Lodging is up
to each individual participant. However, we have reserved
accommodations for workshop participants at Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals where, for the price of a
tent cabin at Curry Village, you can get a condo w/ kitchenette, sat.
TV, and full bath. Be sure to call about the special rate for workshop students! See http://scenicwonders.com and tell
them you are part of the Yosemite
Photo Workshop w/ Phil Hawkins. I encourage participants to
stay here so as to make it easier for us to all convene and conclude
the days activities with a minimum of travel.
You are responsible for
getting to Yosemite National Park. American Airlines has
great connections to Fresno through Dallas, Texas. For those flying in
from distant locations, it is recommended you rent a car. I
have found that once in a while participants have to leave early for
family emergencies, sickness, etc and so as not to disturb the agenda
for remaining participants, your ability to travel independently is
important and required.
local transportation, we will carpool to the various shooting
locations. Otherwise, we will use the local Yosemite valley
public transportation system.
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
is handled by each student. You are on your own for
breakfast. Lunch is either a sandwich on the trail or at the
court, and dinner is usually at the food court or the fanicier Mountain
Room restaurant. In spring we can also eat at Curry Village.
workshops will include at least one day of Photoshop CS4/CS5
instruction and image critique.
Items to Bring
Although it does not matter what equipment you have, you will get the
most out of it if your camera has manual exposure settings and shoots
RAW and the ability to connect a cable shutter release.
Obviously, bring your wide-angle lenses.
tripod you can muster w/ extra clamp plates (that go on the
bottom of the camera).
You'll be very disappointed if you lose your one and only tripod clamp
plate... (This happened one time)
(I emphasize this due to so many students not bringing them.
You will not get the maximum out of the class unless you
cable release. We will use them for all shooting situations.)
Neutral density filters;
one .6 (or 4x) and one .9 (or 8x) if possible; these should be the screw-in type.
buy the size for your largest diameter lens (82mm?) and then a
step-down adapter for use on smaller lenses (77mm, 67mm etc).
forget your lens shades
Extra memory cards and spare camera batteries
Bring your camera's owner's manual; this will help solve problems with
several lens cloths and cleaning liquid; I will have liquid, but bring
your own cloths, if possible please.
Be sure you have a wearable backpack photo case for daily hiking trips.
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...
bring a laptop
computer. Don't forget your CF card
reader!! People forget these all the time!
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.
"Great workshop....worth crossing two continents and an ocean!" -Karim El Baradei from Egypt
"You have, by far, the best workshops anywhere!" -2x returning student Julie from Redlands, CA
"I could not have asked for anything more. It was perfect." -Edoardo from Padua, Italy
"On a scale of 1 to 10 this was a 15!" -David from San Francisco
was way, way beyond my expectations!" -Brad
can't remember the last time I had this much fun!" - Randy Welton
"Thanks for another wonderful weekend. You do such a great job! I learned more stuff, met some wonderful people, and had a great time out in nature. I love it!" - 4x returning student Jeff Bushnell, from San Diego, CA
"Thanks again for the workshop! I've never had so many awesome landscapes from a single photo trip" - Chris Stark
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for the time you gave so generously. You have enriched my Yosemite experience so much, that I'll definitely be looking to do it again next year. -Julie Haynes, from Redlands CA
you so very much for a
most educational and fun photo workshop. Mena and I enjoyed
every moment of the workshop, but more so, your company and photography
skills. Your knowledge of the area enabled us to be at the right place
at the right time to capture some stunning shots. Our only
regret was that our time in Yosemite was all too short.
By the way, on the last day
out of Yosemite there was a bear sighting and we were able to get some
photos before it was chased away. That was a fitting end to
our Yosemite adventure. Thanks again for the hints and tips,
as well as teaching me to actually “see” the scene through the
viewfinder and to shoot in the manual mode… you’ll be happy to learn
that I’m still doing so. We hope to be able to join you in another of
your workshops in the not too distant future (read Patagonia ;-))
All best wishes and warm
regards" - Earl and Mena
you for the great time I had photographing Yosemite National Park. You
provided perfect timing for photographing the many sites we were able
to reach during the workshop. It would not be easy to find these sites
with good lighting without your experience. I also enjoyed meeting
everyone in the workshop and sharing with like minded photographers.
Perhaps we'll meet again during the winter season and photograph the
snows of Yosemite." -Earl Merritt
Fabulous workshop. Sharon and I had a great time, learned a lot, got
some great shots! Definitely would recommend to anyone ..." -
knowing quite what to expect, it surpassed any expectations that I had.
I learned loads in those 5 days, not only about my camera, but how to
shoot and some great Photoshop tricks, and I've been into photography
for years. We had great fun too, we had a lot of laughs. I
just hope I get the chance to do another one of your workshops. I
highly recommend this to anyone that wants to learn how to be a better
photographer, have fun and see Yosemite."
- Lem Lattimer from Long Island, NY.
I can't tell you how much fun I had. Look forward to doing it
again sometime, perhaps in the UK? Italy?
memories from a wonderful week that I'll never forget." -
Leana Di Benedetto from Baltimore, MD.
Thanks for an amazing experience.
Our small group of four was great fun! Not only was I able to
develop my photographic skills under your expert and easy to understand
tutelage, but I was able to explore the wonders of Yosemite at just the
right time and at just the right place to capture photos I had only
dreamed of taking in the past.
Thanks for a great time!!!" - Scott Jenkins from San Diego, CA
wanted to pass along a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful time I had
in the Yosemite Falls weekend workshop. I not only had a
great time seeing the park, getting to know you and making new friends,
but I genuinely feel that I’ve returned a better photographer then when
I arrived for the workshop. My overall skills have improved
and very importantly I’ve learned more about “seeing” the subject and
the patience it takes to truly become open to a landscape
Thanks again and I hope to see you soon." - Tom Collins from St. Louis, MO.
"It was nice meeting you
! I've enjoyed very much ! I will receive my
developed films on SAT. night in Osaka ! I will let you know
more in details later soon. I would like to say JUST "Thank
you very much" for your kindness. With my best regards," -
Shiro Tanaka from Hiroshima, Japan.
want to thank you for the great time that I had on the Yosemite
workshop. I'm not so sure that I was ready for that type of
shooting but I learned so much. Every time I describe my
experience to someone I can hear the excitement in my voice grow as I
tell them about the workshop. And I have sent numerous people
to your website and hear nothing but praise about your
photography. It was truly an honor to be able to
spend that time with you and hope that I can enjoy that experience
again in the future."
"Just wanted to say thank you, it was the best experience I
have had, I learnt a lot. It was wonderful to be at the right location
at the right time which made a huge difference.
Looking forward to more workshops with you in future and I would
definitely recommend this to any photographer who wants to shoot in
Yosemite." - Sunkara