France Photographic Expedition: Paris & French Alps June 5 - 14, 2015

Joseph Roybal

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM (CEST)

France Photographic Expedition: Paris & French Alps June 5...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
France: Paris & French Alps RETAINING FEE   more info Jun 5, 2015 $1,400.00 $0.00
France: Paris & French Alps REMAINING BALANCE   more info Jun 5, 2015 $2,800.00 $0.00
France: Paris & French Alps TOTAL FEE   more info Jun 5, 2015 $4,200.00 $0.00

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Join professional photographers & workshop instructors Joseph Roybal & Dan Ballard for a 10 day photographic experience touring & photographing Paris & the French Alps. The focus of this workshop will be to help you achieve your ultimate goals in photography and to capture stunning city & landscape images, as well as allowing you to immerse yourself in the French culture, history & cuisine.


Josesph - now based out of Denver, CO considers France to be his home-away-from-home, having lived there for over 2 years. He spent his time there teaching, learning the culture, the language and immersing himself in the day to day lives of the Parisians and the French. He speaks fluent French and has traveled the country extensively. While in France, Joseph instructed and guided professionally for one of America's leading outdoor adventure companies. His vast knowledge and expertise of France will help make this workshop an unforgettable experience.


We will begin our trip in the gorgeous and romantic City of Lights ~ Paris. We will spend 2 days visiting & photographing historic landmarks & museums such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Musee d' Orsay & the Tuileries Garden. We will visit vibrant neighborhoods such as the Marais, Latin Quarter and Montmartre. We'll enjoy the French cuisine where you'll find that every establishment prides itself on exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine. Enticing patisseries, boulangeries (bakeries), fromageries (cheese shops) and crowded, colorful street markets will entice us.

From there we will travel by train to the beautiful town of Chamonix which is located in the pristine and dramatic French alps where we will spend 1 night in a chalet.                                                                              

Our next destination is Lac Blanc (accessed via cable car & a 1.5 hour moderate hike from Chamonix) - It is one of the most gorgeous areas in the world! We will have the privilege of staying at the highly sought after staffed Lac Blanc Refuge (2 days) with it's stunning views over the adjacent lake. This area offers incredible sunrises & sunsets and is a photographers paradise. 

From there it is back to Chamonix for a couple of days rest at the chalet & enjoying what is considered the "European capital of extreme adventure sports".  

Annecy (via train) is our next adventure. Annecy (1 day) is one of Frances hidden gems of a city. It is a town in the Rhone-Alpes region of southeast France that’s replete with castles and cathedrals and softly curving architecture. It sits on Lake Annecy - one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Annecy is sometimes called the little Venice because of it's canals & waterways. While there we will take in a farmers market where we can purchase vegetables & fresh cheese.                       

Our last train ride will take us back to Paris for one final evening with our group. We will spend the evening saying goodbye & sharing our favorite stories from the trip. 


This Expedition is open to all skill levels and we welcome everyone to join!

General Overview:

This Expedtion will begin in Paris. After checking in with a group meet & greet, you will have a chance to explore the city, enjoying the smell of an afternoon rain shower, patisserie and Parisiennes in their daily routine. This first evening we will dine as a group and head to bed early getting ready for the rest of the trip. The remaining days in Paris will be filled with photographic outings and social group outings before leaving for Chamonix.

Chamonix: Arrive and spend our first afternoon and evening admiring the towering peaks and exploring this amazing village. We will dine as a group in our Chalet and get to bed early to be ready to head out the following day to Lac Blanc. This will be mostly a free day with dinner and getting to know the group as planned events. We will be able to securely store unneeded gear at our Chalet over the nights while in Lac Blanc. 

Information on Chamonix and the surrounding area can be found by visiting this link here.

Lac Blanc: Two sunrise and Two sunset photographic opportunities. We will be staying at the Refuge de Lac Blanc that is staffed with breakfast and dinner provided. Please note: this location ONLY has dormitory style rooms. No single or private accomodations are available; however, Dan and myself will make every effort possible to organize our group into same-sex rooms along with group members. 

Then back to Chamonix for a couple of days rest at the chalet.

Annecy (One day): Relax in the city and catch a farmer's market buying produce, cheese, etc. We can photograph the town during the day and evening based on interest. 

Paris: On our last evening we will have a send-off dinner overviewing the highlights, comments and thoughts on the workshop. This will be a totally free evening for everyone to do as they wish before we all head home. 

Fitness Level:

Most locations we will be shooting will be easily accessed with very little hiking involved. NOTE: accessing Lac Blanc will require an approx. 1.5 hour mild hike each way beyond the cable car at altitude. PLEASE contact either myself or Dan with any questions regarding this. Sturdy hiking shoes with good ankle support are required. 


Workshop Includes: Passionate and directed instruction from Dan and Joseph aimed at providing each participant a very personal and intimate learning atmosphere aimed to push their photographic limits to a new level; All accommodation, All travel involved once workshop begins, Dinner each evening, Most Breakfasts, Entry passes into Museums and Tours. 


Does not Include: Airfare, getting to/from Airport, lunch/snacks, misc. spending money.

Topics to be Covered:


Composition Theory

Mastering Light

Camera Setting Instruction

Lightroom Post-Processing Techniques

Critical Thinking exercises to make stronger images easer

Setting up your camera bag to be fast and easily accessed

Landscape Photography Business Ideas

One-on-One photo critique with ten of your images

French language instruction


Recommended Equipment:


-DSLR camera (or camera of your choice)


-Lenses: wide, telephoto & any other you choose

-Cleaning equipment

-Camera bag

-Filters: ND/Grad-ND


It will be summer in Paris which is typically quite warm and humid so light clothing is recommended. In the Alps the weather will be much cooler and warm weather layering is highly recommended. Please pack accordingly to locations and ask any questions to either Joseph or Dan

Requirements to Join: Proof of Travel Insurance covering said participant for duration of entire trip covering all, but not limited to: all personal gear, luggage, camera, clothing and emergency evacuation; any immunizations required to enter the county; Valid Passport not to expire 90 days from scheduled EXIT of France; Signed Release Waiver submitted to organizers. For insurance, Dan and I like World Nomads or Squaremouth as their coverage is comprehensible and rates are competitive. Feel free to call them and go over quote options as they are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.


Fees: $4,200

Retaining: $1,400.00

Balance: $2,800.00 due to be paid in full 30 prior to workshop. 


Cancellation Policy: 

Retaining Fee - The Retainer amount specified with each workshop is due at the time you book a workshop. Your space is not reserved until we receive your Retainer. The full balance is due 30 days prior (or on the date specified on the workshop page) to the start of the workshop. If we do not receive your balance by this time, we reserve the right to cancel your workshop and/or fill your spot off of a wait list. In the event of such a cancellation, no refunds will be provided.


Cancellation, Refund & Delay Policy - All workshop schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion depending upon weather, health and safety considerations, or any other factor related or unrelated to photographic opportunities as we see fit. Full refunds of all monies paid will be made if a workshop is canceled by us or if the workshop is rescheduled and you are unable to attend on the new date. Dan Ballard Photography is not responsible for any other costs which participants may have incurred, including but not limited to travel, car rental, lodging, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.


If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 90 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice. For cancellations received 31 - 89 days prior to the start of the workshop the deposit will be forfeited. For cancellations received 0 - 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, all deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited.


No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, flights, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop. We are not responsible for any additional costs you may incur due to delays or cancellations.

Have questions about France Photographic Expedition: Paris & French Alps June 5 - 14, 2015? Contact Joseph Roybal

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Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM (CEST)

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Joseph Roybal

Joseph Roybal is a professional Travel Landscape and Portrait Photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Joseph’s photography has been published in AFAR Travel Magazine, Denver Life and Denver Home + Design. Along with shooting for international clients, Joseph has lived in Europe for nearly five years off and on, two of those were in France. He is fluent in French and also incredibly comfortable in the country and culture. He recently returned from an incredible South American photography expedition with friend and internationally known photographer, Dan Ballard. Joseph is currently completing a large-scale commercial project in downtown Denver where he has been commissioned to produce a one-of-a-kind photographic experience.

Joseph is proud to be working with some incredible names in the Photographic Industry such as Zenfolio, Lowepro and Vanguard.

He recently exhibited alongside world-renowned travel photographer Blaine Harrington III in the prestigious John Fielder gallery in Denver, and currently displays his work in several Denver locations. He has scouted locations for National Geographic workshops, and currently works with fellow photographer, Dan Ballard, with his popular landscape photography workshops



Dan Ballard is an internationally known travel and landscape photographer from Colorado. His images take you on a visual journey to some of the world's most beautiful and far-reaching corners. Dan has visited over 50 countries on five continents around the globe, and his work has attracted the attention and praise of some of the biggest names and companies in the photo industry.

Dan's 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. He is proud to be on the Mpix, Zenfolio and BlackRapid Pro Teams, and to have strong working relationships with the most trusted names in photography, including SanDisk, ThinkTank Photo, Nik Sofware, and Really Right Stuff.  His images have been published in magazines and calendars worldwide, and he has won or been a finalist in numerous prestigious competitions. Large, framed prints of his work can be found at gift and furniture stores around the country. Dan’s image ”Let ‘er Fly” was recently featured in a Smithsonian Channel episode on what makes an award-winning image.

Dan is an accomplished and entertaining keynote speaker and gives presentations on photography around the world at symposiums, festivals, trade shows and workshops.


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