On Location
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

A Natural Eye: The Expressive Landscape—Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

with Eddie Soloway

August 18 – 23, 2024

  • Package Price $1695.00
  • Standard Deposit $400.00

Course Description

Eddie Soloway takes his Natural Eye workshop to a magical landscape in southern Utah. If you draw a line from Moab, on the east side of Utah, across and down to Zion on the west side, your line will go right through The Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. At 1.9 million acres, this breathtaking landscape is a hidden gem of endless photographic possibilities, from multi-colored canyons, wild streams, magnificent cottonwoods, high-country aspens, and some of the clearest skies in the country. In late August the summer monsoonal skies are in full sunset glory, and at just shy of 7,000 feet, the days are summer warm and the nights refreshingly cool. Tucked into this landscape is the little hamlet of Boulder. There is not much in Boulder except for some of the most delicious food served up at Hell’s Backbone Grill. And conveniently, the grill is a 30-second walk from our home for the week—Boulder Mountain Lodge.

If you love the outdoors yet find that your photographs keep looking like pretty postcards, join Eddie as he helps you see the natural world with fresh eyes, moving into the world of abstractions, reflections, layers, and movement, and then deeper into the realm of concepts and imagination. “A Natural Eye” immerses you in creative ideas for making fresh images in the camera, practical insights into how to get what you see into a finished photograph, in-the-field sessions, and a chance to review your efforts. Eddie also schedules one-on-one meetings with each participant.

Our adventure begins at 5:30 pm Sunday evening with an orientation and a presentation on “Pursuing Your Passion in Photography.” The workshop concludes with a group dinner on Thursday, with checkout at the Lodge by 11:00 am on Friday. Complete details of what to bring, where to meet, and how to prepare, will be sent a month before.

At the end of the workshop, you find yourself focused less on objects and things, and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. You stop chasing the light and learn to enjoy the fine art of wandering. You learn that if you hear more and touch more, you will photograph with more sensitivity. In a world distracted by cameras, pixels, and software, spend a week building your vision.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

This workshop is open to all photographers with a working knowledge of their camera, whether a DSLR, mirrorless, or an iPhone. If you wish to participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop or tablet, and a working knowledge of the digital workflow. This would include the ability to download your images to your laptop or tablet, make selections, size, name, and transfer images to the class computer.

Special Notes:

Indoor sessions will be held at the Boulder Mountain Lodge. Upon registration, you will be sent information on the group’s room block to secure a room at the Lodge.

Out of courtesy for registered participants, friends and spouses traveling with participants may not attend workshop meetings and events.

ACTIVITY LEVEL: To get the most from your workshop experience, participants should be in good physical (mobility, stamina) and mental health. You must be able to carry your own photographic and personal gear at all times, both on campus and on location. You are responsible for being open and honest about your physical fitness, and we reserve the right to remove you from the workshop if we find your fitness to be less than that which you have described.

Activity Level:
Participants should be able to engage in moderate outdoor exercise for up to an hour or more at a time including off-trail walking on uneven terrain including sand, dirt, and loose rock. Location work is likely to include early morning and/or late evening shoots.

CANCELLATION TERMS: SFW’s decision to run or cancel this Utah workshop with Eddie Soloway is made no later than 75 days prior to the start date. Please contact us to check the status of your workshop before making non-refundable travel plans.

The balance for this workshop is due no later than 60 days prior to start date. If you need to cancel your registration, please make note of the following terms for the Big Sur workshop:

  • Withdrawal more than 60 days prior to the start date of your workshop, SFW will refund all payments made, less a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the deposit.
  • Withdrawal 60 or fewer days prior to the start date of your workshop will result in no refund.

Upon registration, you will be sent information on the group’s room block to secure a room at the Boulder Mountain Lodge (Boulder Mountain Lodge).

Package Price INFO:

$1,695.00 includes workshop sessions and one group dinner. Travel to, from, and during the experience, lodging, and additional meals are not included.

Creative Vision, Fine Art, Nature & Landscape, Pop-Ups
© Jake Rutherford
Eddie Soloway

Eddie Soloway is a photographer, teacher, and storyteller committed to opening our eyes to the natural world. He has taught photography and creativity for leading photographic institutions and schools around the world. He is the founder of Taproot, an online creative gathering. As an educator, Eddie has received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from CENTER and been named one of America’s best photography workshop teachers by Photo District News.

Eddie is the author of the book, One Thousand Moons, the SEE THINK DO photo cards, and the Expressive Landscape video series.

A popular workshop instructor, Eddie is also part of our Mentorship Program »

Website: eddiesoloway.com

Instagram: @eddiesoloway

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