The ONLY Yosemite Workshop chosen as one of the "50 Awesome Workshops Around the World"*
"I wanted to thank you, my friend, for lighting a fire inside me when I attended that Yosemite workshop with you. I learned more than I thought possible and am currently building on the foundation you laid for me 4 years ago. Right now, I’m attending the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana." - Kevin Black, San Diego, CA; student in 2011
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The other thing I can absolutely guarantee, is that you will get exposure to all areas of the valley, all shooting vistas, all major Yosemite geographic views that your time will allow. The weekend workshops will cover the valley thoroughly with very little hiking. During early summer and fall, the weekend workshop can go to Glacier Point road and Sentinel Dome. The week-long can, obviously, do more, with trips to the higher elevations. IF OPEN (usually during fall and spring), we will visit Glacier Point Road, Sentinel Dome, Washburn Point, Taft Point, Tuolumne Meadow area and Tioga Pass area.
Beginners are welcome!
First, we are
for any level experience photographer. If you
don't know the difference between an aperture and a hole in the ground,
fear not. There is no such thing as a dumb
question. We welcome brand new photographers.
Sometimes we have photographers who are well familiar with their
equipment and only need to be shown where to shoot. Or, they
know the equipment, but have never shot night photography, so they need
instruction. But no matter your level of experience, you will
come away with new knowledge about how to get the most out of your
equipment and your effort.
We have a strict limit of 14 spaces per workshop.
The whole reason one comes to Yosemite is to find the best opportunity to get the best shot. And that is dictated by the weather. We wait until we know what the weather is going to do and then decide on the next day's loose itinerary at that time.
National Park is it's own climate. Clouds, rain, snow, fog, mist
etc comes and goes in fleeting moments. Understanding these
patterns comes from long experience, enabling me to know
exactly where to be, when, and whether we need to race to the next
location or simply wait for conditions to evolve. You will be able to
take advantage of my 36 years shooting Yosemite to know where to be,
when, and what to expect as conditions evolve. My past students
can tell you things can change on a dime. We issue two-way radios
to drivers in the car pool which enables me to instantly communicate
with students when I see changes in light, clouds, etc. We also
use these radios for folks who wish to roam and explore alone,
enabling them to maintain communication with the group and myself.
Many times we have been on the way to some area to shoot based on
current observations, then en route, seeing a change, I have issued
instructions that we are going somewhere else based on what's going on
NOW! We are flexible, always observant, and react quickly to
avail ourselves of the best opportunities for the best shots possible.
If you want structure, schedules and rigidity, do not sign up for these workshops. I will teach you how to get the most out of your camera and your efforts, and the way to do that is maximize what mother nature gives you. Flexibility. This is what we do.
We help each other. Experience levels differ, and when someone needs help, we help each other. I'm a Canon guy, but someone else may know Nikon much better than myself and will help you out. I can honestly say that by the end of every workshop, especially on the week long workshops, students have all become friends, and stay in touch after returning home. We've had students from foreign countries (England, Scotland, China, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Italy and Japan), and from all over the US.
The workshop begins at 6pm the evening before the first full day of shooting and ends after sunset on the last day. Travel should be arranged to arrive on the day before the first full day of shooting and depart the day after the final day. Food is handled by each student. You are on your own for breakfast. Lunch is either a sandwich on the trail or at the food court, and dinner is usually at the food court or the fancier Mountain Room restaurant. In spring we can also eat at Curry Village.
if you want to see what past students have captured, see our Facebook page here.
|The West Texas/Big Bend Night Photography Workshop ($2,800)
SOLD OUT! - SEE BELOW, THE NEXT CLASS IN JULY - Includes lodging for six nights! Five full days shooting in what many consider to be the darkest place in the US: West Texas Big Bend National Park country. We'll shoot the Milky Way, do light painting, and pay a visit to the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. We'll be in plush suuroundings at a private ranch at the 5,000 foot elevation level, many miles away from any light pollution. There will be a cook to prepare our meals. Go Here for full details
|The Yosemite Horsetail Fall weekend workshop two full days ($975) Sold out! Two full days shooting the famous Horsetail Fall, the elusive waterfall shot that challenges a photographer's patience like nothing else. When it happens, it's magnificent to behold. But so much must occur for the back-lit effect to materialize. Join us as we pursue this challenging photo opportunity. We will be staying at the Enchanted Forest duplex in Yosemite West. Single occupancy; each student gets his/her own room AND private bath. Wood-burning fireplaces, large kitchen, plenty of room to spread out computers. $250 for non-shooting wife or husband. Take a $200 discount on the price for two students who are sharing a room. Each room has only one queen bed, fyi.|
|The Yosemite Horsetail Fall week long workshop five full days ($1,895) Includes lodging for six nights! TWO OPENINGS LEFT (up to 4 openings if sharing a bedroom) Five full days shooting the famous Horsetail Fall, the elusive waterfall shot that challenges a photographer's patience like nothing else. When it happens, it's magnificent to behold. But so much must occur for the back-lit effect to materialize. Join us as we pursue this challenging photo opportunity. We will also have a day of post-processing instruction including the various RAW processors and Lightroom and Photoshop lessons. We will be staying at the Enchanted Forest duplex in Yosemite West. Single occupancy; each student gets his/her own room AND private bath. Wood-burning fireplaces, large kitchen, plenty of room to spread out computers. $600 for non-shooting wife or husband. Take a $500 discount on the price for two students who are sharing a room. Each room has only one bed, fyi.|
Yosemite Spring Waterfalls workshop two full days ($495)
Two full days shooting lots of moving water. We'll do extensive motion-blur shooting on waterfalls and rushing river water. The park's waterfalls are near their peak this time of year and it will be glorious. The park is greening up, days are longer and we stand a very good chance of being able to get up to Glacier Point Road.
Yosemite Spring Waterfalls week long workshop five full days ($895)
Five full days shooting lots of moving water. We'll do extensive motion-blur shooting on waterfalls and rushing river water. The park's waterfalls are near their peak this time of year and it will be glorious. The park is greening up, days are longer and we stand a very good chance of being able to get up to Glacier Point Road.
Yosemite Early Summer week long workshop five full days ($895)
Five full days shooting lots of moving water, motion-blur shooting on waterfalls and rushing rivers. The park's waterfalls are near their peak this time of year and it will be glorious. The park is greening up, days are longer and we stand a very good chance of being able to get up to Glacier Point Road and the high country at Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass. We'll include a side trip to Mono Lake for the famous tufas!
Texas Night Photography workshop five full days ($2,800) Only 4 spots remain!
All food and lodging included! Five full days shooting in what many consider to be the darkest place in the US: West Texas. We'll be at a private ranch at the 5,000 foot elevation level, many miles away from any light pollution. We'll shoot the Milky Way, do light painting, and include a side trip to the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Plus, we'll have a full day of post-processing for night photography. Go Here for more information!
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Italian Dolomites Week Long workshop 5 full days ($3,200)
6 days in the Cortina D'Ampezzo area of the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy. All food, lodging, cable cars, ski-lifts, park entrance fees for 6 days is included. Please note; For lodging, there is NO single supplement! Each student will have his or her own private room. We have room for only 10 students for this special workshop! Go Here for full details
|To Leave a Deposit of $1,000|
If you do not drive and plan on taking the YARTS buses (Yosemite Area Rapid Transit) for the winter workshops, I would strongly advise against this. With the heavy snowfall Yosemite has had this year, YARTS buses have been breaking down frequently leaving passengers stranded. Every storm so far this season has seen multiple YARTS buses slipping off the road or breaking down. They have been responsible for road blockages lasting hours in some cases.
local transportation, we will carpool to the various shooting
locations. Otherwise, we will use the local Yosemite valley
public transportation system.
Photoshop, Lightroom, RAW conversion and general post-processing
Items to Bring
Obviously, bring your wide-angle lenses.
several lens cloths and cleaning liquid; I will have liquid, but bring
your own cloths, if possible please.
Though it's not crucial, you will find that you will want to look at your images at the end of every day to enforce what you learned... So bring a laptop computer. Don't forget your CF card reader!! People forget these all the time!
Rain and cold weather gear, both for your equipment and for you. Winter shooting could involve standing out in the rain or snow. Water-proof hiking boots would be very useful, especially in winter.
Terms and Conditions
In the unlikely event that the workshop does not fill enough spaces to warrant continuing (which, in 10 years, has never happened), the class will be canceled and a full refund given. You will be notified at least two weeks in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. The Yosemite Photography Workshop is not responsible for non-refundable airline reservations in the event of workshop cancellation. I strongly recommend retaining trip insurance.
Participant-initiated cancellations of weeklong workshops received 60 days or later before the workshop will receive no refund. Participant-initiated cancellations of weeklong workshops received prior to 60 days will receive a refund minus $300. (Refunds for weekend workshops received after 60 days prior to a workshop will receive no refund. Cancellations received prior to 60 days will receive a refund minus $100.) Due to the unusual complexity and extensive planning required for these workshops, no refunds will be offered for participant-initiated cancellations after 60 days prior to workshop date unless the spot can be re-filled.
Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for extreme weather conditions that prohibits us from moving about as we wish, or accessing certain areas of the park. Each student accepts responsibilitiy for providing your own tire chains in winter. Carrying them at all times is required by park policy, and at various times you may be asked to show them in your car at checkpoints established by the park rangers.
It is not uncommon for Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas to experience extended periods of electrical failure during bad weather, particularly in winter. Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for inconvenience resulting in park closure or extended periods of road closures. If the workshop is unable to function due to either weather or park closure (which, in 7 years of operation, has never happened), a spot in a future workshop will be offered to affected students. No refunds will be given.
*Photoshelter's "50 Awesome Photography Workshops Around the World" February, 2014
| Yosemite Photo Workshops
operate under a Conditional Use Authorization (CUA) permit #8800-11-290
issued by the
Office of Special Park Uses,
Yosemite National Park,
El Portal, CA.
Workshop liability insurance provided by Great American Insurance Group
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5132 N. Palm, #118
Fresno, CA 93704