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Redrock Photography Workshop 

Price - $1295

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Join Get In The Wild for a 3-day photography workshop at the Dirty Devil/Robber’s Roost Wilderness.  The workshop will combine photography, exploration, and exciting canyoneering adventure at some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring landscapes of southern Utah’s Canyon Country.  The Dirty Devil/Robber’s Roost Wilderness was the last area to be mapped in the Lower 48 and one of the few places protected for solitude.  The area provides a photographic extravaganza for adventurous photographers looking to capture seldom-seen slot-canyons, hidden arches and waterfalls and extraordinary vistas.  You’ll not only learn the technical details of landscape photography, but explore the creative process to expand your photographic vision.

Each day will include photography, exploration and exciting canyoneering adventure.  It is the best of both worlds - you get to experience the challenge and excitement of canyoneering and expert photographic instruction at some of the wildest and most beautiful landscapes in America.

This is a physically challenging tour suitable for all experience levels.  Participants should be in good physical condition and capable of carrying a pack full of gear up to 5 miles over challenging terrain.

The workshop cost is $1295 per person excluding tax and gratuities.  We expect the workshop to fill quickly and reservations will be made on a first come basis.  Once payment is received, we will forward additional information, (suggested packing list, registration form, etc.) to you.


  • Photography shooting at stunning off-the-beaten path red rock locations including Dirty Devil Wilderness, Robber’s Roost Wilderness, Northwash and Caineville Badlands
  • Opportunity to learn astrophotography and shoot the darkest skies in the U.S. untouched by artificial light
  • Intimate experience with maximum of 8 participants
  • Technical Canyoneering Adventure in some of the most beautiful slot canyons on the planet
  • Spectacular, wild and remote basecamp

Photography Topics

  • composition
  • night/star photography
  • revisualizing images
  • lighting
  • exposure, white balance & understanding histograms
  • filters - polarizers and graduated neutral density
  • lenses & focal length
  • aperture & shutter speed
  • depth of field
  • camera operation and settings
  • post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom
  • file formats - JPEG and camera RAW
  • color space
  • focus stacking
  • shooting panoramas
  • tripods

What to Expect

Each day will include a combination of photographic instruction and exploration at some of the most beautiful, wild and remote landscapes in southern Utah.  Shooting locations will be selected based upon light, weather and course content for the day and group preferences.  A typical day will include grand landscapes at sunrise and sunset and spectacular, redrock slot canyons during the day.  A short primer in basic technical canyoneering will also be included to allow guests to become familiar with canyoneering technique and gear.  The end of each day will include a slideshow and image critique.  It will also include a lesson on post-processing including RAW processing and conversion, stitching panoramas, and final touches to improve an image.

What's Included

  • Professional photography instruction with both group and individual instruction from Stephen Matera
  • Small, intimate group experience with a maximum of eight guests
  • Pre-workshop, one-on-one Skype session to discuss course content and individual interests/expectations
  • Professional canyoneering guide/instruction from Get In The Wild
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Group and personal technical canyoneering gear
  • Pre-workshop information packet that covers suggested photographic gear, personal gear and clothing and how to get the most from the workshop.

Guest's Responsibility

  • Transportation to/from Hanksville, Utah.  Driving time from regional airports:
    • Moab, Utah – 1.5 hours
    • Grand Junction, Colorado - 2 hours
    • Salt Lake City, Utah – 3.5 hours
    • St. George, Utah – 4 hours
    • Las Vegas, Nevada – 5 hours
  • Lodging during the workshop.  Note: We will be operating from a central canyon basecamp during the course.  Guests have the option to camp at basecamp, or stay at a local motel.  For those staying at basecamp you are free to bring your own sleeping gear, or rent it from us.  Sleeping bags and pads are available for $75 and tents for $35.  These options are available to add-on during the checkout process.
  • Breakfast & Dinner.  Bring your own to basecamp, or choose from a local restaurant in Hanksville

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Email us for custom itineraries, or additional information.


This class is designed for beginners.  It is suitable for people of all ages who enjoy an active, adventurous, and educational outdoor experience.  No previous hiking experience is required. 


  • Ability to carry a pack weighing 15-25 lbs.


Wear your “play” clothes.  We recommend that you wear clothes that provide flexibility, comfort and won’t rip or tear easily.  We will send you a recommended clothing list following receipt of your application and deposit.


Comfortable, medium weight hiking shoes or boots generally work the best.  Shoes must enclose the entire foot and toes (no open-toe sandals, or water shoes).  Whatever footwear you chose, make sure you have worn them in advance of your trip to ensure they fit well and are comfortable.


Travel light!  Recommended items include two to three 1-liter water bottles, headlamp, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and camera.  Unnecessary gear is often a hindrance—let the guides do the work for you.  Your guides will have all the necessary equipment to keep the group safe and comfortable.


North American Wilderness Leadership School (NAWLS) is committed to providing you with an extraordinary wilderness adventure.  Our number one priority on all trips and courses is safety.  We never compromise safety and do everything possible to ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable trip possible.  Our experienced guides manage a variety of significant weather and route related hazards, but they cannot eliminate them.  They draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sure you have the safest trip possible.

Trip Plans & Itinerary:

NAWLS’s trip plans and itineraries are subject to change based on weather, terrain, route conditions and a variety of additional factors.  While we strive to maintain all listed plans and itineraries, we reserve the right to change plans as necessary to ensure that all guests receive the safest and highest quality trip possible.

Should any trip be cancelled due to weather, route conditions, or insufficient signups, a full trip refund will be provided.

Age Requirements:

To ensure the safest and highest quality trip for all participants, NAWLS adheres to the following age-specific requirements:

  • Ages 4 & Under:  No participants age 4 & under.
  • Ages 5 to 14:  May participate in all Family Adventure trips.  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Ages 15-17:  May participate in all trips and courses.  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Ages 18 & above:  No restrictions.

Note:  Under-aged participants on private trips and courses are assessed on an individual basis.

Guest Responsibilities:

Wilderness adventures require both individual commitment and team unification.  To ensure the strength and success of the team we ask that each participant:

  • be physically and mentally fit and properly attired and equipped.
  • be honest and accurate in describing their fitness, health, skills and equipment to their guides to ensure that everyone on their team has the opportunity for a safe, fun and successful wilderness adventure.


A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Payments may be made via personal U.S. check (preferred), or by Paypal.  Please note that Paypal payments require a 3% additional fee for U.S. residents and a 4% additional fee for international residents.  Send payments by check to North American Wilderness Leadership School, 13110 NE 177th Place, Woodinville, Washington 98072, or by Paypal to:  .  Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start of your trip.


If you need to cancel your reservation please let us know as soon as possible.  Cancellation policies are as follows:

  • 90 days or more prior to trip start date: full refund of deposit.
  • 60-90 days prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 50% of the deposit.
  • 30-60 days prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 100% of the deposit.
  • 30 days or less prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 100% of trip cost.

Note:  We highly encourage you to consider the purchase of travel insurance.  Typical policies provide coverage for trip cancellation, delay and medical expenses.  Travel insurance provides the best possible protection for travel related illness, injury, or delay.

Southern Utah:  Robbers Roost / Dirty Devil Wilderness, Fiddler Butte Wilderness & Capitol Reef National Park

2020 Dates:  April - May & September - November.  Workshop dates are flexible.  Please contact us for scheduling options.

Cost:  3-Day Lodge-Based Workshop / $1495 per person; 3-Day Wilderness Backpacking Workshop / $1295 per person.

Redrock Canyoneering Workshop 

2020 Dates:  October 12-14  *FULL*

Cost:  3-Day Basecamp-Style Workshop / $1295 per person.

Western Washington:  North Cascades Mountains

2020 Dates:  July - August.  Workshop dates are flexible.  Please contact us for scheduling options.

Cost:  3-Day Wilderness Backpacking Workshop / $1295 per person

Note:  Custom trips are available.  Please contact us at for more information.

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As you prepare for your upcoming wilderness adventure, please feel free to contact us to with any questions including trip details, itinerary, qualifications, conditioning, equipment, etc.  Our experienced guides are happy to assist you with all of your pre-trip planning needs.  We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST at (818) 381-WILD (9453), or .

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