Nature Photography by Colin D. Young
Colorado, Utah, New York, and U.S. National Parks

Bryce Canyon Magic Light

 Bryce Canyon Magic Light Photography Workshop
May 11-15, 2023  - Tropic, Utah

2024 Dates TBA

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Registration Fee: $950

To reserve your slot, Click Here to pay your $950 registration fee to reserve your place (limited to 8 photographers - this workshop sold out in 2022).

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 pop
  • How to capture good images in challenging lighting conditions
  • How to analyze a scene for compositional options
  • Using filters to improve artistic results
  • 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) photography
  • Shooting and Stitching panoramic images
  • Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your images
  • Creating great black and white images from digital color captures

Peek-a-boo slot canyon
      Skills Needed

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.

     Other Considerations

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 and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots 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 photographers

     Dates and Times

Workshop begins Thursday afternoon, May 11, and ends Monday, May 15 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.

    Registration Fees:          

Full five day workshop: $950

Limited housing options available (not included in registration fee)
Prices do not include applicable sales & room taxes

(then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit)

Feel Free to Contact Me with questions.


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.


For all of my workshops, I rent a 4-5BR house that will be the home base for our workshops, giving us a place to gather for classroom sessions, a kitchen to use for meals, and a chance to mingle with and learn from your fellow photographers.  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.
Master Bedroom (King) with private bathroom - $140/night or $165/nt dbl occ.
King Bedroom (x2), shared bath - $125/night or $140 dbl occ.
Queen Bedroom - $110/night
Shared Room with 2 queen beds - $125/nt or $160 dbl occ.

     Park Admissions

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 Transportation

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.  We will try to carpool as much as possible to locations, but if you are not comfortable sharing ride with other vaccinated individuals, plan on driving your own vehicle.

     Program Schedule:

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)

Bryce Canyon workshop participants
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 workshop. 
  • 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
  • 30-60 days in advance - 50% refund.  If we manage to fill all the workshop slots, then the remaining 50% can be applied toward future workshops
  • COVID-19 - 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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