Southern Utah Photo Tours

Buckskin Gulch Confluence

Photography Instruction

From beginner to expert, we all have something to learn. Action Photo Tours provides photography instruction to ensure our clients leave with incredible images and new skills.

Photographing White Pocket

Small Groups of People

We intentionally keep our photo tour group sizes small. This gives us maximum flexibility and ensures everyone gets the individual attention and instruction they need.

The Great Chamber Milky Way

Customizable Itineraries

Private tours are fully customized and we craft the itinerary based on your needs and interests. Want to learn night photography, hike a slot canyon, or overnight camp in a remote corner of the desert? It's all available!

North Rim Tranquility

Best Places, Best Time of Day

While many tours take you out at a convenient time, we plan our tours to get the best light. We can leave before dawn to be there for sunrise or stay out late for sunset. Maybe even night photography!

Tim"David knows all of the best locations, so you don't have to waste precious time chasing the light around. Not only is David a great photographer, but he's a great teacher as well, and I wound up learning a tremendous amount (better composition and focus, intricate workings of the camera beyond simply reviewing the histogram, night photography pointers, etc.). Highly recommended, will book with again next time."

-Tim - Virginia

Dennis"David is the best in the Southwest. Always on time, very knowledgeable about the areas he takes you to. He also has a great knowledge of composition and camera use and takes you to spots that a lot of people don't get to see. Provides input to help improve your compositions as well."

- Dennis - Las Vegas

BrendaWe spent five days with David - hiking, photographing, and learning from him. His knowledge of the area enabled us to see places we would not have been able to see otherwise. His photography instruction was excellent, and he knew the best places to go and the optimal time to be there to get the best photographs.  He was always pleasant, adaptable, and ready to lend a helping hand. 

-Brenda - South Carolina

Marie"David Swindler is one of the best at what he does. He is passionate about landscape photography and about creating the ‘perfect’ photo tour for his clients. He exudes enthusiasm for shooting from just the ‘right’ spot for sunrise and sunset as well as helping to capture all the moments in-between for his photography group of experts to neophytes. You will enjoy and benefit from David’s knowledge of photography, his experience of this unique and beautiful terrain and his wit. It is truly the photographic expedition of a lifetime!"  

-Marie - Rhode Island

Rene"We went in a group of three and David was our guide going through the amazing landscape of Coyote Buttes and the Wave. David was the best tour guide. Besides being real easy to talk to he would give pointers on getting the best photos and directed us to places we would've never gone if we'd gone alone. One of the most amazing hikes of my life!"

-Rene - The Netherlands

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Photo Tours

At Action Photo Tours, we strive to give each participant the most educational and enjoyable experience possible. To that end, we keep group sizes small, offer competitive pricing, visit great destinations, and give you plenty of adventure! Whether you're an amateur photographer looking to improve your photography or a professional looking to capture rare sights, Action Photo Tours is here to help you.

How do we stand out from our competition in Kanab? First, we only go out during the best times of the day for the locations we visit. Second, we keep group sizes small. Third, we offer photographic instruction and critique. We are proficient with all models of Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras and many others.


The Mighty Right Fork
Portrait at White Pocket
The Wave
Wildflowers in the South Buttes
Coyote Gulch
The Last Rays
Snowy Tree at Bryce
Just Another Day at White Pocket

Private Tours

Based in Kanab, Utah, we specialize in private photo tours in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Tours can be arranged for the dates and locations of your choosing provided we have availability. It's best to book early to reserve your spot. With private tours, the sky is the limit. We have listed several trip ideas HERE but we are also open to other locations you may be interested in. There are many off the beaten path locations we don't list on our website in order to help preserve their unique character. Contact us for more information.

Tour Types

All tours have photography as the primary objective. With private outings, we can tailor them to your specific needs. Want to learn night photography?  Then book an overnight trip to White Pocket. Want a long hiking adventure? Then let us take you through the enchanting narrows of Buckskin Gulch. Want an easy outing with little walking? No problem - we've got many spots you can choose from! However, due to insurance reasons, we cannot offer technical canyoneering.

Book with Us!

We know you have many tour operators to choose from. We are unique at Action Photo Tours since we cater to photographers of all levels and are willing to leave early or stay out late for the best photos. Our competitors in Kanab simply don't have the photography knowledge or won't get you there at the best times of the day. You can't beat the advantage of small groups, individualized instruction, and a flexible itinerary. Book a trip with us today and see the difference!