Zion National Park - Extreme Photography Workshop
Authorized permittee of the National Park Service
Photos from the last workshop
"What an amazing workshop with a top-notch guide. Mike made this weekend's photo adventure the best in so many ways. Mike was approachable, experienced, and funny, and gave us so many photo tips. When the narrows were a bit treacherous, he encouraged and paved the way. The photos say it all - probably the best photo; I've ever taken and I learned so much. Thanks, Aperture Academy - Love your program and how you deliver."
-- Colleen P.
Are you looking for adventure? Do you want something that combines your love of nature, photography and outdoor activity? Well, the Aperture Academy is here to deliver. If you're physically fit and able to hike 4-5 miles in a day, then come join us in Zion National Park for a weekend of excitement and photography in one of the most majestic places in the Southwest.
Some people call Zion, the Yosemite of the Southwest. With its towering red rock walls and river filled valleys, Zion is an oasis in the desert for sure. During our weekend together, we'll take you to some of the best spots in the valley, during the best time of the year. Fall brings with it significantly cooler temperatures than the summer and spring, which turns the cottonwood trees to beautiful yellows and oranges.
We'll spend our first day exploring the valley and taking in some of the more iconic views, such as the Emerald pools, Weeping Rock, and The Watchman. The day will be filled with smaller hikes and seemingly endless photography opportunities in Zion Canyon and along the banks of the beautiful Virgin River.
The second day will be full of adventure.
We'll rise early and take the Zion National Park shuttle to the mouth of "The Narrows." The adventure begins from there. We'll leave the comforts of a maintained trail and go into the river to work our way forward through the narrow, thousand foot high canyon walls. Our compositions will be filled with moving waters, and the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of the magnificent canyon.
The photography in this area of Zion is among the best in the world. Landscape photographers make the pilgrimage here every fall to capture the splendor of the Virgin Narrows. We'll be there too...in the best time of year. We'll spend all morning and afternoon in the Narrows, slowly making our way to the Orderville Canyon Junction, where the canyon walls tower high above us. Then, we will make the return journey out of the canyon, where the light has now shifted and new photographic opportunities await.
The Zion Narrows hike is widely considered one of the best, most beautiful, hikes in the world. Photographing it takes a special set of skills that the instructors at the Aperture Academy can provide you with, so that you come away with images as fantastic as the hike itself. Why not come spend the weekend with the Aperture Academy, your camera, and other like-minded enthusiasts, and have the adventure of a lifetime?
This workshop will fill quickly, we recommend booking in advance.
What is Required
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Lodging, Meals & Directions
While lodging is not included in the workshop fee, the Aperture Academy does its best to set up a discounted block of rooms for enrolled students in our recommended hotel or location for all our workshops.
Please check with us before booking your lodging reservations. Upon sign-up, you will be emailed any current information on recommended lodging for this workshop.
Traveling: Students and instructor(s) will drive individually during the course of the workshop unless you've made arrangements to carpool with others.
What's Included/Not Included
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What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service, and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously, and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them has the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable, and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation during the workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and or spouses are welcome to attend but will be liable for their transportation. For more information, please contact the Aperture Academy staff.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!