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Moab Area Photo Tours
The Moab area is one of the most scenic spots on Earth, and that’s what makes it a photographer’s paradise. Printworks Photo Tours is David and Mark Brown, two experienced nature and landscape photographers who stand ready to make your visit memorable. Between us we have been making pictures in the Canyon Country for more than 40 years. From our home base at Printworks Gallery in Moab, we’ll take you to the right places at the right time to capture amazing images.
Special Photo Experiences
Do you enjoy the freshness of he early day, or prefer the warm light of evening? Whether early or late, the best time to make photographs is when the sun is low. All our tours are timed to catch the golden light. Each half-day tour lasts at least four hours and will be customized to give you a memorable experience. Full-day packages include both morning and afternoon tours for a total of eight or more hours.
Our tours start and end at our Printworks Gallery in Moab. These are not four-wheel adventure or hiking tours. All locations are reached via paved or graded roads, and although walks up to a mile or so may be involved, no extensive hiking is required. This is to allow the most time for actual photography and instruction.
Because we take the threat of Covid seriously, for your safety you will drive your own vehicle, following your guide to each destination spot. This will provide for social distancing and assure your comfort and convenience as you will have all of your equipment and other personal items with you. This also makes it possible for family members or others who are non-participating photographers to accompany you at no cost. To maintain communications and coordinate activities during travel, you will be provided with a hand-held CB radio.
Our morning tours start when dawn begins to lighten the sky. We’ll go to a special place to catch the rising sun, whether in Arches or Canyonlands, or the glorious viewpoints at Dead Horse Point. Or you may choose to be in Castle Valley, at nearby Fisher Towers or even a pristine lake in the high mountains. We’ll visit other sites to document the coming day.
Afternoon tours are all about the anticipation of the Golden Hour. We’ll start about three or four hours before sunset to visit scenic viewpoints as the afternoon winds down. We’ll end up at a spectacular place to witness the sunset and watch night begin to creep across the land.
Half-day tours are priced at $345. Non photographers are welcome to accompany you in your vehicle. To assure a great experience, unless by special arrangement all tours are limited to a maximum of four photographers.
Full- and Multi-Day Tours
For a total experience of the red rocks country, book a full-day tour. You’ll enjoy the best of both the morning and afternoon light, with a break in the middle of the day. Every tour is custom-made to suit your needs and instruction is always included as desired. Full-day tours are priced at $595. Family or friends can ride with you at no cost. Or schedule two or more days to get an even broader experience of the area. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to see and photograph. When you book two full days you will earn a 10 percent discount for the package.
Night Sky Option
You may extend your half- or full-day tour to include a night sky experience, whether to photograph colorful sunsets, twilight silhouettes, the rising Moon or the glory of the Milky Way. This option adds about three hours to your experience. Add a night sky option for an additional $185.
Post Processing Instruction
When your photo tour ends you’ll have a memory card filled with new image files, but what next? If you’re not sure, sign up for our follow-up mini-workshop on how to process your files. You’ll meet David or Mark at their studio/gallery on the following day or later in the week for two hours of one-on-one basic training in how to edit, enhance and print your pictures. We’ll show you how to evaluate your shoot, process RAW files, and apply some of many available digital plug-ins and stand-alone software to enhance and improve your images Finally, we’ll make a fine art gicleé print from your best image. These mini-workshops last about two-hours and are priced at just $125. For an intensive experience, they are limited to one person.
If you want to dive deeper, sign up for our half-day post-processing workshop with Mark to learn even more about how to make your images special. He’s a master of Photoshop and will show you how to make your best pictures even better. You’ll learn how to use layers, masks, outlining, compositing techniques and many other tools to make creative effects. This private four-hour in-depth post-processing workshop is limited to one person and costs $245.
Terms & Conditions
All tours must be paid in full upon booking. We accept most credit cards. We reserve the right to cancel for any reason, in which case a full refund will be made. If you cancel your booking up to 30 days prior to the date you will be repaid in full. If you cancel between 29 to 3 days prior, we will refund 75 percent, or the tour can be rebooked for a later time. Reservations cancelled with less than 48-hour notice can be applied to rescheduling but will not be refunded as we would likely have turned away others. Except in truly extreme circumstances no tour will be cancelled because of weather. It is a recognized fact that some of the best photographs are made during times of inclement weather.
You are responsible for all park entrance fees. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability form upon making your reservation.
Your tour may be coupled with other photographers, but to assure quality experiences all our tours are limited to no more than four photographers, and our special workshops are limited to no more than two. Family or friends are welcome to accompany you in your vehicle. Instruction is always available as desired and based on your level of expertise. Bottled water and snacks are provided. We are CPR and First Aid certified and carry guide permits for all the areas we visit. Clients are advised to wear suitable shoes for moderate hiking, a hat and layered clothing.
Book One of Our Special Workshops
to Learn New Photo Secrets
Instruction is always included in our photo tours as desired. For those who want to learn even more we offer special workshops that concentrate on learning new techniques. We can customize your workshop to focus on a variety of topics. To make our workshop intensive learning experiences, they are limited to no more than two persons. Following are three popular programs we offer.
Special Photo Basics Workshop
For beginners who want to get a running start on mastering landscape photography, or experienced amateurs who want to sharpen their skills, we offer a special three-hour afternoon short-course to cover the basics. The workshop with David L. Brown combines classroom and field time. You’ll start at 1:00 p.m. in our studio/gallery with a sit-down lesson on the basics of camera operation, composition and special techniques, including a PowerPoint presentation and handout material. Then it’s out to a nearby location to practice the techniques. Finally, back at the studio we’ll edit and critique your pictures and make a fine art gicleé print of your best effort. The workshop is priced at just $189. Graduates also earn a 20% discount coupon for one of our tours or workshops.
Join Mark Brown to learn the secrets of making big pictures from the very small. In this intensive half-day workshop, he’ll share his mastery of macro photography and introduce you to the world of tiny insects, flowers and minerals. The subjects will vary depending upon the seasons. If you already have a macro lens for your camera, great, but if you are interested in checking out macro photography for the first time, we have loaner lenses for your Nikon, Canon or Sony APS-C camera. The workshop lasts about five hours and includes time in the field and follow-up post processing lessons at our studio. The cost is $345.
Patterns in Nature Workshop
The ability to “see” pictures is a key to making superior nature photographs. This in-depth half-day workshop will concentrate on the art of seeing and capturing abstract images from the rocks, plants, waters and skies of the natural world. During this workshop you’ll visit out-of-the-way places. You may be capturing the patterns of bark on an ancient juniper tree, the streaks of desert varnish on an old boulder, the glint of light on a mountain lake, or the detail of a moth’s wings. When you open your eyes to the patterns of nature, it will reveal an infinite number of possibilities for your camera. This half-day workshop lasts four or more hours and ends with a sunset view. The cost is $345.
Mark Brown grew up in Pennsylvania where he had a successful commercial photography business. He shot about 200 weddings over the years and made hundreds of executive and family portraits. But his true love was landscape and nature photography and he printed many of his nature photographs as fine art prints and framed them to decorate corporate offices, hospitals and private homes. He is especially proud that his donated photographs helped prevent the logging of White’s Woods, an endangered old growth forest. Many of his photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines.
Drawn by the fantastic scenery of southern Utah, he moved to Moab in 2010. Here he’s concentrated on exploring and documenting the West. Never satisfied with the ordinary, he enjoys the challenge of creating fresh images. Not one to make “copycat” pictures he often seeks out little-known subjects for his array of cameras and lenses. His patience allows him to excel at macro photography, night sky and time lapse work. He also uses a drone to capture the beauty of the Utah red rocks country from unusual angles.
Mark especially likes to share his deep knowledge of creative photography. He will take you to places you would never otherwise see and open your eyes to beauty from the smallest insect to the glory of the Milky Way. Examples of his eclectic fine art are offered at Printworks Gallery.
David L. Brown learned magazine writing and editing at the top-rated Missouri School of Journalism, David also studied photography there under Cliff Edom, often called “the father of photojournalism,” who was known for his credo: “Show truth with a camera.” After two decades running his successful communications agency in Chicago, David moved West to begin a second career as a landscape and travel photographer. He worked with large format and panoramic cameras in more than 30 countries, but of all the places he visited none could compare with southern Utah. He often returned to Moab and came to know many special places in the area. He moved here for good about a decade ago.
David describes what he does as “just making pretty pictures,” but his work has appeared in thousands of places. His clients have included Rand McNally, British Airways, National Geographic Society, Hallmark Cards, Microsoft, Ford Motor Co., Time-Life, Toyoto-Lexus, and hundreds more, including myriad newspapers, magazines, textbooks and calendars. He was at one time represented by a stable of 15 stock photography agents around the world. He also owned a stock photography agency through which he represented about 140 wildlife, nature and landscape photographers including leading names. He is a Life Member of the American Society of Media Photographers. To support his love of the land he serves on the board of Canyonlands Field Institute, a Moab-based non-profit that provides quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places, and renew the human spirit.
In 2015 David began leading photo tours in Moab, sharing his knowledge of special places with a wide variety of clients and earning dozens of five-star reviews. For several years he has written photography columns for the local monthly, Moab Happenings. In 2019 he started Moab Printworks, LLC in partnership with Mark Brown (no relation). The business is a source of fine art gicleé prints for artists and photographers, expert custom picture framing and is home to Printworks Gallery where they display their fine art photographs. It’s the ideal base for their Printworks Photo Tours service.