Photograph the Grand Canyon So. Rim & Learn Lightroom Post-Production

4 Days - South Rim GC
Aug 11 - Aug 14, 2022
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: July 1, 2022

The summer monsoon is one of the most dramatic times to photograph the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Sensational thunderclouds build up during the day and bring with them dramatic light patterns, lightning shows, and magical rainbows. The canyon glistens and sparkles after the passing showers and mist rolls up and down the canyon walls providing ever-changing opportunities for creating unique and memorable images.


We will start our days by arriving at our various nearby sunrise locations a minimum of 30 minutes before sunrise so we can be in place to catch the first morning light as it appears over the eastern horizon and bathes the canyon with its early golden glow.


Paying attention to light is perhaps the single most important step you can take to improve your photography. Amazing natural light is as important as the subject you’re shooting. During this workshop, we will have the advantage of both spectacular light and the grandest of locations and views. We will learn how to identify and make the most out of the changing light patterns. Learn how its unique qualities change with the time of day and weather conditions and learn how you can use this to enhance your photographic images.


Each day after our morning shoots we will return to our classroom and download and review our images using Lightroom Classic. Suzanne will introduce you to the latest version of Lightroom Classic and its modules to simplify digital asset management, raw conversion and development, image enhancement, and output for the web or print.   You will be able to work along as she introduces you to the interface of this powerful image processing and digital asset management program that is designed to meet the needs of today’s digital photographers. Lightroom was designed from the ground up by photographers and exclusively for photographers. Lightroom separates your workflow into logical, individual modules and is designed to process large numbers of images quickly and efficiently, and lets you archive and retrieve your images in a flash! She’ll show how to use its powerful modules to organize, manage your ever-increasing collection of images.


This class will introduce you to the tools that are in Lightroom and provide inspiration and advice on how to get the most out of the program and your images. Suzanne offers tips and tricks on how to set up your various preferences and your computer to get the best results and put the FLOW into your digital workflow. Suzanne will explain the concepts of Digital Asset Management, Raw Processing, Color Management, and non-destructive processing.


The following days’ classroom session will continue with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs and how to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, and presets. We will see where Photoshop fits into the Lightroom workflow and you will learn advanced development techniques, using the adjustment brush, auto masking, and graduated neutral density filter and utilize the power of the various development sliders. Automating with presets, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, creating slideshows, books, and prints.


In the late afternoons, we will head out for our sunset locations, planning to arrive a couple of hours early, as the light becomes spectacular well before the suns sets. At any time during the workshop, if the weather conditions or light become dramatic or if the storms roll in, we will drop everything and head out to shoot. We will be flexible and mobile as mother nature doesn’t follow our schedule!


Throughout this workshop, you will learn the skills and techniques for creating unique and creative photographs from intimate vignettes to and grand landscapes. Suzanne will teach you composition, aperture, focus, and exposure. You will learn to understand and use the Histogram, advanced depth-of-field techniques. and developing your creative vision. Suzanne’s goal is to help you mature as a photographer and develop your creative vision.


Workshop Includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, AZ
  • Three nights lodging based on single occupancy
  • Photo instruction in the field and classroom post-processing*
  • Water, snack, two group meals
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Post-workshop critique



* The latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic must be downloaded to your computer prior to the workshop.

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

Day One – Thursday, August 11, 2022

  • We will meet in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport at 6:45 am to load gear and head for the Canyon at 7:00 am.
  • Arrive in Tusayan by 11:30 am. While participants can stretch their legs, the trip leaders and instructor will prepare our classroom for our first session which includes a working lunch.
  • You will receive a set of digital “Lightroom Goodies” to be loaded on your laptop.
  • The workshop will begin with an overview of Lightroom, its modules, and the value it offers to a photographer.
  • The first module we examine in depth will be the Library Module. We will walk through the steps of creating a Lightroom Catalog, importing images, keywording, making collections, renaming files, organizing into folders, and developing good workflow habits.
  • In preparation for our afternoon shoot, we will review camera settings, exposure, and composition for capturing our sunset shoot over the Canyon.
  • Break to check in at Yavapai West and grab a bite to eat before heading out for our sunset shoot.

Day Two – Friday, August 12, 2022

  • Early rise to capture the sunrise at various points along the rim.
  • Return to the lodge for Breakfast
  • Back in the classroom to continue working through the Lightroom Modules. We will do a Q&A on the Library Module before proceeding to the Development Module.
  • We will explore all the features of the Development Module including cropping, cloning, and image treatment options such as exposure, saturation, sharpness, and contrast to name a few.
  • Working with instructor-provided images, we will walk through the process of creating a catalog, importing images with keywords, renaming files, designating collections, etc. before launching into the Development Module where we will post-process the images using various settings and features to achieve our desired look.
  • Break for Lunch
  • Resume our classroom session on the Development Module. We will utilize this time to download our own images from the morning photoshoot and prepare them for an afternoon critique.
  • Critique Session
  • Early Dinner
  • Leave for our sunset shoot on the Canyon Rim, hopefully capturing great summer monsoon clouds.

Day Three – Saturday, August 13, 2022

  • Another early rise to capture early light.
  • Breakfast at the Lodge before returning to the classroom for more Lightroom instruction.
  • Today we will learn how to export our processed images for print, web, and other usages.
  • First, we will take an in-depth look at the Print Module, looking at layout, size, media type, and resolution before preparing our test images in the Print Module.
  • Next, we will walk through the steps in the Web Module, Book Module & Slideshow before breaking for lunch.
  • Break for Lunch
  • An excellent tool in Digital Asset Management, we will spend time walking through the development of an efficient workflow. We will work with participants to set up collections and smart collections to manage your own portfolios.
  • Download images from the morning shoot into collections and post-process five images for the critique session.
  • Image Critique
  • Take a short break before regrouping for our late afternoon and sunset photoshoots.

Day Four – Sunday, August 14, 2022

  • We will rise early once again for our last sunrise shoot.
  • After breakfast, we will convene in our classroom for an overview and Q&A.
  • Check out of the hotel and return to the classroom for the final Lightroom session.
  • We will hold a working lunch while we demonstrate how to take our post-processed images out of Lightroom into Photoshop for advanced enhancements. Participants will have an opportunity to work on their own images and address any final questions.
  • The workshop will conclude at 3:00 pm upon which we will load our transportation and head back for the Valley of the Sun.
  • Arrive in Phoenix late evening.

Strenuous Rating: Easy to Moderate.
Our field sessions will generally take place at well-maintained vistas and points. There is some uneven and rocky terrain, but is generally flat and requires little hiking. The remainder of our days will be spent in the classroom.


Laptop with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic downloaded.

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

Grand Canyon South Rim

We will be staying at the Yavapai-West Lodge during this workshop.  The workshop fee is based on single occupancy.

Suzanne Mathia
Susan Snyder
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 the $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.