Zion National Park, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2018

with Rod Barbee and Don Mammoser

Silhouettes at sunrize, Temple of the Virgin, Zion National Park, UT

October 31 - Nov. 4, 2018

Based out of La Verkin, UT

$1235 ($200 deposit)
Discount if paying by check
Limit 12, minimum 6 for two instructors
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Silhouette of cottonwood in the Court of the Patriarchs. Mt. Moroni in background.

Silhouette of cottonwood in the Court of the Patriarchs. Mt. Moroni in background.

Zion National Park is a landscape photographer's dream. Towering spires, colorful canyon walls, and incredible light is just part of what awaits and autumn is a wonderful time to visit Zion, with fall foliage adding its accent to the already incredible colors of the sandstone cliffs.
We'll spend time in Zion Canyon photographing along the banks of the Virgin River, and visit such places as the Temple of Sinewava, The Court of the Patriarchs, Weeping Rock, Big Bend, and more. We’ll also photograph at the Temples of the Virgin, the Kolob Canyons, and the east side of the park where we’ll find striated sand stone, colorful gullies, and windblown rock formations.
This is one of America's most spectacular natural areas and we'll be focusing on landscape photography and discussing the techniques that will help you capture the vision in your mind's eye.

Virgin River and "The Pulpit" in the Temple of Sinewava

Virgin River and "The Pulpit" in the Temple of Sinewava

Some of these techniques include hyperfocal focusing for images that are sharp from foreground to background, and using specialized filters and digital techniques to capture the wide range of light found here.
We won't be taking any strenuous hikes on this trip. Most of the places we'll be are generally flat. We will be walking on sandstone "slickrock" on occasion. It's not really slick though. We may walk the Emerald Pools Trail or the Canyon Overlook Trail. None of these are difficult for anyone of average shape and capable of walking a couple of miles of ups and downs, but be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots in the field.
Depending on group wishes, we may even make the two-hour drive to Bryce Canyon for a sunrise.

Freemont Cottonwood, fall color in Zion Canyon near Weeping Rock

Freemont Cottonwood, fall color in Zion Canyon near Weeping Rock

Our goal is to help you create photographs that are uniquely your own and to help you develop your own style. To that end, I'll be encouraging you to stretch beyond what you’re used to doing and to look for perspectives, angles and compositions that are expressions of your own view of the world.

We hope you can join us in one of the most amazing parks our country offers; one of the best fall color destinations we know about.

What else to expect

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

This is a field workshop. Most of our time will be spent in the field. Classroom and critique sessions are optional as space and time allow. Don and I may be photographing alongside participants on this trip but we are always available to help you if you need.

In the field we'll address photo techniques ranging from exposure, using graduated filters, hyperfocal focusing, composition and more.

In the field we'll also discuss planning photographs with digital post processing in mind. This might include creating panoramas, images stacked for focus, star trails, and more.

Canyon reflections in the Virgin River, Zion National Park, UT

Canyon reflections in the Virgin River, Zion National Park, UT

Other details

We'll be meeting the afternoon or early evening of the 31st for introductions and orientation. The workshop ends after the morning shoot on the 4th.
More specific details will be included in your welcome packet.

Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park.


We'll be staying at the La Quinta in La Verkin, UT.

Rates average out to be $76.50/night plus tax. Upon registering you'll be sent information about how to book your room.



Air travel

The closest airport is Las Vegas. Allow about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to drive to Springdale.

Zion Canyon from the Temple of Sinewava


The weather in the fall is usually very pleasant. Mornings will be cold, and if we make the trip to Bryce, expect temperatures right around freezing. So be sure to bring a hat and gloves. Rain can also happen in the fall. And if we get lucky, we'll get a day so full of rain that we'll be able to photograph waterfalls in the Canyon. So be sure to bring rain gear too!


$1235 ($1195 if paying both deposit and balance by check or money order)
The price includes personalized instruction, honest evaluation of your work, location expertise, and of course, ample teasing.
Prices do not include lodging, meals, or transportation.
Visit the Sign Up Page for details on paying by check.

Trip Insurance

We understand that sometimes folks need to make last minute cancellations due to illness, family, or business matters. Unfortunately, we are unable to make last minute refunds or provide credit to future workshops due to these last minute cancellations. We therefore highly recommend travel insurance. See this page for some resources.


Many of your questions may already be answered on the FAQ page.