2023 is wrapped! Thanks for a great conference!


The Outsiders was formed by David SwindlerPhill Monson and Ryan Smith; three Utah-based landscape photographers with a shared passion for the Desert Southwest. They love teaching others and helping them to improve their photography, which is why they created these conferences. The goals of the conferences are three-fold:


  • To CONNECT with a diverse group of photographers, industry leading pros, instructors, and resources all aimed at advancing our shared passion for photography.
  • CAPTURE stunning images in the exquisite desert Southwest and get the inspiration you need to elevate your craft.
  • CONSERVE the natural environment we love to photograph and preserve it for many generations to come with a “Nature-First” approach.

Our conferences are events you won’t want to miss!  With a sole focus on photography, we have compiled a dream team of world-renowned speakers that will take your knowledge to the next level.  

These conferences are built around a relaxed learning style. While pre and post conference workshops can be added, there are no workshops that take place during the conference. The start/stop times will allow for personal shooting in the morning and evening, while you can be refreshed and enjoy learning from the best during the day.