Death Valley by Day and Night

Death Valley – February 8th to 12th, 2017  

Special Room rate available until 1/7/17, Rooms are now available on first come first served basis, Book now and save

$1,995 – Lodging included, 2 instructors and class size limited to 10 Photographers
Alumni cost $1795

Authorized Permit Holder of The National Park Service. We are first aid/CPR trained Joe has 30 plus years of medical experience.  We also have a satellite phone for communication from any of our photography locations.

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General Information

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 place 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 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 and the mysterious moving rocks of the racetrack. Death Valley is a photographer’s paradise.
  • For a photographer, Death Valley offers an unlimited number of shapes, textures, and photographic possibilities.
  • We have selected some of the park’s most photogenic locations for this workshop.
  • We’ll capture the beauty of Wild flowers as we find them.
  • 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 the stunning landscape.
  • We are fully insured, First Aid/CPR trained and certified, and operate legally under Commercial Use Authorization from the U.S. National Park Service. We have a no-trace left behind certificate, and a detailed travel itinerary on file with the Park service.
  • For your safety we also carry a satellite phone in the field on every photo shoot since cell phone service in Death Valley is very sparse.

Only $1,995 per person
Returning Explore Photography Workshops clients save $200
A deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

What’s Included:
• Lodging at Furnace Creek Ranch.  This is the most convenient and affordable location for getting to many of the parks iconic locations. There is a restaurant at the ranch serving meals all day.
• Meeting room with air conditioning for classroom instruction and Photo reviews
• Park entrance fee
• Box Meals will be provided for our night sessions
• 4 x 4 Jeep rental for our 27 mile off-road trip to the racetrack
• Transportation within the park. We will try and keep everyone in two vehicles so carpooling should not be necessary.
• Quality, professional, photography instruction with 2 photographer instructors
• Water and snacks throughout the workshop
• A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
• Small class size of 10 participants maximum

What’s Not Included:
• Transportation to and from the workshop, including airfare and car rental
• Meals. We can eat as a group at the local restaurant. Breakfast will be after the morning sessions and dinner can be before we leave for our sunset sessions. Late night food is also available. Dinning options at Furnace creek resort and ranch


  • Is now due in full at the time of registration
  • Single room add $295.00

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  • Overview: Our workshop schedule will include 3 1/2 days of photography. We will be shooting at sunrise and sunset everyday. Two evenings we will remain at our photo location and photograph under the light of the full moon. During our after-dark sessions you will learn light painting skills and the use of speed lights with gels for that added touch to your photographs. We will be practicing light orbs at the race track, and at a special location.
  • 2/8/17 – Group Meeting. Bring a few photos on a flash drive to share. Classroom instruction on basic camera operation and composition.
  • 2/9/17 – Sunrise from Dantes View. Breakfast at the Ranch. Class in the board room: Light room and  Photoshop tips. We will leave the classroom a little early so we can capture some photos along Artist Drive. Sunset will be at Badwater, 282 feet below sea level.
  • 2/10/17 –  Sunrise at Zabriskie point. Breakfast at the Ranch. Class in the board room: moonlight landscape photography, light painting, and night photography. We will depart in the afternoon in our 4 X 4 Jeeps to our sunset and full moon photo location “The Racetrack”.
  • 2/11/17 – Sunrise at the sand dunes. Short afternoon class. We will need to leave early for our Sunset location. The sunset and light painting site will be at a special location where we will have plenty of photographic opportunities.
  • 2/12/17 – Sunrise in the Devils golf course. We will have breakfast and return to the classroom for a slide show and wrap up discussion. The workshop will end at 12:00 noon. Safe travels and we hope to see you again at another Explore Photography Workshop.

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