Chasing Monsoons Photography Workshop

4 Days - Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 18 - Jul 21, 2019
Activity Level


Registration deadline: July 12, 2019

During Arizona’s monsoon season, thunderstorms are fueled by the daytime heat and build up during the late afternoon and early evening creating amazing skies with interesting cloud formations. This four day workshop in August is timed to take advantage of the most active monsoonal weather. Our mornings will be spent in the classroom learning how to watch weather and plan for monsoon storms, identifying the ideal camera and exposure settings, learning how to use a lightning trigger and techniques for post-processing storm and landscape images using Lightroom and Photoshop.


Each afternoon our workshop will travel to various locations ranging from Tucson to the Superstition Mountains and many areas in between depending on the best storm options in the area. In the field, photographer Ken Sklute will assist attendees in the entire process from visualizing the composition to capturing lightning strikes. Each day will be followed with an image critique to review technique and make recommendations for improvement.


Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Roundtrip transportation from Phoenix
  • Water, snacks and three picnic dinners
  • All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
  • Pre Workshop webinar
  • Post workshop critique


Gear Requirements:

  • DSLR or mirror-less camera (2nd body optional)
  • Wide, medium and telephoto zoom lenses
  • Sturdy tripod or two
  • Lightning Trigger
  • Intervalometer (for potentially capturing time lapse)
  • Wide brim hat, long pants, closed toe shoes only, light rain jacket
  • Familiarity with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.


Day 1 – Thursday, July 18

  • Group will meet in the classroom at 9am for introductions and initial instruction on composition, light, finding storms, lens choices, exposure settings and hot to determine them, and the use of a Lightning Trigger.
  • Lunch
  • Immediately following lunch we will depart for an area where storms are most likely to build for the day.
  • Photograph through sunset.

Day 2 – Friday, July 19

  • Return to our classroom setting to download our RAW images from the previous night.
  • Open discussion on questions regarding the field session, camera settings, composition, etc.
  • Post processing discussion and illustration on storm images.
  • Critique student images from the night before.
  • After lunch our group will depart for our next ideal storm location where we will photograph until last light.

Day 3 – Saturday, July 20

  • We will meet again in the classroom for download and image critique.
  • Continued instruction on post processing.
  • Lunch followed by our afternoon departure to our shooting location.

Day 4 – Sunday, July 21

  • We will meet again in the classroom for our final download and image critique.
  • We will conduct a final debriefing on monsoon photography before adjourning at noon.


Strenuous Rating: Easy to Moderate.

Possible uneven terrain when selecting locations in the fields but there will be no long hikes.

The workshop will be held:

University of Phoenix
4035 S Riverpoint Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ

The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please arrive a few minutes early to locate the classroom and find a seat.





If you require lodging during the workshop, we recommend the following nearby hotel:

Holiday Inn Phoenix Airport
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone: (480) 543-1700

Our corporate rate is available for workshop participants at this location. Participants are required to make their own reservations and pay for these dates. The corporate rate is only available on a space-available status and must be booked online. The corporate rate is not available by phone.

Ken Sklute
Rick Sprain
Photo Guide
Vicki Uthe
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following fee schedule applies.
  • 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
  • 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.