Bryce Canyon Magic Light Photography Workshop
April 28 - May 2, 2022
Registration Fee: $895
To reserve your slot, Click Here to pay a $250 deposit to reserve your place (limited to 8 photographers).
Housing options available
Explore the wondrous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park day and night on this 5 day photo workshop in Southern Utah, home to some of the best light for landscape
photography in the world.
Pending weather, we will spend at least 3 full days in Bryce Canyon National Park, and the balance of time in other unique red rocks and slot canyon locations.
Subjects will include, but not be limited
to: Unique rock formations, natural arches, slot canyons, canyon rim vistas, and night photography in internationally recognized dark skies parks. We will end the workshop with a group slide
show and critique.
About the Photographer:
Colin is an award-winning photographer who
has spent the past decade exploring the red rock Canyonlands of Southern
Utah. As a part time resident of Moab
since 2011, he has spent several months a year exploring the photographic riches
in and around Southern Utah in every season. He
is a certified photography travel guide in Arches, Canyonlands
& Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
- How to make your red rock images
- How to capture good images in
challenging lighting conditions
- How to analyze a scene for compositional
- Using filters to improve artistic
- How to photograph slot canyons
- How to capture the Milky Way in night photography
Indoor sessions will be spent viewing
and critiquing participants’ images. In
addition, presentations will include:
- Photographic techniques for
shooting the red rock sandstone of the Colorado Plateau
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- Shooting and Stitching panoramic
- Adobe Lightroom workflow for
getting the most from your images
- Creating great black and white
images from digital color captures
All skill levels are welcome. Participants who have a basic understanding
of digital workflow and knowledge or exposure to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom
will get the most from this workshop.
Though locations visited during this workshop are readily
accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking (typically 1-3 miles round trip). Participants MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE
to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy
and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes. Keep in mind that the
elevation in Bryce Canyon is 7500'-9,000'
above sea level, so a day in the area before the workshop is recommended if coming from sea level.
Group Size: The workshop will be limited to 8
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Thursday afternoon, April 28, and ends Monday, May 2 at Noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather and be based at a vacation rental property in Tropic, Utah. to be announced. Directions and details will be sent well in
advance of the workshop.
Full five day workshop:
Limited housing options available (not included in registration fee)
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes
To Book: CLICK HERE(then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit)
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their
cost is not included in the
registration fee. We will work with the
group to organize meal times and locations.
Fully stocked kitchens are available at each rental house, and we will
likely plan to eat at least one meal per day there.
There will be a limited number of rooms available at the 5BR vacation rental property in Tropic, Utah that will be the home base for the workshop. Details to follow on pricing and availability.
Bryce Canyon National Park admission is not included in the
registration fee. Please bring a national parks pass if you have one (we need one per vehicle). Colin is a certified and
insured tour operator in Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Airfare & Local
Airfare and local transportation is NOT included. There is not much in the way of public
transportation in the area, and the closest major airports are about 4 hours away in Salt Lake City (SLC) or Las Vegas, NV. Note: due to COVID-19, please plan to drive yourself (we may carpool for shorter drives, but for longer drives to Escalante it is more difficult to social distance in enclosed spaces such as vehicles)
Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we will stay
flexible so that we optimize our time in the field, giving you the best chances
to capture great images based on weather and lighting conditions. For the Bryce Canyon part of the workshop, we plan to
photograph golden hour at sunrise and sunset each day, with time during the day
for additional shooting locations, instructional sessions, and down time. We will also shoot night photography on 1-2 nights, pending weather.
Participants arrive in Tropic, Utah. Kick-off dinner and opening
presentation with a brief instructional session on the plan for the week, as well as a sunset shoot.
Friday thru Sunday
Specific locations will be determined by weather conditions.
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Group critiquing
session, slide show and workshop wrap-up.
(Schedule may vary considerably depending on
weather and other factors)
What to bring:
- A digital or film
camera capable of manual exposure settings.
Due to the short time frame of the workshop, people with digital
cameras, especially digital SLR cameras, will get the most from the
- Plan to bring all of
your lenses, from wide angle to telephoto, as the variety of locations will put
all your gear to work!
- A sturdy, portable tripod
- A circular polarizer
filter (for at least your go-to wide angle zoom lens), while not required, can be a useful tool for controlling glare and
reflections. Other filters you may find useful are a warming filter and a graduated ND filter.
- Hiking boots or other
sturdy shoes: a good set of sturdy hiking boots is
good for protecting the ankles on rocky trails and slippery rocks.
- Lots of clothing
layers – Bryce weather can be finicky, and temps in early May can be cold at sunrise or
sunset in the desert, especially on the Bryce Canyon Rim at 9,000' altitude'. Daytime temps can be much warmer, especially on our mid-day slot canyon hikes. Fingerless gloves are helpful for cold weather shooting!
- A headlamp or
flashlight, in case we need to hike back after sunset, or if you wish to
participate in optional night photo sessions.
- Your own method of
transportation. We will carpool to
locations as possible.
- A laptop computer,
ideally loaded with Adobe Lightroom Classic (you can get a free trial copy of the LR & PS bundle Here, to best take advantage of the Lightroom
workflow instructional session. Cables
and devices necessary to download your images from camera to laptop.
To reserve your spot, Click Here (then click 'add to cart' to pay your registration fee via Paypal or credit card)
Workshop Cancellation Policy
- More than 120 days in advance - full deposit will be returned
- 60-120 days in advance - deposit can be used for a later workshop
days in advance - 50% refund. If we manage to fill all the workshop
slots, then the remaining 50% can be applied toward future workshops
- if a COVID-19 related travel ban or quarantine directly affect you,
or if the workshop is cancelled due to travel restrictions - 100% refund
(or apply 50% toward a future workshop with a 10% discount)
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