Landscape Photography Workshops from a 37-year veteran of Yosemite National Park
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. You will be able to take advantage of my 37 years shooting Yosemite to know where to be, and when. Understanding these patterns comes from long experience, enabling me to know whether we need to race to the next location or simply wait for conditions to evolve. We issue two-way radios to drivers in the car pool allowing me to communicate with students when I see changes in weather.
All workshops are conducted by me. I do not use “workshop leaders”. I offer help and guidance to all who ask. Some people know their equipment and only want to know where to go. Others are new to digital photography and have many questions. I give my attention to anyone and all. There is no such thing as too many questions!
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. 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.
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What to Expect
The 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, conditions permitting. The workshops will cover the valley thoroughly with very little hiking.
During early summer and fall, the we can go to Glacier Point Road and Sentinel Dome. 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. And, if everyone wants to go, we can even make a side trip to Mono Lake and have dinner at the Whoa Nellie Deli!
For the most part, we do not get up at the crack of dawn in the Yosemite workshops. Yosemite National Park is a west facing park, and the light is best during late afternoon and sunset. During the summer, we will be shooting sunsets until 8:30 and 9pm, sometimes at Glacier Point, which is an hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley. We often do not get into bed until 11pm or midnight.
- Concepts of exposure; the histogram and how to read the graph.
- ISO speeds, aperture and shutter speed, how to ignore the numbers and get GREAT shots.
- Composition; learn the rules and then how and when to break them.
- Use of polarizing and neutral-density filters
- “Dragging the shutter”; extended exposures (motion blur), even in full sunlight.
- How to make sure you get “the” shot in any given situation.
- Learn the value of patience; how to read the weather.
- Reflections in small pools or on the majestic Merced River (seasonal conditions permitting)
- Yosemite’s waterfalls; the different ways to capture flowing water; Moonbows and “Sun” bows
- Night photography; shooting the Milky Way, stars, and moonlight
- Shooting for black and white conversion
- Wide angle and telephoto lens use.