Art of Seeing: Observation and Composition Photography Workshop

1-Day private Photo Workshop

Greater Zion Area

Art of Seeing - Composition and Observation 1 Day Workshop - You pick the date

The Art of Seeing Photography Workshop focuses on observation and composition in Landscape and Nature Photography.  This full day workshop will teach you many new photography skills while we practice in a stunning landscape of Southern Utah.  Composition is often the single most challenging aspects of Nature Photography for many people.  We will practice in the field under various conditions and with different subjects.

All photography skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.  You’ll receive 1:1 professional instruction along with time to practice for yourself.  This workshop is NOT a tour by any means, it’s a focused workshop to learn and have fun!

The Details

The Art of Seeing: Composition & Observation
1-Day Photography Workshop

Escape the crowds of Zion National Park while learning new photography skills. Our 1-Day Art of Seeing Photo Workshop is offered daily for all skill levels of photography, just outside of Zion National Park.  St. George, Hurricane, Virgin, Leeds are all areas in “Greater Zion” and the landscape here is a photography playground.

Over the course of the day we’ll visit several locations to provide different learning opportunities.  We may be by water, in forests, in a canyon or among creosote deserts.  Locations aren’t the focus of this workshop but I can assure you we’ll visit beautiful places.  We’re aiming to learn more about composition, observation and seeing in this focused workshop.

  • Minimal hiking  is required for most locations.
  • Hiking is customized for your abilities.
  • You must be able to carry and transport all of your own photography gear.  We’re able to help within reason.  If you need assistance, please arrange this with us prior to booking.
  • We’ll be at elevations ranging from 3,000 – 7,000 ft above sea level.  Summers are hot here, Fall & Spring are perfect and Winter is chilly but mostly mild. Stay hydrated, rest and know hiking/walking will be a little slower here.
  • Check the latest weather forecast for St. George, UT here
  • Anytime.  Observation skills and composition practice happens in all seasons and conditions.  Whenever your here is the best time:)

Hours From:

Bryce Canyon – 2 1/2 hours

Las Vegas – 2 1/2 Hours (note LV is on PST and Utah is MST)

Moab – 5 1/2 Hours

Salt Lake City – 4 1/2 hours

  • Camera Body (Digital or Film)
  • Various lenses. We generally use anything from an ultra wide-angle to medium telephoto. Rarely do we ever need anything wider than 14mm.  Please contact me with any questions ahead of our scheduled day.
  • Tripod (highly recommended)
  • Extra Batteries/charger.
  • Circular Polarizer*
  • Graduated Neutral Density filters*
  • Extra memory cards/film (you’ll use them, guaranteed!)
  • Hiking shoes/boots. We don’t recommend sandals or flip flops due to the rugged terrain.
  • Sunscreen/water/snacks
  • Extra layers. It can be cold at sunrise and sunset, even in the summer!
  • No Food is provided.
  • Deposit of 50% due upon booking and the remaining 50% will be charged 90 days prior to Workshop start date.
  • Cancellations 90 days or more from the workshop date will receive a full refund minus a $200 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of the workshop date are non-refundable. You may apply paid monies towards a different workshop based upon availability. Custom Workshops are available so we’ll work with you in the event you need to cancel within the 90 days of a workshop date.
  • Please note “days” are full calendar days.

Why is observing and composition important?

“A mediocre man copying nature will never produce a work of art, because he really looks without seeing, and though he may have noted each detail minutely, the result will be flat and without character… the artist on the contrary, sees; that is to say, his eye, grafted on his heart, reads deeply into the bosom of nature.”

~ Auguste Rodin ~

This workshop is all about teaching you to observe in the field and using those observations to build compositions.  Practicing observation is a useful skill which must be demonstrated and practiced in the field.  We’ll identify areas of opportunity, explore and make note of our observations.

This workshop is intentionally slow paced to allow time to observe, explore and notice.  This also allows time to work on each and every composition with deliberation.  We’ll identify compositional elements and walk through each composition together. This workshop will give you skills and practice to discover compositions on your own, no matter where you travel.  Join me and see for yourself.

Are you looking for extended learning and a more in-depth experience in the Greater Zion area?  Consider our Greater Zion 1 Day Workshop or join a Custom Photography Workshop.

Workshop Focus

Art of Seeing: Observation & Composition
1 Day Workshop


Art of Seeing: Observation & Composition
1 Day Workshop

Light to moderate hiking only. Hiking a short distance generally offers the best exploration and subjects.  For those wishing to hike more, this workshop can be customized to include as much hiking as you want.

Meeting details and itinerary will be sent upon confirming your Art of Seeing Photography Workshop.


Art of Seeing: Observation & Composition
1 Day Workshop

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