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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico
by Virginia Simmons
Using government documents, archives, and local histories, Simmons has painstakingly separated the often repeated and often incorrect hearsay from more accurate accounts of the Ute Indians.
Canyonlands Country: Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
by Donald L. Baars
"An easy-to-read geological history of the amazing red rock landscapes in southeastern Utah. Towering red buttes, plunging canyon walls, domes, pinnacles, spires, ten thousand strangely carved forms—what visitor hasn’t marveled at the land of rock in southeastern Utah that is Canyonlands Country? Canyonlands Country offers a unique geological history of this awesome landscape, in language understandable by the non-geologist. The story is as strange and fascinating as the land itself. Each exposed rock layer has a different geologic history: one is a stream deposit, another is an ancient field of dunes, another was deposited by shallow tropic seas. The Green and Colorado Rivers began carving canyons thirty million years ago, but to understand such relatively recent events Canyonlands Country takes us on a journey of two billion years. Tours include Arches National Park, Island in the Sky, Needles District, The Maze and Elaterite Basin, Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons, Meander Canyon, and Cataract Canyon."
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
by Edward Abbey
"A passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty." Edward Abbey lived for three seasons in the desert at Moab, Utah, and what he discovered about the land before him, the world around him, and the heart that beat within, is a fascinating, sometimes raucous, always personal account of a place that has already disappeared, but is worth remembering and living through again and again. The classic drama of a year alone as a ranger in a national park. "This book may well seem like a ride on a bucking bronco."--New York Times Book Review

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