Exalted as a playground for the fit and brave, Utah’s desert gem, Moab, sits beside the Colorado River, two national parks, and a state park. Meaning “Promised Land,” the destination’s nomenclature denotes its unrivaled access to canyons, trails, riverways, and rock walls. But to the discerning eye, Moab’s otherworldly landscapes—think iconic red rock formations backdropped against snow-capped peaks—are more than an adrenaline gateway. They’re also the perfect stage for budding photographers.
The Clymb and Hudson Henry, a bonafide go-anywhere, try-anything adventurer, and celebrated travel photographer whose work has been recognized by National Geographic, have joined forces to offer a five-day photo adventure. This fall, join Hudson in Moab for a hands-on workshop designed for anyone who wants to develop their creative vision, best utilize the gear they already have, and learn tactics to better tell their own travel stories—including advanced techniques like nightscapes and panoramic mergers. We first met Hudson when we wrote about An American Ascent, an award-winning film for which he directed photography.
We chatted up Hudson about his passion for teaching and love of Moab:
THE CLYMB: WHAT FIRST GOT YOU INTO ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY? WERE YOU A TRAVELER OR PHOTOGRAPHER FIRST?
HUDSON HENRY: It’s always been about traveling and taking adventures to wild and beautiful places and bringing back stories to share with family and friends, and then from there it grew into a wider audience.
THE CLYMB: AND FROM THERE YOU PROGRESSED INTO TEACHING?
HUDSON HENRY: I’ve always been about sharing the adventure, bringing back visual stories to share with others of places they would otherwise never see. It started with showing my 90-year old grandmother what it’s like to climb Kilimanjaro. Over time my passion evolved into sharing adventures with others while teaching them to capture their own visual stories. I get a lot of satisfaction from “ah-ha!” moments when something clicks for a student.
THE CLYMB: WHY MOAB? WHAT MAKES IT A GREAT ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION?
HUDSON HENRY: It has really good weather and the high desert environment—it’s ridiculously scenic. All these shooting locations—Fisher Towers, Arches, Balanced Rock—they’re just a hop, skip, and jump from this comfortable little town with all these fun restaurants and amenities. And the lack of light pollution gives really good ability to do stuff with stars.
THE CLYMB: WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?
HUDSON HENRY: It’s for anyone who loves a good adventure and wants to bring home better pictures to share. This workshop is great for any level of photographer who is into shooting action, wildlife, and landscapes to tell a good story about a place and capture the essence of a trip. I limit my workshops to small groups and they tend to be all along the spectrum from people who are just getting started to those who are refining advanced techniques. The goals of the workshop are to develop your own creative vision, to better use the gear you already have, and interact with each other, maybe even form friendships that last beyond the workshop.
THE CLYMB: YOU’VE HAD GREAT SUCCESS WITH HIGHLY TECHNICAL PHOTOGRAPHY METHODS. WHAT ARE YOU TACKLING NEXT?
HUDSON HENRY: I am working on a book about advanced panoramic photography. I’m experimenting with underwater photography with kiteboarding and lighting techniques. Also, time lapses of stars moving through the sky. I’m working on the holy grail of time lapse: following the sunset through the Milky Way back to sunrise. And video and drone stuff. I’ll have a drone at the workshop.
THE CLYMB: IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO ASPIRING ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHERS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
HUDSON HENRY: The thing that drives me is looking at photographers better than me—Sebastião Salgado is a favorite. There’s constantly room to improve. Every year you should be improving. It’s more about creatively finding ways to compose your images and using light than the latest and greatest equipment.
Get hands-on training and explore Moab with Hudson. Learn more about this exclusive five-day adventure photo workshop.