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Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

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Program #1046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Mary from Walpole, MA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
This was my third photo trip of this photo tour.Instuctors were wonderful,so helpful .The beauty of what we saw and took photos of makes you so appreciate what we have in the USA

Karen from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
Wow! Extraordinary learning adventure in northern Arizona. Totally awesome! Recommend it.

Ronald from Mandeville, LA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
The grow leader, Jeff Strang, was the best leader I have ever encountered, by dent of his extensive knowledge of geology and vegetation. A drive by him became a learning experience. Chuck Lawsen is a natural teacher, knowing how to initiate the learning process, gradually moving to the more complex and ending with summaries.

Joan from Conyers, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
What an excellent way to see beautiful landscapes and learn more about photography at the same time. Jeff and Chuck led us on a well planned adventure and made sure we all received tons of advice and helpful tips. High point of the trip...sunrise at the Grand Canyon!

Sherrill from Milledgeville, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
Great program...Jeff & Chuck are a terrific team. The group size (12) was perfect; consequently, we received lots of individual attention from these two pros! I left with a better understanding of how to use my DSLR and had a great time experiencing a part of our country I'd not previously seen...the southwest is magnificent!

Kathy from Buckeye, AZ Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This was one of the best programs I have ever been on. Chuck & Jeff are wonderful educators. I learned how to shoot in manual and how to understand hyperfocal focussing. I recommend this program for beginning point and shooters and for beginning and intermediate DSLR shooters. Fantastic !!!!

Janet from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
I did get a lot out of this program even though I wasn't that familiar with my "advance point & shoot" camera. Bring a flash drive & a way to download a photo you want critiqued. We did that twice, & I found it very helpful to see what the other folks took photos of & what comments were made about them. Be sure to bring enclosed walking shoes, for the photo shoots in the desert. Very little down time, but you could always pass up an outing if you really had to. I personally didn't want to miss one thing that we did.

George from Wilmette, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
Good chance to see and photograph a variety of Southwestern sites including sunsets. On sight professional photographer available to help all from the newest "point and shoot" to more experienced digital SLR users. Little emphasis on editing which could be improved.

Ronald from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
OUR INSTRUCTOR, CHUCK LAWSON, HAS SUCH A STRONG PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ALONG WITH HIS EXPERTISE, HELPFULNESS AND LIKEABILITY THAT ANYONE WOULD FEEL SATISFIED BEING ON ONE OF HIS TOURS. OUR COORDINATOR, JEFF STRANG, WAS CONSTANTLY LOOKING TO MAKE EVERY ASPECT OF THE TOUR BETTER. AS USUAL, WE HAD A FINE GROUP OF FELLOW PARTICIPANTS WHICH MAKES THE TOUR MORE ENJOYABLE. THIS WAS A GOOD TOUR FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO LEARN AND ENJOY THE DESSERT IN THE SOUTHWEST.

Diane from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
This was so much fun. Learned how to use and enjoy my camera. Leaders knew where to go to get fantastic photo shots of sunsets. The group dynamic added to my enjoyment of this trip, in fact we were talking about having a reunion trip, with our fantastic group leader Jeff and photo instructor Chuck.

John from Syracuse, NY Number of programs attended: 36
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This was the 8th time I have taken this program and I have learned something each time. It is an excellent program.

Vera from Carrollton, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
Chuck Lawsen is an awesome instructor. He shares a wealth of knowledge throughout the week from taking photos, photoshopping, all the way to printing secrets. This was a fantastic week.

Jo Ann from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/24/13 - 03/29/13
If you love photography and want to learn a lot, do this program.

Toni from Camp Hill, PA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/24/13 - 03/29/13
Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or an elaborate dSLR, you will learn all sorts of things about getting a great photo and doing a little post-processing. The photo sites are lovely. The instructor and coordinator are friendly and knowledgeable. This is a truly worthwhile program if you like taking photos.

Mary Ann from Smyrna, GA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
Mary Ann from Smyrna,GA This was my 6th program and my 3rd in photography. I agree with everything Lori & Susan said. I have pledged never to go anywhere without my gloves ever again, but you can't do a thing about the weather! The group was too large, but I can't think of a single one I would eliminate. They were a great group of congenial, interesting & entertaining people. Both leaders were helpful, friendly, & knowledgeable. The bus was comfortable and the food was delicious & nutritious.

Lori from Hudson, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
This was my first Roadscholar trip and I can’t say enough good things about the friendliness, generosity, and thoughtfulness of the participants in our group. It was a lot of fun getting to know everyone. Overall, I enjoyed the program very much. We visited many locations with good opportunities to practice and get some great photos. A possible downside was the large size of the group – 24 participants of various abilities. Chuck and Lynn did their best to address the needs of the group, but as you can imagine, the opportunities for personalized instruction in the field were rather limited. Some of the photo locations seemed crowded with this number of participants. Here’s some information that might be helpful for future participants. First, the 2013 program includes two photo review sessions. It was helpful to have a computer or tablet to review/edit photos for these sessions and a thumb drive or other means to transfer the images. Second, the weather in January can be cold, especially at the higher elevations around Sedona. A warm jacket, warm gloves, warm ski-type hat, and long underwear or overpants were needed to be completely comfortable on two days of our trip. Finally, a cable or remote shutter release, polarizing filter, neutral density filter (four or more stops), and foldable translucent diffuser were all useful for our various photo opportunities – consider bringing them if you already own them.

Susan from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
Good program for all levels of photographers. It is helpful to be familiar with your camera and an editing program.

Rion from Winnetka, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
My first Road Scholar program (Oct. 21-26, 2012). The accommodations were excellent and both Chuck and Lynn were very knowledgeable and personable. The class included: 1.Shooting in the Manual Mode ("M") and why it gives you more control for the final image. 2. Using the histogram to aid in making the perfect shot. 3. Camera accessories that I didn't know existed were shown, demonstrated and used. 4. Photo critiques using Photoshop was invaluable. 5. A demonstration of how to clean the sensor in the field. 6. Visiting sites like Sedona, Superstition Mtns and the Desert Botanical Gardens was a highlight. I learned a lot.


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"Learning about the neutral density filter!" Uploaded By: Joan
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"Chuck & Jeff providing some "individual" instruction!" Uploaded By: Sherrill

"A coyote found at one of the parks we visited. We did see a couple in the wild but didn't catch them with the camera, of course." Uploaded By: George

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