This 2018 trip to Utah marks our tenth annual Horizon Western Adventure. I hope to maintain our tradition of a rich and diverse experience that includes photographing landscapes, people, architecture, random happenings…and at least one rusty vehicle for Bill Daniel’s special collection. Tentative trip highlights: the spectacular Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; the “Little Grand Canyon” near Castle Dale; belching coal fired power plants; bison in the wild; and the immense Hill Aerospace Museum. Our twilight/night shoot will be at Goblin Valley State Park. (For those who remember Devil’s Garden from a prior trip, co-instructor Dave Koch describes Goblin as “Devil’s Garden on steroids.”) And here's something totally different: shooting dancers (and other stuff) at dusk at the moody Bonneville Salt Flats; Dave will show you how. He'll also guide us to some magical but little known, photo locations. Note: the posted images—of Bonneville Salt Flats, Arches N.P. and Goblin Valley—are Dave’s, who will join us for part/all of the trip to share his expertise.There is group and one-on-one instruction. Three detailed critiques will help take your photos to the next level.

We shoot from early morning until early evening (plus a night shoot). The pace is not strenuous, but we'll do some moderate hiking.Temperatures range from 40—70; occasional rain is possible.

A map of the tentative route starting (and ending) at a Salt Lake City airport hotel can be found by clicking here. Note: the light circles are some of the planned stops for shooting. The dark circles are the anticipated six lodging locations where we’ll stay for this seven night trip. Total mileage is about 900 (130/day).

If the past is a guide, we'll produce some great photography, have lots of adventures (including some unplanned ones), and enjoy the warm camaraderie that participants have always generated over the years. I look forward to seeing many old friends and perhaps some new ones. 

Note: Non-photography companions may participate at a 20% discount off the regular registration fee. (Non-photographers do not count toward the 12 person maximum.)

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Deposit: $800.00
Deposit Due Date: March 20, 2018
Total Cost: $2600.00 (Cost covers ALL expenses for 7 days, 7 nights, except getting to Salt Lake City, i.e., lodging, car rental, park entry fees and food (not including alcohol).)
Single Supplement: $400.00
Experience: Basic understanding of camera functions.
Equipment: Any digital camera; laptop (or other device) for downloadin/editing images; tripod; umbrella; flashlight.
Optional Equipment: Hot shoe flash.
Minimum Class Size: 8
Maximum Class Size: 12
Schedule: Sunday 10:00 AM through Sunday 9:00 AM
Dates: May 6 - May 13 2018.


Tuition includes 7 days/7 nights (double occupancy), all meals from Sunday lunch to Sunday breakfast (alcohol not included), and all other expenses, except airfare to Salt Lake City.

Reservations & Cancellations: To reserve your space requires a deposit of $800; full payment is due by March 10. If you cancel before March 10, you will be charged $500. If you cancel after March 10, no refunds will be made for any reason unless we fill the class, in which case we will refund all amounts paid minus a $500 handling fee. If Horizon Photography Workshops cancels for any reason, our sole obligation is to return all payments received. We cannot be responsible for any losses due to cancellation, such as non-refundable travel expenses.

Insurance & Liability: Every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, but we accept no liability for any accidents, injuries, illness, or losses that may occur. By making a payment, you are deemed to have understood and accepted these conditions.

Workshop Photos

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Steve Gottlieb

Dave Koch