Zion Photography Workshops: 2-Day Landscape Intensive – Spring

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WHEN: May 3 - 4, 2018

WHERE: Springdale, UT

FEE: $395 (deposit $100)



Advanced beginners
intermediate photographers

* What is this?


  • More than a tour - it's an instruction, shoot and critique based workshop
  • Focus on creative vision not just technique
  • Leader with over 20 years working in Zion

Zion Photography Workshops - Hiker in The Narrows


Begin your journey here and learn to shoot like a pro, making beautiful landscape images. With its towering sandstone walls and verdant rivers, and springs, dry atmosphere and ethereal reflected light, Zion is photographer’s paradise and an ideal location to transform your vision.


You will learn simple but effective ways to create beautiful and inspiring imagery with confidence and consistency.

  • Camera configuration optimized for landscape photography
  • Mastering Manual and Aperture Priority Exposure modes
  • Exposing for max dynamic range and capturing the most sensor information
  • Understanding and capturing the best light
  • How to choose subject matter for the given lighting conditions
  • Using lenses for creative effect
  • Strengthening composition and design for maximum impact
  • Maximizing depth of field
  • Using polarizers and graduated neutral density filters



  • Classroom presentation and field instruction



  • Utah sales tax
  • National Park entrance fees (Your Senior or Annual Park Pass is valid for you and any family members also attending)
  • Meals, lodging, transportation to and from Springdale
  • Tips and gratuities



Participants should be comfortable walking varying distances but up to at least 1 mile one way on well-defined trails with occasional rocky or sandy ground to shoot locations.



You will receive a Confirmation notice of your registration once you complete the process. Additional information – including lodging suggestions and recommended gear to bring – will be delivered to you within 30 days of the workshop start date.

Please be sure to read our WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY


There are several airports you can fly to. The National Park Service lists options, their distances, and how to get to Zion from the various airports.

See Airport Options

There is a shuttle service from these airports to Zion. Check shuttle times, locations, and make your reservation with them at:

St. George Shuttle.



Day 1
9:00AM – Motivational presentation where you will go beyond snap shooting and start to shoot with confidence and consistency.

NOON – Lunch Break

1:00PM – Continue with presentation

4:00PM – On Location Sunset Shoot

Day 2
6:00AM – On location sunrise and morning light shoot.

NOON – Lunch Break

1:00PM – Constructive Image critique designed to reinforce tried and true principles from the previous day’s presentation and Lightroom Demonstration in the Develop Module on bringing the most out of your images.

4:00PM – Wrap up.




INSTRUCTIONAL BASED WORKSHOP: Intensive and comprehensive workshops include organized classroom presentations, constructive image critique, and post processing tips and demonstrations in Lightroom. Field time is designed to be at inspirational locations matching the best subject matter to the best lighting, practicing our art, building upon what we’ve learned in class. On location, the workshop leader provides creative expertise for that location and subject matter assisting with light and technique to help participants capture the best possible images. In addition to camera gear, laptop computers are required for participants to benefit from constructive critique sessions. Whenever possible, workshop schedules have some flexibility to adjust to unforeseen changes in conditions and weather.

Photography instructor, coach, tour guide,  and Photo Workshop Instructor Michael DeYoung

Michael DeYoung is an award-winning outdoor photographer, weather guru, workshop leader, dog lover and 90% dark chocolate addict. The Taos, New Mexico-based veteran shooter lives and breathes adventure, lifestyle and landscape photography. He transformed his Air Force meteorological and weather forecasting training into mastery of outdoor lighting, with the presence of weather elements being a nearly constant thread throughout his wide-ranging library of work.

Clients have described his imagery as adventurous, tranquil and confident all at the same time. Clients also had this to say:

“I can easily say Michael is in an elite category of photographers who provide only the best quality work. His photography displays the highest level of technical ability and patience—capturing the perfect lighting and color that many photographers simply don't seem capable of.”

“I was immediately drawn to the high energy, bright and personable nature of Michael's work.”

The prolific shooter, along with his wife and business partner, Lauri, lived and worked in Alaska for many years where Michael still continues to shoot regularly. His lifestyle, adventure and landscape images have appeared in hundreds of national and international magazines, books, calendars, catalogs, brochures, websites and many other commercial products. The DeYoungs have done extensive assignment work in Alaska and beyond for the tourism industry.

On his own and for several notable institutions, Michael teaches and leads landscape, adventure and business related workshops, focusing on creativity, vision and mastery of light. He has been a featured breakout speaker at North American Nature Photography Summits and for several camera clubs, ranging from Florida to Alaska.

Notable awards: first place winner, Photo District News Great Outdoors Photo Contest; honored recipient, Highly Honored recipient, Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Award, Smithsonian Institute; and Best of 2012 series winner, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

In his own words: "Being an Eagle Scout forged a lifelong love of wild places, wilderness exploration and muscle powered adventure sports. I have always been drawn to mountains and the mountain lifestyle. I like bold colors and simple graphic design. I can’t say I’m completely self-taught as I’ve attended countless workshops and seminars in addition to reading many photographic technique and business related books."

The DeYoungs spend much of their time on outdoor adventures, including long-distance backpacking trips and whitewater river journeys. Dedicated to sustainable living, they reside in a passive solar designed home and office run 100% by photovoltaic power in the upper Rio Grande Valley.


Elevate your creativity and technique with concentrated instruction and individual attention.


Zion 2 Day Landscape Jump Start Spring Photography Workshops