Join us for our 2020 Death Valley photography workshops! Experience the adventure of photographing Death Valley's remarkable places in this very popular workshop series, now expanded with two schedules for 2020. A true photographer's desert paradise, Death Valley has inspired master photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to produce some of their notable and outstanding images of this captivating and photogenic wilderness landscape. Today, few photographers know Death Valley's intimate canyons and vast open expanses better than Lynn Radeka who has hiked, camped and photographed in Death Valley since 1966.
This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, film or digital! No photographer will be rushed regardless of his/her film format or digital format and experience level. We have seen too many workshop hosts rush the participants simply to run to the next destination. Limited campground and trailside lunches will be provided by Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut, but each participant will be expected to be self-sufficient with regards to breakfasts and dinners. Please inquire about any concerns. Since we will be based at Stovepipe Wells, a restaurant and small market is available for breakfasts and dinners. A motel is also available across the street from the campground. In all respects, Stovepipe Wells, with it's old western atmosphere, is far less expensive than the Furnace Creek area (gas, food, lodging, etc.) and is centrally located so our daily adventures will be more efficient. Upon your registration for this workshop you'll be given information for booking your rooms early.
We will be visiting some of Death Valley's most popular and unusual areas. Depending on the number of 4wd vehicles we have available, we will most likely visit a few 4 wheel drive back country locations, exploring photographic opportunities that most other Death Valley workshops don't visit. After all, half of the unique photographic possibilities Death Valley has to offer are found in the exciting canyons and backroads! If you do not plan on bringing a 4WD vehicle, there will most likely be opportunities to ride along with other participants or to share in the rental cost of a Jeep.
Depending on our daily timing, Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut will be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements. For photographers shooting traditional film formats (large, medium or small) we may be shooting a similar digital shot on the scene when possible so that we can make appropriate comments and suggested print quality enhancements (including contrast masking) on the computer in the evenings. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of unusual and interesting software programs and techniques we will be demonstrating in the evenings including panorama stitching, focus stacking for extreme depth-of-field, and other image optimization techniques.
One of the highlights of this workshop is our evening print gathering where the instructors and participants can view and comment on each other's images.