Night Photography Tours

$399 per Person
Spring Milky Way Workshop

Highlights

  • Learn how to capture the full grandeur of the Milky Way and incorporate foreground with both natural and carefully planned low-level lighting.
  • Leave the difficult 4x4 driving and route finding to us and maximize your photography time.  Professional photo instruction and critique included on all trips to help you get the highest quality night images.
  • Small group size capped at 5 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.
  • Expert local guiding to the best night photography spots for the time of year you visit.
  • We have permits to guide in Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, White Pocket, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capitol Reef, and more. There's no shortage of places we can go!
  • Post-Processing Sessions can be scheduled after your tour to help maximize your image's potential.

Trip Details

  • Tour Length:  8 hours
  • Drive Time:  Variable - depends where we go.
  • Time Spent on Location:  Variable - depends where we go.
  • Tour Departure Time: Please see the time listed on your booking since the times vary throughout the year.  Please arrive around 10 mins early to load your gear and finish the check-in process.  The return time is approximately 8-9 hours after the departure time. Note that we operate on Utah time which is one hour ahead of Las Vegas.  During the months of Daylight Savings (approx mid-March through early Nov), Utah is also one hour ahead of Arizona.  Please take this into consideration if traveling from out of state.
  • Post-Processing Post-processing is an integral part of creating stunning night images. That is why we include a post-processing session on every one of our night photography workshops.
  • Tour Pricing: Please click on the Book Now button for the latest pricing. Our tours require a 2-person minimum. Single individuals can always go, but may need to pay the 2-person rate if nobody else decides to join.
  • Tour Meetup Location: You will meet at our home in Kanab, UT. The address will be given in your confirmation email. This is a safe place to park your vehicle. If you like, you can leave any valuables inside the house. Once you arrive, we’ll ask you to load your gear and sign a liability release waiver. If you haven’t yet paid in full, we’ll take the remaining payment via cash or credit card. Contact us if you are unable to get to the meet-up spot and we’ll make alternate arrangements. Las Vegas is the closest major airport to Kanab. There is no public transportation to Kanab, so you’ll need your own rental car or private vehicle. We recommend that you stay in a hotel in Kanab the evening of your tour. There are many good hotels in the area like Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn & Suites, and the Canyons Botique.
  • Permits: No permits are required to access the areas we’ll be going to.
Zion Canyon at Night
White Pocket Overnight Tour

More Trip Details....

 

  • Tour Meetup Outside Kanab: Depending on where we go, we may be able to pick you up in Springdale or Bryce Canyon City. If you want us to meet you somewhere besides Kanab, please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements.
  • Weather Conditions: The weather conditions vary widely depending on time of year and location. Expect cold temperatures at night in the spring/fall/winter months. Bryce Canyon National Park can be especially cold at night. Make sure you dress appropriately. Warm layers, long pants, hat, and gloves will pay dividends when you’re standing around in the cold. We cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all. If skies are cloudy, we’ll adjust the tour time to incorporate more daytime photography. We’ll still teach you how to do the night photography in the field.
  • Hiking / Fitness: Most of our night locations don’t require much hiking. However, there are certain places where significant hiking may be required. Let us know if you are not very mobile so we can make appropriate modifications.

More Trip Details

  • Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings.  All participants should bring food/water to hold them through dinner and while hiking. Many folks will eat their dinner during the drive back to Kanab.  We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink.
  • What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. It’s best to assume that it will be colder than expected, especially since we’ll be standing around a lot. Make sure you bring some warm layers, long pants, hat, and gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear due to the possible presence of loose terrain, snow, and ice.
  • Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for using sky viewing apps like PhotoPills or looking up twilight times. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one.
  • Group Size: Our groups will never exceed 5 people per guide. We like to keep our photo tours small so we can give adequate individual attention. For those photographers that feel more independent, we will allow you to wander away from the group and explore on your own within reasonable limits.
  • Guides:  Due to scheduling complexities, we often don't know which guide will accompany your group until a day or two prior.  If you want a specific guide, then please Contact Us to make your request. Although we'll do our best to make it happen, please note that there are no guarantees.
  • Safety: Our guides are trained in CPR/First-Aid. All 4WD vehicles are equipped with extraction equipment and a first-aid kit. We carry a satellite beacon with us in case of emergencies outside of cell range.

The Little Tree That Could
Kinesava Star Trails

Camera Gear

  • Camera Gear: All participants will need a sturdy tripod. Full-frame camera bodies work best for night photography. If you are using a crop-sensor body, you will get a lot more noise. A fast wide-angle lens is needed. Our favorite night lenses include the Nikon 14-24 f2.8, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Canon 16-35 f2.8 III, and Tamron 15-30 f2.8 A remote cord or intervalometer is also needed. Make sure you practice using your camera in the dark before you come. Don’t forget to bring a headlight! Please contact us if you’d like to rent any camera gear for your outing.
  • Cancellation/Re-Scheduling: Please see our Terms and Conditions.

"During the time of the photo sessions, Greg was very helpful and guided us with angles, leading lines, composition and camera questions, all while giving our space and time to explore the area and find our own perspectives. We had a great time learning, exploring and relaxing and just having plain fun with Greg during these adventures."

– Vivek, Texas

"Greg was fantastic, he had lots of ideas for shots, and was focused on getting me the shots I wanted to get. Even being a somewhat experienced photographer, I got a lot out of the tour. Would highly recommend the tour and I look forward to another adventure with Action Photo Tours soon!"

– Peter, Massachusetts

"The locations were fantastic, and David - our guide photographer -- was excellent. I was super-impressed when he did not bring his own camera, and instead, focused on us - his customers. First-rate guide, and awesome experience."

– Dave, Canada

"If you want a dedicated photography experience rather than a sightseeing company who offers 'photography trips' then go with these guys. They will get you to the best locations at the best times..simple as that."

– Mark, United Kingdom

"David and Action Photo Tours is by far the best service for photography and service. Whether you're a serious photographer or out to enjoy incredible places for the day-this is the company to hire. This was my third time using Action Photo and will be with them again on a workshop over Thanksgiving; that's how good they are at making your tour with them unforgettable."

– Gary, Colorado

"David does such an amazing job of seeking out sites that are new to us and his technical knowledge of photography is there if you want it too. In adventure photography you must be present to win, and David knows how to put you in the best place possible to win!"

– Chris, Colorado

"Action Photo Tours is the real deal. Tour leader David and compadre Greg showed my group of 5 around Southern Utah for 4 days and it was amazing. David’s effort to get us to the right locations at the best times, willingness to share his photographic knowledge, ability to instruct photographers of varying personalities and skill levels, as well as an excellent bedside manner left me speechless. I will definitely be signing up for another tour!"

– David, California

"Our guide Johnny was a real pleasure to work with for our multi-day south Utah custom photography camping tour. During our trip, we ran into some interesting weather and tricky off-road driving conditions. Johnny was very knowledgeable and always put our safety as highest priority. He was very attentive, took great care of us, and catered to each of our specific photography needs and goals."

– Huibo, California

"David and Dustin do an amazing job of both instructing and guiding clients to the most amazing and undiscovered places in the Badlands of Southern Utah. If you want to travel with real pros who get you to the best shots, in the best places and most importantly at the right times - go with the team at Action Photo Tours."

– Richard, Texas

"This was an incredible experience! The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and most importantly very patient. I brought a new camera and they helped me navigate it. I felt valued and that all my questions were answered. I will be taking another tour with them!"

– Amy, Utah

"Just finished up a 3 day 2 nite photo tour with Action Photo. I’d call my experience level in photography Intermetiate. I have never learned so much about shooting in night and low light conditions as I did in this class. In addition to the superb field instruction plenty of time was spent showing has to post process images in LR and PS. Guides make it easy regardless of you experience level. You will also learn new field shooting and post processing techniques even if you are very experienced. Guides have access to venues that in some cases are permit only or not yet discovered which adds to the experience. Already planning my next adventure with these great photo professionals."

– Mike, California

Need More Information? Contact Us!

Phone Number: 435-767-0222

Direct Email Link: info@actionphototours.com

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