If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Grand Canyon, it is worth it to take a side trip to Antelope Canyon for a photography tour. Located near the town of Page at Lake Powell, this very narrow, stunning slot canyon is one of the must see natural wonders of the world. As we took our road trip through the South Western United States, we definitely made a point of putting Antelope Canyon as one of our must stop destinations.
Antelope Canyon Photography Tour
You cannot visit Antelope Canyon on your own due to the dangers of flash floods. Several tourists have been killed in the past including eleven people on August 12, 1997. It is now forbidden for anyone to enter the canyon solo so it is important book a photography tour ahead of time.
Tours fill up quickly, and if you like taking photographs, make sure to book a photography tour. If you are not on a photography tour, you will not be allowed to stop for photos the way that the photographers do. The photography tours are given priority and are allowed to walk back and forth through the canyon as opposed to the regular tours that are only allowed one pass.
Even on the photography tour, you will not have a lot of time or room to take your shots. The canyon is packed with people, and groups only get a few minutes in each section to snap their photos before moving on to the next section.
Antelope Canyon Photography Advice
My advice is “Know your camera well” There is a lot of pressure to take photographs quickly and efficiently. Any hesitation will cause you to miss the moment. The best time of day to go is in the morning during the 10:30 tour. There is only one time of the day that the sun beams shoot through from above and you have a total of 10 minutes maximum to capture as many photos as you can.
Bring a tripod and be prepared to have a lot of people get in your way and try to oust you from for your spot. I found that by keeping my camera low to the ground and pointing straight up, I could capture many images without having too many heads pop into my photos.
Our guide Rob did an amazing job keeping people out of our frames and all of the guides work together to hold up groups so that the sun beams are kept free and clear. But be warned, they can only hold people back for so long, so you have to take your photos very quickly.
We booked our tour with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours for $80 per person. You are driven out to the canyon in a group of 12 people maximum and your guide takes you through the canyon setting you up in the best places for the right shots. Stay close to your guide and don't stop to take photos along the way. He knows the best spots and if you stay near the front of the group and listen to his advice, you will walk away with amazing shots like this one above.
Dave is putting together the most stunning photo story I have seen of his to date and will be sharing his photos from Antelope Canyon next week. But for now enjoy this teaser. I even managed to take incredible iPhone photos (the pressure of taking photographs on my DSLR was too much for me, so I switched to iPhone only)
Antelope Canyon iPhone Photograph
I am planning my own photostory to show you how awesome photos can be taken, even with an iPhone too.