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Photography Tips

Set out on your photography adventure to Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon with expert advice from our Natural Photographer blog. Pro photographer and Nat Hab photo guide Court Whelan shares everything from canyon photography tutorials to roundups of the newest photo gear in his informative articles. Whether you're an amateur photographer or a seasoned pro, you'll want to read these essential photo tips before hiking through the red-rock canyons of the American Southwest.

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Video Tutorial–Photo Composition in Bryce Canyon

Video Tutorial–Photo Composition in Bryce Canyon

It’s that time of year when Bryce Canyon is just dreamy. The days are long, the sunsets are spectacular, and the weather at 9,000 ft of elevation is simply gorgeous. If you’re headed to Bryce Canyon...
Tips on Photographing the Grand Canyon

Tips on Photographing the Grand Canyon

When it comes to Canyon Country, the Grand Canyon stands alone. While there are many other iconic desert landscapes within short drives from both the North and South rims of the Grand Canyon, it...
How to get this Shot: Holding a Hoodoo

How to get this Shot: Holding a Hoodoo

It’s fun, it’s whimsical, it’s travel photography. Sometimes the mood strikes you to be a little goofy and creative while out on the trail. There are lots of examples out there of folks using this perspective...
5 Tips on Improving your Landscape Photography

5 Tips on Improving your Landscape Photography

Whether you’re a budding photographer, have a photo trip planned, or are just falling a bit too much “into the routine” of photographing landscapes, the following tried and true tips are sure to help you...
How to get the shot: Canyon View

How to get the shot: Canyon View

Travel photography and landscape photography can often be blended together to create an image that really immerses the viewer into the scene. I’ll often teach that having people or vehicles in photos can...
10 Inspirational Photos from Escalante
National Monument

10 Inspirational Photos from Escalante
National Monument

We love open spaces and wild places. With every conservation travel adventure I guide, I see firsthand how we all add value to wilderness and wildlife...
When and How to Change your Camera’s White Balance Settings

When and How to Change your Camera’s White Balance Settings

The orange, yellow, and red rocks of deserts are sensational to photograph. And while the Canyons of the SW Deserts in the US are perhaps some of the...
How to Get the “Sunburst” in
Landscape Photography

How to Get the “Sunburst” in
Landscape Photography

Whether it’s a stunning sunrise, sunset, or even just mid day, getting the sun’s rays to show up in your photo is a nice addition to any photograph. And the...
What’s in the Camera Bag? Canyons of the American Southwest

What’s in the Camera Bag? Canyons of the American Southwest

The canyons and landscapes of Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Park are some of the most photogenic areas in North America, and perhaps the...
Getting This Shot | Grand Canyon Sunset

Getting This Shot | Grand Canyon Sunset

Sunsets in the Grand Canyon are truly dreamy. While each one is different, some of the basic tenets remain the same to get the shot. 1) Do your homework before heading to the Grand Canyon for local sunrise and...
Shot Setting Tips for River Hiking Photography

Shot Setting Tips for River Hiking Photography

When in the Canyons of the Southwest, one of the highlights is surely getting into the canyons themselves and photographing the mysterious corridors that appear all around you. Some are...
Where to go and how to set up for great
star photography

Where to go and how to set up for great
star photography

For those of us that live in the U.S., we are incredibly fortunate to have some of the best places on the planet for star gazing and star photography in our...
Stories from the Field–Bryce Canyon Overhang

Stories from the Field–Bryce Canyon Overhang

If you’ve ever been on one of my photo trips that I guide, you’ll know that I am constantly talking about light, and how it is the most critical of elements in photography. You can have the most impressive...
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