Beyond the Badlands

Nov 7-11, 2022

Explore the remote and wonderous Utah Badlands with us in 2022 where you will witness one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth! We start this workshop off with a bang, capturing the full lunar eclipse on the first night.  Form there, we spend out time photographing slot canyons, Martian landscapes, stark badlands, giant monoliths, and more.  With peak season crowds gone, November is an ideal time to visit.  Besides the eclipse, we'll have additional opportunities to capture the full moon  If you have a drone, bring it along for awesome aerial shots!

Tuition

  • $2095
  • 50% Deposit

Max Group Size

  • 5 Students per Instructor

Instructor(s)

  • Nickolas Warner
Beyond the Badlands Action Photo Tours

Highlights

  • The badlands of central Utah are filled with spectacular photo locations that will blow your mind!  This workshop is designed for those who truly want to get off the beaten path and improve their photography.
  • Photograph the full lunar eclipse on the first night!
  • With a small group size, we guarantee plenty of individual attention.  You will learn many new camera skills and techniques.
  • Transportation is provided so you don't have to worry about navigating the rough roads.
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions will be scheduled throughout the workshop to help make the most of your images.
  • The itinerary is kept flexible so we can chase the best weather conditions. Our job is to get you the best photos possible!

Itinerary

  • The itinerary is being kept flexible to allow us to chase the best conditions. If storms and clouds are moving through, we'll spend more time photographing during the day. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.
  • Day 1 (Nov 7):  Meet at 2PM in Hanksville, UT for a mandatory introductory session.  After a quick dinner, we hike up to a high viewpoint in Capitol Reef to capture a brilliant sunset!
  • Day 2 (Nov 8):  We wake up in the middle of the night to capture the full lunar eclipse.  We stay out until sunrise and photography some impressive hoodoos in golden light. We return to town exhausted but excited with the shots we got.  After a midday break, we hike out into the badlands and capture some impressive light and clouds along with the full moonrise!
  • Day 3 (Nov 9):  It's another early morning departure to an amazing viewpoint of the badlands. This place is almost like being on a different planet!  We also capture our last full moon shooting opportunity. After breakfast we photograph a beautiful slot canyon looking for that soft reflected light. In the evening we venture out to shoot the Blue Hills and Badlands in soft twilight. You will love the abstract shots you'll capture!
  • Day 4 (Nov 10):  We're out again at dawn to capture the first light on stunning sections of badlands. The angled light will make the landscape come alive!  During the day, we meet for post-processing and image critique.  At sunset, we decide to shoot one of the most colorful sections of the badlands.
  • Day 5 (Nov 11): We wake up early and drive to one of our favorite overlooks for sunrise. We return to Hanksville and say our final goodbyes.  The workshop will conclude by 11AM.
Utah Badlands Arch
Factory Butte - Badlands
Beyond the Badlands Action Photo Tours

Logistics

 

Please arrive in Hanksville, UT prior to 2PM on November 7th for a mandatory orientation session. We didn’t include hotel stays on this trip to allow you the flexibility of a lodging option of your choice.  We highly recommend you book a cabin at  Duke's Slickrock.  Take advantage of our special workshop rate by emailing them dukesslickrockcampground@gmail.com or calling (435) 633-6655 and mentioning Action Photo Tours.  You will need lodging for the nights of Nov 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Participants should have their own vehicle to get to Hanksville.  All transportation during the workshop is included. Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition.  We aren't planning any long hikes, but the uneven terrain, sand, and steep uphills can make short hikes seem much harder.  You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day.

No matter what the weather does, our job is to get you the most stunning photos and help you learn as much as possible!

This time of year the temps are mild during the day with cold nights.  There is always a chance rain and possible snow. You'll need to bring warm layers to ensure you don't get cold photographing in the early morning hours and at sunset.  Please see the gear list further down.

 

Additional Notes

 

Many of the areas we visit are perfect for using a drone camera.  It's up to you if you want to bring a drone on this trip.  If the majority of the participants bring drones, we will spend much more time flying.  However, if most participants do not have drones, we will concentrate more on still camera shooting.  Please let us know if you plan to bring a drone. Contact us for more info.

Badlands Sunrise
Beyond the Badlands Action Photo Tours
Drone Photo Workshop

Pricing

$2095/person + Tax

 

Trip Includes:

  • All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
  • Post-processing and image critique
  • Lighting equipment and fixtures for night photography.
  • Park entrance fees.

 

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Hanksville, UT.
  • Hotel Accommodations.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks.

 

When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit.  If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 90-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Fast Wide Angle Lens f/2.8 or faster.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for creating abstract images. We recommend lenses in the 100-400mm range. You can even use lenses in the 600mm range!
  • Circular polarizer filters are useful.  Bring any ND filters if you have them.
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera. An intervalometer will be especially useful for doing long exposures at night.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
  • We may be able to rent you gear if you don't have everything you need.

Personal Gear List

  • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
  • A rain jacket and several warm layers since it can get cold at night.
  • Headlamp for night photography.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat.
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.

Beyond the Badlands Photo Workshop Slot Canyon
Upper Cathedral Valley Beyond the Badlands Photography Workshop
Nickolas Warner

Nickolas Warner

Nickolas is a photographer and tour guide with a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations.  His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.

Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Nickolas's portfolio can be found at Nickolas Warner Photography

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