Zion's Splendor in Autumn

Zion. The very word imparts a powerful image. Monolithic, iconic rock formations, classic redrock scenery and intimate details are just part of this amazing place. The splendor of Autumn adds rich yellows, oranges and the brilliant reds of leaves to your scenes. During this change of seasons, there are often storm systems that pass by, creating dramatic light and clouds. From the grand landscape to the intimate close-up, our days will be filled with photography and learning. Join us on this instructional tour for a journey to experience Zion at it's best. You will learn techniques for making outstanding photographs, from landscapes to close-ups, and have fun doing it!

With Brenda and Jed's preparedness in the field, we visited some great locations, and I made some really great pictures. It was another great trip!
~ Eleanor B., California
  • Zion's Splendor in Autumn
  • Zion's Splendor in Autumn
  • Zion's Splendor in Autumn

  • When: November 5-9, 2014

  • Where: Springdale, Utah
  • Price: $1300.00 Tuition

Program Highlights


Zion's Splendor in Autumn

We will visit great locations throughout the park, both iconic as well as lesser known spots that offer unique photographic opportunities. At this time of year in this park, you can make pictures almost all day, adding more field time to your photo adventure. We will be out for sunrise and sunset light at the very least. You will be immersed in the beauty around you, and that leads to creative expression and a stronger photographic vision. We'll photograph along with you, sharing how we see and helping you see more deeply in the same location.


Zion's Splendor in Autumn

You'll learn ways to make your images more creative, including in-camera techniques. We'll have one image critique during the class, and informal sessions where we'll talk 'workflow' and discuss other topics as desired by the group. You'll learn to see more deeply, and how to express that vision in your final image, through the guidance of both instructors.


Zion's Splendor in Autumn

You will learn a great deal while in the field - the best place to put in to practice new concepts or reaffirm your techniques. Techniques include:

• Natural looking HDR

• Creating visual depth

• Incorporating visual design

• Star trails and night sky photography

Additional Info

Workshop Details

The program is limited to 12 participants. Our instructional tour will help you create beautiful images from the varied landscapes and scenes of Zion National Park. We'll be photographing majestic red rock formations, dry washes lined with sandstone formations, and the drama of sunrise on the cliffs of Zion. It's a time of stunning Fall color when the cottonwoods are a blaze of yellow and the big-tooth maples are a brilliant red along the washes. While Autumn's peak varies from year to year, we'll photograph whatever phase we're in, capturing the change of the seasons. We will also plan on doing night photography if weather conditions allow. Each day is filled with beautiful vistas and photo opportunities as we lead you to locations at the right time to take advantage of the light and location. We emphasize learning on the go - helping you make images with impact, helping you to tell the 'story' of what you see. The price listed is for tuition only. We've reserved a block of rooms at a hotel in Springdale, with all the amenities you'll need. Meals will be taken individually or as a group in the town of Springdale. Transportation by car from Saint George/Las Vegas airports is convenient and a scenic drive! Carpooling will be required during the tour. We'll have total and flexible access to areas inside the canyon using our own vehicles as the shuttle service will be finished by time our even begins. Some light hiking is involved. Inquire for more information if you have questions. DEPOSIT/PAYMENT INFORMATION A deposit of $400 USD is required to secure your space. If you have to cancel we can only refund your deposit if we can fill your spot on the tour. Final payment is due sixty (60) days out from the start of the tour. No refunds will be possible after final payment. Please click "sign-up now" button above to fill out an application form. When you hit "submit" on the application, it will take you to a payment instructions page. View the Cancellation Policy Skill Level: Participants should have a good understanding of their camera equipment, including reviewing histograms, switching modes from Aperture to Manual, etc., and other basic settings, and be able to create accurate exposures. We’ll be focusing on creative vision and technique, but will happily help anyone with technical issues on a one-on-one basis. Film photographers are welcome but there will be no processing available. Bring a laptop with RAW processing and image editing software to prepare your images if you want them reviewed. General Schedule: Each day's schedule varies based on weather, which locations we'll visit, and how long we will photograph while there. If the conditions are right we will photograph beyond just morning or afternoon/sunset light. Participants should come with a flexible attitude to get the most out of the program and be prepared to be out for several hours at a time. We'll be out daily for sunrise and early morning, as well as afternoon/sunset, and whenever the light is right, we'll stay out and photograph longer! Midday we'll have breaks and time for informal discussions of technique and equipment. We'll begin the first session at 2pm with a presentation and then it's off to photograph sunset. for introductions, schedule review, and an opening night presentation. We'll then go into town for a quick dinner. (Note: Starting times may vary and will be indicated in the materials sent to participants prior to the instructional tour start date.) You'll be led by professional photographers and experienced workshop leaders Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring. (We reserve the right to substitute a leader in the event Jed cannot lead with me) Participation Requirements • Ability to walk 1-3 miles per day (though not all at once) over uneven outdoor terrain • Sturdy Footwear with good traction • Open mind, flexible attitude You will receive additional information about preparing for the trip several months out from the start date, once we receive the minimum participant numbers to make it a 'go'.


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