Monsoon on the North Rim • Grand Canyon Photography Workshop

This workshop focuses on improving your landscape photography skills and making great photographs of the Grand Canyon. The workshop takes place during the monsoon season, a great time to capture the canyon with stormy skies and dramatic light, and it's when I have made some of my most dramatic photographs of the Grand Canyon. This is the best time of year for photographing lightning and capturing rainbows!

In the Mist

Small Group Size

I am now running workshops with smaller groups so that we can photograph from areas that aren't spacious enough to support large groups and so that I can give each of you more one-on-one instruction. For these reasons, this workshop is limited to 4 participants.

Rainbow on Hayden

Photography Locations

We will photograph from a mix of named and unnamed locations in the park. Due to the nature of chasing light and adapting to the unpredictability of monsoon weather, it's impossible to guarantee that we will stop at any specific location or capture lightning and rainbows. As photographers, we must be able to adapt to changes in light & weather and constantly adapt. This means that while we may go somewhere with a specific shot in mind, we will be ready to adapt to changes and see the new opportunities as they are presented.

Early morning light paints Wotans Throne in a warm glow as the full moon is close to setting on the western horizon. From Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.


The workshop begins on day 1 with a meet & greet on the patio at Kaibab Lodge. Afterward, we will caravan into the park for the first photography session, during which I will cover how I configure my camera for landscape photography to maximize image quality. I will also introduce you to my image capture workflow, which I use to get consistent focus and exposure results. After sunset, we will travel back to the lodge.

Days 2 and 3 begin very early so that we can be set up and ready to photograph the first light of the day. After sunrise, we will drive back to the lodge with a stop to photograph the bison if they are in the meadow near the entrance to the park. You will have an opportunity to rest during a mid-day break so that you and your camera batteries are recharged and ready to take advantage of the late light. We will caravan back into the park mid-afternoon and make stops to photograph from several viewpoints on the canyon's rim. If weather and atmospheric conditions permit, we will also photograph the canyon under the moonlight with the night sky above the canyon.

We will start early again on the last day of the workshop. After sunrise, we will return to Kaibab Lodge for breakfast and a workshop review. I'll be available throughout the morning to answer any follow-up questions about the topics covered during the workshop.

Lightroom Training & Image Critiques

I will provide a post-trip Lightroom instruction session via Zoom using photographs made during the river trip. I'll share my approach to editing raw images using global and local adjustments to create moody and impactful images.

In addition to the Lightroom training, I will conduct image critiques for those who wish to participate. The Lightroom and image critique session will be recorded and available for download to playback later at your convenience.

Milky Way over Angels Window

Lodging is Included

This workshop includes private lodging in cabins at Kaibab Lodge, just a few miles from the entrance to the North Rim.

The Kaibab Lodge near the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Photo © Adam Schallau., All Rights Reserved.

What's not Included?

Meals, transportation, and entrance fees into Grand Canyon National Park are not provided. We will caravan as a group to our photography locations.

Bring a Friend or Family Member!

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to the workshop as a guest. This guest can use the room but may only participate in the workshop if they purchase a participant spot.

2019 Desert Thunder Photography Workshop Group

We Hope You Can Join Us!

Please feel free to contact Sally or me if you have any questions. You can send us a message through the Contact form on this website, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us for this opportunity to photograph the Grand Canyon from the majestic North Rim during the monsoon season.

Mount Hayden is illuminated by the warm glow of morning light. From Point Imperial on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Workshop Cost and Payment Terms

The cost for this workshop is $2400.00, which includes private lodging. A deposit of $1200.00 is required to reserve a spot in this workshop. The final payment is due no later than 90 days before the workshop.

Workshop Dates

Due to the popularity of this workshop, I am offering it three times in 2023. Each workshop is limited to 4 participants. The workshop is scheduled on the following dates:

• August 11th to 14th - Group A - SOLD OUT
• August 14th to 17th - Group B - SOLD OUT
• August 17th to 20th - Group C - SOLD OUT

When registering for a workshop, contact me and let me know which group you would like to participate in.

Sign Me up!

You can reserve your spot in this workshop by adding the workshop fee of $2,400.00 to your cart and completing the payment.

This workshop is sold out. Contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

I look forward to seeing you at the Grand Canyon!

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