Zion Photography Workshops: 2-Day Canyon Adventure

Michael DeYoung

WHEN: May 12 - 13, 2017

WHERE: Springdale, UT

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

FEE: $895 (deposit $200)



Active intermediate and advanced photographers with a quest for adventure

* 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.

Zions Photography Workshops - Woman canyoneering

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Zion Adventure Photo Workshop- Accessing the location shoots

Zions Adventure Photo Tours - Photographer in a slot canyon

Zion Photography Workshops - Canyon Adventures


  • Small, active group
  • Beautiful slot canyon with ethereal light
  • Guided technical canyon hike and group transportation with Zion Guru

Be part of a canyon photography adventure. This workshop, limited to 6 participants, is for the active and adventurous shooter, looking for a unique off the beaten path photo opportunity that combines landscape photography with the art of documenting adventure sports and travel in 2 beautiful locations.

Teaming up with Zion Guru our group will be guided on an Adventure Canyon Quest in a nearby technical slot canyon. (What is this?) While this hike involves ropes, rappels, and possibly wading through water, this day is designed to maximize photography time concentrating on the canyon’s beautiful flowing sandstone colors textures and patterns in ethereal reflected light. We will also demonstrate and learn simple but effective techniques on the art of documenting adventure sports and including the human element in the landscape.

We kickoff our workshop with a short informative and motivational classroom presentation covering equipment, how to travel light and fast in a challenging environment, how to shoot more with less gear, canyon light, exposure and composition, followed by outfitting for the next day. We spend the rest of the day and sunset practicing landscape and adventure photography in a beautiful hike to location.

Participants should:

  • have a solid working knowledge of their cameras with a solid command on manual and aperture priority exposure modes
  • are active and capable of hiking 4-8 miles with camera gear, protective apparel, food and water
  • are willing to wade in cold water
  • want to learn about adventure photography and incorporate people in your outdoor images


INSTRUCTIONAL BASED WORKSHOP: Intensive and comprehensive workshops include organized classroom presentations. 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. 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.

  • Exposure and composition techniques
  • Equipment and special considerations for shooting in canyons and wet environments
  • How to pack light without sacrificing pro results
  • Introduction to shooting adventure sports and travel
  • Art directing, styling, lighting in a canyon environment
  • Shooting from a participant’s point of view


  • 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



  • Transportation to and from Springdale to shoot locations
  • Guided and outfitted technical canyoneering hike (includes hiking, down climbing, rappelling, wading or swimming)
  • Classroom presentation and field instruction
  • Talent to serve as adventure subjects for our shoots


  • 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


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.

Zion Photography Tours 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 - Informative and motivational 3 hour presentation.

NOON - Lunch Break

1:00PM - Outfitting for second day’s canyoneering event

2:00PM - On Location landscape shoot until sunset

Day 2
6:00AM - Meet for a full day guided, outfitted technical canyoneering hike and shoot to a beautiful slot canyon where we hope to capture the ethereal reflected mid day light that will make your images jump off the screen.

At both locations we will learn simple but effective techniques on how to incorporate human subjects participating in the adventure into our landscape setting. We’ll show you how to shoot from a participant's point of view. Make your images stand out.

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


Zion 2-Day Canyon Adventure Photography Workshop