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Enlighten Photography Excursions

Springdale, UT, USA
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About Enlighten Photography Excursions
Local professional landscape photographers Seth Hamel, Kate Hope and Christian Loya guide daily photography excursions for photographers of all levels. Far beyond your standard "photo tour", they will lead you to the best shooting locations based on current, past and future weather conditions. These areas offer opportunities to work with foreground, textures, colors and dramatic scenes. For those interested in learning or improving their photography skills, instruction will be a heavy emphasis during these trips.
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Paul R wrote a review Oct 24
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First let me say that Seth is a great instructor and is very knowledgeable in the art of photography and the Zion area. I started to look for a photography excursion about a month before my planned trip to Zion (3rd week of Oct 2020). I really wanted to do a nighttime photo excursion in Zion, but I didn't plan far enough in advance and it turned out the moon was a factor for the experience. So, I spoke with Seth and he suggested a sunrise tour (over a sunrise tour), which is what I booked. The booking process was easy and Seth and I conversed back and forth via e-mail before my trip and he was very attentive to my needs. I ended up booking a private tour for the wife and me. The day of the tour, we arrived at the pre-set location as requested. Seth was on time and he asked me several questions to gauge my experience with the camera I was using (Canon 70D with a wide angle lens and tripod). I have used a Canon for quite some time but have always left the camera on auto mode and never really used the camera to its potential. He suggested we travel to a couple of different locations so he could get me comfortable using the manual setting on my camera. Seth took us outside of Zion, to the south, to get a great overlook of Zion. He then taught me a lot about aperture, ISO and shutter speed. We went over basic concepts and by the time the tour was over, I had a great understanding of what the manual settings entailed. He then drove us into Zion and we spent the next hour prepping the camera for the money shots of the Zion mountains under the glory of the sunset, which was absolutely amazing. We picked a spot down by the Virgin River and he taught me how to use a polarizer and filters for my lens to get different effects with the sky and water we were shooting near. The results were stunning and I felt like I had learned a great deal in a short amount of time. Overall, we had a great experience! We really enjoyed Seth's company and his ability to explain the camera in the simplest of terms that I could understand and use immediately. I will be returning to Zion soon and will be doing my nighttime excursion with Seth. Thank you Seth for a wonderful experience, which was the highlight of our trip!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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GRB8015 wrote a review Oct 21
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Seth is great. I could not have asked for a better experience than the Slot Canyon 1/2 day excursion. I had rented a 5D IV to go along with my older 5D. Even though he shoots Nikon, Seth knew my new camera very well. His coaching and composition suggestions were excellent. The two non-photographers in my group also really enjoyed the afternoon.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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sp10js wrote a review Oct 17
Birmingham, Alabama35 contributions6 helpful votes
This was my first photography tour and I learned so much from Seth. He is the BEST! He is easy to talk to and gives great instuction in a clear manner. It is obvious that Seth takes an keen interest in his clients and their interests. He asked questions to determine knowledge/skill level and then offers instruction/tips based on the person and not a "canned presentation". We went to a slot canyon and then topped off the day with a beautiful sunset. Seth's photography expertise and knowledge of the area helped to make this an enjoyable and informative experience. I highly recommend Enlighten Photography Excursions!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Odyssey239178 wrote a review Oct 16
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We had a great time with Seth from Enlighten Photography! We were in Bryce Canyon photographing the Milky Way with 4 other people in the group. Seth was very thorough in explaining how to set up for the shots we were taking, right down to the camera settings. He let us pick out our own compositions. I didn't feel rushed to "get the pic and move on". He allowed us to take as long as we needed to get the shots we wanted. We went to several different locations as well so we all were able to get varied compositions. In addition, Seth provided lighting to illuminate foreground objects to make the shots more interesting. He was very attentive to each of us as individuals in making suggestions and seeking feedback on his lighting and timing. He made very effective use of time, as there was only about a 2 hour window that nature allowed us for photographing the Milky Way. This was my 2nd trip out with Seth and Enlighten Photography (1st was 5 years ago in Zion NP). My experience with Seth in Zion is why I sought him and Enlighten Photography for my trip to Bryce Canyon. You can be sure I will return and go out with Seth again!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Seth H, Owner at Enlighten Photography Excursions
Responded 1 week ago
Wow... what a kind and thoughtful review. Thank you. It was great being out with the two of you again. Your enthusiasm, passion and thoughtfulness towards photography is wonderful to be around. I'll see you two next time you're out! Thanks, Seth
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Valerie P wrote a review Oct 14
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We had an awesome slot canyon photography tour with Seth! He gave us excellent tips on ways to get the most out of our cameras/iPhones. We escaped the crowds. And saw something I had never experienced in Zion before! Plus we got amazing photos! On top of all that, Seth is a super nice guy, easy to spend time with and we had lots of laughs together. I HIGHLY recommend Enlighten Photography Tours.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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