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Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado Photography Workshop

Dan Ballard Photography

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM (MDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Great Sand Dunes National Park Photography Workshop DEPOSIT   more info Apr 18, 2017 $200.00 $0.00
Great Sand Dunes National Park Photography Workshop REMAINING BALANCE   more info May 18, 2017 $625.00 $0.00
Great Sand Dunes National Park Photography Workshop TOTAL AMOUNT   more info May 18, 2017 $825.00 $0.00

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Dan Ballard Photography
May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Cost: $825.00 ($200 deposit due at registration, balance due on April 19, 2017)
For more information, please contact  Dan Ballard @ 719 469-0608 or

Class limited to 10  

Join Dan Ballard on a photographic journey exploring the tallest and most awe-inspiring sand dunes in North America. The combination of desert dunes in the dawning light, spectacular mountain scenery and meandering flow of the Medano creek bed will give lots of opportunities for making awesome images during this three-day photographic adventure. These mysterious and ever changing dunes are sure to inspire any level photographer.  The dunes rank as one of Dans top shooting destinations in the world.

This workshop begins Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. and ends Sunday, May 21, 2017 at noon. The focus will be capturing light, shadows, ridges, variations in sand, mountain vistas and much more. Dan is committed to enhancing your photographic skills and helping you to get images you will be proud of.

These topics plus more will be covered in this workshop:
Composition Theory
Mastering Light
Camera Setting Instruction
Lightroom Post Processing Techniques
Setting up your camera bag

Landscape Photography Business Ideas

Critique of 10 of your images

What is included:

Entrance fee’s to all area’s
Bottled water
Light snacks for the early mornings.

**Lodging, transportation & meals are NOT included.

 What to expect:

This workshop will involve some strenuous activity.  It is quite a walk from
the parking lot to the edge of the dunes & walking in sand can be tough.  We will
also be climbing the dunes in order to get the best images.

For information on The Great Sand Dunes National Park go to:
*Please read under plan your vist - “things you should know”; (1)Your safety,
(2)weather.  These 2 articles have some very important information
pertaining to the park.


Dan will be staying at the Great Sand Dunes Lodge Mosca, CO   A block of rooms has been reserved for workshop participants. The lodge is very close to the dunes & has a restaurant on site.  When making your reservation at GSD Lodge you will need to call the local number (719)378-2900 & tell them you are part of the Dan Ballard Photography Workshop.  They are closed during the winter & may not get back to you immediately - but no need to worry since rooms are already booked. You may also choose your own lodging in Alamosa (30 mile drive each way).

Transportation to & from Alamosa is up to each individual participant. The closest large airport to Alamosa is in Colorado Springs, CO. It is about a 3 hour drive. Albuquerque, NM is a 4 hour drive & Denver is about a 5 hour drive. Great Lakes airline has a daily flight from Denver to Alamosa.
Driving conditions from Alamosa to the Great Sand Dunes will consist of mainly paved roads, so a standard car will be sufficient. 

Friday, May 19th, 1 p.m. – Meet at the GSD Lodge Lobby for a short introductory workshop. We will then car pool to the dunes where Dan will spend time discussing equipment, composition, camera techniques, exposure, metering, filters & more.   He will also teach you how to use light, shadow, form and texture to create powerful images.  We will break for an early dinner at the nearby Oasis restaurant and then head back to the dunes for some great evening light.
Saturday, May 20th, – Meet in the hotel lobby (very early) so that we can be at the dunes before sunrise.  Breakfast at the Oasis restaurant with a session to follow on Lightroom production & setting up your camera bag.  He will also discuss landscape photography business idea's .  By late afternoon we will be ready to head back to the Dunes for a stunning sunset session. We will not be taking time out for dinner, so you may want to eat a late lunch before we leave or bring snacks with you. You will have a couple of hours in the afternoon for shopping in Alamosa or to rest if needed.  Dan will be available during this time for discussion, questions & to critique images. 
Sunday, May 21st – Mountain vistas will be beckoning us to shoot the early morning sunrise (another very early morning). We will then head back to the Oasis for breakfast and lots of conversation before departing around noon.

Terms & Conditions:
Deposits - The  deposit amount specified with each workshop is due at the time you book a workshop. Your space is not reserved until we receive your deposit. 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.












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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Alamosa, CO

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM (MDT)

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Dan Ballard Photography




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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