Zion National Park / Antelope Slot Canyons / Lake Powell
Date: November 1-6, 2017 (6 days, 5 nights)
- Zion National Park (stay in the heart of the park at Zion Lodge)
- Antelope Slot Canyon
- Secret Canyon Excursion
- Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River
- Lake Powell by boat
- Local guide & instructor
- Friendly small-group atmosphere (5-10 participants)
Date: November 1-6, 2017
Days: 6 days, 5 nights
Workshop Cost: $1250
Zion National Park
Meet up at Zion Lodge inside Zion National Park at noon, (a very special stay, right in the heart of the park) and join us for a welcome lunch and short orientation before we check into our cabins. In the evening photograph under the towering Court of Patriarchs with it’s meadows, brooks and reflections in the Virgin River. Dinner is on your own at the lodge or in nearby Springdale. (Lunch)
Rise early and return to Court of Patriarchs for Blue Hour and Sunrise. Watch how the entire scene changes with the different angles of light. A late morning workshops session will allow us to download and see the results of this fascinating lighting exercise. After lunch, strap on your water shoes (provided if you don’t have any), to photograph the Virgin River and towering cliffs into “The Narrows”. Also on the agenda is an easy hike to Emerald Pools, and free time to photograph or just relax in the stunning setting of Zion Lodge.
This morning we drive the switchbacks into the Upper East Canyon, and watch the sunrise on a sea of red rock formation where we can get our “rock art” on. After a picnic breakfast we’ll explore some petroglyphs, intense fall colors, and then head back down into the canyon for a well deserved mid-day rest. An afternoon workshop at the lodge will allow us to review the previous day’s images. Then grab your tripod for a classic sunset view of The Watchman over the Virgin River. (Sunset 5:30pm) A group dinner will finish this very full day. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Sleep in or shoot sunrise right outside your cabin door before a late breakfast.
Chapter Two: Slot Canyons / Lake Powell / Colorado River
Travel by car to Page, AZ, stopping along the way for a classic Americana photo-ops, to our headquarters for the next few days. After checking in, we’ll jump in a private boat and head out onto Lake Powell for sunset then “blue hour” on one of the most surreal lake landscapes in America.
After breakfast we’ll review our images from Lake Powell on screen and offer suggestions for shooting in the slot canyons, then gather our gear for a mid-day excursion into Lower Antelope Canyon. It being one of the most exquisite naturally carved creations, look forward to what people have called a photographic orgy of color and design. After returning to the hotel for reviewing and editing time, grab a snack and the evening will find us at Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, one of the most dramatic overlooks on the planet. A Mexican dinner finishes off this amazing day. (Dinner)
Enjoy breakfast then we finish off the workshop with a Navajo guided tour in yet another awesome slot canyon, Secret Canyon. This is a rare treat, allowed by permit only. The right guide makes all the difference finding the best image opportunities. Kristin, who has lived in Page and still owns a restaurant there, has great connections and has arranged the very best. We’ll arrive back at the hotel for a late checkout and then we’ll wrap up the workshop.
Zion National Park / Slot Canyons / Lake Powell
November 1-6, 2017
$1250 Participant (no single supplement required)
Includes 3 meals, workshop instruction , ground transportation, national park entrance fees, permits, boat travel on Lake Powell, Navajo guide and special photo permit fees for Lower Antelope Canyon, review and critique sessions, and travel guide available at all times. Hotel rooms are paid by you directly upon checkout. Secret Canyon permit and guide may be slight additional cost if available.
Our mission is to place you in outrageous locations at the best times of day, and to work side by side with you in the field, to be sure you go home with solid images and new post production skills to edit them.
This is a small group with one instructor for each 6-8 participants. Individual help is a priority. You’ll have ample time, if you choose, to photograph alone.
Classroom sessions (about 2 hours per day) allow us to review your favorite images from the previous day on the big screen. Here the instructors can offer constructive critique and post production tips (Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop), using the participants images, fresh out of the camera.
Technical topics include finding proper exposure quickly and confidently, techniques to create a sharper capture, slow exposure effects and filtering for added drama. We’ll encourage you to shoot in the manual mode so that you are making deliberate choices about your exposure, depth of field and composition. Post production techniques we’ll discuss are B&W fine tuning, selective color corrections, precise sharpening and many more.
On the artistic side, we’ll delve into directional lighting, compositional rules and rule-breaking, purposeful lens perspective, as well as some fun in-camera-abstraction methods, like camera and subject motion.
All levels of experience are welcome.
Intermediate photographers can join in camera fundamentals discussion groups in the field, while the advanced photographers get extra time to shoot on their own. Our workshops generally include an even mix of professionals, advanced amateurs and people new to the craft.
Sean McFarland, native Utah photographer will guide this trip, getting you to the right places at the best time of day. Sean will offer assistance in the field as well as sharing post production skills in the classroom.
Reserving your Spot
To reserve or inquire, contact:
Kristin Poulsen, Utah workshop producer
Payment may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or you may send a check. Checks should be written to BDrake LLC and mailed to 701 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102.
Upon payment of your deposit, we will send you an information packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel information specific to your workshop destination.
To reserve $500 (fully refundable for 14 days while you make your plans)
60 days before the trip 50% of balance
45 days before the trip Balance
1. Drive your own car – Meet at Zion Park Entrance 12:00 noon.
2. Ride with us – starting and ending in St. George, UT ($250 supplement)
Arriving by air, you can fly into Las Vegas, NV (3 hour drive to Zion), or fly into St. George, UT (1 hour drive to Zion)
Contact Kristin Poulsen, Utah Workshops director to help you plan your travel.
Rooms are assigned in order of reservations received, so early signup is recommended. Ask about premium rooms, at some workshop locations for an additional supplement charge.
Fees are based on double occupancy. Single supplement is added for participants who wish to have a private room to themselves. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, please let us know and we will do our best to match you with a roommate.
Cancellation fee schedule
45 days prior to workshop start date 25%
30 days prior 50%
15 days prior 100%
No partial refunds will be given for unused portions of a workshop.
We highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.
Utah Workshops reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup, logistical problems that may impede a workshop, hotel closures or acts of God. (We have never yet had to cancel a workshop.) Refund of all fees paid shall release Utah Workshops from any further liability. Utah Workshops is not responsible for any expenses incurred by workshop participants in preparing for a cancelled workshop. In the case of insufficient signup to make a workshop feasible 30 days prior to workshop, notice and full refund will be sent.
Utah Workshops reserves the right to photograph and film its trips in entirety. Participants should be aware that images of them may be used for promotional purposes or joint marketing efforts with third parties, without renumeration.
Photographers of all skill levels are welcome.
Advanced photographers will be encouraged to focus on style development, lighting and composition, and will be challenged to work in “concentrations” to produce a collection of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project.
Novice photographers will be instructed separately at times on mechanics of the camera and fundamentals of creating proper exposure, but will also join the conversations about style development.
Any camera is acceptable, including smart phones. Automation for the beginner can make the trip fun and stress-free and at times increase creativity.
Should I Bring a Computer?
Participants who are very comfortable with their computer are encouraged to bring it along. Editing your images during the week can enhance your learning experience. We currently use Adobe Lightroom CC for our on-screen reviews sessions. You will learn new LR editing methods and workflow shortcuts during calcite reviews and critique. Even if you’ve used Lightroom, we highly recommend brushing up before the workshop by watching the free tutorials available on Adobe.com.
If you are not fluent downloading and managing digital images, you might consider leaving the computer behind and just focusing on camera work. You can still submit images daily for review, and perhaps find more time to learn about your camera and develop a discerning eye. (Not to mention sleep happily while others are editing into the night)
Observer Participants may be beginner photographers, attending all instruction and field trips, but not required to submit photos for critique. This is a fun way to learn without pressure. You’ll still photograph the same things and we’ll still want to review your work on the back of your camera and offer individual instruction in the field.
Below are just a few of the images created by workshop participants at our last Canyons Workshop.