Arizona’s Infrared Photography Sampler

4 Days - Arizona
Aug 26 - Aug 29, 2021
Activity Level
Skill Level


Discover Infrared Photography!

Registration deadline: July 15, 2021

Join Kerrick James for this mini-Arizona sampler to capture some of the Southwest’s most iconic images in infrared. With stops in Sedona, Flagstaff, Monument Valley, and Canyon de Chelly you will see these stunning landscapes in a whole new way and you don’t need to wait for sunrise or sunset. Mid-day shooting is a-okay! Below, Kerrick shares all you need to know to get geared up for this fantastically fun workshop.


“In the dark days of film, shooting with Infrared was a process fraught with challenges and disappointments. I won’t detail the frustrations of loading cameras in dark bags, keeping film cool and away from light, used red filters, plus exposure and processing issues, etc. I put up with all that back then because I loved the look of black & white monochrome infrared images. For some time now it’s been far easier to capture monochrome and color infrared images, thanks to several companies that modify the sensors in camera bodies to respond only to certain wavelengths of light. The company that modified my Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera is called Life Pixel, and you can learn a great deal about their camera mods at It is possible to have your own camera modified, or buy new bodies from them that are pre-modified to the look you desire. Be aware that this is a one-way street though, as once the sensor is modified, that is locked in.


I work only with what Life Pixel calls Deep BW, details here  You don’t need to use a red or other filters to obtain rich, dark, even black skies. And of course, foliage, or any living thing that emits heat energy, will glow in surreal light tones. I chose a 15mm semi-wide lens to pair with my APS-C sensor body for calibration, and that is the lens I use for nearly all my Monochrome Infrared shooting. Note that some lenses work in strange ways with the infrared light-gathering abilities of the modified sensor, which can create a visible ‘hot spot’ on your Raw file. More on that later, or study the LifePixel site


While it is possible to emulate the look of B&W infrared in post-processing software, I feel the finest results are obtained with a camera modified to capture Raw files, paired with a very good lens. The most creative and unusual imagery is possible with a quality Raw capture, and that will be our goal in this workshop. So plan on either having one of your personal camera bodies modified or buying a new modified body. The cost to modify your mirrorless or DSLR runs from $275-350, and they do them fairly quickly. LifePixel works with NASA, Boeing, etc., and does excellent and precise work.  No matter which company you choose to modify your chosen camera, be sure to test the capture and look of the images before the workshop, and maybe bring some samples for us to view at the first trip meeting. There’s a wee bit to learn, but in truth, you’ll soon be watching for the right skies and scenes that cry out for B&W, (or Color), Infrared.”

Workshop includes:
  • Photographic instruction
  • 3 nights lodging based on single occupancy*
  • Round trip transportation from Phoenix
  • Water, snacks and a group meal
  • Entrance fees and park permits
  • Post-workshop critique

*Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together.  A discount will be provided.


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


Day 1:  Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • Depart Phoenix at 8:00 am from the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport.
  • As the group drives north on I-17, we will make our first photo stop at Montezuma Castle.
  • Continuing on to Sedona, we will stop for a shoot at Bell Rock.
  • Stopping in Sedona for lunch, Kerrick will show samples and details about our trip.
  • Following lunch, we will shoot at Red Rock Crossing, then drive to Flagstaff.
  • Mid-afternoon we will check into our hotel leave our luggage and head out to shoot Sunset Crater and the Wupatki loop in the late afternoon light.
  • Return to town for dinner.
  • Overnight in Flagstaff.


Day 2: Friday, August 27, 2021

  • After breakfast, we will depart for Monument Valley.
  • Following a lunch break at Gouldings, we will drop our luggage and head out for afternoon shooting in the Valley and of Teardrop Arch with Guides.
  • Upon our return, we will check into our lodging at Gouldings.
  • Following a dinner break, we will take in the late light to photograph the Mittens, hopefully with big fluffy white clouds.

Day 3: Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • We will begin our day with an early guided tour to the Totem Pole area for sunrise.
  • Back at Goulding’s the group will enjoy breakfast followed by a critique and an infrared processing session of RAW files by Kerrick.
  • Then we will depart for Canyon de Chelly for an afternoon guided tour in the canyons.
  • Dinner and overnight in Chinle.

Day 4: Sunday, August 29, 2021

  • Morning hike to White House Ruin.
  • Return to hotel for breakfast and check-out.
  • Drive south to Winslow and shoot along Route 66, (Wigwam teepees, Twin Arrows, etc.).
  • Lunch in Winslow.
  • Drive back to Phoenix.

The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:


Holiday Inn & Suites
3220 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (480) 543-1700


Pre-night and post-night rooms are available for workshop participants at our corporate rate. 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.


Lodging During the Workshop

Holiday Inn Express
2320 E Lucky Lane
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Tel:(928) 714-1000


We will spend our first overnight in Flagstaff at the Holiday Inn Express.  All lodging is based on single occupancy.


1000 Trading Post Road
Monument Valley, Utah 84536
Tel:  866-313-9769

Our second night will find us at Gouldings in Monument Valley.  All lodging is based on single occupancy.


Holiday Inn Chinle
County Road 521
Chinle, AZ 86503
Tel:  (928) 674-5000

Our last night will be spent in Chinle at the Holiday Inn.  All lodging is based on single occupancy.




Kerrick James
John Ellis
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • 90 days full payment is due
  • 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee.  The voucher is good for 18 months.
  • * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.

* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.

NOTE:  Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days.  Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can sometimes be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.


Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions.  Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits.  If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date.  Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.


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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 90 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.