California Photography Workshops

 

Monument Valley is a photography trip of a lifetime! Ninth 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. Taking photos at night under the stars.


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 and ladders at Natural Bridges and  the Anasazi Ruins.

Please make sure you are in good physical condition.

Monument Valley and Natural Bridges, ANTELOPE SLOT CANYON, DARK SKIES

MAY 16-20, 2015

TWO SPOTS OPEN


We will meet in Mexican Hat, UT. at 4 PM on MAY 16th, 2015. We will shoot that evening.


Some of the places and things we will photograph include:


  1. Monument Valley Viewpoint

  2. Monument Valley Floor Drive

  3. The Valley of the Gods - Night Photography

  4. Mexican Hat Rock

  5. Goosenecks State Park

  6. Natural Bridges National Monument

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

  8. Muley Point Road

  9. Canyon de Chelly view (Time allowing)

  10. Horseshoe Bend

  11. Antelope Canyon

  12. 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 Trigger and  the Patch Master.


On our 4th day we will drive our personal cars 120 miles to Page AZ to photograph sunset at Horseshoe Bend.

On our last day we will photograph sunrise at Horseshoe Bend and later photograph Antelope Slot Canyon. The workshop should be completed by 2 pm that day. Note that admittance to the Slot Canyon is dependent on weather conditions.







HOW TO GET TO MONUMENT VALLEY

Monument Valley is a full day's drive from either Las Vegas or Phoenix. Flagstaff, Arizona and Durango, Colo., are closer if you are flying. A SUV is helpful, but not required. A drive from Los Angeles is 600 miles or 9-10 hours. Flagstaff is 196 miles to Mexican Hat. Durango, CO. is 164 miles to Mexican Hat, UT.

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will need to get a reservation at The San Juan Inn, The Hat Rock Inn, or The Mexican Hat Lodge and Swinging Steak. Please try to get an advance reservations EARLY.  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. You will need a room from May. 16th checking out on May 19th (3 nights). You will  also need a room in Page on May 19th for one night.

The Quality Inn at Lake Powell is a good choice. 287 N. Lake Powell Blvd., Page, AZ, US, 86040 (928) 645-8851. You will need a room for May 19 for one night. There are other motels such as Americas Best Value Inn Page and DAYS INN AND SUITES PAGE/ LAKE POWELL - Any place will suffice in Page. Again, get your reservations EARLY.

MEALS

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.

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

WHAT TO BRING

-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.


-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. Note that there will be climbing up and down wooden ladders at Natural Bridges.

PRICE FOR THIS WORKSHOP:

Former students get a 10% 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.