Crested Butte Photography Tours
Customized and personal photography tours are the perfect way to see the best photo spots Crested Butte has to offer and to learn or polish your photography technique at the same time. Whether you just bought your camera and need to know how to use it, you've been shooting a while and need to understand some advanced tips and tricks or you just want to see the Crested Butte area through the eyes of a local photographer these private and small-group photo tours are an inexpensive way to get some great new images. Landscapes, wildflowers and fall colors are just three of the many great reasons to join me on a Crested Butte photo tour.
"Dusty knows how to reach the heart of a person's creativity. Talking about the kind of images that command my attention helped me identify what my purpose is as a photographer. I often hear his voice in my head: "what is this a picture of?" But the most resonant bit of wisdom that I took away from my time with Dusty was the courage to embrace the type of photographer I am today and trust that as I change, my photographs will change with me.
Good luck! If I ever make it back to Crested Butte I'm giving you a call!"
Emily Norton Evans - Doha, Qatar
These tours begin with a short chat about what you like to photograph, your equipment, experience and what you would like to accomplish. We should also discuss any specific locations you have in mind as well as the photographs you hope to come back with.
After this discussion happens we will propose a schedule and either a half or full day tour. Our half day (4 hours) tours can happen almost any time of the day but cannot be split into multiple parts. They include transportation, water, light snacks and instruction if desired. These tours may be for an individual or small group.
Our full-day tours include everything above as well as lunch in town or a brown-bag lunch in the field.
Private Half Day Tour - $249
Private Full Day Tour - $449
Each additional person for a 1/2 day tour $50 (max 4)
Each additional person for a full day tour $100 (max 4)
Full Day Black Canyon of the Gunnison Tour for one person $495
Full Day Black Canyon of the Gunnison Tour for up to three people $695
Full Day tours to American Basin, Yankee Boy Basin, Great Sand Dunes, etc. are similarly priced.
A deposit of 50% of your tour price will reserve your date and the balance is due prior to our departure. The best dates and times can book quickly. Please call Dusty at (970) 349-5038 to discuss dates and times.
While we have used and are knowledgeable about a wide variety of cameras from various manufacturers we don't pretend to know how to access the many functions of your camera. To get the most from your photo tour you should have a good working knowledge of your own camera, its lenses, accessories and your tripod. You might want to bring your camera manual along for the ride too, just in case. If you're trying to understand the functions and adjustments of your camera you may want to consider a one-on-one "getting started" class for an hour or two before you invest in a tour.
Other Colorado Locations
Please contact me about special rates for camera clubs or groups of more than 3 people or for tours to other parts of our beautiful state. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Maroon Bells, Yankee Boy Basin and Great Sand Dunes National Park are some other popular photography destinations. These tours would be full-day to multi-day tours.
Weather, Terrain and Cancellations
Please keep in mind that all tours begin at an altitude of about 9000' and usually go up from there. Keep this in mind when discussing your goals and ambitions. Many of the best photography locations may require hiking, skiing or snowshoeing into areas with poor footing or other hazards. The Colorado School of Photography will do it's best to inform and advise of these hazards but shall not be held liable for any injury or equipment damage that occurs while on our photo tours. Download the Waiver of Liability here.
Adverse weather may affect our plans but rarely causes us to cancel a tour. We will reschedule or refund your money if the weather makes accomplishing your goals impossible.