White Pocket Overnight Photo Workshop
Aug 22-25, 2019
Camping is one of the best ways to experience White Pocket as it allows you to photograph sunset, the Milky Way, and sunrise at one of the most unique locations in the area. Join us for White Pocket and other amazing locations for four days of shooting and post-processing instruction guaranteed to improve your photography and help capture fantastic photographs of these remote locations.
- Fully outfitted overnight camping trip to White Pocket during the height of monsoon season. We should have some dramatic skies and storms to chase! This is also one of the best times to find water puddles at White Pocket.
- When skies are clear in the evening, we’ll go out and photograph the Milky Way. Our dates line up with the new moon period.
- Learn many new photographic and post-processing techniques from instructors David Swindler and Ryan Smith, both highly experienced landscape photographers and workshop leaders.
- The itinerary is kept flexible so we can chase the best weather conditions. One day is being left “open” and we’ll decide as a group where we go. Several options are given in the itinerary section below.
- Post-processing sessions and image critique will be given throughout the workshop.
- Trip concludes at one of the best restaurants in Kanab to celebrate this novel experience and the new friends we've made.
- Day 1 (Aug 22): Meet at 7PM at the Best Western in Kanab for a mandatory introductory session. After the session, we’ll go out and shoot Milky Way if skies are clear. If there are storms in the area, we might be photographing lightning!
- Day 2 (Aug 23): This is our "open" day. We begin with a post-processing session and then decide as a group where we want to go shoot that evening based on the weather forecast. We have permits to guide in Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Lake Powell, and the Vermillion Cliffs. After shooting some dramatic monsoon light at sunset, we head back to Kanab. Since the skies have cleared on the drive back, we head over to the Great Chamber for Milky Way photos which is one of our premiere night locations.
- Day 3 (Aug 24): After a morning post-processing session, we head out to White Pocket. We quickly set up camp and then photograph into the evening & night hours. We will supply camp gear like tents, sleeping bags, pads, pillows, chairs, and food. While at White Pocket, we'll split the group up since many of the compositions will not allow for everyone to shoot at once. At night, we'll photograph the Milky Way if skies are clear and we'll teach you both natural and low-level lighting techniques
- Day 4 (Aug 25): Sunrise/Morning at White Pocket and then we break camp and return to Kanab for lunch. We'll have an afternoon post-processing session and then reconvene for our final group dinner before saying our goodbyes.
- Workshop Extension: If anyone is interested in extending the workshop by 1 or 2 days, or doing some additional night shooting, please let us know and we can put together some great ideas for you!
Please arrive in Kanab, UT prior to 7PM on Thurs, Aug 22 for the orientation session at the Best Western Hotel. We didn’t include hotel stays on this trip to allow you the flexibility of a lodging option of your choice. If you book with the Best Western, you will get a 10% discount by mentioning our workshop. You will need lodging for the nights of Aug 22nd and 23rd. There is no need to book lodging for the 24th since we'll be at White Pocket. We will finish the workshop around 9PM on Aug 25th. It's up to you if you want to stay in Kanab that night or head somewhere else.
All participants on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. We aren't planning any long hikes on this trip, but the uneven terrain, sand, and heat can make short hikes seem much harder. You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day.
We timed this workshop for the best chance of monsoon storms and dramatic clouds. It's also during the new moon period so we can do night photography if skies are clear. However, we can't control the weather but we'll make the best at what Mother Nature throws at us.
The weather can vary quite a bit in August. We could have sunny , hot weather. But if storms come in, it could be very wet with milder temperatures. 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. The only time we haven't been able to get to White Pocket was in the winter when there was over a foot of snow on the road.
$1499/person + Tax
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Post-processing and image critique
- Camping Gear and Food while out at White Pocket.
- Group dinner on our final day in Kanab. Please note alcoholic beverages are not included.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
- Hotel Accommodations.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks with exception of the final group dinner.
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 60-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have 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 will come in handy if we go to Bryce, Alstrom Point, or 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 follow along during the post-processing instruction.
- 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).
- A rain jacket and one warm layer since it can get cold at night.
- Personal toiletries for the overnight trip.
- Headlamp for night photography.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
"Fantastic workshop. Super knowledgeable instructors providing precise expertise in photography and post processing techniques. Highly recommend and will be attending many more workshops in the future."
"I attended a long weekend workshop with these guys and it was fantastic. They took us to some out of the way places that I otherwise wouldn't have seen. The photography instruction was very helpful. I learned a lot, especially about night photography. They made it a hassle-free weekend, and all I had to do was get the shots."
"I have never learned so much about shooting in night and low light conditions as I did in this class. In addition to the superb field instruction plenty of time was spent showing has to post process images in LR and PS. Guides make it easy regardless of you experience level. You will also learn new field shooting and post processing techniques even if you are very experienced. Guides have access to venues that in some cases are permit only or not yet discovered which adds to the experience. Already planning my next adventure with these great photo professionals."
David Swindler is a passionate landscape and wildlife photographer and outdoor enthusiast. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked many years in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Thus, the technical side of photography came very easy to him. Back in 2014 he decided to quit his day job to follow his true passion. As a photographer, he has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience with landscape, wildlife, night, and macro photography. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. Follow the links below to see more of Mr. Swindler's work.
Mr Swindler has been leading guided photo tours for several years and knows many different camera systems and how to capture the best photos. On his trips, you'll travel to impressive locations and receive photography instruction at the same time! Unlike many other photo guides, his clients are his top priority while out in the field. Read what others are saying about his trips here: Trip Advisor. Mr Swindler has extensive outdoor experience and will ensure your safety and well-being. If you have any questions, please Contact Us and we'll be happy to assist. Happy travels!
Ryan Smith developed early on in his life a love and passion for the outdoors, which fueled an obsession for landscape photography. Growing up in the beautifully diverse state of Utah Ryan has consistently traveled through the west and beyond capturing iconic views, which spark emotion and tell a story. Ryan's artistic style is unique and unmistakable which has led to prestigious awards and work featured within publications. His work is also found within various high-end galleries throughout the west including Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Combining his professional experience as a corporate trainer with his passion for photography, Ryan has a knack for sharing the technical aspects of photography in an easy to understand way through various workshops, tours, and events through the west and the Hawaiian Islands. He enjoys adapting to the various needs of his attendees whether its in the field learning the technical side and composition techniques, or if its in the classroom focusing on perfecting post editing techniques and helping achieve a print ready image. Check out more of Ryan's work in the links below: