Colorado Workshop

Photographing Fall in Colorado 2017

Workshop 1: Saturday, September 16th to Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Gunnison & Ridgway, CO

Workshop 2: Saturday, September 23rd to Friday, September 29th, 2017
Gunnison & Ridgway, CO

$1395 / $700 deposit (non-refundable)

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

How about shooting in the grand vistas of Colorado?

Join Nettelhorst Images in this six day, fall workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in Colorado, near Gunnison and Ridgway. In the Gunnison area, Ohio Creek Road, one may view the Anthracite Range with its spectacular groves of colorful Aspen and leading up to Kebler Pass, which runs through incredible Aspen groves. The 30-mile Kebler Pass road follows Coal Creek west from Crested Butte and climbs gradually past the old Keystone Mine. The graveled road follows the old Rio Grande Railroad grade. Ridgway is nestled in the picturesque Uncompaghre Valley and surrounded by the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Cimarrons and San Juans, some of the most photographed mountains in the world. A few of the wonderful locations to be visited (conditions permitting) are: Kebler Pass, Ohio Creek Pass, Dallas Divide, Owl Creek Pass, mountain roadways in the San Juan Mountains and Crystal Lake in Red Mountain Pass. The team arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable shooting locations. During the various shooting experiences, we provide coaching and also offer numerous critiquing sessions and lessons in a classroom setting. The home base will start in Gunnison and move to Ridgway, Colorado. The workshop is informal, relaxing, and a fun way to learn.


All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, outings, classes and lessons include Lou’s learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on the practice results. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. We’re discovering and exploring your artist within!!


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished, artistic photographer who shares his extensive knowledge on revealing nature’s beauty through workshops, seminars, classrooms, publications, and exhibitions. A photo editor summed up Lou’s photographs as follows, “Intensity, powerful color, bouncing form, and dramatic, emotional play characterize Lou’s creative photographic style. As a viewer, you’ll want to crawl into Lou’s scenes and become one with the flora and fauna!”

Todd Nettelhorst is also an accomplished, artistic photographer, as well.  His charismatic energy and unique photographic perspective is very contagious.  He has a passion for the visual arts and helping others bring out the best in their creative abilities.


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation.


A digital SLR camera with a battery of lenses that may capture wide-angle to telephoto and macro subjects and a sturdy tripod are recommended. If you don’t have a macro lens, using extension tubes are a wonderful substitute. A polarizing filter is a good idea to cut glare off the leaves and enrich the color. A Hoodman loupe allows you to see your LCD screen without glare. For downloading, storing and providing images for critiques, you’ll need a laptop and USB flash drive.  We recommend storing images in two locations, like your laptop and an external hard drive.  Other accessories suggested are: blower and lens cloth, extra batteries and plenty of flash or memory cards, diffusion disk and reflector, remote control, flashlight, sun screen, knee pads and a ground cloth. Bring your equipment in a backpack or carry it in a vest. BTW: newer camera phones can take excellent photos and video, as well.  More detailed equipment information is provided by email after registration.  Understand that our equipment recommendations, are just that, recommendations.  We’ll work with that you bring.


Because of the varying environments, weather can be quite unpredictable, so come prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cold and warm conditions.  Be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly (Weather). This is an outdoor nature photo workshop, so general good health and fitness will help maximize your comfort and enjoyment. Planned activities should be well within the ability of people in easy to moderately good shape. All locations are accessible from the road with minimal hiking. Of course, as with any outdoor activity, there is some associated risk from terrain, inclement weather, and other outdoor hazards.


Please contact the lodging facilities list below directly for reservations. Be sure to mention Nettelhorst Photography Workshop to receive the discounted rates.

Comfort Inn – Gunnison

911 N. Main St.
Gunnison, CO 81230
(970) 642-1000

Block of rooms:

Workshop 1: Sat. – Mon., Sept. 16-18 (LV: 9/19)

Workshop 2: Tues. – Fri., Sept. 23-25 (LV: 9/26).

The rates for two queen is $95 + tax

Ridgway – Ouray Lodge & Suites

373 Palomino Trail, P.O. BOX 608
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-5444

Block of rooms (be sure to ask for first floor – no elevator):

Workshop 1: Tues. – Fri., Sept. 19-22 (LV: 9/23)

Workshop 2: Tues. – Fri., Sept. 26-29 (LV: 9/30).

The rates for one king and two queen bed rooms are $114.30 and $123.30 + tax

All rooms will be based on availability. Reserve your room immediately.


Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is the closest major airport, which has flights from Chicago – O’Hare and rental cars. Please don’t purchase a plane ticket until you know the workshop is going. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and throughout the workshop. Carpooling is encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and it also promotes interaction. We will share participants’ email addresses in order for those interested in sharing car rentals and coordinating flight times. Thus, the earlier you register, the better your chance for sharing costs with a car rental. The participants eat all our meals together, but are responsible for their own expenses. Cooler bags are provided for the à la carte, continental breakfasts each morning.


Workshop 1: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 @ 5:00pm MDT to Friday, September 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00pm MDT – Gunnison & Ridgway, CO

Workshop 2: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 @ 5:00pm MDT to Friday, September 29th, 2017 @ 7:00pm MDT – Gunnison & Ridgway, CO


$1,395 / $700 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a space per workshop week.

Workshop 1: min/max: 5/14 participants
Workshop 2: min/max: 5/10 participants

The registration fee covers leaders’ expenses, coaching, instruction and critiquing. Lodging, meals, travel arrangements, park entrance fees, and any other expenses are all the responsibility of workshop participants. The deposit is non-refundable unless a replacement participant is provided, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged. Full payment is due at least 9 weeks prior to the workshop start, but no later than July 8, 2017. It is strongly encouraged that participants purchase travel insurance because of the non-refundable fees. Be sure to contact an insurance agency before registering.

Upon receipt of your registration a confirmation email is sent and you will receive a final instructions email about two weeks before the workshop.

NOTE: In case minimum registration isn’t met, we will notify participants promptly and refund payments in full. The workshop may still be offered to interested photographers at a higher fee.

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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ~ Ansel Adams

  • What the Participants are saying...
    I like the organization of the program and that all distractions were taken care of making it easy to focus on photography.  I especially like the on-site feedback and daily reviews.
  • What the Participants are saying...
    An overall fantastic workshop! This workshop has far exceeded my expectations, and really changed the way I look at photography. I look forward to joining you on a future trip!
  • What the Participants are saying...
    I liked that Lou was able to work with each person according to their needs, photographic challenges & interests, respecting each person for who they are, and retaining a sense of community while doing so.

Colorado Workshop 2017

Gunnison & Ridgway, CO
Workshop 1 (min 5 / max 12): Saturday, September 16th to Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Gunnison & Ridgway, CO

Workshop 2 (min 5 / max 10): Saturday, September 23rd to Friday, September 29th, 2017
Gunnison & Ridgway, CO

$1395 / $700 deposit (non-refundable) 

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

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