Canyons, Monument Valley & Arches
Photograph the rugged canyons and mesas of Canyonlands National Park, the flat top buttes of Monument Valley, and the classic formations of Arches National Park in the southwestern Utah high desert.
Travel to locations that few will ever reach and create exceptional landscape art
Find and create your own visual voice
Create images that capture the way you felt when you were there taking the photo
“John challenged me to see my photography from new perspectives and inspired me to develop my own artistic voice.”
This full immersion landscape photography workshop will take us off-road to some of the most rugged and remote areas of the southwestern Utah high desert in Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park.
Canyonlands – Throughout the centuries, the waters of the Colorado and Green Rivers have sculpted the layers of rock of Canyonlands into the rugged landscape we see today. The park is divided into four distinct districts by the Green and Colorado Rivers. Each region has its own character and opportunities for adventure and photography. Our time in Canyonlands will focus on the Island in the Sky Mesa, a region which rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every outlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands’ spectacular landscape, taking us to rocky rims and breathtaking overlooks in the backcountry. We’ll explore dramatic and rugged canyons including the famous Shafer Canyon, Dead Horse Point, Green River Overlook, Grand View Point, and White Rim Road. And, of course, a photo expedition to the Canyonlands would not be complete without a sunrise shoot at the Mesa Arch!
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – This red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, is home to some of the most iconic images of the American West, and the Valley is also the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. Combined with the towering sandstone rock formations, surrounding mesas, and flat top buttes that have been sculpted over time, the Valley is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. Some of the landmarks we’ll photograph include The Mittens and Merrick Butte, Elephant Butte, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, and Camel Butte.
Arches National Park – Home to over 2,000 natural stone arches, towering spires, precarious pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. In addition to spending a sunset with some night photography at the Delicate Arch, we’ll also explore the unique formations of the Double Arch and the Balanced Rock.
Fisher Towers – Located east of Moab, is a maze of soaring fins, minarets, spires, and unique rock formations, composed of dark red Cutler sandstone topped by a harder Moenkopi sandstone draped with mud curtains.
What to Expect
- Canyonlands – Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook, Grand View Point, Shafer Canyon, White Rim Road, Dead Horse Point
- Monument Valley – The Mittens and Merrick Butte, Elephant Butte, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, Camel Butte
- Arches National Park – Delicate Arch, Double Arch, Balanced Rock
- Fisher Towers
This full immersion landscape photography workshop is going to be all about photography. Your photography. Our workshops include a unique blend of (1) capture time in the field, (2) guided hikes, (3) 4×4 travel to remote locations, and (4) class time for post-production instruction.
The majority of our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off to get into position at a location in the best light of the day with breakfast in the field in order to maximize our shooting time. We’ll often continue until mid-to-late morning before heading back to Basecamp.
Back at Basecamp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, classroom lectures & instruction, working on our images, one-on-one guidance, or time to relax. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again to capture the evening skies, getting the most out of the sunset and/or shooting the stars in the night sky.
More important than just getting you to some of the best and most remote areas of the park at the best times of the day, this five-day photo expedition will challenge you to take your photography to the next level and to develop your own photographic voice.
In the Field:
Out in the field, we’ll explore different approaches to scene visualization, ground/sky/sea compositions, and how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes using techniques such as dynamic bracketing, focus stacking, framing, and neutral density filters.
In the Classroom:
In the classroom, we’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop – using techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues.
Tuition & Payment Terms
What’s Included in Your Tuition:
- Group rate on your lodging
- Field meals and snacks
- All ground transportation during the workshop
- Workshop course materials
- In-the-field photographic training
- Post-production classes
What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:
- Transportation to/from the Basecamp