Grand Canyon, Grand Photography Lessons 2017

Ain’t it Grand!
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
May, 2016

Placing something in the foreground gives us good practice at choosing the correct aperture. ©Kit Frost

A strong foreground element gives us good practice at choosing the correct aperture. ©Kit Frosterson

Itinerary:
Saturday, May 14
Participant travel day.  Arrive in Grand Canyon.  We have a “meet and greet” in the lobby of the El Tovar, in Grand Canyon National Park in the late afternoon.  Photographers will check in to their accommodations and then we organize photography gear, tripod, a few lenses and take a short hike to the Rim of the Canyon.  Photography lessons begin with learning to isolate important elements of the grand.  At this time, we review ISO, aperture and shutter combinations to achieve properly exposed photos. Our goals for this workshop is for you to feel comfortable with your camera gear, be able to compose the grand and intimate landscapes of the Grand Canyon, and understand light (when to best capture it).

A walk along the rim, gives us time to see how your vision develops and we work with you to improve your photographic skills, one-on-one.  Our mission is to be sure you are starting to be comfortable with ISO< shutter<aperture<focus point adjustments.  Of course, we’re hoping for a special sunset along the rim.

Sunday, May 15
Sunrise from Yaki Point.  We use the wonderful shuttle system at the Grand Canyon for convenience to get us where we need to be all day long.  Starting at Yaki Point, we locate compositions within the canyon and work with foreground elements along the rim.  Mid morning coffee at the cafe is in order.  The rim trail is an easy walk and provides us with lots of photographic compositions to challenge and learn from. Comfortable shoes and a light snack, as well as beverages will be supplied to get you going.  Lunch will be at the lodge or along our route.  We rest and upload images during the harsh light of midday (unless, of course, there are spectacular clouds!)  

Afternoon finds us Chasing the Light in the Park, photographing the stories of the Grand Canyon Mules and the Train at the rim.  Sunset location will be determined as the day progresses.  Hopi dancers often put on a colorful display for visitors/photographers/videographers at the Grand Canyon.

Hanging with the Hopi Dancers at Hopi House, Grand Canyon. They love getting their photos taken in full regalia. ©Kit Frost

Hanging with the Hopi Dancers at Hopi House, Grand Canyon. This husband and wife team performed traditional dances. They love getting their photos taken in full regalia. ©Kit Frost

Monday, May 16
Morning review of workshop images, after critique we select a location that will serve us to practice more camera and compositional lessons. We will follow the  light and magic in and around the rim of the grand canyon, taking the shuttle bus to Powell Point for late afternoon and sunset light.  Workshop ends with a review of your successes and challenges, a slideshow of your best images and a Q and A to finalize your workshop.

Tuesday – May 17.  Check out of your accommodations, or stay a few days to practice your new skills.  We are happy to suggest some other locations near the Grand Canyon for your extended trip.

The rim of the grand is a great location to work with warm/cool light. ©Kit Frost

The rim of the grand is a great location to work with warm/cool light. ©Kit Frost

Working with the light and layers in the Grand Canyon is fun, challenging and spectacular. ©Kit Frost

Working with the light and layers in the Grand Canyon is fun, challenging and spectacular. ©Kit Frost

Tuition: $1799. Includes expert instruction, lunches, snacks, light beverages.

Our team arrives at the Grand a few days early to explore locations and find the best places to teach you the following skills during this special workshop:

Aperture/shutter Controls (A and S)

Lens selection

Proper use of auto focus

Depth of field (selective focus)

ISO and why it’s the #3 best tool in your camera bag

Composition.  (you will be challenged by the vastness of space at the Grand)

Rule of Thirds (not a rule but it helps to know why you’re breaking the rules!)

Saturation and color balance. Working with warm/cool light and color

Much more.

Looking down at the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point. ©Kit Frost

Looking down at the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point. ©Kit Frost

Capturing the grandness of the canyon from Grandview Point. ©Kit Frost

Capturing the grandness of the canyon from Grandview Point. ©Kit Frost

Sunset is a great time to play with creating sun stars. ©Kit Frost

Sunset is a great time to play with creating sun stars. ©Kit Frost

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