Zion, Bryce Canyon, Escalante and
Capitol Reef Workshop
— Date June 11th to 15th, 2010 —

An exclusive five day field workshop to the Canyons and National Parks
of Southern Utah with Alain and Natalie Briot

Open to 12 participants maximum

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This workshop is open to participants of all levels of experience, using 35mm to large format, film or digital
We will photograph each of the locations shown on this page (and more!) during the workshop

Bryce Canyon National Park

I have learned so much during the workshop. Thank you very much.
You and Natalie offer great insights into the art of photography.
I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
My friends and family have noticed how much my photography has improved
since I started attending your workshops.

Kathy Swanson, Workshop participant

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Announcing an exciting workshop to Southern Utah with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
This workshop will take you to three National Parks and one National Monument: Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks and Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. All four are located in the Canyon-Country of Southern Utah, and all four are located within easy driving distance of each other.

However, many of these areas are not visited very often. Of the four, Zion and Bryce Canyon are the two bests-known. Escalante is far lesser known, and Capitol Reef is one of the least visited (and photographed) areas in the continental United States.

This is not because of the beauty of these locations. They are simply stunning and offer fantastic opportunities for photography. It is simply that they have not been "discovered" yet, and that is our chance to photograph and enjoy areas where there are still few visitors.

During this workshop we will visit all four National Parks and Monuments, and we will study the differences between all four in terms of light and composition. This exposure to a wide diversity of locations and types of light will allow us to conduct an in-depth study of light and composition (visit this link to read more on light and photography).

Zion National Park

1 - Your Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. The workshop starts in Zion National Park and concludes in Capitol Reef National Park. The entire workshop takes place in Southern Utah. The closest major airport is Las Vegas, Nevada.

Friday, June 11th, 2010
We will be meet you in Zion National Park. You will receive information on our exact meeting time, together with directions to our meeting place and time before the workshop.

On this first day we will start with workshop orientation and introduce each other. After a first photography tutorial, which will address the goals of this workshop, we will then photograph sunset in Zion National Park. We will stay in Zion on Friday night.

Saturday, June 12th, 2010
We will rise early to photograph Zion at Sunrise. After breakfast, we will continue our photographic exploration of Zion. In the afternoon we will drive towards Bryce Canyon while photographing other very photogenic locations along the way. We will also have several teaching sessions during the day. We will stay at the entrance of Bryce Canyon that evening.

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
On Sunday we will photograph Bryce Canyon at Sunrise. Sunrise is the very best time to photograph Bryce because the entire park faces East.

After Breakfast we will travel towards Escalante with more photography along the way at several photogenic locations. We will photograph near Escalante and Boulder, before driving over Boulder Mountain. We will photograph sunset near Boulder. Our travel on Sunday will take us to Torrey, Utah, where we will spend the night. Torrey is the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park, one of my favorite locations anywhere, and one of the best kept secrets of Southern Utah. This park, which is one of the most photogenic anywhere, is very little visited and, as of today, still "undiscovered".

Monday, June 14th, 2010
On Monday we will spend all day exploring and photographing Capitol Reef National Park. We will also have several presentation on photography during the day. We will be staying in Torrey, Utah, that night.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Tuesday morning we will photograph Capitol Reef at sunrise, at a location that we will select on Monday for the photographic possibilities this location offers at sunrise. After our sunrise shoot is over we will have breakfast in Torrey. The workshop concludes in Torrey, Utah, after breakfast, giving everyone plenty of time continue their journey, drive back or fly home.

Capitol Reef National Park

2 - The four unique aspects of this workshop:

1- This workshop has a unique focus: Canyon Light and Composition
Our teaching focus will be directed towards helping you develop, or refine, your knowledge of Light and Composition.

Each location has a unique type of light. That is, light quality changes from one place to another. Light in the Canyons of Southern Utah is not the same than light in, say, the Sierra Nevada or the Sonoran Desert to name 2 other places where we lead workshops.

In the Zion, Bryce Canyon, Escalante and Capitol Reef Workshop we will explore, photograph and study the light in 4 entirely different areas. While these areas are not located very far from each other, the light quality in each of them is entirely different. We will study what these differences are, and how it affects the way we photograph these areas, during the workshop.

We will also study how light and composition interact, and why we need to understand this interaction in order to create photographs that take advantage of what each location has to offer. Join us in this in-depth study of light and composition! Remember that light is everything in photography. Light is the most important element, because without light there would be no photographs. Photography literally means "Writing with Light.", from the Greek Photos: light and Graphos: Writing.

2- You will be working under the guidance of not one but two instructors: Alain, professional large format photographer and Natalie, painter and Certified Art Teacher.
You will be working with two professional instructors who both have intimate knowledge of Southern Utah and of all the locations where we will be visiting. Having two instructors for a small group is a huge benefit. It means that you will literally get one-on-one attention. This will result in much faster skill improvements than if you were working either on your own or as part of a large group.

Natalie and I also have a widely different teaching style. I focus upon taking photographs, finding the best light and the best composition possible and then framing the scene, calculating the exposure and so on. Natalie, on the other hand, takes a different approach, focusing on helping you build visual skills one at a time and completing your Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises in a constructive manner. As I said before (and I cannot say it enough) Natalie is very patient and very dedicated.

Working with both of us, and being exposed to our two teaching approaches, will be a pleasurable and effective experience for you. While I will focus on technical photographic aspects as well as on composition and finding the best photograph, Natalie will focus on helping you with your exercises, with answering questions and with providing additional information on a variety of topics.

Escalante National Monument

3-We will take you to some lesser known locations which we discovered after years of exploration.
We found many little known, or completely unknown locations during the many years we spend exploring Arches, Canyolands and the Moab area. The first time I went there was 1983, and the first time Natalie went there was 1987. Since then we have done numerous visits and expeditions to this area, to explore and photograph. We will be taking you to some of these locations, selecting those that do not require extensive hiking. Of course, knowing me and my work you know that I will choose locations that offer the most exciting photographic opportunities! Of course, visiting these locations is dependent on the weather and on road conditions. We may adapt our itinerary depending on these unpredictable variables.

4-You will be practicing Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises daily
In my 9-part article series on Aesthetics in Photography I introduce my Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises. This concept is based on approaching photography as an activity in which visual training is necessary. This approach is based on conducting specific exercises designed to allow you to practice your photographic skills.

While my articles describe these exercises and provide you with the theory behind them, my workshops are designed to go much farther by providing an environment where you can apply the skills you learned in my articles under the guidance of Natalie and I. Natalie is very personable, very patient and very attentive to everyone needs. I know you will love working with her.

Of course, you can get as little or as much instruction and input as you want. If you prefer to focus on your own work you will have all the time needed to create your images. Just let us know and we will work with you to provide a learning environment tailored to your needs.

Capitol Reef National Park

5 - Cost, registration and number of participants, :
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is only $1395. This workshop is open to participants of all levels of experience, using 35mm to large format, film and/or digital.

There are four ways to reserve your seat in this workshop:

1- Use the paypal button below:

Zion, Bryce Canyon, Escalante & Capitol Reef Workshop

2 - Download the emailable Workshop Registration Form
3 - Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com
4 - Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one installment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

This workshop is for you if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, building up your portfolio, developing your personal style, or if you want to visit locations which offer exciting and unique photographic possibilities.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

Zion National Park

6 - Important things to keep in mind:
- Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: "bad weather equals good photographs."

- Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to moab, where we will start the workshop, when you register. You will also receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

- We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5. Some GPS units now double up as walkie talkies, such as the Garmin Rino 110 and 120. If you can, we recommend that you use a GPS-Walkie Talkie combination unit during the workshop.

Zion National Park

7 - Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset, with a break for breakfast and lunch, during the entire duration of the workshop.

8 - Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workshop. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.

Escalante National Monument

9 - Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .

Escalante National Monument

Photographs and text Copyright © Alain Briot 2010