Zion Photography Workshops: 2-Day Landscape Intensive – Spring

Michael DeYoung

WHEN: May 3 - 4, 2017

WHERE: Springdale, UT

Meet at Hampton Inn Conference Room, 1127 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767

FEE: $395 (deposit $100)



Advanced beginners
intermediate photographers

* What is this?


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.

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  • 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



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.


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.


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


  • DSLR body or mirrorless with interchangeable lenses
  • Suggested lenses in 35mm full frame equivalent:

          - Wide angle prime or zoom with at least 24mm wide. 20mm-16mm
             (not fisheye) recommended
          - Normal prime or zoom such as a 24-70mm
          - Short telephoto prime or zoom such as a 70-200mm

  • Tripod preferably with ball head and quick release system
  • Media card(s)
  • Extra battery
  • Laptop computer with image editing software (Lightroom suggested)
  • The capability to import, view, edit, and export images made during the workshop
  • Portable bus powered hard drives are recommended for image storage


  • 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, meeting location, and more detailed itinerary - will be delivered to you within 30 days of workshop start date.

Photography Mentor, Coach, and Photo Workshop Instructor Michael DeYoung
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For Zion Photography Guru, Michael DeYoung, Zion National Park has become a spiritual sanctuary, where fostering creativity and an everlasting love for the natural world continue to grow. He first came to Zion in 1995 as a welcome escape from the Alaska winter. Since then, Michael, along with his wife, business partner and adventure companion, Lauri, frequently return to Zion at all times of the year.

Together, they’ve explored and photographed virtually every corner of this magical park. They have hiked and backpacked Zion’s backcountry trails as well as exploring many off trail areas. They have kayaked the Virgin River through the park and had done several technical slot canyons in and around Zion.

In addition to his thorough working knowledge photographing Zion, Michael remains an active commercial photographer with 20+ years' experience, shooting assignments and stock productions of adventure and lifestyle imagery. His images from Zion and the Southwest have appeared on national magazine covers and calendars, Utah Tourism promotions and in national and regional ads for the outdoor industry. He also teaches workshops in Alaska, his home for many years, as well as working with Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

As a former meteorologist, Michael frequently shares his expertise of the atmospheric effects on what matters most to photography - the light.


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.

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


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