Death Valley Photography Workshop
Note: We almost always hold our Valley of Fire and Death Valley workshops back to back, so you can book both to extend your workshop.
Authorized permittee of the National Park Service
Photos from the last workshop
Death Valley offers some of the most unique and iconic vistas available in the world. From the majestic Mesquite Sand Dunes soaking in the golden light of the morning, to the white salt patterns of the Badwater Valley (288 feet below sea level!) stretching out endlessly under a magnificent sunset. Every turn in this photographer's playground offers new shapes, textures, and possibilities.
During the summer, Death Valley National Park is one of the most inhospitable places in the world. Temperatures often reaching excess of a 110 degrees on a regular basis. Skies are hazy, blue and punishing...a photographer's worst dream. However, during the winter and spring months, the park comes alive and becomes truly accessible for photography. Come join us on a photographic adventure of a lifetime....come see what really makes Death Valley so special and unique!
Whether you're a beginner or advanced photographer, you will come away from this workshop with many new skills and great new images! Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to learn the techniques and tricks professional photographers use to capture memorable images. Students are instructed in everything from setting up composition, to the use of filters for balancing a scene and bringing out those brilliant evening desert colors.
Students have ample time to photograph many of the Valley's best features at the best times of day for photography...weather in winter is far more likely to produce those dramatic skies that every landscape photographer looks for. With the skills you learn, you'll be in the right place with the right knowledge to capture them.
We spend every moment of good light photographing in the field. When conditions are not ideal, students will be given classroom instruction in the post-processing of their images and learn techniques to get the most out of their images. Handouts will be provided so students can take what they learn in the field and practice at home. With two instructors on hand, the teacher-to-student ratio is reduced, and each student receives instruction that focuses on his/her specific learning objectives.
You really don't want to miss this experience! What could be better than two days of taking one of nature's most hostile environments and turning it into beautiful images?!
What is Required
Need Gear? Visit BorrowLenses for a special package designed specifically for Aperture Academy students for this workshop.
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Furnace Creek Ranch, located in Death Valley, California (800-236-7916).
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest. There are many restaurants in the area as well as for dinner.
What's Included/Not Included
What's Included in Your Workshop:
What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!