Southwest Shootout Photo Workshop

June 13-15, 2021

On this action-packed 3-day workshop, we'll visit some of the most epic locations in the Southwest!  As an added bonus, there may even be wildflowers! This workshop is rated moderate for physical intensity, with 1-3 miles of hiking each day.  For those wanting extend their adventure, join us on Milky Way and Beyond June 9-12.  Lodging is coordinated to accommodate both workshops.


  • $1850 
  • 3 Nights Hotel (Single Occupancy)

Max Group Size

  • 5 Students per Instructor


  • Johnny Adolphson
Alstrom Point Overnight Photo Tour Lake Powell


  • This is the perfect workshop if you are short on time. We really pack a lot in over our 3 days together and you will see many of our favorite locations in the Southwest!
  • Photograph Zion, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, and more before the summer heat sets in.  The days will be kept flexible so we can chase the best weather.
  • Learn many new in-field photographic skills and post-processing techniques from your pro instructors.
  • For those wanting to extend their adventure, we invite you to join Milky Way and Beyond June 9-12.  Lodging is coordinated to accommodate both workshops.


The itinerary is being kept flexible to account for weather and current conditions. Expert forecasting, group consensus and weather will dictate our final itinerary.

  • Day 1 (June 13):  We will meet at 10AM in Kanab, UT for a mandatory orientation session at the Best Western Hotel. We will cover many of the shooting techniques you will use during the workshop. After a lunch break, we will venture out to photograph a stunning slot canyon near town. After a quick dinner, we do a short hike to an impressive viewpoint and capture some impressive late evening light!
  • Day 2 (June 14): For sunrise this morning we go out to Zion with amazing views all around us! We photograph several different spots and do some short hikes. We return to town mid-morning and then re-group for a post-processing session at the hotel.  We will cover Lightroom and Photoshop techniques specific to landscape photography. For sunset, we head over to the Grand Canyon to capture the late evening light.
  • Day 3 (June 15):  We are up early for sunrise at a stunning overlook nearby.  After breakfast we venture out to visit other locations in the area, and possibly a slot canyon or two!  We have an early dinner and load up the rigs for a rough 4x4 adventure out to Alstrom Point, arguably one of the most scenic viewpoints in the entire state!  We stay out after the sun has set to capture the subtle pastel light.  The workshop will conclude when we return to Kanab.  Lodging is included for the night of June 15th.
  • For those wanting to extend their adventure, we invite you to join Milky Way and Beyond June 9-12.  Lodging is coordinated to accommodate both workshops.
Slot Canyon Photo Tour
Grand Canyon Photo Workshop North Rim Photo Extravaganza
I stopped by Zion last night on my way home. The sky was pretty socked in with clouds, but I decided to hang out for sunset anyways. Fortunately, the sun managed to break out for a few minutes low on the horizon. This was the only break in the whole sky! Since the wind was blowing pretty hard, I used an ND filter to lengthen the exposure and smooth out the water.



Please arrive in Kanab, UT on prior to 10AM June 13th Utah time for the orientation session. Single occupancy hotel accommodations are included in the workshop. If you would like double occupancy, please Contact Us and we can give you a discount. We will be in Kanab, UT the nights of June 13th, 14th & 15th.

You will need your own transportation to get to the gateway locations of Kanab, UT.  We will provide transportation for all workshop outings.

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 1-3 miles per day while carrying your camera gear.

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.


$1850 Per Person

Includes Single Occupancy Hotel Lodging.  Discounts may be available for double occupancy.

Trip Includes:

  • 3-Day Intensive Photo Workshop.
  • 3 Nights of Hotel Lodging in both Kanab, UT. Price assumes single occupancy. If you would like double occupancy, contact us for a discount.
  • All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
  • Permits and fees for any National Parks we visit.
  • One classroom session dedicated to Post-Processing.


Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks


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.

Grand Canyon Photo Workshop North Rim Photo Extravaganza
Slot Canyon Photo Tour
Horseshoe Bend Sunset
Stud Horse Point

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Backpack to carry your camera gear
  • Wide Angle Lens (full frame equivalent): 16-35mm range. If you have a wider lens in the 11-15mm range, bring it!
  • 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 one warm layer since it can get cold at night.
  • Headlamp for night photography.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder

Instructor - Johnny Adolphson


Johnny is a published, landscape and fine art photographer. His primary residence is in Heber City, Utah where he and his wife Sherry raise their two boys. Johnny's award winning landscape art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, other various business's and private homes. Other than photography, Johnny has worked as a ski guide, ski patroller, and wild land firefighter. When not chasing the light throughout the American West, Johnny guides powder skiing in the Uinta Mountains. Landscape photography is his passion, he has devoted a large percentage of his time and energy searching for vast vistas and good light throughout the Desert Southwest. Johnny has an intimate familiarity with the desert environment and loves to share his eye for composition and ability for using light and shadow with others.

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