How to shoot
Antelope Canyon

There is no easy way to photograph Antelope Canyon, but here are some tips on making your photography better

Antelope Canyon is Not easy to photograph and you need to be prepared

Here's what you need!

You are going to need the right equipment. Plan ahead, shoot RAW.

Bring the Right Gear

The gear you bring with you is important. It is essential for getting those photos you see in magazines. These photos for the most part are not luck. The right gear can make your photography much easier to help capture all of the canyon's beauty.

What to bring?

  1. Tripod
  2. Camera that can be used in Manual Mode
  3. Air bulb for dust
  4. Mask for dust
  5. Extra Batteries
  6. Water
  7. Backpack

The best time to view the canyons is during the mid day sun. March through October are good months to visit. The mid day sun is from 11am to 1pm. This will give you the best chance for light shining through the canyon and giving you that amazing beam of light you see in many of the photos.

What happens when you get to the registration offices? There will be a long line for people paying to get a ride into the canyons. These tours are escort only and expect to pay at least 180 dollars for a photographer's tour. The advantages of taking this tour is they will keep people from getting in your shot. The tour guides will treat you much better than the do everyone else. They may give you a tour that is not available to the other people on the regular tour. Should you choose to go on the regular tour, you should expect to have people in your shot. The feeling of being pushed through like cattle is not uncommon. You will be held back while the photographer's get their shot.

While you are taking your photographs it is recommended that you do a bracket shot and blend them in post. You will not have a lot of time, so using a long shutter might not benefit you so much because you typically only have about 2 min per location and if you are taking too long on your shutter, you will miss the opportunity to take additional shots. I would recommend that you up your ISO just a bit then take up your aperture to to the teens. This should be good enough for you to take a few bracket shots before moving on.

Make sure that you have good composition before hitting your shutter. You will be among other photographers, and they might get in your shot once you are set up. It is unlikely that this will happen, but you should be prepared to have some interaction with others.

Put your camera in Aperture or Manual mode so that you can get the depth of field needed to get everything in focus. Shoot and check your photos to make sure that everything is in focus. Trying to focus in such low light can be challenging so having the advantage of focus peaking might be a benefit. If you don't have that option, zoom in with your digital camera and manually focus. There is nothing worse than thinking you have the most amazing shot and the walls of the canyon are out of focus. Believe me there were some shots I thought looked amazing but were completely unusable because they were soft or out of focus.

Your bulb is something you are going to want to keep handy. There will be a lot of dust so you want your mask and you want to keep your bulb handy every time you hit that shutter. The bulb will blow away any dust that the others have kicked up into the air.

The world is a big place, and there are many places that you can see. However, it's important to be prepared for the experience of traveling in order to get the most out of your adventures. Sometimes what seems like an easy task - such as packing light - can actually turn into a difficult process when considering all of the items required for some trips. A great way to start this preparation is by thinking about what gear will help make your trip more enjoyable while also making sure you don't forget anything essential. Check out our resources page for gear.