Coyote Buttes Feb 2016

Coyote Buttes Photo Workshop

February 7-9, 2016

The Wave  *  Cottonwood Cove  *  Paw Hole  *  White Pocket

Visit world-class photographic sites in the American Southwest.

Wilderness photographers Chad Dutson and Dustin LeFevre will be your guides and instructors.



Please contact us if you would like to be placed on the wait list
for this workshop and to be the first notified of future workshops!



Highlights About the Workshop

  • Two days in Coyote Buttes Permit Areas (The Wave, Cottonwood Cove, and/or Paw Hole).
  • White Pocket and other photography opportunities in southern Utah & northern Arizona, as they present themselves.
  • Workshop limited to 5 participants, plus two instructors/guides.
  • Learn advanced techniques from two professional photographers.

The workshop begins and ends in Kanab, Utah -- our base of operations. Our first meet-and-greet will be a group discussion over dinner Sunday evening, February 7th. We will discuss workshop expectations, techniques, and photographic philosophy!

Throughout the workshop, photography instruction will cover many of Chad and Dustin's techniques, including proper exposure and composition. Advanced techniques will also be shared, such as focus-stacking and HDR. When is it appropriate (or required) to use these techniques? And when is it wasting your time? Both Chad and Dustin have used Nikon and Canon equipment professionally, and cater instruction to your photographic experience level.

The Wave is a full-day experience, about 6-miles round-trip of easy-to-moderate intensity. Cottonwood Cove is filled with orange, yellow, and white sandstone, while Paw Hole is filled with deeper red sandstone. You will see endless sandstone formations and teepees, incredible jaw-gaping scenery! Picture yourself standing high atop sandstone structures, looking across desert valleys while the sun sets behind you! The views are outstanding and the memories will last a lifetime!


  • All permits and fees, including Coyote Buttes North and South and White Pocket
  • SUV Transportation during the workshop
  • Personalized guide service and photography instruction
  • Trail snacks & water
  • Initial group dinner


  • Transportation to/from Kanab, Utah:
    + 74 miles from Page, Arizona
    + 86 miles from Saint George, Utah
    + 209 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada
    + 317 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lodging at Kanab, Utah. Your guides will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express.
  • Breakfast/Dinner each day. There are several local restaurants.


  • Day 1: Meet and Greet about 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Discussion over Dinner
  • Day 2: 4:30 AM Departure, Coyote Buttes South (Cottonwood Cove and/or Paw Hole), White Pocket
  • Day 3: Coyote Buttes North (The Wave)

It is no secret light is the most crucial factor in landscape photography. You can be assured we will have you at the iconic vistas during critical light. Depending on weather, we may be able to sneak in some night photography, too! We want everyone to get the most out of their experience and that means capturing gallery-worthy imagery.



  1. Are the permits to Coyote Buttes included in the price? YES! These permits are highly coveted and have already been secured via lottery. Entry into each section of Coyote Buttes is limited to only 20 people per day, and you will be one of them! Workshop is fully approved by the BLM.

  2. What type of photo gear should I bring? Camera and tripod are a must, and suggest you bring at least two lenses: a wide-angle and a mid-range telephoto. Trigger recommended for long exposures. Due to the sandy and possibly rainy/snowy environment, it is recommended you also bring camera cleaning equipment, such as air blower, lens wipes, lint-free cloths, and lens brush.

  3. What other gear should I bring? Be prepared with layered clothing for winter weather. We will be hiking in sun, wind, rain, or snow, so plan accordingly. A few suggested items to bring in addition to camera gear: hiking boots, extra socks (in case they get wet), water bladder, headlamp (and spare batteries).

  4. What photography experience must I have? Our workshops are geared toward all levels. Beginners will value the photography instruction while advanced photographers will appreciate the guide service.

  5. May I bring a non-photographer friend? Certainly, the more the merrier; however since space is limited you must purchase a slot for each attendee. Check with the photographers for an additional-slot discount.

  6. May we carpool from Salt Lake City? Transportation to/from the Salt Lake City area may be arranged with the photographers for a fee. Inquire, if interested.