My Two Books on Photographing the Utah National Parks Are in Print

The ebook I wrote on getting good photos is now available in print. For the print version, I broke the material down into two books, one on Photographing Zion and Bryce Canyon, the other for Photographing Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef.

These two aren’t coffee table books, there’s tons of detail on shot locations, composition, trails, etc., and publishing all that material on high grade photo paper would have cost $50+. So separating the content into two books got the price down.

I did take the opportunity to do some rewrites and to enhance the resolution on the ebook versions. But most of the work was just getting my print on demand publisher, Xlibris, to understand that a photo-related book requires more in the way of thoughtful layout and big images than the average novel or non-fiction.

Those of you who are into landscape photography of the Southwest will know how unique these Utah parks are. Each has tons of marquee locations that are worth a few hours of your time. And many of these locations really pull out the best in you as a photographer. That’s who so many photo master classes go to these spots.

I don’t try to make either book a comprehensive guide for the parks that are featured. There are plenty of books that list every little photo location. I am going for something more in-depth. I chose 6 or 8 locations at each park that will yield the most kick-ass shots. So for each location, I talk about the photo-related issues you’ll deal with to get an image you’ll be proud of.

The two books will be useful for anyone who is into photography regardless of the equipment they’re packing. And I avoid the tech-talk. Instead, each book reads like a conversation you might have with photo enthusiasts on a photo tour. But instead of a photo tour guide who has done all that research, I’ve pulled together the details.

Images from the book (plus alternative shots)

Zion National Park

 From Arches NP

Bryce Canyon

Additional Images 

Calf Canyon, near Escalante, Grand Staircase National Monument

Calf Canyon, near Escalante, Grand Staircase National Monument

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands

Buck Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands

Buck Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands

Cathedrals of the Sun and Moon, Capital Reef National Park

Cathedrals of the Sun and Moon, Capital Reef National Park


To order from Amazon:

Photographing Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Photographing Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks


Photographing the Utah National Parks has another book review

My new book on how to get better photos at the Utah national parks just got a nice review at one of the Salt Lake City newspapers, Deseret News. I’m also being interviewed tomorrow for a story in one of the Moab, Utah newspapers. Book link here.

Here’s the latest review:


The link to the story is:

My book on photographing the Utah National Parks gets a review in Outdoor Photography Magazine

On the way back from my photo tour of Italy and Greece, I stopped off at Gatwick Airport in London. Lo and behold, they had the August issue of Outdoor Photography magazine — and a review of my Utah landscape photography book. I won’t try to characterize what they said. But here’s a scan of it on page 11 of their “Out There: In Print” section:


Outdoor Photography is the premiere landscape photography magazine in the UK. That’s why their link is to the UK Amazon site and the price is in British Pounds. The link for the American version of Amazon is here: 

Obviously it was a total kick to see my book get a sweet review. As a writer, you never know if folks will get what you’re trying to do. But feedback from reviews and the comments I’ve gotten from photographer friends is essential.

As I focus in on the next book, one of my goals is to put some notes and photos on the new work up on this blog. So those of you who are reading, feel free to share any comments or additional ideas here. And if I’m posting shots of a particular spot on my travels, share your own work if it’s appropriate. Part of what I try to do is share the travel locations that are prime candidates for shooting. And I’m always trying to flush out new spots.

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