White Pocket Vermilion Cliffs

White Pocket is the underlying beauty of our planet laid bare. Part of a more extensive series of formations on the Pariah Plateau in America’s Southwest, substantial erosion has revealed incredible swirling layers of sandstone. This workshop is a backcountry experience of one of the most unusual and photogenic geologic formations in the region. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument has many other great subjects, and we will explore them, as well as the multi-colored Chinle formations near the movie town of Paria.

We’ll spend two nights in our fully-outfitted remote camp, where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the sandstone formations and the surrounding plains. We’ll also spend three nights in Kanab Utah, where we’ll conduct our signature image reviews and provide instruction on post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Michael Strickland and Greg Vaughn will teach you techniques for composing your images, focus stacking, using neutral density filters, and more.

Our camp complies with all the standards of a National Monument commercial use permit.

If you are a landscape photographer and want to learn from two of our best landscape photographers, this workshop is one you do not want to miss.


Utah and Arizona




October 9–14, 2021

Fitness Level:

Walking on uneven desert for up to 2 miles


Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

Great flexibility on the part of the leadership, knowledge of locations to photograph and interaction with the participants Having Michael Strickland along on the workshop was a real bonus for me. His methods were great! As a teacher with 45 years of experience I found Michael to be very supportive yet allowed me to move on at my pace and feel I was becoming ready to fly out of the nest.
— Dennis Oliver, Death Valley '15 and '17, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Escalante '18
I really liked that Michael gave me assignments and helped me move outside of my comfort zone (something I wanted to do on this trip). And though I’ve been photographing for a while I learned new ways to approach my images.
— Hilari Hardin, Glacier National Park '19

Itinerary and General Information

October 9, 2021: Arrive today to Kanab, Utah. We’ll gather in the afternoon to discuss the following days’ activities, followed by a welcome dinner.

October 10, 2021: Our first morning will begin with a sunrise shoot at the clay hills (Chinle Formation) outside Paria. We’ll then have breakfast in the field, followed by further exploration of the region. We’ll then hike into one of the more unusual sandstone formations in the swell, where (weather permitting) we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon exploring and photographing. After sunset, we’ll return to Kanab for dinner, followed by an image review.

October 11, 2021: This morning we’ll depart Kanab early for White Pocket. Expect a lovely drive through red desert landscapes. Once the group reaches camp, there will be time to settle in, have lunch, and take an orientation walk. White Pocket takes time to explore so we’ve allowed plenty of time for that today. Since we have a fully outfitted camp for two full nights, we’ll have lots of opportunity to capture the formation in varied light.

October 12, 2021: We’ll continue to explore the White Pocket area, with plans for both sunrise and sunset shoots.

October 13, 2021: Our last morning in camp, and a last opportunity to capture sunrise over White Pocket. After breakfast, we’ll pack up and head back to town for hot showers and a comprehensive image review.

October 14, 2021: Weather permitting, we’ll have a last sunrise shoot near Kanab. The workshop concludes after breakfast and you are welcome to schedule flights home at any time today.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask).

  • All meals during the workshop

  • Transportation during the workshop

  • Fully outfitted camping

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros

  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction

  • All gratuities for guides and camp staff

  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Kanab, Utah. Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Trip and cancellation insurance (optional). Personal sleeping bag. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,495 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $3,000 will be due not later than July 1, 2021. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

Don’t miss photographing an icon of the American Southwest! Click the “SIGN ME UP!” button and we’ll see you in Kanab.