Advanced Nature Photography in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Find out what makes Utah’s national parks a must-explore for photographers as you join experts for extended field sessions focusing on light, composition and advanced techniques.
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Program No. 6150RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Learn field nature photography techniques with a professional photographer and explore stunning scenery during field trips on foot and by van. Up early and out late, find dramatic light, build strong compositions and capture digital images. This program emphasizes outdoor settings, and minimal time will be spent in formal classroom instruction.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Hiking 1-3 miles with equipment over varied terrain. Elevations of 3,000-8,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Photograph spectacular desert scenery and capture the early morning and late evening light.
  • Maximize your photography of the area during this advanced program with most of your time and instruction taking place in the field.
  • Visit Arches National Park with extended time spent photographing at Balanced Rock, Delicate Arch and Devils Garden-Landscape Arch areas.

General Notes

Please remember to bring your digital camera, digital memory cards and extra batteries. A tripod and your own laptop are recommended. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ryan Kirkpatrick
Ryan Kirkpatrick is the director of operations for Mountains & Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, and has led hundreds of Road Scholar programs since 2003. A native of Colorado, Ryan has a master’s in sports science, is a Wilderness First Responder, and a “Master Naturalist” for the city of Fort Collins. In addition, he is an ASEP certified instructor and received his Level 1 USATF Coaching Certification from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He is also a volunteer nordic ski ranger for the Colorado State Forest, and as a photographer is a member of Canon Professional Services.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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