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Las Vegas Photography Workshop

8 days of Photographic Inspiration: From Las Vegas to Utah, Capturing Death Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Bryce Canyon with Icemonkey Tours

From July 7 to 14, 2024

The Trip

Join Icemonkey Tours on an eight-day photographic odyssey from Las Vegas’s radiant nights to Utah’s ethereal landscapes. Capture the Milky Way in Death Valley, explore Antelope Canyon’s beauty, and marvel at Bryce Canyon’s formations. A journey that goes beyond photography, leaving you with unforgettable memories and stunning images.

About the Tour

Highlights

Description

At Icemonkey Tours, we’ve prepared an eight-day photographic adventure that will take you from the luminous nights of Las Vegas to the most surreal landscapes in the heart of Utah. We will start with a nocturnal exploration of Las Vegas, where the city’s radiant lights and iconic neon signs serve as the first backdrop for your photographic journey.

Venture into the heart of Death Valley, capturing the celestial dance of the Milky Way over vast dunes and the sun’s first rays at Zabriskie Point. Continue towards Page, where the ethereal beauty of Antelope Canyon and the winding Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend await your lens. Dive into the surreal at White Pocket, a dreamlike landscape of colors and shapes under the stars. In Kanab, explore the striking formations of Bryce Canyon before returning to Las Vegas to reflect on a journey that transcends photography, immersing you in the magic of the American West’s landscapes and leaving you with memories and images that will last a lifetime.

Map

Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas

We will welcome all participants and take a night stroll through the vibrant city, offering the opportunity to capture stunning nighttime photographs. The bright lights and iconic neon signs provide a unique backdrop for your photos. After exploring the city, you will have time to relax and rest, preparing for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2: Death Valley

Early in the morning, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast before exploring Las Vegas during the morning. After lunch, we will head towards the stunning Death Valley to witness the sunset and photograph the Milky Way over the iconic dunes. The vastness and arid beauty of Death Valley offer an impressive setting for your images, while the clear night provides a perfect opportunity to capture the celestial beauty of the Milky Way.

Day 3: Death Valley

We will start the day early with the majestic view of sunrise at Zabriskie Point. The changing color palette at dawn offers a unique opportunity to capture impressive photos. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel to rest, edit photos, and prepare to capture the sunset and night at the mysterious Rolling Stones. The tranquility and mysticism of this lunar landscape provide a fascinating backdrop for your nighttime photographs.

Day 4: Page

After breakfast, we will depart early towards Page to explore the fascinating Antelope Canyon. The undulating shapes and filtered lights offer a unique photographic experience in this sandstone canyon. Then, we will enjoy the sunset at Horseshoe Bend, capturing the majesty of the Colorado River winding through the rocks. At night, we will have the opportunity to photograph the Milky Way at Escalante Staircase, where the dark and clear sky reveals an impressive celestial spectacle.

Day 5: Page

After breakfast, we will dedicate the morning to photo editing until after lunch. Then we will prepare to explore White Pocket, where we will spend the sunset and night. This surreal landscape of white and red rocks offers a multitude of photographic opportunities, from intricate rock formations to stunning panoramic views. As night falls, we will capture the beauty of the Milky Way in this unique setting.

Day 6: Kanab

After breakfast, we will head to Kanab. We will leave our luggage and venture towards Bryce Canyon, where we will spend the day exploring the impressive rock formations and changing colors. We will return to the hotel to rest before our return trip to Las Vegas the next day.

Day 7: Las Vegas

We will enjoy the Sphere, time to rest, a delicious dinner, and more opportunities to capture unforgettable photographic memories in bustling Las Vegas. This last day gives us the chance to reflect on our photographic adventures while enjoying the unique energy of this bright and vibrant city.

Day 8: End of the workshop

Time to say goodbye and head to our respective destinations, taking with us the unforgettable memories and impressive images captured during our exciting tour of Las Vegas and its surroundings.

Included

Not Included

Our expeditions

Ours guides

JOSE D. RIQUELME

He will be your guide

Dates 2024

  • From July 7 to 14, 2024
    From July 7 to 14, 2024

    New date

    $4.500

ABOUT THE TRIP

  • A Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or a mirrorless camera
  • A sturdy tripod with a ball head
  • A wide-angle lens, such as a 14-24 mm
  • A medium zoom lens, such as a 24-70 mm
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens
  • A camera bag to carry all your equipment
  • 6-stop ND filter
  • A headlamp for night sessions
  • Batteries, cleaning kit, and memory cards
  • Drone
Clothing Recommendations

Clothing Tips for Your Trip Through the Western United States in July:

During your journey, it’s important to wear comfortable and suitable clothing for various activities and weather conditions. Here are some recommendations:

Lightweight and breathable clothing: Opt for fabrics like cotton or linen that allow air circulation and keep you cool during the day.

Sun protection: Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays, especially in areas with direct sun exposure.

Extra layers: Although daytime temperatures can be warm, some areas may cool off at night. Bring a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.

Comfortable footwear: Choose comfortable and sturdy shoes for walking, as you’re likely to explore both natural and urban areas during your trip.

Useful accessories: Consider carrying a light scarf or bandana, as well as a small backpack for carrying water and other essentials while exploring.

Preparing with the right clothing will allow you to fully enjoy your photographic adventure through the Western United States in July!

Tips
  1. Wi-Fi will be available in all hotels. (For participants outside the USA), you can purchase a virtual e-SIM in advance from websites like https://esim.holafly.com/ or other similar services and activate it upon landing in the USA.

     

  2. You can exchange your currency for Dollars at the airport.

     

  3. The USA uses American type A electrical outlets, so if you are coming from Europe, you will need an adapter.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Flights to Las Vegas
Your journey to the Photography Workshop begins by booking your flight to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS), which serves as our designated point of arrival and departure. We advise arriving in Las Vegas before 12:00 noon on the first day of the workshop to ensure you’re present for the orientation session. Consider arriving a day earlier to start the workshop refreshed and well-rested, especially if you’re coming off a lengthy flight.

Documentation
For entry into the USA, a visa or an ESTA is required for European travelers. Please ensure your travel documents are in order before your departure.

Meals
Please note that meals are not included in the workshop fee. Typically, breakfast will be provided at our accommodation, with lunch and dinner enjoyed at various local eateries. To make the most of our photography schedule, we may occasionally opt for quick snacks or picnics. Budgeting around $60-$80 USD daily should comfortably cover your dining expenses throughout the workshop.

ACCOMMODATION

During our photography workshop in Las Vegas, we will be staying at a carefully selected collection of hotels, designed to perfectly complement our photographic experience. We will begin our adventure at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, an iconic establishment that will provide us with comfortable rest and easy access to the vibrant scenes of the city, ideal for capturing its unique essence.

As our exploration extends beyond Las Vegas, we will stay at the Comfort Inn in Page, close to stunning natural landscapes, providing an ideal base for sunrise and sunset photography in the surroundings. At Death Valley Stovepipe Wells, we will experience the majesty of one of North America’s most extreme and photogenic environments, where the light conditions and landscape will offer us unique shooting opportunities.

Finally, at the Comfort Inn in Kanab, we will be in a prime location to explore and photograph the variety of natural landscapes that make this area a focal point for photographers from around the world. From Kanab, we will have access to extraordinary natural settings, perfect for enriching our photographic portfolio.

In each location, you will enjoy the comfort of cozy double rooms with private bathrooms, ensuring that your photographic adventure through these iconic landscapes is as memorable as it is comfortable.

FAQs

Photography Workshop in Las Vegas

When will the workshop take place?

The workshop is scheduled for From July 7 to 14, 2024. Check our calendar on the registration page for detailed information.

Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will unfold in the dazzling lights and dynamic landscapes of Las Vegas, presenting a unique blend of urban and desert photography opportunities. Additionally, we will venture into the surroundings of Las Vegas for two days, exploring the stark beauty and vast expanses of the nearby desert areas.

Who are the instructors of the workshop?

We have experienced nature photographers who will share their knowledge and techniques. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about aerial photography with drones.

What skill level is required to participate?

The workshop is designed for photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Sessions will be adapted to meet the needs of all participants, including an introduction to using drones for photography.

Can I use my drone during the workshop?

Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your drone to capture the breathtaking aerial perspectives of the surrounding desert landscapes. However, please note that drone flying is not permitted within the city limits of Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Bryce due to local regulations and restrictions. We’ll have opportunities to fly the drones every day in areas where it’s allowed, exploring the unique views from above in compliant locations.

Can I receive instructions on aerial photography with drones during the event?

Yes, there will be specific sessions during the workshop dedicated to aerial photography with drones. Our experts will guide you on best practices and techniques for capturing spectacular images from the air.

Can I get advice on purchasing a drone before the workshop?

Yes, our instructors will be happy to provide guidance on selecting and configuring drones for photography, both before and during the event.

Can I bring my laptop?

Yes, we recommend it for learning editing techniques.

  • Price

    Price for 1 traveler

    $4.500

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We understand that attending our workshops requires prior commitment, and also that life events can occur that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the cancellation date, the following conditions will apply:

  • More than 90 days before the start date of the workshop: Full refund of payments made.
  • Between 90 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the booking will be refunded.
  • 60-30 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the booking will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund will be made.
General Conditions of our Tours

Accidents:

  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents to workshop participants and will not cover medical expenses if necessary. During the workshop, each participant is responsible for their own safety and physical integrity.
  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the workshop. Each participant is responsible for their own photographic equipment.

Travel insurance is mandatory.

Punctuality:

  • Each day of the expedition, all participants must be punctual at the established time. All participants must be at the starting point of the expedition for its beginning. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must communicate with someone from the IceMonkey staff as soon as possible.
  • Respect:
    Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject, which requires patience when explaining topics that are already familiar to them. The photographic area of each participant must be respected. Disrespect towards a participant or staff member will not be tolerated.

This is a discrimination-free space. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Climate:

  • The tour and its itinerary depend on the weather and can change at any moment. We will always be attentive to the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the taking of photographs.

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