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!
- Slot Canyon Mania! Workshop will visit 3 slot canyons, including Secret Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyons.
- 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. In the afternoon we drive to Page, AZ and check into our hotel. For sunset, we decide to venture out to a awe-inspiring spot at Marble Canyon with impressive views of the Colorado River far below.
- Day 3 (June 3): We are up early for the short hike into Horseshoe Bend for sunrise. We return for breakfast and then start our midday 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! There are many unique formations and incredible sandstone swirls. After a lunch break, we do a tour through Lower Antelope Canyon with it's many arches and photogenic colors. Tripods are not allowed in Lower Antelope so will teach you how to get the best handheld shots. 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 Page, AZ.
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 and in Page, AZ the nights of June 2-3.
You will need your own transportation to get to the gateway locations of Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. We will provide transportation for all workshop outings, but participants are encouraged to drive their own vehicles when we relocate between Kanab and Page on June 2nd.
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.
For those that want a longer trip, consider joining our Milky Way and Beyond Workshop May 28-31! This workshop includes a fully outfitted overnight adventure to White Pocket!!
For Antelope Canyon and Secret Canyon, 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. Note that we cannot bring tripods into Lower Antelope Canyon.
$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 and Page, AZ. Price assumes single occupancy. If you would like double occupancy, contact us for a discount.
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- All entrance fees for slot canyons we will visit.
- 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 & Page, AZ.
- 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 - David Swindler
A carefree childhood amongst the rolling landscape of Iowa ignited David Swindler's passion for the wild and his unquenchable thirst for exploration. "I am the oldest of five kids so I was a bit of a ring-leader. We were always up to something." From crafting an improvised raft to sail down a local river to biking the vast countryside, young David realized that he is happiest when surrounded by nature. At age ten, he saw the Grand Canyon for the first time and that experience changed him forever. "My grandpa and I were camped at the edge of the North Rim. I got out of the tent at night and saw the Milky Way for the first time. I think all I managed to say for the next 30 minutes was WOAH...while my jaw was hanging open. It's impossible to describe how one feels when they see the Milky Way for the first time. Any words feel like an understatement."
Years later, while feeling restless as a chemical engineer, the memories of that starry night inspired David to start Action Photo Tours, a boutique photo-workshop operation. Trained as a classical pianist, David has always been artistic. But his engineering background in optics and photolithography give him an edge in understanding the technical aspects of photography. When on tour with David, you can expect in-depth discussions on composition, photographic techniques, and post-processing tricks. Yet the real gem is his boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm for exploring the great outdoors!
Instructor - Sigurour "Siggi" Brynjarsson
Sigurdur William Brynjarsson (Siggi) is a photographer based in Iceland. He is currently the brand ambassador for Irix lenses and Kase Filters. He is passionate about photographing locations all around the world, but especially in his home country of Iceland.
He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos and has even written a book on the subject. He has led photography workshops and tours in Iceland since 2012 with great success and rave reviews. When the days get longer, he turns his eyes towards the amazing midnight sun with golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.
Siggi is the CEO of Viking International PhotoTours, a company that is registered in both Iceland and the US and is a certified tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.