Jeeping and Hiking Death Valley Photography Workshop

January 23-28, 2019

Availability - Limited to 6 participants

Based out of Furnace Creek, CA
Fly into Las Vegas (See 'How to Get There' section below)

Description

This is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the most remote areas in Death Valley that are only accessible with Jeeps or hiking. Even if you have been on a workshop with us before in Death Valley, many of the locations will be new to you. You will have the opportunity to photograph two different remote sand dunes, massive fields of Joshua Trees, sailing stones on the Racetrack, polygons on Badwater, and unique viewpoints of Zabriskie Point and 20 Mule Team Canyon. Be prepared for long drives to reach these remote areas, because of this we have extended the workshop by a day so we have an opportunity to rest during the day, and we will do the post-processing and critique sessions at the end of the workshop.

Testimonials

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Renee
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Harsha
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Ken
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Jim

Renee

If you are looking for a unique and rewarding photo workshop, this is perfect for you. David and Jennifer went out of their way to find great shooting locations. There was plenty of time to scout out shots and they were always available to answer questions and give input, they clearly put their clients first.

Harsha

During the workshop, they were completely focused on instructing us without taking any pictures of their own - we basically had one-on-one instruction, and they patiently answered my many questions with precise practical answers.

Ken

David and Jennifer were excellent teachers, they focused their attention on the students, not on shooting their own photos which most other workshop leaders do based on my experience.

Jim

The workshop I attended was well planned, communicated and executed from start-to-finish. The site locations provided for many opportunities to capture some great images.

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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

Our Philosophy

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.

Fitness Level

This workshop will be somewhat strenuous with a fair amount of hiking (2-3 miles per day), most hikes are across flat land but some will be steep and exposed (but short). 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.

Investment

$1895 - (Initial Payment of $695)

What is Included

  • Transportation (Rented 4x4 Jeeps) from the hotel to the locations we will be photographing
  • Small class size of 6 maximum to ensure proper attention to each client
  • Two attentive instructors for a client to instructor ratio of 3:1
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    Meals when we are out in the backcountry
  • Water and snacks
  • Image Critiques
  • Tailored post processing instruction in Lightroom and Photoshop

What Is Not Included

  • Lodging - we have a block of rooms held for you
  • Meals - we will be eating together as a group

How To Get There

We recommend flying to Las Vegas, from there it is a 2 hour drive to Furnace Creek.

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.

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