The Southwest Shootout
June 1-3, 2020
On this action-packed 3-day workshop, we'll visit some of the most beautiful slot canyons in the area! This is a great time to be in the Southwest before the summer heat sets in. As an added bonus, there may even be wildflowers! A moderate 1-3 miles of hiking per day makes this a good choice for most people. Come see some of the most stunning views in the Southwest!
- 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, and possibly even Grand Canyon National Parks before the summer heat. The days will be kept flexible so we can chase the best weather. Chances are good for wildflowers in many locations!
- Learn many new in-field photographic skills and post-processing techniques from your pro instructors David Swindler and Siggi Brynjarsson.
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 1): 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 stunningly beautiful slot canyon near town. Based on the weather, it looks like Zion National Park will be the best place for sunset. After a quick dinner, we do a short hike to an impressive viewpoint and capture some stunning late evening light!
- Day 2 (June 2): For sunrise this morning we go out to a new part of Zion with jaw-dropping 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 decide to venture out to an awe-inspiring spot at Marble Canyon with impressive views of the Colorado River far below.
- Day 3 (June 3): 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! After dinner, we 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.
Please arrive in Kanab, UT on prior to 10AM June 1st 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 night of June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
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
- 3-Day Intensive Photo Workshop with a max of 10 participants and 2 professional photographers.
- 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 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 the trip to the credit card we have on file.
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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