California Photography Workshops


Monument Valley is a photography trip of a lifetime! Tenth Annual Workshop! Anasazi Ruins!

Join Keith Skelton on a five day workshop where you will photograph free standing sandstone rock forms that rise majestically 1,000 feet from the desert floor. We will teach you how to tap into your creativity so that you return home with many memorable photographs. The most spectacular photographs in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park are often taken from a half-hour before sunrise to two hours after sunrise. This is when we will be shooting the majority of our photos.

  1. Daily discussions about pre-visualization, seeing color, composition, exposure and techniques.

  2. How to capture traditional and abstract landscapes.

  3. Looking for dramatic weather.

  4. How to take advantage of natural light.

  5. Full moon rise!

This is a place to enjoy nature and culture on a grand scale. Click HERE to see previous workshops.

Keith Skelton is a professional photographer and educator with over 30 years of experience. He has an extensive background in landscape photography techniques and aesthetics. You will get individualized instruction and one-on-one attention. You will be taught how to capture the best images possible on either film or digital.

All levels of experience are welcome! Limited to 12 students. Note that there is moderate hiking.

Please make sure you are in good physical condition.



Some of the places and things we may photograph include:

  1. Monument Valley Viewpoint

  2. Monument Valley Floor Drive

  3. The Valley of the Gods

  4. Mexican Hat Rock

  5. Goosenecks State Park

  6. Natural Bridges National Monument (time allowing)

  7. Anasazi Ruins “House on Fire” or “Fallen Roof” (Depending on trail conditions)

  8. Muley Point

  9. Horseshoe Bend

  10. Antelope Canyon Slot Canyon

  11. If there are storms in the area we will photograph lightning. Consider bringing a lightning sensor that allows the camera to capture lightning in daylight. I use the Lightning Sensor Device and  the Patch Master.

We will meet Page, AZ. at 3 PM on April 20th, 2016. We will shoot that evening. After photographing Horseshoe Bend and the Lower Antelope Canyon we will drive to Mexican Hat on April 21.

The workshop should be completed by 10 am on April 24.

Note that admittance to the Slot Canyon is dependent on weather conditions.


Page AZ is a full days drive from Los Angeles, 275 miles from Phoenix, 130 miles from Flagstaff and 275 miles from Las Vegas.

Mexican Hat (Monument Valley) is 142 miles from Page.

The San Juan Inn is located in Mexican Hat, Utah, 22 miles North of Monument Valley on the North side of the San Juan River just off of Highway 163.


I am holding reservations at the Days Inn in Page for April 20, 2016 and The San Juan Inn in Mexican Hat for April 21, 22, 23, 2016 for the first 8 participants.

You do not need to contact the motels unless you’d rather stay somewhere else.  Please contact me with any questions.

Other motels in Mexican Hat include  The Hat Rock Inn, or The Mexican Hat Lodge and Swinging Steak. These rooms fill up fast so make your reservation early. It can always be cancelled later. The center of activity will be at The San Juan Inn.

Other motels in Page include The Quality Inn at Lake Powell, Americas Best Value Inn Page and DAYS INN AND SUITES PAGE/ LAKE POWELL - Any place will suffice in Page. Again, get your reservations EARLY.


The group usually eats together but it is not required. Many meals will be at The San Juan Inn just because it is close and there are not many other restaurants to choose from.


A SUV is suggested but not required. We will take turns car pooling once we get to our destinations. I will have room for two passengers (first come) driving from Los Angeles.

You will be responsible for all travel, rooms, and meal costs.


-Any cameras you think you might use or need. This includes, film, digital, small compact, video, 4x5, etc. It is always good to have some sort of back up. I bring my small digital specifically for easy snapshots.

-Any and all lenses. You may or may not use them all, but it is better to be safe. Bring your telephoto lenses because they are great for landscapes. Bring a prime wide angle lens if you think it works with your digital. They are sometimes helpful for night photography especially if the have a large aperture. (f2, f2.8, etc). Many people like polarizing filters or "grad" filters. Bring some sort of camera bag or camera back pack for carrying equipment, water, and snacks. A “normal” zoom (24-70) is a good choice for the slot canyon.

-If there are monsoon storms in the area we will photograph lightning. Consider bringing a lightning sensor that allows the camera to capture lightning in daylight. I use the Lightning Trigger and the Patch Master. A lightning trigger is the only way to capture lightning in broad daylight.

-Accessories such as cable release, lens tissue, EXTRA batteries, battery chargers, camera manuals, film, EXTRA memory cards. You should have at least 20 GIG of memory. If conditions allow us to do night photography it is helpful to have some sort of cable release that will allow the shutter to stay open for at least 1 minute.

-A STABLE tripod for long exposures.

-Sturdy shoes or light boots are recommended. We will be walking and light hiking.


Former students get a $80 discount.

All levels of experience are welcome! Limited to 12 students. Note that there is moderate hiking and ladders at Natural Bridges and  the Anasazi Ruins. Please make sure you are in good physical condition.