Nowhere else on earth will you experience a place quite like Death Valley and nothing can fully prepare you for the scope of its landscape! This is a place of raw beauty where an alien environment is stripped bare and left exposed for those with a keen eye to marvel at. The names say it all – Dante’s View, Badwater Basin, the Devil’s Golf Course and the Devil’s Cornfield. This fierce landscape of diverse textures, colors and patterns reveals many wonders from the otherworldly polygons that make up the salt flats at Badwater Basin and the rich rainbow of colors found at Artist’s Palette, to the soft, sinuous lines of the vast Mesquite Sand Dunes and the mysterious sailing stones at the Racetrack Playa. We will spend at least one evening taking astrolandscapes. Travel with us through this land of extremes and learn how to capture dramatic images of this spectacular location!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
We will shoot at many locations around Death Valley including Badwater Basin, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Artist’s Palette, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and the Racetrack Playa (if conditions are good to go), among many others. We will also be taking full advantage of the best light of the day which means we will be out early (before sunrise) and will be staying out late (past sunset) in order to provide you with the best possible photos!
*** Please Note: Some light hiking is required to access some of the best photographic locations. Most hikes are 1-3 miles round-trip through uneven terrain. Most of this hiking is over relatively flat, even terrain but hiking through the sand dunes can be strenuous.
Wednesday, January 30 – Afternoon Meet and Greet followed by our first sunset shoot in Death Valley. We will then head back for dinner.
Thursday, January 31 – We will begin our day with a sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Friday, February 1 – We will begin our day with another sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Saturday, February 2 – We will begin our day with another sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Sunday, February 3 – We will have a final sunrise shoot followed by a final critique and finish by 10AM to get ready for hotel check out.
- Transportation to shooting locations within the park throughout the workshop.
- Daily personalized one-on-one instruction with Tina and Kevin in the field, post-processing classroom instruction and constructive critiques.
- Water and snacks.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Airfare to and from Las Vegas which is the closest airport to Death Valley.
- Transportation between Las Vegas and Death Valley.
- Hotel lodging.
- Daily meals and beverages.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera.
- Lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto (wide angle lenses are especially useful here.)
- Sturdy Tripod.
- Filters (polarizer, split neutral density, etc.). These are not mandatory but helpful.
- Laptop with Photoshop (trail versions are usually available if you don’t already have Photoshop.)
- Flashlight or headlamp.
- Sturdy walking shoes.
A deposit of 50% of the workshop price is due upon registration and is non-refundable or you can choose to pay the total amount up front. Final Payment is due 30 days prior to the workshop event. If the final payment is not made by the due date your space will be forfeited.