BEST OF ZION NATIONAL PARK &
SOUTHWEST UTAH CANYON COUNTRY - FALL
OCT 21 - 27, 2018

SPENCER GLACIER ADVENTURE
VIA ALASKA RAILROAD

JULY 31, 2018

PRIVATE PHOTO INSTRUCTION & CONSULTING

TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS

> TAOS, NEW MEXICO
> ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

NEW MEXICO - LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
WITH MICHAEL DEYOUNG & ARIZONA HIGHWAYS

MAY 16 - 18, 2018

ALASKA GREAT PHOTO ADVENTURE
WITH MICHAEL DEYOUNG & ARIZONA HIGHWAYS

JULY 22 - 27, 2018

ALASKA GLACIERS, ICEBERGS, AND WILDFLOWERS UP CLOSE
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND

JULY 16, 2018

SOLD OUT

CREATE YOUR OWN PHOTO ADVENTURE

(UP TO 4 PEOPLE)

CUSTOM PHOTO TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP

> ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
> TAOS, NEW MEXICO
> ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

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Photography Workshops, Photo Tours, & Private Instruction

New Mexico - Land of Enchantment
with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops
Arizona Highways Photo Workshops New Mexico's Land of Enchantment Landscapes with Michael DeYoung
May 16 - 20, 2018
 
Taos, New Mexico
 
Explore New Mexico's rich beauty from historical churches and pueblos to the rugged landscapes of the Rio Grande Gorge and Plaza Blanca in Georgia O'Keeffe country

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Alaska Great Photo Adventure
with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops
Photograph Alaska with Michael DeYoung and Arizona Highway Photo Workshops
July 22 - 27, 2018
 
Girdwood, Alaska
 
Photograph meadows of wildflowers, mountain glaciers, pristine waterways, kayak among icebergs and photograph wildlife and glaciers.
 

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Best of Zion & Southwest Utah Canyon Country
Zion Photo Workshop - Fall colors in Zion National Park
October 21 - 27, 2018
 
Springdale, Utah
 
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.

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Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close Prince William Sound
 
Alaska Photo Tours - Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound
July 16, 2018 SOLD OUT!
 
Whittier, Alaska
 
A full day photo tour with on-location instruction with a small group of photographers on a privately chartered boat to one of the most spectacular places in Prince William Sound where we will find and photograph tidewater glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and massive peaks. Includes two planned beach landings for land-based photography.

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Spencer Glacier Adventure
with The Ascending Path Guides & Alaska Railroad
Spencer Glacier Adventure Photo Tour
July 31, 2018
 
Girdwood, Alaska
 
This is a uniquely Alaskan landscape photo adventure at a remote but accessible glacier landscape for active photographers. We will team up with Ascending Path for a guided glacier hike with a sea kayak approach across Spencer Lake which is usually filled with icebergs.

 

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Exclusive and Unique Photo Adventures In 3 Locations

Taos New Mexico Private Photography Tours, Workshops, Adventures, and Instruction

TAOS & NORTHERN NEW MEXICO – The Land of Enchantment – Explore unique old world architecture and high desert landscapes.

Slot canyons galore in Zion & Utah Canyon Country Custom Instructional Photography Tours

UTAH CANYON COUNTRY – The Best of Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante and surrounding redrock canyon country.

Glaciers and fireweed from an Anchorage & Southcentral Alaska Custom Instructional Photo Tours

MAJESTIC ALASKA – Mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, wildflowers, waterfalls, land and marine wildlife around Anchorage, Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula.

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 me a lot. I believe being a working pro is a strength I bring to my workshops. Participants can benefit from my commercial eye and knowledge of what makes a great image and why. I am not ready to retire just yet from commercial shooting to become a full time workshop instructor. There is nothing wrong with full time teaching. I am just not ready for that. Time may change my priorities.

But I love to teach and share knowledge and that is why I am doing this. I teach what I know and what I am passionate about and that’s it. I am 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 my knowledge with like-minded people, I bring years of wilderness and travel experience to our workshops. In 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.

I like to teach more than technique, which is important. I 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 I am up to the challenge and will keep seeking ways to help photographers discover and exploit their visual strengths.

In our workshops, 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 I’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, I 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. 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

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