The Southwest Shootout
April 14-20 2019, 5 Participants
- Seven full days of chasing light, stars and sunbeams in some of the most epic locations in the Southwest!!
- Visit the otherwordly locations of White Pocket and Coyote Buttes.
- Slot Canyon Mania! Workshop includes guided tours through both Antelope Canyons along with Secret Canyon.
- Photograph Zion, Lake Powell, or Grand Canyon National Parks before the summer heat.
- Photograph the full moon as it rises behind striking desert views right at sunset!
- Learn many new photographic techniques from pro photographer David Swindler. Enrollment is capped at 5 participants to ensure adequate individual attention.
The itinerary is being kept flexible to account for weather and current conditions. Expert forecasting, group consensus and weather will dictate our final itineray.
- Day 1 (April 14): Meet at 1PM at the Best Western in Kanab for a mandatory introductory session. We'll go over logistics and make plans for our upcoming days together. Mid-afternoon we'll venture over to South Coyote Buttes. Prepare to be amazed by the colorful sandstone features and crazy rock formations!
- Day 2 (April 15): We are up very early to go to the Great Chamber. With clear skies, we are hoping to capture the Milky Way just before dawn. We'll stay there through sunrise and return to town for a midday break. We reconvene in the afternoon with a post-processing session, showing you how to edit your Milky Way shots and then we head out for our sunset shoot at one of our favorite places just outside Zion NP.
- Day 3 (April 16): We are out early for sunrise at Zion and then spend the rest of the day photographing the Narrows. This is a fantastic place to learn all about slow shutter speeds and soft water effects!
- Day 4 (April 17): We being the day with a post-processing session, working on shots you have taken during the workshop. After lunch, we start the long 4x4 drive out to White Pocket and stay out photographing past sunset.
- Day 5 (April 18): In the morning we'll do our final post-processing session. In the afternoon, we'll load up and drive towards Page, AZ to photograph one of the best viewpoints of Lake Powell. This is where we'll capture the full moon as it rises! Overnight in Page.
- Day 6 (April 19): We leave early for our slot canyon bonanza beginning in Rattlesnake Canyon and then to the amazing light beams of Upper Antelope! After a lunch break, we go through Lower Antelope Canyon. If there are clouds, we'll shoot sunset at Horseshoe Bend. If it's clear, we'll find another location. Overnight in Page.
- Day 7 (April 20): Sunrise at Horseshoe Bend and then start our tour into Secret Canyon. You'll love this canyon since it won't be crowded and you'll be able to take all the shots you want! We'll finish the tour by mid-afternoon and say our goodbyes.
Please arrive in Kanab, UT prior to 3PM on Monday, April 14 for the orientation session at the Best Western Hotel. We will be staying in Kanab, UT for the nights of April 14, 15, 16, 17th and in Page, AZ for the nights of April 18th and 19th. The workshop will conclude around mid-afternoon on April 20 in Page, AZ, so it's up to you if you want to spend another night in Kanab or Page or head somewhere else. All times mentioned in this write-up are Utah time, not Arizona time.
Hotel accomodations are included and the price assumes single occupancy. If you would like double occupancy (separate beds), please contact us and we can give each person a $300 discount.
All participants on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. Although we aren't planning any long hikes on this trip, the uneven terrain, sand, and heat can make short hikes seem much harder. You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day.
See the gear list further down for specific recommendations. No matter what the weather does, we’ll get awesome photos. If it’s exceptionally wet, some of the dirt roads may be impassable. We'll modify the itinerary accordingly should that be the case. Transportation will be provided in 4WD trucks so we can handle most conditions.
For the Zion Narrows, we will provide wading gear for you (shoes, neoprene socks, dry pants, and hiking stick).
For Antelope Canyons and Secret Canyons, we have to pay for photographic access to the Navajo tribe that owns the access rights. These costs are substantial but are included in the workshop pricing. It is possible we may not be able to bring tripods into Lower Antelope Canyon.
$3350/Person + Tax
- 7-Day Intensive Photo Workshop with 5 participants and 1 professional photographer.
- 6 Nights of Hotel Lodging in both Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. Price assumes single occupancy. If you would like double occupancy (separate beds), we can offer each person a $300 discount.
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Gear rental for hiking the Narrows (shoes, neoprene socks, dry pants, and walking stick).
- All entrance fees for Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope, and Secret Canyons.
- Post-Processing Sessions and Instruction.
- Permits and fees for National Parks and Coyote Buttes.
- Night photography and instruction.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
- Meals and snacks.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
When checking out, you can either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 60-days prior to the trip to the credit card on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide Angle Lens. Frame frame - aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lenses may come in handy in Zion and the Grand Canyon.
- 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.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or do any post-processing.
- 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 (keeps sand out of your shoes).
- Hiking poles or stick if you have balance issues.
- A rain jacket and warm layers since it can get cold at night.
- Headlamp for night photography.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
Instructor - David Swindler
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Follow the links below to see more of David's work.
David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field. Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.