because I love his work on Flickr and on his website. I was not disappointed. I learned a lot from Dan, He has an easy to understand style and takes the time to explain many other aspects about making your photos marketable.  I truly enjoyed the lessons and the company of Dan Ballard. I would encourage anyone to take part in one of his workshops, it is well worth the investment.  Thanks Dan!!"

- Susan Humphrey, Colorado

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"Never having taken any formal photography instruction, I was thrilled with my day in Rocky Mountain National Park with professional photographer Dan Ballard. Dan has a very gentle and unassuming manner...you can see it his pleasure to impart his expertise to a group of "weekend warrior" photographers. I learned a tremendous amount, enjoyed instant camaraderie with Dan and his class co-instructor Joe Roybal, and enjoyed the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Park while learning at the same time. A combination hard to beat. I gained insight into image composition, camera settings, criteria for an interesting image and numerous other pearls. I hope the future offers both my camera and I a few more days in the Western wilderness with both Dan & Joe."
     -Rob Lash, New Mexico

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"Dan Ballard is one of the most charismatic and talented professional photographers from whom I've ever had the pleasure of learning. At the Colorado Photography Festival in August 2011, I had the opportunity to hear Dan present a lecture and slideshow on "Adding the Human Element to Landscape Photography" as well as participating in a full-day field workshop with Dan. I found him to be the most outstanding speaker of the entire festival. Dan's communication style, professional photography knowledge, and worldly photographic experiences are amazing. His energy and enthusiasm are utterly contagious and this made it a double treat to also to participate in his full-day field workshop on "Unlocking Creativity & Making Powerful Images" as part of the festival.  Dan taught me so much that has helped to move my own photographic skills many jumps forward. I would highly recommend any seminar or workshop he presents, because this man has a talent not to be missed!"

- Janine Fugere, Colorado

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"I recently had the opportunity to meet up with Dan for a 2 day photo excursion in the Colorado Rockies near Aspen. It was an amazing trip, and I learned a lot about light, composition, and ND filters! Dan is an amazingly interesting person and has been influenced by his travels all around the world. His work is some of the best I've seen...and he has several "Jaw-Dropping" once in a lifetime shots. I look forward to seeing photos from his future travels, and hope I will have the chance to shoot with him again!"

- Jim Boud, Utah

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"Out of all the photography workshops I have attended, Dan Ballard's passion for photography truly shines through. He is a uniquely gifted photographer, and merely viewing his images online will not lend itself to truly understanding his vision and drive in the world of photography. He is focused, driven and personable which makes him a goldmine for insight, wisdom and knowledge to all levels of photographers. What's more is he will take the time to single you out in a crowed and work with you one-on-one while maintaining a sense of 'team' during the workshop never leaving anyone out.  Dan's workshops are truly worth the money and I cannot say enough positive. I will be attending another!"

- Joseph Abelino Roybal, Colorado

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"I recently had the opportunity to attend one of Dan Ballard's photography workshops held in Rocky Mountain National Park and felt that his insights made a tremendous positive impact on the way I now think about creating an image. Dan's passion and knowledge about photography show through in all that he does. While this is a group workshop, Dan takes the time to make sure that each individual gets all of their questions answered and gets personal attention throughout the entire workshop. It was a great learning experience to see how Dan goes about creating one of his images from the beginning thought processes all the way through post production, and I look forward to having the opportunity to attend another one of his workshops soon."
 
Jeff Stephenson, Colorado

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"Dan is an extremely skilled and talented photographer. His teaching ability is excellent and easy to comprehend. I think he took my photo hobby to the next level. Thanks Dan"

- Ron Mulbery , Colorado

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