The Wave Photo Workshop

Guided by Dustin LeFevre & Chad Dutson

Coyote Buttes South (c) Chad Dutson

Coyote Buttes South (c) Chad Dutson

February 1-4, 2019

Join wilderness photographers, Chad Dutson and Dustin LeFevre, for a photographer's paradise visiting world-class sites within the permit-only areas of Coyote Buttes North and South. Yes, permits are included!

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  • The Wave (Coyote Buttes North)

  • Coyote Buttes South & White Pocket

  • 4WD transportation in the backcountry

  • Limited to 5 participants with 2 instructors

  • Final group dinner

  • BLM-permitted guides

Workshop is for all photographic experience levels. Beginners will value the level of photography instruction, while advanced photographers will find so much benefit from guides who know the area.


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Day 1: Afternoon Meet-and-Greet in Kanab, then evening/sunset shooting in the area.

Day 2: Day at Coyote Buttes South. Permits already secured. Most do not get an all-day adventure within this incredible area. We will see features like Control Tower, The Rook, and Half-n-Half.

Day 3: Morning at White Pocket to visit Dragon's Tail, The Swirl, and more. The group will plan to shoot sunset within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Group dinner included in Kanab.

Day 4: All day at Coyote Buttes North. Permits already secured. Plan for an all-day adventure to the Wave and surrounding sites. The day includes 6 miles of moderate-to-strenuous intensity hiking, with an option for 2 to 3 more miles once your reach The Wave.

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

White Pocket (c) Dustin LeFevre

White Pocket (c) Dustin LeFevre


  • At least two days in the Coyote Buttes Permit Areas, both North and South. Have confidence in visiting the sites, as these highly sought-after permits are already secured.

  • White Pocket and other photography opportunities.

  • Limited to 5 participants with 2 guides/instructors.

  • Learn advanced techniques from two professional photographers.

  • 4WD backcountry transportation included.

The workshop begins and ends in Kanab, Utah -- our base of operations. Our first meet-and-greet will be in the afternoon/evening on Friday, February 1st. We will discuss workshop expectations, techniques, and photographic philosophy. Then the real fun begins.

Throughout the workshop, photography instruction will cover many of Chad and Dustin's techniques, including proper exposure and composition. Advanced techniques will also be shared, such as focus-stacking and HDR. When is it appropriate (or required) to use these techniques, and when is it wasting your time? Both Chad and Dustin have used Nikon and Canon equipment professionally, and cater instruction to your photographic experience level.

The Wave is a full-day experience, about 6-miles round-trip of moderate intensity. The other days will include Coyote Buttes South and White Pocket. Coyote Buttes South is filled with red, orange, yellow, and white sandstone, while White Pocket is almost entirely white. You will see endless sandstone formations and teepees. The entire area contains incredible jaw-gaping scenery! Picture yourself standing atop sandstone structures, looking across desert valleys while the sun sets in front of you! The views are outstanding and the memories will last a lifetime!

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

What is Included?

  • All permits and fees, including Coyote Buttes North, Coyote Buttes South, and White Pocket

  • SUV Transportation during the workshop

  • Personalized BLM-approved guide service and photography instruction

  • Lunch for days 2 through 4

  • Trail snacks & water

  • Final group dinner

White Pocket (c) Dustin LeFevre

White Pocket (c) Dustin LeFevre

What is Your Responsibility?

  • Transportation to/from Kanab, Utah. Scheduled airline service is available at the following locations. Rental cars are available at these airports, too:
      + 74 miles from Page, Arizona
      + 86 miles from Saint George, Utah
      + 209 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada
      + 317 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Lodging at Kanab, Utah. Your guides will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express

  • Breakfast and Dinner each day. There are several local restaurants

  • Gratuities, if you desire

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

Coyote Buttes North (c) Dustin LeFevre

Recommended Gear List

Camera Equipment

  • Camera body

  • Lenses: wide angle and mid-range telephoto

  • Filters: circular polarizer and ND filters

  • Tripod

  • Memory cards and spare batteries

  • Lens cleaning supplies

  • Trigger or remote

  • Camera backpack (with rain poncho or cover bag, in case of wet weather)

Personal Gear

  • Layered clothing (see FAQs, below)

  • Rain jacket

  • Sturdy hiking footwear with good traction and hiking socks

  • Water bottle or hydration bladder

  • Headlamp and spare batteries

  • Personal toiletries

  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, glasses

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Are the permits to Coyote Buttes really included in the price? YES! These permits are highly coveted and have already been secured via lottery. Entry into each section of Coyote Buttes is limited to only 20 people per day, and you will be one of them! Workshop is fully authorized by the BLM.

  2. What specific photo gear should I bring? Camera and tripod are a must, and we suggest you bring at least two lenses, with ranges from 16 to 200mm (full-frame) or 10 to 140mm (crop sensor). Due to the sandy and possibly rainy/snowy environment, it is recommended you also bring camera cleaning equipment, such as an air blower, lens wipes, lint-free cloths, and a lens brush.

  3. What other gear should I bring? Be prepared with layered clothing for late-winter, early-spring weather. High temperature averages 45 to 55 degrees, nights around 25 to 30 degrees, although these temperatures can vary at either spectrum by 10 to 15 degrees. We will be hiking regardless of weather, whether sun, wind, snow, or rain, so plan accordingly. In addition to the items listed above, you may consider extra socks and underclothing, in case you get wet. In the event of snowy weather, you should consider bringing along winter hiking boots (waterproof).

  4. What photography experience must I have? Our workshops are geared toward all levels. Beginners will value the photography instruction while advanced photographers will appreciate the guide service.

  5. May I bring a non-photographer friend? Certainly, the more the merrier; however since space is limited you must purchase a slot for each attendee. Groups of two or more are discounted 10%. Inquire for a checkout discount code.

  6. May we carpool from Salt Lake City? Transportation to/from the Salt Lake City area may be arranged with the photographers for a small fee. We may also be able to arrange a St. George pickup. Inquire, if interested.

  7. Is there cell coverage in the backcountry? There is some coverage, but most of the time, no. AT&T has limited coverage at Coyote Buttes North and White Pocket (unsure about other carriers).

  8. What type of insurance should I secure? We recommend travel insurance to cover the what-ifs in travel. Air travel changes, vehicle breakdowns, and weather can all wreak havoc. Travel insurance provides peace of mind. We also recommend equipment insurance. Camera equipment is super sensitive, and being in the desert all day carries inherent risk. Cover your equipment with a policy sufficient to at least repair and/or replace your gear.


Pictureline: Participants will receive a shopping bag of items from Pictureline.

Pictureline: Participants will receive a shopping bag of items from Pictureline.

Peak Refuel: Participants will receive field lunches provided by Peak Refuel.

Peak Refuel: Participants will receive field lunches provided by Peak Refuel.

Holiday Inn Express: Discounts secured for workshop participants who choose to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Kanab.

Holiday Inn Express: Discounts secured for workshop participants who choose to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Kanab.