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USA Canyon & National Park Photography Tours

Blue Tongue Photography Tours / USA Canyon & National Park Photography Tours

USA Canyon & National Parks

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the American West, Deserts & Canyons. Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and Yosemite are just some of the National Parks we’ll visit while exploring the full potential of your DSLR camera, build up your confidence & creativity. Gain the ability to plan ahead and understand the light, research your subject, what lens to use, set your exposure & how to frame your image in-the-field.

Experience an unforgettable 15 days fully guided photo travel tour and adventures.

Be ready to be blown away by the Grand Canyon iconic 180 degrees view! At 445 kms long, 29 kms wide and as much as 1,857 meters deep, the Grand Canyon is home of the mighty Colorado River. Enjoy two nights and a full day at leisure to explore ‘The City of Lights’ Las Vegas. LA’s famous Venice beach, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and San Francisco are also on the card.

A unique opportunity to work alongside (Suisse born) professional landscape photographer Martial Fatton and LTG Global Awards Winner 2016 & 2017 Blue Tongue Photography Tours.

Highlight and Inclusions

This Exclusive small-group photographic adventure has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of breathtaking American landscapes and iconic canyons. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.

    • Experience a unique itinerary specially designed for photographers
    • 14 cosy nights in 4 stars hotel or similar
    • Daily breakfast and 3 dinner during the duration of the tour
    • Comfortable air conditioned 14-seater Sprinter bus (incl. 2 water bottle pp p/day)
    • Private driver guide (incl. tipping)
    • All entrance fees to exhibits & locations that we visit for photography
    • Welcome meal in Santa Monica, CA
    • Night photography session at Joshua Tree & Death Valley
    • Sunset & night photo session in the Grand Canyon
    • A smorgasbords of photography opportunities throughout the 15 days
    • Spectacular panoramic views over Monument Valley
    • Traditional Navarro cooked meal in Page
    • Private tour to Antelope Canyon upper level
    • An array of iconic National Parks landscapes with plenty of photography time
    • Short accessible walks to explore some of the best photo locations on tour
    • Free night in Las Vegas to your leisure
    • Star gazing evening with local guide in Sequoia National Park
    • Evening meal in Yosemite National Park
    • El Captain, Artist Palette, Refrigerator Canyon, Bad Water, Ghost Town, Colorado River are just some of the names on the list of places you’ll discover…
    • Guided tour in San Francisco with sunset session – Golden Gate Bridge
    • As it is our own personalized photo tour, we can stop when and where we want!
    • Professional photography advise
    • Fully escorted tour in French and English
    • Photography group of 8 – 10 participants maximum


Dates:  September 26 to October 10 | 2022 (14 nights) USA Canyonlands & National Parks Photo Tour

This 2022 Photography Tour is currently suspended due to travel restriction

Cost: US$ 5,650 | single supplement US$ 1,475

Non Photographer companion welcome

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more tours. (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only for direct online bookings)

Escape the busy tracks and experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to shoot dramatic scenery from sunrise to sunset, and capture the breathtaking night sky shining over some f the most iconic landscape in America. This 2020 USA Canyonlands & National Parks photo tour is offered as a stand-alone tour with option to add a pre – Los Angeles tour extension September 23–26, 2022 or a post San Francisco & Napa Valley tour October 15-21, 2022. It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer companion

The only extra cost for non-photographers is $1475 plus meals and transportation cost during the tour. (The single supplement fee also applies to the participant). Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of the surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the evenings to share a few stories of the day’s events.

Optional Activities

Palm Spring Aerial Tramway US$25 pp / 2hrs.

Grand Canyon 25-30 minutes Helicopter Tour US$195 pp or 45-50 minutes US$265 pp

A $2000 deposit will secure your spot.

What is included?

  • 14 nights accommodations in 4 stars hotel or similar
  • Breakfast (14x) and dinner (3x) during the duration of the Tour
  • Private transportation & local guide for the duration of the tour (including driver’s tipping*)
  • All entrance fees to exhibits, national parks & locations that we visit for photography
  • Martial’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction

Other Options Available

All prices have been calculated in US Dollars and may vary with the daily international exchange rates.

Level of physical difficulty: 3 out of 5

This 15Day Tour starts in Santa Monica – Los Angeles and finishes in San Francisco. It is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking).


DAY 01


26 SEPT SATURDAY     Arrival on own – checking from 3pm

Short Walk to Santa Monica Pier

Sunset Photography session on the Beach

Welcome Dinner in Santa Monica

Accommodations             Courtyard by Marriott or Doubletree*

DAY 02


27 SEPT SUNDAY        Breakfast

Morning walk to Venice Beach

Transfer to Palm Spring

Sunset & Blue Light Photo Session at JT

Accommodations             Hilton Palm Spring

Optional – PM (2hrs)                 Aerial Tramway-PSP/ Cost: US$25.95 pp

DAY 03


28 SEPT MONDAY         Breakfast

Joshua Tree National Park

Landscape Photography Workshop

Intro to ND Filters & Post-Processing

Accommodations             Harrah’s Laughlin

DAY 04


29 SEPT TUESDAY        Breakfast

Transfer to Grand Canyon National Park

Sunset photo session at Hermits (Grand Canyon)

Nightscape Photography Workshop

Accommodations             Yavapai Lodge West

DAY 05


30 SEPT WEDNESDAY  Breakfast

Sunrise Photography session

Free morning at the Grand Canyon NP

Horseshoe Bend Photography session – PM

Post-Processing session

Accommodations             Best Western Plus at Lake Powell

  • Optional Tour: 25-30min. Helicopter Tour US$195 pp* (not incl.)
  • Optional Tour: 45-50min. Helicopter Tour US$265 pp* (not incl.)

DAY 06


01 OCT THURSDAY       Breakfast

Antelope Canyon National Park (Upper Tour)

Monument Valley National Park

Landscape Photography Workshop

Monument Valley Drive

BBQ Dinner/ Navajo Cookout

Accommodations             Best Western Plus at Lake Powell

DAY 07


02 OCT FRIDAY             Breakfast

Transfer to Zion NP via Kanab Utah

Colorado River crossing Navajo Bridge,

Ghost Town Western Landscapes

Zion National Park

Accommodations             Best Western Plus Zion Canyon

DAY 08


03 OCT SATURDAY       Breakfast

Zion National Park

Refrigerator Canyon

Valley of Fire State Park

Downtown Las Vegas evening/ night tour

Accommodations             Luxor Hotel*

DAY 09


04 OCT SUNDAY           Breakfast

Free leisure day

Accommodations             Luxor Hotel*

  • Optional: One-on-One Post processing hands-on tuition** (morning)
  • Optional: Private Lightroom/ Photoshop tuition** (morning)
  • Group sightseeing in the afternoon/ no transports included today

DAY 10


05 OCT Monday            Breakfast

Death Valley National Park

Badwater, Artists Palette, Devel’s Golf Course, etc.

Nightscape Photography Session

Accommodations             Hotel Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel

DAY 11


06 OCT TUESDAY          Breakfast

Transfer to SNP via Kings Canyon (TBC)

Sequoia National Park

Stargazing with Park Ranger

Accommodations             Wuksachi Lodge

DAY 12


06 OCT WEDNESDAY    Breakfast

Mariposa Grove

Yosemite National Park

Sunset Session at Mercedes River (LTBC)

Dinner at the Lodge

Accommodations             Yosemite View Lodge

DAY 13


08 OCT THURSDAY       Breakfast

Sleep in optional

Sunrise Photography Session at Tunnel View (LTBC)

Full day exploring the Park

Accommodations             Yosemite View Lodge

DAY 14


09 OCT FRIDAY             Breakfast

Transfer to San Francisco

Sunset at Baker Beach (Golden Bridge)

Farewell Dinner

Accommodations             Hilton Union Square

DAY 15


10 OCT SATURDAY       Breakfast

City Tour/ Sleep in optional

Departure on own – Checkout by 11am

A perfect add-on before your CANYON & NAT’L PARK Photo Tour is our LOS ANGELES 4 DAY TOUR or following straight after our USA 15 DAY C&NP join us on our 5 DAY SAN FRANSCISCO AND NAPPA VALLEY extension.

Photography Outline

Nature, Architecture, Landscape, Wildflowers in season

In addition to great daily photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including:

    • Dare to go manual Vs Auto camera settings, when to change
    • Working with available light [read & understand the light]
    • What lenses should I use
    • Understanding your DSLR camera
    • Camera settings for macro
    • Camera settings for landscape photography
    • Camera settings for nature photography
    • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
    • How to read your histogram and how to fine-tune-it?
    • Depth of Field calculation, be in control
    • Camera settings to take the perfect shot every time
    • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
    • Adjust your image exposure in relation to your subject
    • Capturing raw

Personal Items & Weather Conditions

Temperature range for this time of year: 8C to 25C but it can get down to 5C

Average monthly rain for this time of year: 3

Be organized and pack smart on this Canyons & National Parks Photo Tour, as you will be on the go to fit as much photography session as we can and you will have to wheel your luggage from the bus to your hotel room during the trip. You will have access to your luggage at anytime during the trip, however I recommend to pack a basic easy to grab change of cloth (jacked or light weight rain coat, etc.) in a smaller backpack or in your camera bag for the overnight or in case the weather changes suddenly.

Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet if we have a rain day. One pair for evenings or the next day in case the first pair is not dry.

Light weight rain jacket and rain pants. You don’t have to go all out here, but it will also help you to keep warm at night. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else, the rain gear will keep you dry when walking in the parks. I have a pair of Teflon rain pants & jacket, super light and perfect to keep in you camera bag in case of a sudden change in the weather.

A warm jacket, long trousers and a jumper or light jacket for those late evening and early morning shoots.  It can get really cold at high altitude all year round, and specially at 4am as we wait for the sun to rise in Death Valley or Yosemite National Park.

Hat and sun screen protection.


Camera Equipment.

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better (i.e 14, 18 or 20mm full frame camera and 10, 12mm cropped sensor camera), and a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions. Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polarizer filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle, a head torch and a good camera bag… remember, you will be the one carrying your own photography gears!

Tour Extensions

Tour Extensions:

A perfect add-on before your Canyonlands & National Parks Photo Tour is our candid 4 Day Los Angeles photo tour or after your Canyonlands & National Parks Photo Tour to join us on a 5 Day San Francisco & Napa Valley Photo Tour

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more.

City of Angeles Photo Tour | Los Angeles Photo Tour

September 23 to 26 | 2020  (3 nights)

Napa Valley in the autumn | San Francisco & Napa Valley Photo Tour

October 10 to 14/15 | 2020  (4-5 nights)

Tour Details

26th September - 10th October 2022

Group Size: min 6, max 10

Cost: $5650.00 USD PP


Starts In Los Angeles, Ends in San Francisco

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