American Southwest Extreme Photography Workshop
Note: Our 2017 Zion Extreme and American Southwest Extreme workshops are back to back, so you can book both to extend your time in Utah!
This is an amazing workshop...but it is not for everyone. Given the extreme and remote nature, the challenging access of these locations, and the requirement that we use 4x4 vehicles to access some locations as well as participants be able to perform moderate to difficult hikes, this workshop is ONLY for those looking for an extreme adventure. We will be hiking 3-5 miles each day (with breaks) in order to reach several amazing locations each day and conduct quality photography.
This workshop is being led by master photographer Stephen Oachs who has spent years exploring the remote canyons of this region in search of seldom seen, one of a kind photography locations.
The great American Southwest is legendary, with a rich history and tales of romance and adventures like few other locations on earth. Some of us have only seen its remarkable terrain in the movies, or maybe you've been lucky to vacation in S.W. tourist areas and seen some of the amazing vistas in the nearby National Parks...but, there is so much more out there than people realize!
Have you ever wanted to get off the beaten path and see some of the most unique, rare and historic areas that legends have been made of? Have you wanted to do more than see the beauty from a distance, and instead, actually capture where ancient peoples have walked and lived? This workshop is designed to do just that. You will be led by Stephen Oachs, Aperture Academy's founder and professional nature photographer. Stephen has spent years exploring and photographing these rare locations and has a deep understanding of this area. You will be guided and instructed to these remote and exclusive locations not only for great photography but also to learn about the mysteries of the Anasazi people.
Approximately 1100 years ago, the Colorado Plateau, also known as the Four Corners region, was inhabited by the Anasazi people who grew vast crops and built complex communities into the canyon walls. What happened to the Anasazi is shrouded in mystery, yet many of their dwellings and rock art still remain, and some in such pristine condition that you can almost feel the presence of those who made their lives there.
This extreme workshop focuses on the history and exploration of some of the most pristine photographic Anasazi ruins, landscapes, petroglyphs and pictographs of the southwest. Many of these locations are far off any paved roads and are not found on any maps. We will travel by 4-wheel drive, then when the road ends, we'll hike into the canyons to explore and photograph some of these amazing locations. The sights and scenery you will see will stay in your memory for life!
Join us as we go beyond the typical tourist experience and venture off road and into the past for an extreme adventure you will not soon forget!
The Itinerary: We will spend each day in the field hiking and navigating the amazing canyons of the Cedar Mesa Plateau and will visit at least 3 photographic locations each day. The last morning we will have a group breakfast and conclude the workshop with a post processing, image review and critique session.
Due to weather, light and other mother nature related conditions, the locations we visit will be determined the day prior for safety and to take advantage of the best possible lighting conditions.
What is Required
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Lodging, Meals & Directions
Dinner Camping Meals are provided (If you have dietary restrictions please plan to bring your own specific food)
Lodging is included in the cost of this workshop. Lodging is double occupancy. Meals are not included. We will be out in the field each day and you should plan to purchase sack lunch type meals once you arrive in Utah. We will provide granola bars, water and other light snacks during the workshop.
Single Supplement: $300
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Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!