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ARIZONA

Sedona, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon, Lake Powell

UTAH

ARIZONA

GRAND TETON

YOSEMITE

BANFF

DEATH VALLEY

Stunning orange, red and natural sandstone formations await you.

Sedona is a magical oasis surrounded by red-rock monoliths with names like Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. This stunning array of red sandstone formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful. Nestled in the Verde Valley, this was home to the Native American Yavapai and Apache tribes. Antelope Canyon, two hours north of Sedona is on Navajo land and includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. These are the most photographed slot canyons in the American Southwest. It’s been said that it’s impossible to take a bad photograph in Arizona, and we have to agree. In addition to these two gems are the wonders of Lake Powell, Horseshoe Canyon and of course, the Grand Canyon.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, and utilize and approach your environment. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the stunning beauty of Arizona’s red rock country!

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, and utilize and approach your environment. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the stunning beauty of Arizona’s red rock country!

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking (none of our adventures have difficult hikes)
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

May – Temps 70/40 F  20/2 C  Sunrise 5:24 | Sunset 7:23 (19:23)
September – Temps 75/42 F  24/5 C  Sunrise 6:10 | Sunset 6:35 (18:35)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, nature, wildlife and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • National Park Permits
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Phoenix (PHX) – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
NOTE: As an option, you can also fly in and out of Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) and meet up at our hotel in Sedona. Flagstaff is only serviced by American Eagle.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Scottsdale – Valley Ho or similar
Sedona – Amara Resort and Spa or similar
Page – Holiday Inn Express or similar
Flagstaff – Residence Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn or similar

Helpful Links

> About Arizona – by Ian Robert Knight


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Jerry Adamo

May 10 – 15, 2020
May 9 – 14, 2021

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Alan Lawrence

September 26 – October 1, 2020
September 25 – 30, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

ARIZONA 6 DAYS

Day 1 | Scottsdale - Sedona

Welcome to Arizona! After our meet and greet, we will promptly depart for Sedona and our adventure. On our drive, we will discuss what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. Sedona is a desert town located a few hours north of Phoenix. It’s surrounded by stunning red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests. It’s known for its mild climate, the vibrant arts community and Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking, and amazing photographic opportunities. Upon arrival we’ll check-in to our award-winning resort hotel, tucked along the banks of Oak Creek Canyon. Be prepared to be wowed.

After check-in, we will enjoy lunch along the banks of the river and then head out for some afternoon and sunset photography in Red Rock country. In the evening we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” and our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique, followed by our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite southwest restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Red Rock Monoliths

After an early breakfast, we head for nearby Oak Creek Canyon where we will hike in using some very easy trails to access the river.

Oak Creek Canyon is a gorge carved into the edge of the Mogollon Rim of the Colorado Plateau along the Oak Creek Fault. Tectonic forces shifting the land to either side of the fault and subsequent erosion by Oak Creek have created a spectacular canyon where the geological history of this area is an open book. The Canyon is approximately 12 miles long. Oak Creek flows year-round along the bottom of the Canyon, providing water for plants and wildlife, as well as fishing and swimming opportunities. The depth of the Canyon ranges from 800 to 2000 feet, with trails providing access from the Canyon’s bottom up to the 6500-foot eastern rim and 7200-foot western rim. Some of these trails follow historic routes early Oak Creek Canyon settlers used to access the top of the plateau in the days before the road was built. Trails on the west side of the Canyon head into Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.

After a picnic lunch and discussions, while overlooking the canyon, we make our way back to Sedona to photograph the red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Thunder Mountain. Who gave them names are unknown but the name of each major formation resembles its shape. For example, the character Snoopy from the popular Peanuts comic strip lies on top of his doghouse. Another is Lucy, also from the Peanuts comic strip. Then there are Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Butte, The Mittens, The Cow Pies, and the Rabbit Ears. From the front door of Chapel of the Holy Cross, take a peek at Eagle Head Rock as well as the Twin Nuns and Mother and Child Rock buttes. The Three Golden Chiefs and Capitol Butte can be seen from Coffee Pot. The evening wouldn’t be complete without a sunset shoot from a beautiful vantage point. (B)

Day 3 | Sedona - Page - Horseshoe Bend - Lake Powell

On day three we check out early and trek north to northern Arizona and the town of Page, home to Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and the Colorado River. The 12-mile drive from Sedona to Flagstaff on State Route 89A is one of America’s most scenic drives, so we will be sure to enjoy the vistas and take some photos along the way. Upon our arrival in Page, we head first to Horseshoe Bend where the Colorado River runs through this huge 180-degree canyon. Horseshoe Bend is one of the most photographed locations in Page. Arriving in the late morning or early afternoon is the perfect time to photograph Horseshoe Bend because the shadows are gone from the Colorado River. After, we check in to our hotel and have lunch.

In mid-afternoon, we take a Lake Powell Boat Tour (or Antelope Slot Canyon Boat Tour – depending on our schedule), where you will be treated to stunning and spectacular photo opportunities of the changing water lines as our boat glides through the slots. The sheer sandstone cliffs were formed by the Lower Jurassic Glen Canyon Group (Wingate, Kayenta, and Navajo Formations) and the Middle Jurassic Entrada and Romana Sandstones. (B)

Day 4 | Antelope Canyon - Page

After breakfast, we depart early for one of the Antelope Canyon Slot Canyons. Depending on the group size we may be treated to a private guided Hummer tour on Navajo land. Otherwise, we will visit either the Lower or Upper Antelope Canyons. The experience inside these canyons is quite impressive, with the endless shafts of light beaming through from above. We spend the early afternoon reviewing images and discussing post-processing techniques. In the late afternoon, we set out to explore other great photo opportunities in the area ending with a sunset shoot. (B)

Day 5 | Grand Canyon - Flagstaff

On day five we check out very early and head south to Grand Canyon National Park for some amazing early morning photography. We will spend the morning and afternoon exploring. By mid to late afternoon we begin our trek south to Flagstaff where we will check in to our hotel. In the evening we enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”, filled with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

OPTIONAL HELICOPTER EXCURSION: Optional flight over the Grand Canyon.

Day 6 | Flagstaff - Scottsdale

While enjoying breakfast we conduct our final group discussion and review. We depart early for our 2.5-hour drive to Phoenix. We will drop you at Sky Harbor International Airport in downtown Scottsdale or Phoenix depending on your travel plans. As an option, you can also choose to fly out of Flagstaff Airport. Here we will sadly bid you farewell.

We urge you to extend your stay in Phoenix or elsewhere Arizona and apply all the wonderful photographic techniques you learned on this Photo Adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

Rewards Program

Start earning points today and SAVE $200 - $900 off future trips!
Simply register for one of our amazing photo adventures and begin earning points today!

How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

THINK ORANGE Magazine

Subscribe to our Think Orange Magazine and eNews. THINK ORANGE is a wonderful mix of stories and tips related to travel, photography, adventure, culture, art, technology, cuisine, lifestyle, people and more. Our objective is to immerse you in a world you may only fantasize about. Raise your awareness and inspire your creativity. Perhaps even help make you a better photographer. We deliver similar experiential experiences that our guests enjoy on our photo adventures. Like all of our adventures, our blog is “photo-centric”, while also allowing you to experience all the nuances and cultural aspects of travel and adventure. Welcome to our world. We hope you enjoy. Our eNews is a great way to receive information about upcoming photo adventures, exciting new destinations, photography tips, special offers and more. Subscribe today!

Gift Cards

Give someone you know a Gift Card, good toward any of our Photo  Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Cards and Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Combine-N-Save

You can SAVE up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back 6-Day or longer Photo Adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

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