Death Valley National Park 5-day Workshop March 1-5, 2019
Death Valley is a landscape photographer’s dream location. In this small 10-person workshop you’ll explore and photograph our largest national park outside of Alaska while learning to expand your creative vision and better use your camera equipment. Death Valley’s 3.3 million acres are filled with mountain sized sand dunes, colorful canyons, volcanic craters, otherworldly badlands, ghost mines, sub-sea-level salt flats and peaks over 11,000 feet. As a bonus, we'll have a pre-dawn crescent moonrise during this workshop.
Our classroom will be at the Stovepipe Wells motel near Mesquite Sand Dunes in the heart of Death Valley. There we’ll hone our photography knowledge and review, discuss and critique images. Stovepipe Wells is two and half hours from Las Vegas and rooms are reserved there for the class.
Outside of class time time, we’ll take a 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter van to dawn, sunset and night shoots at locations including Badwater, Mesquite Dunes, Zabrinski Point, Dante’s View and Artist’s Palette among others. I’ll demonstrate basic photography principles alongside advanced techniques like panoramic mergers, focus-blending, star-photography, light-painting, and time-lapse photography. We’ll also make time for some hiking and exploration. Of course you are always free to follow your own creative vision if you find yourself drawn in a different direction from the rest of the group.
Planned Course schedule:
Friday March 1st (NINE AM START TIME)
Meet n' greet
Course “Death Valley as a Location & Light and Weather Forecast”
Course "Approaching the Scene: Scouting, Composition and Light”
Student portfolio reviews/critique
Scouting & sunset shoot in Mesquite Dunes and Wild Rose Road
Saturday Day 2:
Sunrise at Mesquite Dunes
Course “The Exposure: Camera Settings, Gear and Technique”
Course “RAW Processing Your Images” & Open Editing Session
Student day one image reviews
Scouting & sunset shoot at Badwater and Devils Golf Course
Sunday Day 3:
Sunrise Zabrinski Point
Course "Advanced Capture: Low Light”
Course "Finish Editing” & Open Editing Session
Student day two image reviews
Scouting & sunset shoot at Golden Canyon and Natural Bridge Canyon
Monday Day 4:
Sunrise and crescent moon rise shoot early
Course "Advanced Capture: Panoramic Mergers”
Course “Advanced Course: Focus Stacking”
Open Editing Session
Student day three image reviews
Scouting & sunset shoot at Ubehebe Crater and Dante’s View
Tuesday Day 5:
Sunrise TBD class choice location
Course “Developing Your Own Creative Vision”
Open Editing Session
Student day four image reviews
Scouting & sunset shoot at Artist Palette
• Participants who reserved their position with a deposit instead of the full fee will receive an invoice for the balance remaining no later than 60 days prior to the workshop. The balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the workshop to hold your place.
• All workshop payments are fully refundable less a 10% fee up to 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop (Feb 1st). Workshop payments are 50% refundable from 29-14 days prior to the first day of the workshop (Feb 14th). Any cancellation within 14 days is nonrefundable.
* Food, lodging and local park entrance fees excluded. We will provide a 12 passenger van for transportation to locations from the workshop classroom.