I have recently returned to Scottsdale, AZ following the 5-Day photography workshop Matt Suess and I taught in Zion National Park, Utah. Registration will open later this week for our 2014 Zion Fall Workshop but in the meantime enjoy this wrap-up from the 2013 workshop.
Fall is a great time to visit Zion National Park. Unlike last year, this year we were treated to some unseasonably warm temperatures with daytime temps reaching the upper 60′s to low 70′s and nighttime temps falling to just above freezing to the low 40′s. While the fall foliage this year wasn’t as good as in the past – see Matt's fall foliage 2013 report here – we still were not at a loss for beautiful and dramatic things to photograph.
Each morning we met with our students at 5:30am to photograph the sunrise. A mid-day break that lasted anywhere from 2 hours to 4 allowed our students to take a nap, download images, and catch lunch. Most afternoon sessions started a few hours before sunset and lasted until 6pm after the sun had already gone down.
Our workshop was scheduled to provide our students with a great variety of locations at just the the right time of day for incredible light. We stressed proper composition and exposure and Matt and I had ample opportunities to work with each of our students one-on-one to help them with their own unique styles and shooting preferences.
By the end of the 5 days our students had a firm grasp on exposure and composition and were able to view things differently by getting outside their comfort zone and challenging themselves with new techniques and skills learned during the photo workshop. It was a great group of students and Matt and I loved sharing with them what we know.
View our other upcoming Photo Workshops here.