SOUTHWEST UTAH PHOTO TOURS - ZION NATIONAL PARK & GRAND STAIRCASE ADVENTURE IN FALL
OCT 21 - 27, 2018
PRIVATE PHOTO INSTRUCTION & CONSULTING
TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS
> TAOS, NEW MEXICO
> ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
CREATE YOUR OWN PHOTO ADVENTURE
(UP TO 4 PEOPLE)
CUSTOM PHOTO TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP
> ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
> TAOS, NEW MEXICO
> ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
Photo Tours, Private Instruction, & Photography Workshops
Southwest Utah Photo Tours – Zion & Grand Staircase Adventure in Fall
WHEN: October 21 - 27, 2018
WHERE: begins and ends in St. George, Utah
GROUP LIMIT: 6
With its cooler temperatures and the cottonwoods and maples at or near peak fall colors in late October, what better time to visit to capture and experience the unique beauty of this desert oasis.
Alaska Glaciers and Coastal Mountains Adventure Photo Tour
July 27 - August 2, 2019
An experiential and instructional based photo tour for active and adventurous intermediate and advanced photographers. Join a small group of dedicated, like-minded photographers who value the active, light and mobile style of photography in a welcoming and invigorating environment designed to maximize engagement with the landscape.
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Going Pro with Outdoor Photography
with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes
March 7 - 10, 2019
Learn all aspects of professional business development activities: understanding the overall industry, promoting images that appeal to various audiences, developing a strategy for getting published, and finding the right clients.
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PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION & CONSULTING
In Two Locations: Taos, NM (most of the year) and Anchorage, AK (summer)
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“Mike is one of the best outdoor-location-action-adventure photographers I know. And in his ‘Speedlights, camera, action lighting workshop’ I took, he taught and demonstrated his successful techniques for us all to learn. I came away with new knowledge I could put to practical use right away. He and his wife Lauri make a great teaching team.”
– Jeff Schultz Official Photographer of the Iditarod since 1982 (Anchorage, AK)
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“Our vision was very much on target both with the extraordinary beauty of Taos and our experience with Michael. He knew and understood the landscape, felt passion for the architecture, and was familiar with weather patterns (as a former Air Force meteorologist) which proved to be most helpful. … We returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina with images we had dreamed about! Our experience in Taos is one we will not soon forget! Thank you Michael and Lauri!”
Elle & Craig Kriser (Charlotte, NC)
Why do we offer only a few workshops in a few select locations? The short answer is we still have an active assignment and stock photography business and are not doing this full time. Our commercial specialties are adventure sports, lifestyle, and tourism. How is our commercial work relevant to teaching photo workshops? Read on. It will hopefully make sense in the end.
Shooting successfully for commercial clients requires a lot more than technical mastery. In fact it’s about everything else. Making images with visual impact that appeal to a mass audience AND meet the client’s needs is about vision – not technique. Vision is about your creativity and how you see and photograph the world. It is about how you use and craft light. It’s about how you motivate and bring out the personality of your subjects. And a lot more. Our assignments and stock productions involve challenging our creativity, solving problems, organizing logistics, working with other creative professionals and/or talent, and performing in less than ideal conditions under pressure.
Meeting the challenges of commercial work has taught us a lot. We believe being a working pro is a strength we bring to our workshops and tours. Participants can benefit from our commercial eye and knowledge of what makes a great image and why. We are not ready to retire just yet from commercial shooting to become a full time workshop instructors. There is nothing wrong with full time teaching. We are just not ready for that. Time may change our priorities.
But we love to teach and share knowledge and that is why we are doing this. We teach what we know and what we are passionate about and that’s it. We are still passionate about and actively shoot landscapes. Though landscape photography is mostly personal work, we still manage to license a fair amount of landscape images as stock for calendars, books, magazines, corporate board rooms, etc.
When not doing something commercial, we are out adventuring or photographing landscapes in inspiring locations. We are avid hikers, backpackers, skiers and paddlers. We often shoot adventure imagery in the same locations where we shoot landscapes. In addition to our expertise in landscape and adventure photography, adventure, love of wild places and desire to teach and share our knowledge with like-minded people, we bring years of wilderness and travel experience to our events. In the past year, we have backpacked 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail through the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, explored several technical slot canyons, completed another multi-day whitewater river trip in a canoe, and a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim in a day hike.
While important, we like to teach more than technique. We much prefer to teach and promote photographic vision, creativity, and finding your own style. These are more difficult to teach because they are not as qualitative and scientific as is technique. But we are up to the challenge and will keep seeking ways to help photographers discover and exploit their visual strengths.
In our workshops and tours, we want to do more than just bring you to our favorite places and telling you how to shoot them. We want to expose you to inspirational locations to foster creativity and help you develop your own style and vision. We want you to learn the entire creative process of aspirational image making from: 1) finding and exploiting the best light, 2) finding the image and emphasizing your visual strengths, 3) capturing the most information on your sensor, 4) flawless technical execution, and 5) bringing out the most in your images in post processing using Adobe Lightroom.
Many times we’ve heard participants convey how they would rather spend more time in the field than behind the computer processing images. As someone who processes 20k+ images a year, we totally get that. The truth is, we all want our images to look great and to share them. Unfortunately, digital processing is an integral component to the art of photography. We do not offer comprehensive A-Z Lightroom workshops, however, tips and demonstrations, particularly in the Develop module, are part of our workshops and private sessions. Learning Lightroom saves you time which means more time spent in outside doing what you love.
Hope you can join us on one of our tours or workshops.
– Michael and Lauri DeYoung
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