Death valley – December 2017

When: 12/2/17 to 12/6/17
Who: Photographers of any skill level
Where: Death Valley, California
Class size: 5 maximum (3 minimum)
Cost: $1975.00


Reserve your seat today, only 5 are available

Death Valley is the second largest park in the national park system. Known for extremes, it is North America’s driest (average annual rainfall of about 2 inches) and hottest places with a record high temperature of 134 degrees. Death Valley also has the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere, in Badwater where you will be standing 282 feet below sea level.

Death Valley Experience – General Information

• Photoshop, lightroom tips and digital workflow
• Manual exposure take control of your camera transforming your artistic vision into memorable photographs
• Metering and getting a correct exposure, by learning the exposure triangle
• Histograms and Blinkies, how to fine-tune exposure
• Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control
• Learn the advantages shooting in RAW
• Compositions Rules, control visual flow within your photos
• How to use ND and ND grad filters
• Night photography tips, low light and full moon landscape photography
• Light painting to your landscapes, Light orbs, bring your imagination and we will try and make it work

$1,975 per person
Returning Explore Photography Workshops clients Save $200.00 ($1,775)
A deposit of $900.00 is required to reserve your spot. Balance due on or before 10/2/17

Reserve your seat today, only 5 are availableWhat’s Included:

• Lodging – private room. We have reserved rooms at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel
• Park entrance fee and all transportation, within the park to shooting locations
• Welcome dinner on the first day
• Quality, professional, photography instruction
• 6 to 8 hours per day of in-field shooting and instruction, more on our evening photo sessions
• Water and snacks throughout the workshop
• A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
• Small class size of 5 participants maximum

What’s Not Included:
• Transportation, to and from the workshop, including airfare and car rental,
• Incidentals
• Meals, we can eat as a group or on your own, breakfast will be after the morning sessions and dinner can be before we leave for our sunset sessions

Schedule: (Schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions , giving you the best opportunity for capturing some great images)

  • 12/2/17 –  Welcome Dinner – Group Meeting, bring a few photos on a flash drive to share.
  • 12/3/17 – Sunrise from Dante’s View, Sunset and night shooting in the Sand Dunes
  • 12/4/17 – Sunrise at Zabriskie point,  We will leave little early so we can capture some photo along Artist Drive followed by sunset at Badwater 282 feet below sea level.  Gorgeous sunsets and Moonlight landscape photography, light painting, and night photography.
  • 12/5/17 – Sunrise at the sand dunes, Evening and night session at the Charcoal Kilns.
  • 12/6/17 – Sunrise class choice – we can return to a location or photograph something new. After breakfast we will have time to show off some of your new photos and we will wrap things up in time to checkout.
  • Safe travels and we hope to see you again at another Explore Photography Workshop.

What should you bring:

  • Camera, if you have a second body bring it along, have a wide angle on one body and a mid telephoto on the second body. I have found that there is a large amount of fine dust in the air in Death Valley. The less in field lens changes you do the less dust your sensor will be exposed to.
  • lenses: lens suggestion should include a wide, mid and telephoto range. We recommend 16 to 24 mm, 24 to 70mm and 70 to 200mm.
  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  •  Circular polarizer
  • Extra Batteries, battery charger and Memory cards
  • Laptop and an external hard drive for backup, with power cord.
  • Clothing
    • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
    • Clothes you can layer, morning temperatures will be in the 40’s and afternoons can be close to 65.
    • Hat with wide brim to to keep sun off your face and neck. a warmer Knit hat and light gloves for our night sessions
    • Chemical hand warmers may also come in useful


  • Death Valley offers some of the most unique sights you will ever see, from the soft wind blown Mesquite Sand Dunes to the geometric salt patterns of the Badwater Basin, Death Valley is a photographers paradise.
  • As a photographer Death Valley offers an unlimited number of shapes, textures, and photographic possibilities.
  • We will photograph some of the park’s most photogenic locations for this workshop,
  • We will be exploring Death Valley by the light of the full moon.  A landscape that looked familiar to you an hour ago is going to be completely different as the moon casts dramatic shadows on a once-familiar landscape.

Physical Requirements

  • Your safety is ultimately our primary concern
  • Physical Requirements: Good condition
  • Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Agility: Ability to walk up and downhill and on uneven, rocky/sandy terrain
  • Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude is essential
  • Photographic Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate, experienced photographers are also welcomed

Travel to Death Valley 

Las Vegas, NV. McCarran International Airport is about a 2.5 hour drive from Death Valley, and is the closest airport. Los Angeles is about 5.5 hours.

I would advise you to top off your rental cars fuel before entering the park. There are only 2 fuel options within he park.

Directions to Death Valley

Reserve your place today!  We are looking forward to seeing you in Death Valley.


A deposit of $975.00 must be made at the time of registration, deposit is refundable up to 60 days before workshop start date.

  • Balance will be due on or before October 2, 2017

The operators of Explore Photography Workshops are:
Authorized Permit Holder of The National Park Service. We are first aid/CPR trained Joe has 30 plus years of medical experience.