Colorado Offroad Photography Workshop: Silverton/Ouray

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3 Days
Availability : 20-09-2019
Silverton, Colorado

Join me for 3-days photographing the epic scenery of the Silverton-Ouray area in Southwest Colorado. Mountain peaks rise in every direction with waterfalls around almost every corner…  if you know where to look and have a 4WD that is! In this photography workshop we will explore the dirt roads and mountain passes of the San Juan Mountains in search of original photographs. I’ve always said that one of the most rewarding aspects of photography is finding and creating unique images that few others have seen. This area is perfect for seeking out landscapes that have rarely been photographed.


Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Sessions 

The Path Less Traveled 

Colorado Photography Workshop

This workshop will challenge you to discover interesting shooting locations that you may not find on your own. I hope to help you learn how to find exceptional 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 remarkable landscapes and make great images, no matter where they happen to be. I will take you on well-maintained dirt roads as well as rougher 4wd only trails and mountain passes.

 I will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as the light changes. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. By keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout interesting locations


We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques.

Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, I will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.

Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.

4WD Included

We will be exploring the Silverton/Ouray back roads in my lifted ZR2 and a Jeep Wrangler. Both have serious 4WD systems and are equipped for the most challenging roads.

Photography Workshop Schedule

We will start the workshop off at 2:00PM at the hotel with an introduction followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have a very early dinner at a local Silverton restaurant before heading out to shoot sunset.

 On Saturday we will rise before the sun to capture the best light over the rugged San Juan Mountains. After breakfast at the B&B we will have a classroom session on image processing with Lightroom. The group will then take a short break before we head out to shoot for the evening light. We will enjoy dinner and conversation after sunset.

 On Sunday, the mountain vistas will be beckoning us again to shoot the early morning sunrise. We will end with a critique session that will break down 15-20 of your best images and give you new ideas on how to improve. We will finish up around 11AM.

Planning Your Trip: Hotel & Travel

Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Colorado Offroad Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant.

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at the Rockies Historic Alma House B&B in charming historic mining town of Silverton. Upon sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay.

Car: ​If you won’t have your personal vehicle, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. We will be carpooling in the two 4WDs during the workshop.

Flight: There is an airport in Grand Junction and a small one in Telluride as well. Denver International Airport to Silverton is about a 6-hour drive.

About the Town of Silverton

Silverton is an old mining town dating back to the 1860s. It is a part of the National Historic Landmark, home to Animas Forks and the Alpine Loop, and the summer destination for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride.

During the gold and silver rush, Silverton boasted of a population of 2,000 people with 400 buildings – 2 banks, 5 laundries, 29 saloons, several hotels and a bawdy red light district – Notorious Blair Street. Due to a slow market and low demand, mining in Silverton closed down in the early 1990s and is now known as a recreational paradise.

What’s Included in the Colorado Photography Workshop:

Instruction from Dan Ballard • 4WD Vehicle • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session

 Not Included: Flights, hotel, transportation to the workshop and food not included.

About Photographer

Dan Ballard
Internationally Known Travel & Landscape Photographer

Dan Ballard is an internationally known travel and landscape photographer and keynote speaker. He is best known for creating intense, dramatic images – venturing to over 60 countries on five continents across the globe throughout his career. The intention behind his work is to elicit the true essence of a being in a strange new place, whether that be in the high mountain passes of Ladakh or the vast deserts of Syria.

​Influenced by his early years growing up in a small town in Southeast Colorado, Dan’s approach is stemmed from a profound desire to share a sense wonder for the world with others. His introduction to photography began with a love of travel, transpiring into a vibrant passion for creating photographic art.

Dan’s work has attracted the attention and praise of some of the biggest names and companies in the photo industry. His images have been on display around the U.S. in museums and galleries, and he has sold images to clients around the globe, including The National Geographic Society and The Travel Channel.