Workshops 2009


This year I’m happy to offer three all-new fall workshops.


The first is a three-day introduction to Yellowstone (Sept. 18-20), where I’ve been photographing as a professional for ten years, and where I’ve been a photographer in residence for the last nine years.

In this workshop, we’ll sample several of the park’s many different environments, including thermal areas, forest, meadow, rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. Yellowstone is a beautiful but challenging place to photograph. I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve learned over the years about getting the most out of your photo trips to Yellowstone. And mid-September is hands-down the nicest time of year to visit the park, making an already wonderful place even more enjoyable.

Utah’s Canyons

The other two workshops will focus on the red rock canyons of southern Utah, one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. In the first workshop (Oct. 12-18), we’ll visit the San Rafael Swell, an area larger than any of Utah’s national parks and quite as scenic. We’ll also hike and photograph in Canyonlands NP, Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef NP, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. We’ll swim in desert rivers, pick fruit in a pioneer orchard, and enjoy evenings in several of Utah’s most pleasant and historic towns. Having lived in Salt Lake City most of my life, I’ve been hiking and photographing Utah for almost twenty years, and I’d like to share my knowledge of the canyon country with you.


The second workshop (Oct. 21-25) is devoted entirely to Zion National Park, where I’ve been a photographer in residence for the last several years. During the five days we have together, we’ll hike the narrows of the Virgin River, explore slot canyons, relish the mellow light and cool of pre-dawn in the wild eastern reaches of the park, and explore the alpine highlands overlooking the canyons. I’ll introduce you to backcountry roads around the park with spectacular vistas for evening views. And, we’ll finish off each day with great meals at several of Springdale’s best restaurants.

Zion is particularly beautiful in late October, when the trees burst out in New-England-like autumn colors. While the precise timing of these varies from year to year, we should get some beautiful foliage.

Sept. 18-20

Yellowstone $400/person

Utah’s Canyons $950/person

Zion $675/person

Sample Galleries




New for 2009!

  1. Waterfall, Capitol Reef

Ed at Black Dragon Canyon, one of the places we’ll visit in the first Utah workshop

Quick Details

Cost includes breakfast, lunch, off-road transportation, and state park entrance fees. Attendees must arrange for their own accommodations, rental car, national park entrance fees (if necessary) and dinner. When you register, we’ll give you a list of personally recommended accommodations and restaurants in each of the towns where we will stay.

Each night, for those interested, we’ll do reviews of the day’s photographs over dinner at one of my favorite local eateries, but you’re free to eat wherever you’d like.

Non-photographer partners are welcome, but must pay the full registration cost.

Each workshop is limited to a maximum of seven attendees to insure that I can give everyone individual attention.

While we won’t be doing any camping, climbing, or canyoneering, we will be hiking. The longest of the hikes will be about six miles and will involve descents and ascents of several hundred feet. In Zion, those interested may wish to hike to viewpoints on the canyon rim, which are 1,600 to 2,000 feet above the canyon floor. You don’t need to be a mountain goat to enjoy the workshops, but you should be in decent physical condition, and you should definitely NOT come if you have health conditions that would make hiking difficult.

Everyone will be responsible for bringing some sort of backpack suitable for carrying camera gear, water, and snacks. More detailed recommendations about what to bring and what to expect are included in your registration package.

If you’d like to attend one of the longer Utah workshops but can’t manage five or seven days, I’m open to letting you join late at a discounted price. Email me if this possibility interests you.

The main thing is to have fun photographing these wonderful places! I hope you’ll join me.

For more information:

  1. 801-424-3041 (MST)


Since these are photo workshops and not just journeys into beautiful places, we’ll spend time every day talking about the art and science of photography. Using your cameras and mine (a Linhof Technikardan 4x5 view camera and Technorama 617 panoramic camera), we’ll review photography basics such as exposure, depth of field, the Zone System, and composition. If you use a digital camera and you want to bring a laptop to review your images, we’ll also talk about how to get the most out of a digital image in Photoshop. In addition to my work in the field, I’ve been doing my own scanning and printing since I turned professional ten years ago. My two scanners are a Heidelberg Tango drum and a Hasselblad X5 film scanner. I own my own Iris 3047 giclée printer and an Epson. I’ve printed on numerous other machines including the LightJet and Chromira, and have published a number of posters and books, all of which I’ve shepherded through offset print shops. So, I have a lot of experience in color printing, which I’m anxious to share with you.

Most of all, though, I’d like to share with you my love of the western landscape. There are many wonderful stories to tell about life in the West, and wonderful memories to make experiencing the West for yourself!

Orderville Canyon, Zion


Capitol Reef at sunset