Location: Southwest Photo Tour
Dates: November 2-7, 2015
Tuition: $1495.00
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Dusty Doddridge and Ken Koskela

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Tour Overview:
Zion National Park has a dramatic but quiet beauty all its own. Zion offers an amazing variety of subjects to photograph this time of year from the grand scenics of the Watchman and Court of the Patriarchs to the more intimate scenes along the Virgin River. You'll be able to photograph the colorful cottonwoods and maples set against the sheer canyon walls rising high above the valley. And we'll head up the road to the other world that is Bryce Canyon. There is no other place quite like Bryce and its amazing hoo doos and reflected light. We'll complete this tour with some time in the slot canyons in and around Page, Arizona. This trip will include some of most scenic and uniquely beautiful landscapes of the Southwest.

All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity

Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:

• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively

Creativity in the Landscape: 

• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions

And we'll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques. 

Tour Includes:
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow

Not Included:
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool

Fitness Level:
You'll need a high level of fitness to tackle some of the hiking in Zion and the high elevation in Bryce. None of our hikes will go beyond 5 miles but you'll need high fitness and experience hiking in difficult terrain to manage this tour safely. 

Suggested Equipment:
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water

Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from 25F to 70F 
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Down Layer 
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer

Our first base of operations will be in Springdale, Utah at the entrance to Zion National Park and from there we'll move on to stay overnight at Bryce Canyon. Our last stop will be in Page, Arizona. We'll e-mail you a detailed itinerary so you can make your hotel reservations. 

Cancellation Schedule:
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all Focal Point Academy fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Focal Point Academy will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Focal Point Academy will retain full tour tuition

Focal Point Academy strongly recommends that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour or or are unable to complete the tour for any reason. Focal Point Academy also reserves the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour. 


All you need to do is click the Register Here link below and tell us which tour you'd like to attend. We'll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it's 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we'll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We'll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due. 

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