Best of Zion & Southwest Utah Canyon Country – Fall


WHEN: Oct 21 - 27, 2018

WHERE: Begins and Ends in St. George, Utah

FEE: $2,195* (deposit: $450)

* Lodging is based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private hotel room is available for an additional $1,000.



Intermediate and
Advanced photographers

** What is this?


  • Lodging
  • Group transportation from St. George.
  • Guided & outfitted hike up the Narrows.
  • Focus on creative vision not just technique.
  • Leader with over 20 years working in Zion.

Zion Photography Workshops  – Fall colors in Zion Canyon


Begin your journey here by making alluring landscape images with new confidence and artistic vision. With its towering sandstone walls and verdant rivers, and springs, dry atmosphere and ethereal reflected light, Zion is photographer’s paradise where we can find ideally lit subjects all day long and an ideal location to transform your vision.

In this 7 day, location-intensive workshop you will learn desert lighting skills, composition and design skills along with special techniques to consistently create landscape images with impact. The open and colorful sandstone landscape, tree lined river bottoms and deep blue sky fosters a creative environment. Mornings and evenings will be spent practicing and perfecting your craft as we seek out the brilliant yellows of cottonwood and box elder trees and blazing reds/oranges of maples. Some mid-days will be spent with informative and constructive critique designed to make breakthroughs in your photography to a higher level. Other mid-days will be spent exploring canyons and capturing beautiful reflected light.

Our exploration will take us to close by and easy to access iconic locations including a 4WD trip to stunning and sweeping views of Zion’s towering walls and to beautiful hidden gems off the beaten path in and around the park including outfitted slot canyon hikes that offer an intimate canyon experience.


  • Camera configuration optimized for landscape photography
  • Mastering Manual and Aperture Priority Exposure modes
  • Exposing for max dynamic range and capturing the most sensor information
  • Fine tuning our understanding of light for direct, diffuse and reflected light
  • Fine tuning exposure
  • How clouds and atmospheric conditions affect light and color
  • How to choose subject matter for the given lighting conditions
  • Using lenses for creative effect
  • Creative seeing and thinking techniques
  • Strengthening composition and design for maximum impact
  • Maximizing depth of field
  • Using polarizers and graduated neutral density filters
  • Getting the most out of your images using the “Develop” module in Lightroom


  • Lodging (Based upon double occupancy. Single supplement available. See note by FEE above.)
  • Transportation to and from shoot locations
  • Guided hike up the Narrows or other slot canyon if the conditions are unsafe in the Narrows.
  • Rental gear (dry pants, neoprene socks, Five-Ten brand water shoes, and a hiking staff) by Zion Guru for the Narrows or other slot canyon.
  • Classroom presentation and field instruction



  • Meals
  • National Park entrance fees (Your Senior or Annual Park Pass is valid for you and any family members also attending)
  • 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.

The Narrows location shoot requires a hiking distance up to 3 miles one way which includes walking 1 mile on a well-defined paved trail and up to 2 miles of multiple river crossings using a staff (provided). The assistant guide will only go up the Narrows as far as the less comfortable participants wish to go.


You will receive a Confirmation notice of your registration once you complete the process. Additional information – including 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


The official group meeting location will be at 1:00PM at the St. George Shuttle office (1275 E Red Hills Parkway, St George, UT, 84770). From here, we will shuttle you to our first location’s accommodations in Springdale, Utah – the gateway town to Zion National Park. The airport options below are provided to give you a couple of options of airports to fly into. From any of the airports listed, you may wish to take a shuttle to the main St. George Shuttle office instead of renting a vehicle.

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 the main St. George Shuttle office as well as to Zion National Park should you miss our group pick up time. Check shuttle times, locations, and make your reservation with them at:

St. George Shuttle.



Day 1
The group will meet at 1PM at the St. George Shuttle main office (1275 E Red Hills Parkway, St George, UT), load up our Sprinter Van, and drive to our first night’s accommodations in Springdale, Utah – the gateway town to Zion National Park. After we settle into our accommodations, we will meet for a brief motivational presentation before we head out for a sunset shoot.

Day 5
6:00AM – Sunrise and morning light shoot.

11:00AM – Check out of lodging

NOON – Lunch Break

1:00PM – Drive to Kanab.

Sunset shoot

Day 2
6:00 AM – Meet at the van and spend the morning shooting sunrise and other great morning light locations.

NOON – Lunch Break

2:00PM – Post Process & Image Critique

4:00PM – Head to Zion Guru to get outfitted for tomorrow’s Narrows hike

4:45PM – Head for sunset shoot location

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

NOON – Lunch Break

1:00PM – Afternoon on location shoot.

4:00PM – Return to conference room for final edit and critique session.

6:00PM – Wrap-up

Day 3
6:00AM – Sunrise Shoot

8:30AM – Take shuttle bus to Temple of Sinewava & hike up and shoot in Narrows

Sunset shoot near park entrance

Day 7
The group will meet at 7AM in the lobby of our hotel. We’ll load up the Sprinter Van and return to the St. George Shuttle main office around 9AM where participants can catch the appropriate shuttle to their respective airports.

Day 4
6:00 AM – Sunrise shoot.
NOON – Lunch Break

2:00PM – Post Process & Image Critique

4:45PM – Head for sunset shoot location


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“Having done landscape photography for a long period, I was well aware of the challenges it brings to photographer. During my recent workshop at Zion National Park with Michael, I found him highly skilled and knowledgeable to address various questions I had from framing, composition, camera placement, to temperature adjustment. He taught me some techniques for focusing which were quite invaluable.

Small size of the group was very important, giving Michael time to check with everyone, even if one did not have any question. The locations which were chosen for sunrise and sunset photography were just amazing with a diverse potential for wide angle and telephoto.

Michael’s background is in meteorology which was very helpful for anticipating upcoming changes, in particular regarding clouds. Until this workshop, I never thought understanding the type of clouds and their movements is a major asset for a landscape photographer.

Living in New Mexico, I am looking forward to join Michael and Lauri in other workshops. ”

– Naser Mojtahed – Naser Mojtahed on Facebook


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.


Zion Photography Workshop "Best of Zion & Southwest Utah Canyon Country" - A Utah Landscape and Creativity Photo Workshop