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Photography in Utah’s National Parks: Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Plus Antelope Canyon

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Patricia McMillan Feb 28, 2015 at 03:31 PM

in regards to the Ixpand card, is this similar in concept to the sd wifi cards? I just found out about them. I don't have apple devices but Samsung so, this is something I probably should look into. another friend recommended a transformer/laptop which is lighter than the existing laptop I have. I hate the idea of all this to pack and carry...but, not sure what else will work for me. If anyone has suggestions or comments, please provide. thanks. there may be computers at the hotels we could use as a last resort.

Premium Email Subscriber Feb 18, 2015 at 05:57 PM

I'm signed up for April. Does anyone know if we need laptops? Just one more thing I don't want to lug around if I don't need it....
Rion Millen Feb 18, 2015 at 08:15 PM

You probably don't really 'need' one, but you'll want to review your pix as you'll be asked to submit your three best shots for s critique either daily of at the end of your class.
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 24, 2015 at 06:18 PM

I plan to leave my MacBook Pro at home and bring my iPad plus my SanDisk iXpand 32 GB flash drive. I used this set up for the photography vacation to Costa Rica last month and it worked well. I like to upload my photos to my iPad using the SD card reader that fits into the iPad's lightning connector. Then the SanDisk iXpand has both a USB and lightning connectors, so I can then select the handful of photos I want to share with the instructor from my iPad and simply hand the iXpand to the instructor for uploading to their computer. I purchased the iXpand from Best Buy for $60. regards, Elizabeth
Premium Email Subscriber Feb 24, 2015 at 08:57 PM

The iXpand is something I will check outbut so far
Premium Email Subscriber Feb 24, 2015 at 09:00 PM

(Oops. Got sent prematurely....) I do not see it on any of the Canadian websites and definitely not at $60. You got a great deal. I will have my iPad with me and definitely do download photos to it. Perhaps I can share with the instructor as email attachments or via Dropbox??

Patricia McMillan Feb 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM

I have signed up for this trip and love the idea we will have two instructors..the best of both worlds. I am trying to contact Duke regarding what type of camera/lenses to bring. I will be flying and want to minimize what I pack. I also may want to rent a lens. Thank you Rion for your post. very encouraging and reaffirming about my decision to enroll in this program.
Rion Millen Feb 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

I found that my 18-200mm lens was my workhorse lens and used it about 95% of the time; for the other 5% , I used my 12-24mm wide angle lens. In addition, I had opportunities for using my polarizer filter, but not my variable ND filter ( I would bring it if you have it). Also, you will be asked to shoot in JPG so your pix will be readily available for review (I shot RAW+JPG).
Patricia McMillan Feb 13, 2015 at 03:46 PM

I didn't give any thought to a wide angle lens...so, if I rent anything, that probably should be a choice. I have a 55-200 and a 70-300 I use for my birding pictures. I certainly appreciate you responding to me. any other suggestions would be appreciated if you care to provide them.
Rion Millen Feb 19, 2015 at 05:09 PM

Rion Millen Feb 19, 2015 at 05:14 PM

One more thing to consider is a set of Step-up rings. These will allow you to use one set of filters on different size lenses. I can then use 77mm filters on both my 72mm zoom lens and my 77mm wide angle lens (plus on any other size lens I may bring along).

Stanley Strauss Feb 06, 2015 at 04:00 PM

My wife and I are interested in this program, but are concerned about the level of photographer that this program is directed to. We are both experienced photographers (see our website - http://www.standyphotography.com/) and, a matter of fact, I give talks and instruction on Photoshop and Lightroom. So our concern is, is this the right program for us?
Stan Strauss
Rion Millen Feb 06, 2015 at 09:27 PM

Hard to give you a straight yes or no answer. The day before the class started, Congress closed all the Nat'l Parks so we were 'treated' to a lot of state parks instead. These state parks were gems in themselves (loved Goblin Valley State Park). You will see the Nat'l Parks, but the instructors (Eldon and Duke) were excellent and Eldon is a geology professor so we got a geology lesson in addition to the photography lessons. My fellow student's experiences ranged from your level to relative beginners. Very little photoshop/lightroom use was discussed. If you haven't been to any of these parks, they will take you to many of the more scenic areas. The classes mostly dealt with techniques. I learned a lot.

Donna Ruffer Nov 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I am enrolled in this program for April.
I am planning on driving. If there is anyone in the Sacramento or San Francisco areas who would like to drive along please send me an email: jdruffer8232@yahoo.com
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 24, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Hi Donna! I live in San Jose but plan to fly in to Vegas, then take the St George Executive Shuttle that is mentioned in the program under "travel details". I am enrolled in the April 28 - May 5 program. Looking forward to meeting you, regards, Elizabeth.

Rion Millen Oct 01, 2013 at 09:56 AM

Jean- If you didn't see the email yet, they came up with a plan B.

Jean Shackelford Sep 28, 2013 at 07:22 PM

Is there a backup plan for this trip if Congress closes the National Parks this week?
Rion Millen Oct 01, 2013 at 09:54 AM


Rion Millen Sep 19, 2013 at 01:12 PM

FYI, I saw that the brochure sent out to participants lists two different places for the initial meet up. I called and was told to meet at the College Inn in St. George. See you there.

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