Red Rock, Fall Colors and Sculpted Sandstones

This is a great workshop for those landscape photography enthusiasts who wish to better their skills in a dramatic region during a great time of year. Professional photographers Greg Vaughn and Michael Strickland will lead you on a journey though some of the best parts of the southwest, including Towers of the Virgin, Zion Narrows, Navajo Canyon in Bryce, Sunset Arch and more. You will learn how to compose, meter with your camera, utilize live view and much much more. You will explore the dramatic and rugged narrows in Zion during a time when the thunderstorms have subsided and the autumn colors are turning the maple, oak and cottonwoods yellow and red. The journey continues with a visit to the colorful Bryce Canyon National Park. Take in a sunset and sunrise from various location along the rim. Then explore the very wild and remote Escalante region where sandstone buttes and canyons cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. With good conditions, you'll visit some landmarks during the night to learn how to photograph the stars in a landscape. 

*The walk up the narrows in Zion is moderately difficult which is why this class is listed this way. However, for those who would like to attend the workshop, can choose to walk up only part way that day and still enjoy an incredible experience with one of the leaders.






October 22–28, 2017

Fitness Level:

hiking up the narrows is slippery and rocky


Limited to 8 guests

Greg Vaughn is a terrific photographer, an outstanding teacher and a superlative guide. He ‘knows the territory’. It doesn’t matter if he ‘wrote the book’ for an area, as he did for both Oregon and Washington, or if he is going to a location for the first time. In either case, you can rest assured that he will be totally prepared in every way. He will know where to go and when to be there and have the light figured out. When I’m with Greg, I always have a great time, I always learn a lot about the craft of getting a great image—and I always come away with images I treasure. He is the quintessential pro.
— Steve Wood, Iceland '15, Death Valley '15, Alaska Yacht '16, Italy '16, Antarctica '17, Patagonia '17


October 22, 2017: Meet in lobby of hotel in St. George for introductions and sunset shoot, followed by group dinner.

October 23, 2017: Sunrise shoot at Towers of the Virgin in Zion NP. Breakfast and drive to Springdale hotel. Prepare for hike into the narrows, using rental canyoneering equipment. Boots and waders for walking in the cold waters of the Virgin River. Sunset shoot along the Virgin River near Watchman Tower. 

October 24, 2017: Sunrise shoot in the east end of park, with sandstone formations and oaks turning autumn colors. Breakfast, then excursion up into the narrows for the remainder of the day. This will be an exciting and difficult walk on wet boulders where many photographic opportunities exist. If you are not interested in walking the narrows, there are many great locations along the trail that approaches the narrows. Dinner and image review. 

October 25, 2017: Sunrise up on Mt Carmel Highway or Towers of the Virgin, depending on conditions. Breakfast then drive to Bryce Canyon NP. After check-in, visit Sunrise Point for sunset followed by dinner.

October 26, 2017: Sunrise at Sunset Point, and short walk into Navajo Canyon. Breakfast checkout and drive to Escalante. Visit spectacular sandstone vistas and Metate Arch for night photography. 

October 27, 2017: Sunrise at sandstone overlook, breakfast then downtime. Leave with packed lunches for visit to Sunset Arch and possible night photography. 

October 28, 2017: Sunrise TBD and breakfast. Checkout of hotel and drive back to St. George for departing flights from 3pm. 

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
  • All meals, soft drinks and snacks during the workshop
  • All transportation during workshop 
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from St. George, Utah. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel and trip cancelation insurance. Anything specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,500 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $2,495 will be due not later than August 1, 2017. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This workshop is strictly limited to 8 guests. If you have interest, don't delay, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in St. George! Got questions?