Crested Butte Photography Tours
Customized and personal photography tours are the perfect way to see the best photo spots Crested Butte, Colorado 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 long-time 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, your 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 create.
After this discussion, I 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 up to three people.
Our full-day tours include everything above as well as lunch in town or a brown-bag lunch in the field. You will need to let me know if you have any dietary requirements.
Private Half-Day Tour - $300
Private Full-Day Tour - $550
Each additional person for a 1/2 day tour is $60 (max 3)
Each additional person for a full-day tour is $100 (max 3)
Full-day tours to the Black Canyon National Park and other destinations can be quoted privately.
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. Sadly, I cannot accommodate any pets on these tours.
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, just in case. If you're trying to understand your camera's functions and adjustments, you may want to consider a one-on-one "getting started" class for an hour or two before investing in a tour.
Weather, Terrain, and Cancellations
Please remember 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. I will do my best to inform and advise you of these hazards but shall not be held liable for any injury or equipment damage that occurs while on 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.
I know you've got questions and I've got your answers. Email me today and let's discuss your photography tour ideas. Learn about your instructor here.