2023 is wrapped! Thanks for a great conference!

The Outsiders - Closing Session




Phill Monson

Having started a love of photography shortly after graduating college in 2007 with an entry-level camera and a three-week trip to Europe, Phill discovered the incredible Desert Southwest, and has dedicated the last decade to capturing this diverse landscape. He regularly presents to small and large groups discussing landscape and astro-landscape photography techniques, and is well known in the landscape photography arena of the new digital age. Recently, Phill has taken on a new endeavor in design and creating an apparel line focused on promoting wilderness ethics and how to Adventure Responsibly.  Phill lives near Salt Lake City, UT with his wife and two children.

Ryan Smith


Experience some of the most photogenic locations on the planet, while learning in-field and post-processing techniques from Ryan Smith, one of the most highly acclaimed workshop instructors and landscape photographers in the industry.

Combining his professional experience as a corporate trainer with his passion for photography, Ryan has a knack for sharing the technical aspects of photography in an easy to understand manner through various workshops, and in an easy to understand way through various workshops, tours, and events globally. Whether it be in-field training on composition and technical aspects, or classroom learning and post processing techniques to help achieve a print-worthy image, Ryan is a master at adapting to the various needs of his attendees.

Ryan loves sharing his knowledge of photography, and his passion for teaching others shows with the careful planning and attention to detail he puts in to every aspect of his workshops. Come join the fun, make some new friends, and CAPTURE ICONS!

David Swindler

 is an award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer based in Southern Utah. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked many years in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. As a photographer, he has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience with landscape, wildlife, night, and macro photography. He runs Action Photo Tours full time and finds great satisfaction in taking people to remote and beautiful places in the Southwest and helping them take the best photos possible.