Canon has been running their National Parks promotion for six years now, and they are finally coming to Zion! From June 24th to July 9th, you can borrow a Canon SLR, point-and-shoot, or video camera to shoot gorgeous Zion scenery… AND you can receive free instruction on how to do it. Yes, it’s an unabashed marketing promotion on Canon’s part, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to a) try out top-of-the-line technology for free, and b) get expert advice from Canon photography teachers/mentors. Here’s the meat of the press release from Canon:
The Canon Photography in the Parks Program offers participants the opportunity to learn about photography or hone their skills through free professional instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour of some of the most scenic national park areas. Participants can bring their own equipment or borrow, at no charge, Canon equipment from a selection of EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras, or VIXIA camcorders. Equipment is available for photographers at every skill level. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print their work on site, and to download their image collection later from the Program website. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.
New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video using VIXIA camcorders or EOS digital SLR cameras and participate in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.
Those interested in the workshops should show up 15-30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. Instructors are experts at putting artistic and technical concepts into language that participants of all ages will understand and help unleash their creativity.
After wrapping up three weeks in the Grand Canyon, Photography in the Parks will be coming to Springdale, UT for the first time, from June 24th until July 9th. Instructors will lead photo and video workshops three times daily at 8:30, 12:30 and 4:30 pm from the pedestrian entrance of Zion National Park located in the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre complex. We recommend and encourage participants to take the Springdale shuttle which will drop off passengers next to the park entrance where the Photography in the Parks registration is also located.
Browse the full Zion workshop schedule on Canon’s Photography in the Parks page.