Custom and Group photo tours to inspirational destinations
in Alaska, New Mexico and Utah

Led by award winning professional travel and adventure photography team Michael and Lauri DeYoung

Our select few scheduled group tours and retreats, as well as our tailored just for you private tours, focus on creating a welcoming learning environment designed to awaken your sense of adventure and unlock your creative vision. Join us as we lead you into the inspirational locations we’ve called home and have photographed professionally for over 3 decades.


“Cannot thank the awesome combo – Michael and Lauri from DeYoung Active Photo Tours – enough for their patience, guidance, tuition, and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure we had the best time of our lives. We will be back!”

– Stephen B (Melbourne, Australia)

“Michael and Lauri have the experience and resources to get participants situated in places to capture photos of the Northern Lights, landscapes, which included Denali, and moose. … they went above and beyond expectations to ensure everyone had opportunities to photograph. I look forward to booking another active photo trek with Michael and Lauri!”

– Kathleen M (Eagle River, AK)

“Working with Michael for a private workshop took my photography skills to the next level. Michael opened my eyes to creative, new compositions, how to read the changing light, and he shared new techniques t for achieving tack-sharp images.”

– Ali C (Long Beach, CA)


Mastering Backlight: How and when to shoot into the sun
For Maximum Brilliance, Beautiful Contrast And Glowing Color

  If you’ve ever shot slide film, you know that a transparency looks its best on a light table - lit from behind with maximum brilliance and color. Backlight produces the most dramatic light...

Michael’s Travel Tripod Suggestions

DO I STILL NEED A TRIPOD? If you consistently want tack sharp landscape images in the best light with deep depth of field, you need a tripod. Sure, you can shoot at ISO 6400 handheld with IS/VR/IBIS...

Trekking and Photographing the High Andes of the Cordillera Huayhuash in Northern Peru

  If you like world-class big mountain landscapes with beautiful glacier lakes that haven’t been photographed to death, then you will love the off-the-beaten-path Cordillera Huayhuash in north...


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