Southern Utah photography workshop

October 9 - 13, 2023

Open to film and digital photographers of any experience level.

Registration below


Sunset and Storm Clouds, Utah. Copyright ©Lynn Radeka

Please join us for our 2023 Southern Utah photography workshop! Lynn Radeka and Jerry Sheridan will be hosting this popular photographic workshop again, open to all photographers, traditional and digital, of any experience level. This year we will be returning to the canyons of Southern Utah in the autumn season when cottonwood trees are at their peak fall foliage colors. This is truly a unique American West experience and photographer's paradise.

Our exact itinerary has not yet been established but the first 2 or 3 days of this workshop will be in Capitol Reef National Park and the vicinity of Hanksville, UT where motels and camping (with showers) are available. The last 2 or 3 days we will be exploring the San Rafael Swell where our motel base (and showers for campers) will be Green River, UT, about 30 minutes from our destinations in the San Rafael Swell. We will visit some true highlights and less-frequently travelled areas including highly photogenic canyons, petroglyphs and pictographs. Long distance hiking and dangerous, steep jeep roads will NOT be planned for this workshop.

Please check back frequently for updates to our itinerary and feel free to email Lynn Radeka if you have location preferences. Contact Lynn Radeka

Balanced Rock and Moonscape, Utah.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka

Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands NP, Utah.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka


This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! Lunches and campground dinners will graciously be provided by Jerry and Stacie Sheridan making this workshop a week to remember! Each participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to campground breakfasts, and all indoor dining.

Please inquire about any concerns or limitations.

All participants are asked to bring samples of their work, whether it be in the form of finished prints, work prints or test strips. This is not a requirement as we realize the difficulty of transporting work when flying or travelling from great distances.

Lynn and Jerry will be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer, when possible, and commenting on potential image manipulations and improvements. Contrast masking (for photographers shooting film) will be discussed as well as other traditional developing/printing methods. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs and techniques we may may discuss as well, including focus stacking for extreme depth of field, HDR for controlling extreme contrast and Panorama shooting. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.


Rock Forms, Red Canyon.
Utah. Copyright © Lynn Radeka


As in all Radeka Photography workshops, Lynn will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to everyone. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods, previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format. All participants will be free to post any of their workshop images on our Facebook page for comments, critiques, or just display.

This photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine. This will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking or other specialized darkroom procedures to the final prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and development given to the negative.

Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses, which will be required to be self-sufficient. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.


Sunrise, Moonscape, 2020. Near Hanksville, UT. Copyright © Lynn Radeka

About Lynn Radeka

Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radeka’s professional photography career spans more than fifty years. His love of the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.

Lynn Radeka’s Black and White photography has been featured in eight National Park posters and several calendars including the calendar series Radeka: The American West and several ghost town calendars published by Browntrout publishers. In 1989 and 1990 he was commissioned to do the photography for five full-color books, resulting in a 2 year journey that took him through the back roads, historic places and ghost towns of the entire American West. Lynn also has the honor of being a featured photographer in the book publication "World's Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been published in LensWork, B&W Magazine, Classic Imaging, View Camera Magazine, Elements Magazine, Frames Magazine and other photography publications.

Lynn Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah, New Mexico and Washington, and Contrast Masking workshops in his home darkroom in California and soon in Arizona with Jerry Sheridan. He is the producer and co-author of the Contrast Masking Kit - a technical manual for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.

Please visit the bio page of this website for more information.


About Jerry Sheridan

Jerry Sheridan has been shooting large format black and white film for over twenty years. He has garnered National recognition by being chosen as one of five photographers from across the Nation to present work in a Phoenix gallery and honored with numerous awards in local juried art shows. To say he is serious about using his 8x1O Ebony large format camera is an understatement. He enjoys every aspect of the large format photographic process from talking about technique to evaluating prints and everything in between.He believes the final print is only a small part of that enjoyment. The part of the process he likes most is bing out in the field with other photographers and seeing what the location has to offer especially in places he has never been. Once back at home he has a professional grade wet darkroom fully equipped with a DeVere 5108 8x10 enlarger. There he processes his film,makes prints often using Lynn's Masking Techniques,cuts mats, mounts and frames the final images.

"Photography has changed my life.It has taught me to slow down,and not just look at what is around but to see the beauty in all things and how the falling light changes their shapes and textures. It opened up a whole different way of looking at life."

Southern Utah Photography Workshop Registration

October 9 - 13, 2023

Limited to eight paid participants

Inquire regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed on a reserve list

Location: Beginning in Capitol Reef National Park, UT.

Total workshop fee: $1800. (reservation: $900, remainder fee: $900)

Tuition: Reservations and remaining payment can be made here

Duration: 5+ Days.

Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional),
accessories (film, storage media, changing bags),
camping equipment, gas money and breakfasts if camping.
A 4WD or high clearance vehicle will be helpful.

Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail for questions or more information.


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