The Great Canyons of the Southwest
6 Days, 5 Nights | 6-12 People | $1850 | November 1-6, 2021
Day 1 | Zion National Park
Meet at Zion National Park at noon and join us for a welcome lunch and short orientation before we check into our rooms at the historic Zion Lodge in Zion Canyon.
In the evening, photograph under the towering Court of Patriarchs with its meadows, brooks, and reflections in the Virgin River.
Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in Springdale.
Day 2 | Zion National Park
Rise early to photograph Zion at sunrise, from pre-dawn stars and the soft glow of dawn until the fiery orange, reds and pinks light up the cliffs.
A morning workshop session and working breakfast will allow us to download and see the results of this fascinating lighting exercise.
After a little time to relax and regroup we’ll head back into the canyon to learn about challenging lighting conditions with fantastic views of the majestic cliffs and fall colors. We’ll enjoy an iconic Zion sunset and shoot till we can’t see any more, then back to town for dinner on your own.
Day 3 | Grand Canyon
After another early morning adventure in Zion National Park we pack up and head to Page, Arizona with a couple of stops along the way.
Our first stop is for lunch at a fabulous 5-star European bakery and photo gallery! After this fun treat we’re on our way to the Grand Canyon for a sunset shoot from the North Rim.
After sunset we’ll head for a warm dinner, then on to Page for a late arrival and a well deserved night’s rest.
Day 4 | Lake Powell
Finally, a morning to sleep in! After a good rest we will gather for a relaxed morning workshop session and working lunch.
Afternoon will bring another great adventure as we enjoy a private tour with a local guide to one of the most spectacular viewpoints over Lake Powell. We’ll shoot the evening light as the sun shows off again on the red rocks surrounding the always beautiful Lake Powell.
As the night sets we’ll return to Page and each can enjoy dinner on their own or with some of your new friends.
Day 5 | Horseshoe Bend
No more sleeping in, we’re up early again to chase the beautiful morning light! We’ll start the day with an early and brisk walk to Horseshoe Bend.
After a late morning workshop and instruction, we’ll gather our gear for a midday private excursion into Secret Canyon. As one of the most exquisite naturally carved creations, you can look forward to what people have called a “photographic orgy” of color and design.
A fantastic Mexican dinner will finish off our week of memories as we prepare for one more slot canyon in the morning.
Day 6 | Antelope Canyon
After we enjoy breakfast we’ll head out with a Navajo guided tour for yet another awesome slot canyon, Lower Antelope. Because tripods are no longer allowed, we’ll be practicing some high-ISO hand-held skills and maybe even some cool motion technique.
We’ll return to the hotel for a late checkout and wrap up the workshop with hugs and promises to share the terrific images of this week. With another week of memories to last a lifetime we say goodbye and depart from Page, Arizona around noon.
About the Workshop
In the field
You can expect patient and personal instruction and encouragement as you shoot magnificent scenery and improve your skills in landscape photography. With small group sizes we average one instructor to each six guests so there is plenty of personal time for everyone. We’re always nearby to answer your technical questions and help you master your own equipment.
In the classroom
In addition to photographing together in the field, this workshop gets down and dirty in the classroom, teaching essential skills in post-production editing. Instructor led discussions and group reviews are part of the learning experience. Classroom time is devoted to reviewing your daily images and offering helpful suggestions. Group reviews are fun and inspiring learning experiences that bring much more than simply photographing as a group. We’ll primarily demonstrate Adobe Lightroom tips and tricks, but we dive into Photoshop sometimes too.
Trip activity level – Easy to moderate
Most of our shooting locations are accessible with a short walk or hike, generally on improved trails. There are some requirements to navigate uneven or soft trails. Our longest hikes are just under a mile each way on trails with some short “stair step” sections. We provide an alternate activity to our longest hike to accommodate those who may not be comfortable with the terrain. Please feel free to call with any concerns you may have and we’ll be happy to discuss the specific details with you.
Is to place you in outrageous locations at the best times of day (or night), providing you with every opportunity for the images everyone dreams of. We will work side by side with you in the field, to ensure you go home with solid images and new post-production skills to edit them. You will have time to enjoy just enough rest to keep going, great meals every day, and at the end of the week as we say goodbye you will be inspired and tired and looking forward to your next photography adventure!
Drake is a professional photographer of 40 years, a native of Utah and keeps a home near Zion. He currently guides workshops in Utah, Italy and France and has presented at national photographers’ conventions in 8 countries and most U.S. states.
These days he describes his favorite photographs as “little epics”, preferring intimate views of both landscape and street photography.
He also operates the famed Busath Studio & Gardens. Credits include several Professional Photography Magazine covers and Best of State award 10 years running. Last year he was singled out by Professional Photographers of America for the Tom MacDonald Award for teaching in the industry.
Sean is a life-long landscape photographer with a love for photographing and hiking the Southwest canyons and national parks. He also has a second home near Zion National Park so he knows and loves the area.
Sean is the Chief Engineer for a worldwide broadcast network, and has designed broadcast facilities across the United States. It’s hard to imagine a technical question that he can’t fully answer.
You’ll also find Sean to be a generous teacher, with a great ability to explain as much (or as little) as you need. From the workings of your camera to digital files in your computer, Sean freely offers his help to each individual in the field and the classroom.
Sean has been a part of the Italy Workshops team both in Italy and in the U.S. for over 10 years. More importantly, he’s hilarious and fun to travel with!
Kristin is a native of St. George, Utah. Her entire life has been spent in red rock country next door to Zion National Park. For several years she and her husband operated restaurants in both St. George, Utah and Page, Arizona (near slot canyons and Lake Powell). She has a deep love for the southwest and seems to know everybody in Southern Utah, which comes in super handy arranging our trips for us!
Kristin is everyone’s friend and is happy to talk with you about any questions you may have or specifics about the workshop. She will help you with any arrangements and has great advice as you make your plans for Southern Utah.
Kristin is the tour manager and will be your host, staying with the group at all times to make sure you’re comfortable and well fed!
I am still in awe over our wonderful workshop in Zion National Park & Page Arizona. It was the most fun I have ever had in a workshop of any kind. The staff made every person feel very special and took care of us like we were their family members! I left feeling so blessed to have been with everyone at the workshop, staff and students. I learned so much and witnessed such beauty. I can’t wait to do it again!
I came from Holland to Drake’s Utah Workshop, so I had pretty high expectations. All I can say is: What a breathtaking experience! We saw so many marvelous spots and were accompanied by very capable, kind and fine people. Drake’s staff arranged everything so well – they even brought their boat to go on Lake Powell. It doesn’t matter what level photographer you are or where you come from, Drake and his people can bring everyone to a higher level. If photography is your passion, this workshop is your ‘Mekka’! You really should experience it.
Are you ready to improve your landscape photography
while you enjoy the Canyons of the Southwest?
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