Iconic Saguaro Sunset

Upcoming Workshop(s):

  • Offered Monthly ($199)
    • TBD
  • Included:
    • All instruction
    • Saturday Lunch (gluten free)
    • Sunday Brunch (gluten free)
  • Not Included: Transportation to Scottsdale and transportation to photo shoot
Would you like to take better photos? Would you like to learn some of the techniques professionals use? In just one weekend we can help transform your photography from ordinary snapshots to beautiful images. On the first  of our two-day workshop, we focus on improving composition. We will cover the following topics: envisioning the shot, looking at the light, compositional techniques, and making the shot. On the second day, we look at developing a image workflow and post processing techniques. We’ll use our images from the first day, bring them from camera to PC, then optimize them in post production, and ready the image for print or for sharing via social media.


Taking a photo is easy. Taking a photo you can be proud of is more difficult. At our weekend workshop, you will learn easy techniques that will improve your photos. These techniques are the foundation you need to take your photography to the next level.  They are easy and fun to implement. After some instruction, we will put your new learnings to use at a sunset photo shoot. On the second day, you will learn to move the photos from your camera into a computer. After some basic editing skills, you can transform your photo into a memory.

The target audience is for beginners to intermediate photographers who would like to improve their ability to take a wonderful picture. As long as you have a DSLR (we shoot Nikon but others are welcome), a laptop computer (we are Mac users), Adobe Lightroom (trial copy is fine), and a tripod you can successfully take and process your photos in our workshop. We will provide instruction on the basic use of Lightroom and image composition. In addition, we will host group critique sessions.

The itinerary below may be adjusted based on the time of year and weather.

Day 1 (Saturday):

  • Arrive at Scottsdale location at noon, ready for lunch
  • Inspiration behind taking good photos
  • Presentation on the "9 Ways to Improve Your Photography"
  • Prep for sunset shoot
  • Sunset shoot at Superstition Mountain (there is an one hour drive with little walking)
  • Wrap-up

Day 2:

  • Arrive at Scottsdale at noon, ready for brunch
  • Setting up your Laptop for photo editing
  • Import your photos from your camera to laptop and basic culling skills [Lightroom Library Module]
  • Basic photo editing such as white balance, exposure, contrast, sharpening, blemish removal [Lightroom Develop Module]
  • Exporting your photos to your hard drive, email, social media (Facebook, Instagram), and print
  • Wrap-up

Recommended Photography Gear

What You Should Bring What's In My Bag
DSLR Nikon D5
Any Lens Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Sturdy Tripod with Ballhead Really Right Stuff TVC-33 and BH-55 Ballhead
Extra Batteries (make sure fully charged) Two Additional Batteries (Nikon EN-EL15)
Battery Charger (optional) Nikon MH-25A Battery Charger
Extra Memory Chips SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro in camera, 2 additional 32 GB
Cable Release (optional if camera has a self timer option) Vello Shutterboss Version II

Call us at (480) 442-1011 to register. As part of the registration process, we will send you an email with all the information you will need. Included in the email will be:

  • "Workshop Participant Profile" which all participants must fill out
  • "Participant Questionaire" which all participants must fill out
  • "Waiver Sheet, Release Waiver and Indemnity Agreement" which all participants must sign
  • A copy of the "Terms & Conditions" which is stated in next tab

Call us at (480) 442-1011 to book now! (We require a 100% payment upon booking)


Deposit: A 100% payment is due upon booking. This will confirm your place on the workshop.

All payments are by credit card through PayPal or over the phone.


If you cancel more than 60 days prior to the workshop start date you will be given a full refund.  If you cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to the workshop start date, we will provide you a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds if you cancel less than 30 prior to the workshop start date.

While this can be difficult to hear it is a necessity. Each workshop requires a significant amount of preparation and expense. In addition, it can be difficult to fill your vacated spot if less than 30 days remains. However, if your spot is filled, we will refund your entire payment(s) less a $50 cancellation fee.

Sweet Light Photo Workshops reserves the right to alter or cancel any workshop. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a workshop we will refund all monies paid, in full. Notification of our cancellation will be made via either a telephone call or an e-mail to you at least 14 days prior to the beginning of a workshop. We cannot be responsible for phone messages and e-mails not being received in a timely matter due to your service providers. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets unused or other travel arrangements because of a workshop cancellation.

We highly recommend travel insurance such as: Allianz Travel Insurance to assist you in case of last minute plan changes or emergencies.

Force Majeure

For purposes of the terms & conditions described in this document, Force Majeure shall mean a cause or event such as; war or the threat of war, riots, terrorist activity, civil strife, governmental acts, industrial disputes, labor strikes, injunctions, natural disasters, nuclear disaster, fire, or unfavorable or adverse weather conditions that is not reasonably foreseeable or otherwise caused by or under the control of Sweet Light Photo Workshops. Any delay or failure in the performance by Sweet Light Photo Workshops shall be excused if and to the extent caused by the occurrence of a Force Majeure.


All workshop members will be required to fill out our Workshop Participant Profile form, sign Waiver Sheet, Release Waiver and Indemnity Agreement, and sign our Model Release form.

Liability Waiver

All workshop attendees will be required to sign our “Waiver and Release of Liability” form prior to the start of the workshop. The form will be emailed to you at time of registration and with your final bill. It will also be made available on our website.

Terms & Conditions Acceptance

By paying the workshop deposit or submitting your Workshop Participant Profile, you are agreeing to accept all the above terms & conditions. The person who completes the Workshop Participant Profile does so on behalf of all the individuals included on it, so that all are bound by the registration conditions.

Contact us at (480) 442-1011 for more information.