Northern Arizona is full of slot canyons, rugged terrain that drains run off water into Lake Powell and in October, the weather is cooler. The various formations look stunning in sweet light!
I look forward to sharing the landscapes with you of my home area. I know this region like the back of my hand. Often, many flock to this part of the country during the summer time, the cooler times allow us to spend a lot of good quality photography time in stunning locations.
The sweet light of sunrise often illuminates the Vermillion Cliffs and they can be seen from just about anywhere. We will have the opportunity to photograph them at 'eye-level' and also be at the base. Their vertical ascent climbs over 900' in most area's!
The sandstone formations often create excellent opportunities to include great foreground subjects to show distance and the vast environment of the Colorado Plateau. The elevation changes can often create wonderful images in regards to wild but beautiful weather.
We will have a 'meet and greet' to introduce each other and make friends. We will review items related to travel, weather and photography basics. The evening of Sunday October 7, 2018 from 4pm-5:30pm local time, please meet at the Courtyard by Marriott in Page, AZ. As we get closer to the workshop date, you will receive an email with the conference room location.
Please arrive no later than 3:30pm on October 7th.
The workshop locations will encompass Slot Canyons, Lake Powell, the Colorado River, Navajo Sandstone striations of Northern Arizona.
This particular workshop will have a large emphasis on "Understanding and Controlling Light" and "Mastering Composition".
Mastering composition is a critical element in photography and we will most certainly work on that together in the field. Getting better at finding great compositions is often the goal of over 95% of previous workshop attendee's.
Since I predominately use film, I'll share with you the process to generate high quality images with fewer exposures. There is a good chance for some of the attendee's, this will be their first time in the region and possibly with a camera.
You'll see how I look for key elements that will impact an exposure and also see what I prefer to not include in our exposures.
Our base, departure location and processing sessions will be at the Courtyard by Marriott in Page, AZ.
This workshop will have a maximum of 8 attendee's.
Though I have worked with groups larger than 8, our group size is perfect with respect to where we will go, what we will photograph and a great amount of 1 on 1 time.
This entire event will be divided into two main sections: The Workshop and The Field Work.
The workflow, post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop, image review and critique, will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott. We will have our own private conference room.
I firmly believe processing an image is important! The time we have to process our work will provide plenty of opportunities to learn, apply and grow.
I've found that a discussion or group mastermind session has always helped attendee's gain a better understanding of what other photographers see.
The feedback is usually one of the highlights of the workshop. We will have group critique sessions and recommendation review.
With post processing, I will cover the exercise and routine I go through when processing a digital file and show you how to be effective while processing your files.
Since I use large format view camera's, I still create photographs from the ol' traditional darkroom. Working in this traditional fashion has allowed me to look for minute details and to make precise edits in my digital processing workflow.
IF you are new(er) to photography, we will cover the important elements to take into consideration when processing your image.
The Field Work:
The Slot Canyons are where my roots started over 15 years ago as a photography guide. Knowing how to work with 5 legged photographers of all levels was my daily exercise!
Having grown up in Northern Arizona has allowed me to know where to be before the right time. The weather can change dramatically so be prepared for some changes.
The approach to photography in the field will consist of reading the exposure values and balancing that portion of photography with your camera's capability and combine it with an excellent composition.
Using film allows me to slow down and really look at what I am doing. I will show you how to slow down and create quality exposures.
Each year, I take less than 50 photographs from my film camera's since film is slowly becoming rare. I have to use each exposure carefully. From the exposures, about 15 will go to print. Each print also measures at least 24"x30" and is framed using exquisite Italian Mouldings which certainly yields a fairly expensive process!
I often share a concept about becoming a 2 gig champ. Essentially, it's about being satisfied with a few premium high quality photographs rather than hundreds and hundreds of "ok" or below average images.
Mastering composition is also another element. I will share with you examples in the workshop at the Marriott and break down image highlights and how to see them and find these highlights in the field.
I recommend lenses from wide angle (not as wide as fish-eye) to 300mm for this region. Any lens in that range will suite you fine. More info about lenses will be below.
It is typically in these landscapes, we will pay attention to the minute details that add to the vastness. Sometimes, these textures of pattern, light and life can be found below our knee's and others times, these great photographs are directly above us like the slot canyon image below.
Understanding and Controlling Light:
I will clarify what the histogram provides and how to read it and ultimately, use it as a guide to generate better exposures.
This portion of the field work will be aided by using graduated filters. I personally use Singh-Ray Filters and have a range of filters you can use to see the results.
On Navajoland, the light can change dramatically due to change in weather. From the Marriott to my hogan (Navajo home), the drive is about 26 miles and the elevation changes by 2000'!
Cloud formations and weather patterns can change and create different exposure values. These graduated filters and polarizers aid in controlling light.
Filters will be on hand for your use. (*As an attendee, you will receive a special discount only available to my workshop attendee's. Once you register, you will receive this code.)
Even with the advancements of digital sensors and their dynamic range along with post processing software, filters still play a vital role in image creation. (If you are uncertain, look at many of the finest nature and landscape photographers on the planet. Most regularly use filters.)
Our subjects will include the slot canyons, Lake Powell, the Colorado River and much of the desert terrain around Northern Arizona.
The cost for the workshop is $979.00
To reserve your spot and pay in one payment, click here.
To reserve your spot and pay in two (2) payments, click here. *Half ($490) of the workshop fee will be initially charged. You will receive a 2nd invoice 45 days after your initial payment. If your initial payment is made after August 7, 2018, your second payment will be processed 30 days after your initial payment.
To reserve your spot and pay in three (3) payments, click here. *One Third ($327) of the workshop fee will be charged. You will receive a 2nd invoice 30 days after your initial payment and a 3rd invoice 60 days after your initial payment.
*Back to Back Workshop Bonus: The idea of back to back workshops came from many photographers wanting to photograph other locations while they are out West and away from home. In their words, "you might as well while you're out here". IF you also join me on the Oct 3-6 Canyon De Chelly + Monument Valley workshop, you will receive a 20% discount.
*Previous workshop attendee's receive a 10% discount which will be deducted from your initial payment.
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email . You will also receive a separate email which will include items to review and discount codes to Singh-Ray Filters and other manufactures.
I will send you documents to submit which will contain your personal contact and emergency information, camera equipment list, motivations, desires to accomplish (personal goals) and additional documents which I MUST SUBMIT to the Navajo Nation as an Authorized Photography Workshop Leader.
Other Pieces of Important Information:
Hotel and Workshop Training is at:
The Courtyard by Marriott 600 Clubhouse Drive Page, Arizona 86040 (928) 645-5000 or 1 (877) 905-4495.
We will be departing from and returning to The Courtyard by Marriott. The workshop will end o October 10th after sunset.
We may have one last dinner before we all depart separate ways. You are more than welcome to check out that day. Most attendee's spend another night and some depart on Wednesday.
*There are many hotel options in Page to make your hotel reservations. The workshop fee does not include lodging or meals.
Getting to Page, AZ:
There is an airport :) From your location, simply find Page, AZ 86040 zip code using Google Maps or MapQuest.
Here are some distances from nearby major or large cities:
Flagstaff, AZ to Page, AZ: 129 miles (2.5 hours)
Phoenix, AZ to Page, AZ: 276 miles (4.5 hours)
Las Vegas, NV to Page, AZ: 273 miles (4.5 hours)
Albuquerque, NM to Page, AZ: 391 miles (6.5 hours)
Salt Lake City, UT to Page, AZ: 391 miles (6.5 hours)
There are quite a few restaurants, fast food options and grocery stores in Page. Most importantly, we'll make sure everyone gets adequate water and energy. We'll make sure everyone has enough for their personal dietary needs.
In Page, there are several grocery stores such as Safeway and Wal-Mart and they are the largest of them all. Since Page is in somewhat of a remote part of Arizona, there are plenty of stores and sometimes limited options.
Climate and Weather Condition:
In October, the weather is typically in the 60's and 70's for the afternoon highs. The night time will generally be around the 40's to 50's. Bring adequate gear, clothing and items to help with the sun such as sun screen, sun glasses, hat's gloves and certainly, hiking shoes. Our longest walk will be about 15 to 20 minutes. *IF you have concerns or questions about being able to walk or hike any distance, please contact me ASAP to have a better conversation. Send me an email with any and all questions. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camera Gear and Recommendations:
* Tripod. There is a reason this number one. IF you are in search for a tripod, let me know. I use different tripods that range and differ from using my 8x10, 4x5, Fuji 617 Panoramic, Nikon D810....If you need some help with a right tripod/camera head, contact me as well. I also have 5 different systems I use for specific images and cameras. Bring a tripod!
*Lenses: Anything from 24mm to 300mm will be fine if you have a full frame camera. We may not use the focal ranges from 200mm-300mm as much as the wider angle lenses but there will be opportunities to bring them out. If you have wider lenses than 24mm, I highly recommend bringing them especially a 14-24 lens! IF you don't have those lenses, I highly recommend looking into renting them for this workshop. Renting will be a valuable thing to do. (You can contact Pictureline in Salt Lake City if needed. They've helped me a ton when my attendee's need lenses they don't have. Pictureline: (800) 748-8200 www.Pictureline.com)
*Filters: Polarizer, a 2 or 3 "soft stop" GND (Graduated Neutral Density). I personally use these two filters the most when photographing. If you are looking to invest in filters, I absolutely live and breath Singh-Ray Filters. I've personally tested many and know the optical quality is spot on but above all, the color accuracy is best which is minimized by the color cast! As my workshop attendee, you will receive a discount code for your purchase(s).
*Everything to charge your gear. Camera's, GoPro's, laptop's, tablets....etc. I will have my Goal Zero Sherpa 100W and Yeti 400W with me if you need to charge anything, I've got you covered. These are the best systems on the planet to "power anything anywhere" - the beauty of solar power!
*Cable Releases. Some of our locations will require long shutter speeds. Especially in the slot canyons. With some new filters from Singh-Ray Filters such as the 5, 10 and 15 stop, we may work on having long exposures even in afternoon light. Most camera's also come with built in 2 or 5 second shutter release. The only set back is you may be limited to only a 30 second shutter speed. IF we need more than 30 seconds, you're going to need a cable release.
Once we get closer to the workshop date, I will send you more information with updates, road and route conditions, itinerary changes (if needed) and overall, more communication for your time on the workshop.
I want to make sure all is in order for you to have a great time photographing places I love back home.
See you on Navajoland,