Some tips for photographing the iconic Antelope Canyons

Some tips for photographing the iconic Antelope Canyons

I had an opportunity to do a multi stop photo vacation in Utah and Arizona (this past April) which included both the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons (Page, Ariz). ¬†For many years, I’ve enjoyed wonderful images from this area and figured I’d check it out on route from Zion to the Grand Canyon. Very very worth it!!! Below is offer some advice for photo-bugs looking to enjoy the wonderful scenery and come back with some spectacular shots: Where to start (about 10:15am): Lower Antelope Canyon offers the unique ability for “serious photographers” to take self guided tours. A serious photographer means you show up with a tripod and and SLR (not kidding you need both). That gives you the right to pay about $20 more for admission and tour the canyon by yourself! For two vs. one hours (with a group). Not kidding folks. I was walking around the canyon, enjoying the solitude and taking my time grabbing tremendous photos, while two groups of tourists (each with about 16 people) were tripping over each other to get a good view of the site. All I had to do was go someplace, where the groups weren’t and enjoy myself!! On to equipment/how to: To get great photos, you’ll need to shoot long exposures (for sufficient depth of field) which will allow you to use smaller apertures (f8-f11/16). Remember to bring a manual shutter release. As for lens selection (wider is better). Most of my shots were taken with a 16-40mm Canon L series lens (with a warming polarizer) and a full frame SLR (Canon 6d). Don’t think about changing lenses...