About American Photo Treks LLC

American Photo Treks LLC is a Colorado-based photo workshop and tour company lead by photographers Lars Leber, David Soldano, Ken Childress, and David Maynor. Our mission is to offer high-quality, hands-on workshops, not only in Colorado, but in all corners of this beautiful country. Places like Crystal Mill, Maroon Bells, and Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, night photography in the dark skies of the mountains of Colorado. Other places on our plans are the national parks of Utah, which offer some of the darkest skies at night in the country, and the Lake Powell area of Arizona including Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley.

Our goal is to provide fun, interesting, unique, challenging, and educational workshops to enable our guests to enhance their photographic skills, achieve their photographic goals, and create photographs they are proud to show to others.

David Maynor
David Maynor has lived in Colorado for over 30 years where he discovered landscape photography, backpacking, and off-roading in the picturesque backcountry. David plans to hike 488 miles along the Colorado Trail to capture images to be included in one of his photography projects.

David has had the pleasure of working at the US Air Force Academy for over 10 years. David enjoys sharing his passions for the outdoors with his wife, and five children.

David is inspired by imagery and books from other photographers, such as Jack Brauer, Glenn Randall, David Duchemin, and Bruce Barnbaum.

Camera Body

  • Nikon D5100

Current Lenses

  • Nikkor 18-300mm 3.5-5.6 ED VR
  • Tamron 17-50mm 2.8

Other Essential Equipment

  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ
  • 4.5″ Lift with 31″ Tires
David Soldano
Dave Soldano is an award-winning photographer who’s photos have been featured in Photography Week magazine and other national publications. Dave is also Getty contributor. His images have been used in international promotions by companies like Samsung and Boeing.

Dave shoots Sony “team alpha all the way.” He is highly proficient in the full line of Sony camera models and lenses. Dave’s favorite lens is the FE 2470GM which he pairs with the Sony a7Rii and the game-changing Sony a9.

Camera Bodies

  • Sony A7RII (landscapes)
  • Sony A9      (portraits, wildlife, birds)
  • Sony a7S    (astro and night)

Favorite Lenses

  • FE 2470 f2.8 GM
  • FE 1635 f2.8 GM
  • FE 1224 F4 G
  • FE 70200 F2.8 GM
  • FE 100-400 GM
  • Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art
  • FE 85mm 1.4 GM
  • Nifty-fifty-five 1.8

Breakthrough Photography ND Filters
Haida Graduated Filters


Ken Childress
Ken is a Sr. Software Engineer for Delta Solutions & Strategies with over 35 years experience in the computer and software fields.  Photography is one of his passions outside of his day job.  He has 40+ years experience in photography, developing film, and print making. His photographic interests range from landscapes, night, portraits, macro, to high-speed photography.  He has had photographs published in books and calendars.  The evolution of digital photography fits right in with his interest and knowledge of working with computers and software.  He is proficient with Adobe LIghtroom, and is continually working to improve his skills with Adobe Photoshop.

Camera Equipment

Camera Bodies

  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon D750 (Full Spectrum Modified)
  • Nikon D7000

Favorite Lenses

  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 80-400mm
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 150-600mm

Other Equipment

  • Breakthrough Filters
  • Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Tracker


Lars Leber

Lars Leber was born and raised in Germany. Since moving to Colorado Springs, he has spent a lot of his time in the outdoors to pursue hiking, backpacking, and fishing. Lars is an extremely passionate full-time professional photographer and always comes up with new exciting Colorado landscape photographs.

Winner of the Gazette’s “Best of the Springs” Fine Art Photography Award in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Camera Equipment

Camera Bodies

  • Canon 5Ds
  • Canon 6D II

Favorite Lenses

  • Canon 16-35mm f/4
  • Canon TS-E 17mm
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4

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