Nature Photography Workshops

easy to moderate hiking


Besides the Grand Canyon, hiking Aravaipa Canyon and exploring Salome Jug comprises two of the finest adventures in the Southwest. The canyons, protected riparian areas, are truly  desert paradises with  perennial streams, towering canyon walls, lush vegetation, and lots of wildlife. What makes these gorges so unique are their beautiful wilderness characteristics, including the lack of any well defined trails. Located near Tucson and Phoenix, they are rare example of what happens when water flows through an arid environment.

For adventurous wilderness photographers looking to add dramatic photos to their portfolio, these workshops are supreme. Get your cameras ready for stunning Aravaipa Canyon where we will offer one of our exclusive Nature Photography Workshops. This is a canyoneering experience not to be missed.

This one day exclusive Nature Photography Workshop will take place in one of the most beautiful and seldom photographed canyons in Arizona. Here you’ll learn how to capture images of multi-colored canyon walls, foliage, springs and the flowing stream with camera in hand. On this tour, you’re sure to capture pictures that will last you a lifetime. See Aravaipa Canyon – the Grand Canyon of the Sonoran Desert

At Salome Jug, pink granite rock formations have been sculpted by water and the elements into a spectacular gorge.  Meet professional photographer Michael Madsen and experienced Southwestern U.S. hike leader Mitch Stevens  for exploring and photographing.

Grab your digital single lens reflex camera, water shoes and dry bag to keep your equipment dry as we shoot in the diverse lighting conditions of Aravaipa Canyon and Salome dJug.  Be prepared to mount your camera on a tripod and switch to manual and learn how to take charge of your camera.  Our goal is to provide personal instruction and teach techniques for improving your photography skills in manual mode.

Arizona Nature Photography Workshops

photographing Salome Jug – by Ed Doran

We will be photographing and exploring in the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area where we will cross the creek numerous times, ankle deep for the most part.  At Salome Jug, we will be hiking an easy trail then floating beneath soaring multi-colored canyon walls. Water shoes, food and tripod are strongly recommended, a desire for adventure and fun is required!  Please check our suggested pack list for ideas.

Michael Madsen, our instructor, is an architect and fine art photographer who lives and works in Gilbert, Arizona.  Over the past 20 years the Arizona landscape has provided much of the inspiration and subject matter for his work.  Michael’s original fine art prints are in public and private collections nationwide and he has been involved in photography workshops at the Desert Botanical Garden, and with private groups.  His work is currently on display at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, and he is currently teaching beginner to intermediate photography at Boyce Thompson Arboretum an Arizona State Park near Superior, Arizona.

hiking Aravaipa Canyon

photo by Michael Madsen

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7660 E. Broadway Blvd. Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85710