March 18-21, 2020
Attendee Limit: 7
Advancing Your Photography In My Home Area of
Northern Arizona in Slot Canyons and the
Wild Desert Terrain of Navajoland!
Hosted at The Hampton Inn in Page, Arizona
The workshop locations will take place in my home area of Navajoland. I am excited to share the treasures and landscapes I've come to know like the back of my hand.
We're going to photograph in what I view as the front and back yard!
Some key elements we will focus on is the land, the light and mastering compositions. The landscapes harvest many stories before the the building of Glen Canyon Dam and creation of Lake Powell.
The terrain of the Colorado Plateau will give us a range of subjects to photograph from high vista's which is home to raptors (like the image below) and the deep canyons carved by water. The days a aren't as long so we will be very well rested to enjoy the workshop.These lands are the home area of my people and certainly, my family. If there is a workshop that will fill to capacity, it will be this workshop because this is my home area.
We will take some easy hikes on some of the old sheep trails that lead to excellent formations. As I typically say, there is more to Navajoland than the Sweet Light of photography. You will have plenty of context to go with your exposures since we will be surrounded by heritage, culture and the Ol' Navajo way.
In March of 2019, my images from this region were used in Arizona Highways magazine. The entire issue was focused on Navajoland.
We will have a 'meet and greet' to introduce each other. More than likely, several attendee's will be reuniting again. We will review items related to travel, weather and photography basics. The evening of Wednesday March 18, 2020 from 7pm-8:30pm local time, please meet at the Hampton Inn in Page, AZ.
Please arrive no later than 6:30pm on March 18th.
Depending on our weather, 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 "Image Creation".
Mastering composition is another 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 Hampton Inn in Page, AZ.
This workshop will have a maximum of 7 attendee's. (*SOLD OUT*)
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 to maximize 1 on 1 time. This entire event will be divided into two main sections: The Workshop and The Field Work.
The Workshop: The workflow, post processing using Lightroom, some Photoshop, image review and critique, will take place at our conference room. 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. 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, which you'll see.
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! 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. I often share a concept about becoming a "2 gig champ." 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 and break down image highlights and how to see them and find these highlights in the field. I recommend lenses from wide angle 14mm 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.
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 Hampton Inn to our homestead (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.) 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 still use filters.
Some filters can dramatically improve your image like the exposure below.
"Mylo is an exceptional photographer and travel guide with an extensive knowledge of all photographic formats and a great passion for his native homelands. Shooting 8x10 film is far from easy and is a specialist field, yet Mylo’s innate ability to get the most out of this format is demonstrated in the quality and depth of his portfolio, which is a testament to patience, persistence and an intricate understanding of light and land.
My trip was guided by Mylo and to be honest I couldn’t have wished for more. His uncanny ability to provide the best possible shooting conditions in a tough environment was timed to perfection, and in that place timing is everything! I flew half way around the world for this opportunity and I wasn't disappointed!"
Guy Havel Award Winning PPA Landscape Photographer (Australia) www.GuyHavel.com
The Locations: 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 $1197.00 – Lodging and meals are not included.
To reserve your spot, select option below.
Two (2) payments of $605 will be made and you will receive a 2nd invoice 45 days after your initial payment. If your initial payment is made after January 7, 2020, your second payment will be processed 25 days after your initial payment.
To reserve your spot and pay in three (3) payments of $405, you will receive a 2nd invoice 30 days after your initial payment and a 3rd invoice 60 days after your initial payment.
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email including discount codes to Singh-Ray Filters. I will send you documents to submit which will contain your personal contact and emergency information, camera equipment list, motivations and personal goals.
Attendee Limit: 7 (*SOLD OUT*)
Other Pieces of Important Information:
Hotel and Workshop Training is at:
The Hampton Inn
294 Sandhill Road
Page, Arizona, 86040
*I have discounted group rates under Navajoland Workshops. To verify, you will be asked for your name and email as the discount will only be given to those in our group.
The workshop will end on March 21st after sunset. We may have one last dinner before we all depart separate ways. You are more than welcome to check out earlier that day. I've found most attendee's spend another night and depart on Sunday.
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)
Food/Dining: 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. 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 March, 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 send emails to: email@example.com
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. 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 and 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 100AC 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.
As 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 soon,
PS: A special treat will be photographing my good friend below….
"Mylo Fowler is an enthusiastic and talented Dineh (Navajo) landscape photographer who is superbly qualified to guide other landscape photographers to the natural wonders of his homeland. He is proficient with digital as well as medium and large format photography and knows where and when to get the best light. He has a great sense of humor, is fun to be with, and even speaks French !If you would like to photograph Navajoland, you will get more out of it if guided by Mylo. I highly recommend him."
Gordon H. - Pennsylvania
Recently, I had the opportunity to participant in the Northern Arizona workshop with Mylo. He is an amazing landscape photographer who is of Navajo descent. Mylo has an unique spiritual connection to his ancestral land. He inspired me with his knowledge and photographic skills. Mylo knew where and when there would be perfect light. Nobody knows Navajoland better than Mylo. I highly recommend Mylo's photography workshops. We plan on visiting him again in the future!
Jag D. - Toronto, Canada
"Mylo excelled as a guide and instructor. We could not have been happier with Mylo’s knowledge, encouragement, and patient instruction—Cindi (a beginner) and I (a more experienced photographer) both made enormous leaps in our abilities to shoot and develop images.
Teaching digital camera basics, to framing/composing and shooting photographs, to developing those into striking finished images, requires a broad range of knowledge and talent—Mylo has all of that.
More importantly for the student, he has the skill to convey techniques in clear, well-organized ways. Lightroom is a very powerful tool, but without the kind of experience and instruction that Mylo provides, much of that power remains confusing and out of reach.
Mylo took us through all of the possibilities that were present in a particular image, and helped us learn and choose the best Lightroom tools to bring out the heart and soul of our photographs.
He simplified the process and pointed us toward advanced techniques. If you have the chance to work with and learn from the incredibly talented Mylo Fowler—shooting photographs and developing them with Lightroom—Cindi and I encourage you to seize that opportunity. You will be greatly rewarded."
Michael and Cindi P. — Santa Fe, NM.
Max of 7 Seats - *SOLD OUT*
"I recently participated in two different workshops led by Mylo Fowler, Navajoland (northern Arizona) and Monument Valley. Both were fabulous! Although I have spent most of the last five years or so photographing nature, my focus has been wildlife more than landscapes. I know that I learned more from Mylo in eight days than I have in years about photographing landscapes and taking advantage of the incredible scenery and light he showed us.
He also spent a lot of time with us working on the processing end of photography – turning wonderful images into truly great ones. But best of all, Mylo shared his rich Navajo heritage with us through his amazing images, his stories, and his unique access to some of the most spectacular lands anywhere in the world. I definitely plan to travel with Mylo again and, without any reservations, recommend his workshops to photographers of all levels. Thank you, Mylo, for making me a better photographer and expanding my horizons. I’m proud to call you a friend!” Cheers!
Andrea W. – 2x Navajoland Workshop Attendee
“This was one of the best money I ever spent. I managed to get the last spot. Too late in the afternoon to catch any of the famed ’light beams’ that come into the canyons in the morning - but well worth it regardless.
I’ve gotta give an extra special prop to Mylo. He’s a young guy - but so much fun and so cool! I swear this guy knew how to operate my camera better than I did! And he’s a great photographer too! He gave us all individual lessons and insights in setting up our white balance, aperture settings and exposure values in order to get the best shots of the area and canyons.
Thanks Mylo! The shots I got were Awesome! And I owe a great deal of that to him!
I can definitely highly recommend Mylo. He’s a great guy who knows a helluva lot about photography. Overall - the best mullah I’ve ever spent - photographically speaking. A truly magical and spiritual place. Can’t wait to go back.
Jon D. – Seattle, Washington
Scratch another great place off my bucket list! This place defies description. It is both beautiful, sacred, and a peace with itself inside the red, pink, sandstone walls…
Mylo was by far the best for this trip. Not only did he enrich us with his grandfather stories, and history of the slot canyon, but I learned more about my camera!
OMG it doesn’t get any better than this! If you want to go to Page and the slot canyons, and you want the BEST, go with Mylo. To "drift" along the dry sand-beds, along the red cliffs... to see what you see.....to encompass so many great moments.......that in itself is an adventure. Remember to live before you die, instead of dying before you live :)
Laura W. – Tyler, Texas
My wife and I just returned from a 3 day getaway in Page, AZ. We went there to photograph the area and slot canyons. Mylo went way beyond anything that we expected! I am an amateur photographer and Mylo went out of his way to work with us to obtain the most incredible photos I have ever taken. If you go to Page or the slot canyons we highly recommend that you go with Mylo!
Bill M. – Phoenix, Arizona