2014 Zion National Park 5-Day Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Our 2nd Annual – Take a look at last year’s workshop here.

Dates: Friday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 11, 2014   Location:  Zion National Park, Utah
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate   Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Status:  Registration is open!

Intro:

Imagine five days in beautiful Zion National Park in Utah at or near peak fall foliage, in a small group of just 8 students, photographing amazing sunrises & sunsets along with striking fall foliage color with not one but two full-time fine art photographers as your instructors and guides.

 

Sunrise at the Court of Patriarchs

 

There isn’t a better time to photograph Zion than in early November. The sun is low, the crowds are lower, and the photographic possibilities are even higher!

Zion is almost magical in the fall and breathtaking photographs can be created there with the reds, yellows & oranges of the fall foliage to the blues, greens, and sometimes browns of the Virgin River in contrast to the reds, oranges and whites of the canyon walls along with that special light that happens in Zion particularly at sunrise and sunset. The photographic possibilities in Zion are endless.

Join Matt and me on our 2nd annual Zion National Park 5-Day Fall Foliage Photography Workshop.

Not only are you learning from one professional photographer – but 2 full-time professional photographers & artists with over 40 combined years of experience behind the camera as well as teaching and helping students. We will show you our own unique techniques in the field photographing that has enabled us to acquire collectors and followers of our artwork worldwide. We will teach you what we know from our extensive background and experience in photography in a way that is easy and fun to learn and which allows you room to grow from your newfound knowledge and renewed enthusiasm in photography.

In our photography workshops we make sure there is plenty of one-on-one time with Christine and I.

In our photography workshops we make sure there is plenty of one-on-one time with Matt and I.

With a student to teacher ratio of 4:1 there will be numerous opportunities to work with Matt and me on a one-on-one basis helping you individually on composition, exposure, your own personal style, shooting techniques, and more. Our students have absolutely loved this aspect of our photo workshops and has led to great discussions and learning opportunities.

Workshop Location:

This workshop will take place at a time that is normally at or near peak fall foliage in Zion National Park in Southwest Utah. We will bring you to some of the best locations to photograph during the best light as well as some other locations Christine and I love to photograph based on our experience shooting there during the fall.

Getting up early to catch the first rays of sunlight is what is needed for great photos and our students were up for the challenge.

Getting up early to catch the first rays of sunlight is what is needed for great photos and our students were up for the challenge.

Details:

This is a field photography workshop and there is no classroom (computer) time scheduled. However students are encouraged to bring their laptops for any image processing questions that can be answered during one-on-one time during the workshop.

We start most of our days in the dark at 5:30 am to be in position to photograph the sunrise. Anywhere from 2 to 4 hour breaks are scheduled around noon time, with us re-grouping mid afternoon to reach our sunset location. Throughout the workshop we will be talking heavily about light, composition, lens choice, artistic expression, personal style, color pallet, HDR photography, photography with iPhones (or other cell phone cameras) as a scouting tool as well as a way to take unique photos, and more.

We will teach you our tips and secrets into creating fine art quality photographs in the field, and discuss ways to process those images during field discussions. You will return home with numerous images worthy of display, new knowledge and experience in how to create such images again in the future, and a newfound excitement and energy towards photography after studying for 5 days with two working pros who love to teach what they know.

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Some of the more popular locations we may photograph (depending upon weather & scheduling) are: the Watchman, Court of the Patriarchs, Towers of the Virgin, Checkerboard Mesa, the Virgin River, Temple of Sinawava, The Grotto, and more. In addition we will be bringing you to some less popular locations that we have found from our years of scouting and shooting in Zion.

Note that Matt and I teach photo workshops in Zion National Park with permission granted from Zion via the Commercial Use Authorization Permit. This permit comes with some restrictions on exactly where we can and can not photograph. For example we are not permitted to take students to the Subway. In addition certain locations require the use of a monopod instead of a tripod. These restrictions are the same for any photo workshop there and are not much of an issue. This permit is required for all photo workshop instructors in Zion. Matt and I are also first aid/CPR certified as well.

Schedule:

Note that the schedule listed is not official. A few days prior to the start of the workshop we will have a more exact schedule and times to meet that will be based on weather conditions and photo possibilities.

Friday, November 7 – meet at the Visitors Center at 2pm for introductions and presentation followed by sunset photography

Saturday, Nov. 8 – meet at a location TBD at approx. 5:30am for sunrise photography. Break can start anywhere from 10:00 to noon, and end anywhere from 1 to 3. Meet following the break at a location TBD for sunset photography.

Sunday, Nov. 9 - meet at a location TBD at approx. 5:30am for sunrise photography. Break can start anywhere from 10:00 to noon, and end anywhere from 1 to 3. Meet following the break at a location TBD for sunset photography.

Monday, Nov. 10 - meet at a location TBD at approx. 5:30am for sunrise photography. Break can start anywhere from 10:00 to noon, and end anywhere from 1 to 3. Meet following the break at a location TBD for sunset photography.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 - meet at a location TBD at approx. 5:30am for sunrise photography. Workshop ends at noon allowing time to catch any late afternoon / early evening flights back home.

 

Matt gives a demo on composition while out in the field photographing.

Matt gives a demo on composition while out in the field photographing.

Skill Level:

This workshop is designed for photographers whose skill level ranges from beginner to intermediate. A basic working knowledge of your camera is needed. There will be a bit of walking during this workshop along with some 1 to 2 mile hikes, occasionally on rocky and sandy ground, with little elevation gain. The level of hiking would be classified as easy. We will be at elevations ranging from 4,000′ to 7,000′.

Tuition Fees & How to Register:

Tuition: $950 per student, with a limit of 8 students

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration.

Repeat Student Special: If you took a workshop with us before you are eligible for an additional $100 off... simply contact me to register.   To register you can do one of the following:

Tuition: $950 per student, with a limit of 8 students

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration.

 

Click here

to go to our easy registration page located on Matt Suess' website

 

- To register and pay by phone you can call Christine at 303-578-2787 or Matt at 480-818-9566. All major credit cards are accepted or you can pay by check as well.

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. A list of area accommodations will be emailed to you following your registration.

Payment is due in full with a signed liability form (emailed to you after registration) returned to us to be registered for a workshop. You can view our workshop policies and faq’s here.

 

We will bring you to incredible locations at times that have the best light based on our years of experience photographing in Zion.

We will bring you to incredible locations at times that have the best light based on our years of experience photographing in Zion.

The fine print:

- Payment for this workshop acknowledges reading and understanding our workshop policies listed on this page and here.

- We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who have not registered are unable to partake in any group functions. Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs.

 

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Cancellation Policy:

All workshop tuition fees are non-refundable. We understand, however, that emergencies do come up at the last moment that could effect your participation. Should you need to cancel, Christine and I can transfer the fees you paid towards another one of our photo workshops. Note that there is a $150 administrative fee to do this, and you must sign up for one of our workshops that occurs within 1 year of the workshop you cancel. If the workshop  you are transferring to is more than your original amount paid, the remaining balance will be due to secure registration. No fees are to be returned if the transferred workshop is less than your original payment. Students transferring from another workshop to this one will be registered in excess of the regular class size listed for this workshop with a maximum of 2 students transferred. Workshop fees can only be transferred towards another workshop and can not be used to purchase artwork or other items for sale.

In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund of tuition fees which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We strongly recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. Things beyond our control such as government shutdowns and weather can effect scheduling. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

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Liability Limitation:

Christine Hauber and Matt Suess aim to provide a safe, educational and enjoyable experience. We assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. – By participating in this workshop you acknowledge that you have read the information concerning responsibility and release Christine Hauber, Matt Suess, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Christine Hauber and Matt Suess will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. You also acknowledge that Christine Hauber and Matt Suess have the right to refuse service to anyone at any time and that these policies are subject to change at any time.  

About Matt Suess:

matt_200pxMatt began his professional photography career while in college in 1990 and for the next 17 years worked as an award-winning photojournalist and winner of the 2003 New England Press Associations’ Photographer of the Year Award. His editorial and advertising photography has been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books, and more.

Matt is a digital photography pioneer who began working with digital imaging in the early 1990′s and helped implement and teach digital image processing to fellow newspaper staff photographers in the late 90′s and early 2000′s.

In 2006 Matt left behind his photojournalism career and ever since he has been a full-time artist selling his artwork at some of the best juried fine art festivals throughout the Southwest, with collectors worldwide.

With his vast experience in photography it is no surprise that Matt loves teaching. Due to the demands of being a full-time artist constantly traveling, he is only able to teach a small number of workshops each year. You can view his upcoming photo workshop schedule here. For more about Matt you can visit here.

 

About Christine Hauber:

christine_200pxChristine began her professional photography career in 1993.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado and the University of Colorado, her photographs have been shown in galleries nationally and showcased in B&W and Photo Technique Magazine.

The author of the book Working in the USA, Christine has been the subject of several television programs, including the Fine Living Channel’s Radical Sabbatical and CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown and interviewed for such internet and podcast programs as the Candid Frame and Photo Talk Radio.

She has conducted national lectures, seminars and workshops in addition to teaching photography at a community college. Since she now travels extensively selling her artwork, she is able to conduct a small number of workshops each year.

Christine began selling her artwork as a full-time artist in 2004. She has taken her photography into the realm of mixed media, creating one-of-a-kind pieces combining patina or oil painted metals with her photographs. Her work is now collected internationally.  Her website is ChristineHauber.com