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Join us on this fun Fall photographic adventure!

Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop 2019

Join us on these fantastic photographic adventures led by pro photographer Kevin Gourley in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park in the Fall of 2019!

Want to learn more about the workshop? Keep on scrolling down!
This web page has a LOT of information about the workshop details!

You have 6 months to pay, if you use PayPal Credit!
Before you sign up, make sure you check out our new optional class add-on options for more learning opportunities! CLICK HERE

Rocky Mountain Fall
Photography Workshop Group A 2019

  • Sept 14-17, 2019
    (Arrive on Sept 13, Depart on Sept 18)
  • 4 Days + 2 Pre-Trip Meetings + Cookout (weather permitting)
  • Plus New Options Available When Registering!
  • $1199

Rocky Mountain Fall
Photography Workshop Group B 2019

  • Sept 19-22, 2019
    (Arrive on Sept 18, Depart on Sept 23)
  • 4 Days + 2 Pre-Trip Meetings + Cookout (weather permitting)
  • Plus New Options Available When Registering!
  • $1199

Rocky Mountain Fall
Photography Workshop Group AB 2019

  • Sept 14-22, 2019
    (Arrive on Sept 13, Depart on Sept 23)
  • 9 Days (Middle day, Sept 18, is a break day!)
    + 2 Pre-Trip Meetings + 2 Cookouts (weather permitting)
  • Plus New Options Available When Registering!
  • $2398

"A 5 star experience from beginning to end..."

Student Comments: 

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Student Comment: "The workshop was fantastic!"

Student Comment: "I had an incredible experience this past week and am happy to have had the opportunity to learn from an amazing instructor and obtain some great shots."

Student Comment: "This workshop was all that I had hoped and more. I was able to spend significant time trying different techniques throughout each day. The mix of wildlife, vistas, waterfalls and close subjects was perfect. Having Kevin to help think through techniques was wonderful plus I learned so much from all the others in the group as well. Great group, great weather, amazing sights and good downtime as well - exactly what I needed!"

Student Comment: "There are workshops and there are workshops and then there's Kevin's workshops. He never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge, willingness to share, kind soul and good humor. I can't say enough about the experience."

A Fall Photographic Adventure At Its Best

We invite you to join us on this adventure into Rocky Mountain National Park in the Fall of 2019. We'll be photographing the rich colors of Fall in this magnificent park, exploring hiking trails and waterfalls, scenic vistas, and abundant wildlife. September is the Elk mating season called "the rut". You'll enjoy watching the bull Elk "bugling" and putting on quite a show to attract the female Elk.

Of course we can't guarantee what the Fall colors will be like when we arrive, but we are targeting the time when colors are often at their peak. Weather conditions cause this to vary from year to year. Either way, there is plenty to photograph and we'll have a great time. Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a national treasure of breathtaking scenic beauty at any time of year.

Additional Learning Opportunities! Optional Add-on Sessions for This Workshop

When registering, you can choose to include these optional add-on classes:

  • $49 Photo Post-Processing/Editing Techniques (Optional Online Class)
    • Taking the photo is only half of the process in creating great images.
    • This is a 2-hour online learning video where I cover useful photo editing tips and techniques for post-processing your images using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.
    • Each year I create a totally new video using the latest version of these Adobe products.
    • Learn various effective methods for enhancing your images and producing the best results for all the great photographs you are going to be taking in Rocky Mountain National Park!
    • These tips are focused on landscape, nature, and wildlife photographs.
    • Includes demonstrations of other useful plugins and HDR processing techniques.
  • $99 Additional Pre-trip Camera Techniques Session on August 21, 2019 7pm (Very Hands-on Classroom Session in Austin, TX)
    • Need some extra help with your camera settings before the trip? This is for you!
    • This is a very hands-on one-evening class to go over specific settings on your camera, showing you how to choose the right options for the most accurate focusing, better exposures, managing shutter speed, fast action shots, best settings for shooting bracketed HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, more effective use of your tripod (and what not to do), etc.
    • In our pre-trip meeting on August 14, 2019 we will already cover a lot of information about the general camera and photographic considerations you'll need to keep in mind during the workshop. In this optional add-on class on August 21, you have a chance to go a bit deeper into the settings for your specific camera, to ensure you get the best shots. This way, you have a chance to practice a bit before the workshop starts.
    • Granted I will help you with all of that while we are there at the Rocky Mountain Workshop, but this will help ensure you are prepared to create great shots from the moment the workshop starts.
    • We'll also record this classroom session on video and post it online, if you don't live near our studio in Austin TX but would still like to take advantage of this.

Workshop Format

The workshop is divided into three parts:

  1. Two Preliminary Classroom Sessions before We Go to Colorado - This helps you prepare for the trip!
    • We include two pre-trip sessions in mid August (August 7th and 14th 7-9pm) to discuss the area where we will be traveling, plus discuss techniques and equipment you will need for the trip, giving you enough time to purchase or rent anything you think you might need.  Lens rental might be a great option for a trip like this.
    • These sessions are provided via video over the web, or if you happen to live in the central Texas area, you could attend the sessions at our studio in NW Austin.
  2. Photography Workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park 
    (This is the awesome part :-) 
    Location:  Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Castle Mountain Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado

    Three Workshop Options:
    • 4 Days: Sept 14-17, 2019
      (arrive on Sept 13, depart on Sept 18)
    • 4 Days: Sept 19-22, 2019
      (arrive on Sept 18, depart on Sept 23)
    • 9 Days: Sept 14-22, 2019
      (arrive on Sept 13, depart on Sept 23)

      Whether you choose a 4 day or 9 day option, you're going to have a great experience! The 9 day option gives you more than twice the opportunities to get great wildlife photos and mountain experiences. The middle day (Sept 19) is a break day!

  3. Post-trip Get-Together
    For those of you who happen to live in the central Texas area, we'll host a get-together a few weeks after the workshop ends, for fun and fellowship and to share our photos. It's a fun "reunion" with your new photographer friends!  
    When: Around 3-5 weeks after the workshops end.

The Experience in the Mountains

Expect a real adventure. You're going to be taking some great photos.

We will head out together early each morning to photograph, then you will have a little free time in the afternoon. Then, we'll go back out and photograph some more in the late afternoon / early evening. 

Only short to moderate hiking is involved in the locations where we'll be photographing. Any trails we hike are generally less than 4 miles (round trip) with uphill stretches (elevation gain of about 500 feet). Various hiking websites rate the trails we hike in the "easy" category. We see people of all ages hiking these trails, but if you're not in good physical shape, you might find one of the hikes a bit of work , but most people find it quite doable. We recommend you be in good general health, because the air is thinner at the higher altitudes in Rocky Mountain National Park (altitutde around 9500 feet).  If you have questions about this, or have specific health concerns, just talk to Kevin before signing up!

Our photographic adventures will typically average around 8-9 hours each day.  During our break time, you might want to go back to your room/cabin to rest and enjoy the lodge, sit on the banks of Fall River and listen to the water flow over the rocks, schedule a time to meet with Kevin for some one-on-one review of your photographs, or head into the beautiful little town of Estes Park to shop and people watch.

You may travel in your own car or rental car, and we can carpool to the various locations we will be photographing each morning. 

We'd love for you to join the group for a late lunch in town, or you can go out on your own.  It's your choice.  Our previous groups have had a lot of fun going out to eat together.

Bringing Someone With You

A bit different from many workshops, you are welcome to bring along a family member/friend with you. (Only adults may accompany our photographic activities.) Since you are booking your own travel and accommodations, and you are able to travel in your own vehicle, you may bring a spouse or companion (ONE ADULT)! As long as they are not taking the class or participating in any of the workshop group teaching sessions, and are not taking any photographs during our outings, they do not need to pay for the workshop... OR if they want to learn photography, they can register for the class too! Remember each class size is limited to only 6 students!

Cut your car rental and room expenses in half - Bring a photographer friend!

If you have a photographer friend who might like to do this workshop with you, you could both register, share a room and rental car to reduce individual expenses.  So, start thinking about a friend who loves photography that might want to join you!

Student Comment: "I think the carpooling was great. And I would love to bring my spouse or a friend next time."

Your other costs in addition to the workshop fee: 

Transportation, rental car (if applicable), meals and lodging. 

What you get in return will be priceless memories and some truly outstanding photos to share with your friends, plus you will learn photography skills that will improve all of your subsequent nature / wildlife / landscape / travel photos  AND, you'll make some new photographer friends along the way!

Accommodations - Castle Mountain Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado

Castle Mountain Lodge is where we will be staying and meeting.   It will serve as our "home base".  The lodge is a lovely place, located directly on Fall River.

This is my favorite place to stay in the area, and it is only a short distance from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  I think you'll like it!

Right from your door at Castle Mountain Lodge, you may see cute little chipmunks or occasional wildlife strolling through the grounds while enjoying the peaceful sound of the water rippling in Fall River. Depending on the cabin or room you reserve, the river may be right outside your door!

Since Fall River flows through the property, you're always near a peaceful spot to just sit and relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air, and maybe snap a few nice photographs of the water rushing by!

They have a nice gathering area on the riverbank with a fire pit, picnic tables, and outdoor chairs for all guests to enjoy. In addition to standard hotel room amenities, there is an on-site laundry, hot tub, and a quaint library with books, videos, and games.

Castle Mountain Lodge has various cabin/room options and sizes available with very reasonable prices.

Which room you select depends on your personal preference on accommodations and whether you are traveling by yourself. Castles 1 - 6 (motel style rooms) are your best price option. I'd recommend them!


Choosing between our Summer vs. Fall Workshop?

Both trips are excellent opportunities for photography! Which is better? We really can't choose! Both are honestly fantastic! Summer and Fall each has unique advantages. Green grasses of Summer are colored golden brown by Fall. You'll find less wildflowers blooming in the Fall, but instead you'll see the Aspens turning color (of course we have no way of guaranteeing the optimal time for the Fall colors to appear). If you love wildlife photography, you'll have a much better chance to see moose in the Summer and elk up in the mountains. By Fall, you'll see more Elk in the valleys and almost no chance of seeing moose. Sunrises and sunsets come at different times and from different angles, so both offer different lighting perspectives on this magnificent park. Access to certain roads or parts of the park may also be affected by Fall weather.

If you have already attended the Summer Workshop, we encourage you to come back for the Fall Workshop. You will discover it's a quite different experience! If you have not attended the Summer Workshop, we think you'd love it. We actually have had Summer workshop attendees return to do the Summer Workshop again because it's a great trip and each experience is unique - different weather, different lighting, different snow melt affecting river flow, different wildlife encounters, and different road access depending on weather conditions, etc.

To learn about the Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop, click here.

Click or swipe left and right to view photos from previous workshops.
  Special Benefits for Our Students

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Bring your photos to life! All of my students receive 15% OFF Topaz Products, plus one student in each workshop wins a FREE Topaz product!
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HDR (High Dynamic Range Photography) All of my students receive 25% OFF Photomatix Pro or Photomatix Essentials!
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Powerful image editing software!
Noise reduction, black and white conversion, image enhancements and much more!

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About the Instructor, Kevin Gourley

I've been in love with Rocky Mountain National Park all of my life, and I have been in love with photography for over 30 years.  While Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful locale, you really have to know how to best photograph it, otherwise your photos won't do it justice!  I can help you by showing you the tips and techniques needed to get the best shots!  As many of you already know, I am a pro photographer with a full service studio in NW Austin, Texas, and I teach a variety of popular photography workshops

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations made before March 1, 2019, a Cancellation Fee of $199 will be charged. For cancellations made on or after March 1, 2019, a Cancellation Fee equal to the Deposit amount will be charged. Cancellations made after July 1, 2019 will forfeit the full amount paid. If someone fills your vacated space, then only a $199 Cancellation Fee is charged.


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