Southwest Youth Photography Camp

July 7-10, 2021

Our youth camp is specially designed for aspiring young photographers in the 14-18 yr age range and includes the perfect mix of classroom and in-field instruction. Both of our instructors are experienced youth educators who will create a safe and supportive learning environment.  Tuition includes two nights of hotel accommodations, one fully outfitted camping trip, as well as all meals and  transportation during the workshop.  Join us as we explore Bryce Canyon, White Pocket and many other fascinating locations across the Southwest!  

Tuition

  • $1495/person
  • 2 Nights Lodging
  • Outfitted Camping
  • All Meals and Snacks

Max Group Size

  • 5 Students per Instructor
  • Max 10 Students

Instructor(s)

  • Quinn Calder
  • Rajesh Jyothiswaran
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Highlights

 

This workshop is designed for youth between the ages of 14-18 who would like to take their photography to the next level in a fun, safe, supportive environment.

  • Instructors:  Quinn Calder is an accomplished Northern Utah photographer and high school teacher who has spent decades mentoring youth.  Rajesh Jyothiswaran enjoys spending time out in nature photographing with his wife and two daughters.  Both he and his daughter have one awards in many photo competitions. Scroll down to view their complete bios.
  • The workshop includes 2 nights lodging, and one fully outfitted camping trip, as well as meals, snacks, and transportation.
  • Learn photography fundamentals, focus stacking techniques, and post processing skills in classroom sessions as well as instruction on camera skills, composition and night photography while in the field.
  • Photograph the Milky Way over Bryce Canyon and capture the brilliant glow of the hoodoos at sunrise.
  • Venture into the remote desert on a fully outfitted camping trip to White Pocket, where we will capture sunset, Milky Way, and sunrise!
  • Learn all the tips and tricks to photographing the night skies from your pro-instructors. You will learn both natural and low-level lighting techniques.
  • Make lots of new friends with common interests while on an awesome adventure in the Desert Southwest!

Quinn Calder

Quinn is an experienced outdoorsman and accomplished photographer. After graduating from high school, he became a river guide on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. During those years, he fell in love with climbing and mountaineering which ultimately led him to the summits of the highest peaks in the Tetons. He also worked as a backpacking guide for Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program where he mentored troubled adolescents.  He not only taught these youth wilderness navigation and survival skills but also inspired them to adopt positive mental attitudes and constructive habits. 

 

Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Born and raised in India, Rajesh moved to Texas in the early 1990's to attend graduate school. He now lives in Murphy, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Rajesh's landscape and astrophotography journey began through his love of horticulture and the native Texas landscape. His interests include macro, landscape and astrophotography, and he has an affinity for undiscovered locations and unique photo ops.

One of his daughters has received awards in various photo competitions, including YPOTY, PNA, and IDA Capture the Dark.

 

Itinerary

 

The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather and current conditions. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.

  • Day 1 (July 7):  Meet at 10AM at Best Western Red Hills in Kanab, UT for a meet and greet/introductory session.  After lunch, we have several classroom sessions covering creativity and composition, focus stacking techniques and night photography.  After dinner we venture out for a sunset shoot, and if skies are clear, we will stay out to photograph the Milky Way.
  • Day 2 (July 8):  We take the morning to catch up on some much needed sleep.  After breakfast, we visit a slot canyon near town, followed by lunch and a fun suprise activity before heading to Bryce Canyon!  After checking into our hotel and dinner, we set out for our sunset shoot.  Skies are clear tonight, so we stay out to shoot Milky Way over the canyon.
  • Day 3 (July 9): We start the day with an optional sunrise shoot at Bryce Canyon.  After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Kanab where we will have a Lightroom and Photoshop classroom session and lunch before setting out for White Pocket and our overnight camping adventure!  After setting up camp and cooking dinner, we head out for sunset and Milky Way shooting.  We return to camp well after midnight and retire to our tents for some much needed rest!
  • Day 4 (July 10):  It's hard to believe this is our last day together! We begin the morning with an optional sunrise shoot at White Pocket. After breakfast, we break camp, and head for Kanab where we will spend the afternoon going over our images from the trip and learning post-processing techniques.  We enjoy our final group dinner together before saying "see you soon" to our new friends!  The workshop will conclude no later than 6PM.  If needed, we can help arrange hotel accommodations and supervision for the night of the 10th.
Slot Canyon Photo Tour
We were out at White Pocket the other night doing some Milky Way photography. My clients really liked it when my brother Ben posed on top of the hill in the background for nice scale. We had a beautiful, clear evening, but by morning some clouds rolled in and gave us a nice sunrise!

Logistics

 

  • Plan to arrive at Best Western Red Hills in Kanab, UT no later than 10AM on July 7th.  Please have breakfast before meeting the group for the orientation session.  The workshop will conclude no later than 6PM on July 10th, and it is up to you whether to stay another night in Kanab or head home.
  • Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations.  We aren't expecting to do any more than 2-3 miles total in one day. We will email you a list of personal items and recommended clothing after you sign up for the trip.
  • This workshop is all inclusive with 2 nights double occupancy lodging and one fully outfitted camping night.  We will provide all meals, snacks and transportation during the workshop as well as camping gear for the overnight at White Pocket.  Please let us know ahead of time if you have any special dietary needs or food allergies.
  • This workshop is designed for youth between the ages of 14-18 who want to improve their photography skills and make new friends, in a fun, supportive and safe environment.

Pricing

$1495/person + Tax

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Trip Includes:

  • 2 Nights Double Occupancy Lodging (with same gender)
  • Single Occupancy may be available for for an additional $200
  • 1 Night Fully Outfitted Camping
  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • All transportation, adult supervision, photography guiding and instruction throughout the trip.
  • Extensive classroom and in-field instruction on technique, composition, creatively, night photography, post-processing and image critique.
  • Adventure, New Friends and a Great Time!!

 

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation and lodging, pre and post workshop.

A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot.  The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior to the workshop.

 

Bryce Canyon Milky Way
The Great Chamber Milky Way
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Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body. We recommend full-frame cameras for night photography.
  • 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! We recommend your lens be f/2.8 or faster for night photography.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Telephoto lenses will come in handy in Bryce Canyon and 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

Quinn Calder

Quinn is an experienced outdoorsman and accomplished photographer. After graduating from high school, he became a river guide on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. During those years, he fell in love with climbing and mountaineering which ultimately led him to the summits of the highest peaks in the Tetons. He also worked as a backpacking guide for Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program where he mentored troubled adolescents.  He not only taught these youth wilderness navigation and survival skills but also inspired them to adopt positive mental attitudes and constructive habits. 

In 2008, Quinn received a Canon DSLR camera and was instantly hooked! Since then, he has explored many corners throughout the wild west chasing light and finding unique compositions.  His visionary perspectives in landscape and night photography have earned him publications and wide recognition. His prints can often be found on the walls of many private and public spaces.

Over the past 25 years, Quinn has dedicated his life to being an educator. He has been working with high school-aged youth since earning an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation Education and a master's in Educational Psychology and Technology. Outside of photography, he is happiest with his wife Laura raising their four children in their home in Midway UtahSee more of Johnny's work below and be sure to follow him on Instagram:

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Quinn Calder
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Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Born and raised in India, Rajesh moved to Texas in the early 1990's to attend graduate school. He now lives in Murphy, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Rajesh's landscape and astrophotography journey began through his love of horticulture and the native Texas landscape. His interests include macro, landscape and astrophotography, and he has an affinity for undiscovered locations and unique photo ops.

Photography has taken Rajesh on a path of self-discovery, learning, and meaningful friendships. His images are displayed at several exhibitions around the world, and he has won several awards including the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Top 101 award and a Top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian 15th Annual Photo Contest.  Two of his images are published and displayed at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens.   

Rajesh shares his images regularly on his website and other social media.

Website:   2020px.com

Facebook: TheLadyBugFarm 

Instagram: ladybugfarmimages 

Flickr: Rajesh Jyothiswaran 

500px: Rajessh Jyothiswaran 

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