Colorado Off-road adventure  (Silverton and Ouray Colorado)
Dan Ballard Photography
Sept 8 -10, 2017

Cost: $1125.00 ($300 deposit due at registration, balance due on Aug 8, 2017)

Class size limited to 6!

The Silverton-Ouray area in Southwest Colorado is stunning.  Mountain peaks rise in every direction and waterfalls can be found around every corner...  If you know where to look and have a 4WD that is!  In this workshop we will explore the dirt roads and mountain passes in the area, in search of great photographs.  One of the most rewarding aspects of photography is finding and creating original, unique images, that few others have seen.  This area is full of awesome, potential images, that have rarely been seriously photographed.  We will visit montain lakes and waterfalls and stay in the charming historic mining town of Silverton. 

The purpose and goal of this workshop is to show you new and interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own; and to help you learn how to find great locations in general, without the normal limits of a group workshop.

This is not a jeep tour or intended to be a "hardcore" off road experience.  The idea is to go to awesome locations and make great images, no matter where they happen to be.   Many locations we will visit are on well maintained dirt roads; others will be on challenging 4wd only trails and mountain passes.

This is an intensive, instructional workshop, with the number one goal of helping you become a better photographer.  Dan works with each student, one-on-one, throughout the class and will help you learn new ideas and technique, no matter your skill level.   Dan will always be with the group: giving thoughts, advice and real time critique as the light changes.  The workshop will include a classroom session on creating more effective images; a Lightroom session on photo editing; and a critique session that will break down your images and give you new ideas on how to improve.  The workshop will also include many in field assignments designed to help you see the world in a different way.  This short workshop will be jam packed with instruction and new ideas.  You will go away a better photographer!    

"...I have to say (and I'm not just saying this) your workshops are far, far better... there is a world of difference!  This seems to be a location workshop where he just takes us out and says, "ok, we'll shoot here for a while and meet back here in a bit."  Then, he whips out his gear and heads off to get shots.  While with yours (and I feel you intend it to be this way), not only are we at some sweet locations, there is so much more education on why this particular location is good and meaty experience with you helping in the actual shooting.  I appreciate your style and your effort to be a good teacher and mentor.  So good job Dan, you the man! ;)"     -Travis Klingler



This workshop begins Friday, Sept 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 at 11 am.   We will base out of Silverton and explore the surrounding area. 

You MUST be able to hike on uneven ground for at least a mile without issue or concern to take this workshop!  We will not be doing anything crazy or demanding, all ages are fine, but you must not have balance or mobility issues.


Tentative Itinerary: (always subject to change due to weather, good light, etc!)

Friday 10:00 a.m. - lecture & shooting assignments - Exploring - 5:00pm. - early group dinner - sunset shoot

Saturday - Sunrise shoot - group breakfast  - afternoon LR session - exploring - sunset shoot

Sunday - Sunrise shoot - exploring- group breakfast & lecture - end at noon

Included in this workshop:

Intensive one-on-one instruction

Field assignments

Lightroom class

One-on-one photo critique your images

4WD transportation from the hotel to shooting locations 

Entrance fee's to all parks

Water & snacks

**Not included: lodging & meals



Dan will be staying at the Inn of the Rockies Historic Alma House B & B in Silverton, CO.  A block of rooms has been reserved for workshop participants. When making your reservation at the Inn you will need to call the local number (970- 387-5336) or cell (970-903-9459) & tell them you are part of the Dan Ballard Photography Workshop. Please book your room as soon as possible.