Death Valley Backcountry and Eastern Sierra Workshop
February 27 - March 4, 2018
Based out of Stovepipe Wells, CA
Recommended to fly into Las Vegas(See 'How to Get There' section below)
With rugged and raw landscapes, Death Valley is full of dynamic and beautiful scenes to photograph. Get away from the crowds, and join us as we explore, photograph and camp in the more extreme, adventurous, lesser-traveled parts of the park and the surrounding Eastern Sierra. We will explore the dramatic Eureka Sand Dunes, (the highest dunes in California, and second highest in the U.S.) and a remote valley with massive mud cracks surrounded by soaring peaks, along with the Eastern Sierra and Alabama Hills with its unique granite formations and a backdrop of Mt. Whitney. We will photograph and camp among the large and more intimate scenes. Let us help you find your creative vision while photographing mud cracks, sand dunes, Joshua trees, rock formations, and snow-covered mountain peaks. We will take care of the driving and meals so that you can focus on your photography. Come along, and let us show you some of our favorite places to photograph in one of our favorite National Parks!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In the Field
- How to read a scene to create compelling compositions using shapes, lines, visual mass, texture, and more
- Reading weather and lighting conditions to know when to go out on your own in the right light
- How to use apps to scout out your own locations and plan your next shoot
- When and how to use lenses to bring focus to your subject
- How and when to use a polarizer to make colors pop
- Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
- Achieving maximum sharpness using focus stacking
- Creative use of ND Filters to create motion in clouds and water
- Creating panoramas without using expensive equipment
- How to take correct exposures for bright skies; to be later used for exposure blending
- Identifying the best light and how to expose correctly
Post Processing for Beginners
- Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom and keeping files organized
- Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
- Using white balance to create mood in your images
- Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
- Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
- Exposure blending using HDR for natural looking results
Post Processing for Advanced users
- Exposure blending using luminosity masks to create balanced, natural looking images
- Focus stacking using Photoshop and/or Zerene Stacker for maximum depth of field
- Blending different focal lengths to correct for wide angle diminishment
- Creative burning and dodging techniques to bring focus to your subject
- Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
- Creating drama with Light Bleed
- Using Midtone Contrast to make images pop off the screen
- Sharpening for web and print
We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the field and the classroom to take your photography to the next level.
Our passion is seeing you grow in your photographic journey. We put your interests ahead of our own. Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all. Our focus is your learning experience, and we will not run off to chase the light and leave you behind. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner. This is so you can see how we approach a scene, demonstrate techniques, and create comradery with the group. Our focus will always remain with YOU.
We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.
Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you. With our small group size, we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.
This workshop will involve short hikes of 2-3 miles, many of them will be in sand dunes and strenuous. Being in good physical condition is a requirement for this workshop, if you have any doubts please contact us before signing up to discuss further.
$1,995 - (Initial Payment of $795)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation (4x4 vehicles) to the remote locations we will be photographing
- Small class size of 3 maximum to ensure proper attention to each client
- Two attentive instructors
- Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad (or bring your own if preferred)
- Food and water
- Post processing instruction
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Transportation to Stovepipe Wells
- Lodging before and after the workshop
HOW TO GET THERE
We recommend flying into Las Vegas, from there it is a 2.5 hour drive to Stovepipe Wells.
Please visit this site for detailed directions. GPS can be unreliable so be sure to print out a map/directions.
We recommend using Google Flights to find the best option for where you are coming from.