3-Day Yosemite Panoramic Photography Workshop - Megapixels to Gigapixels!

3-Day Yosemite Panoramic Workshop - Megapixels to Gigapixels! 

(This workshop is limited to 12 students)
You may also be interested in our San Francisco Panoramic workshop .
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Photos from the last workshop
(This panoramic is the combination of 9 images)

Come learn how to capture extremely high-resolution photographic images with extreme detail!

The landscape of Yosemite entices photographers from the beginning amateur, to the consummate professional. Join us in Yosemite National Park to learn how to capture these stunning vistas, in the extremely high-resolution only a panoramic image can provide!

This workshop is focused (literally) on teaching you all the techniques required to capture, stitch and print single and multi-row panoramic images.

We will operate this workshop in Yosemite National Park as well as learning in the classroom (we have a meeting area for the classroom portion of this workshop), to teach you from beginning to end, everything you need to know to capture extremely high-resolution panoramic images!

Topics covered

  • How to find the "nodal" point to eliminate parallax
  • Critical camera settings required for the consistency needed for high quality panoramic photographs
  • How to capture single and multi-row panoramic scenes -- we will visit multiple locations!
  • How to prepare your images for "stitching" (combining them into one single image)
  • Best practices for stitching to ensure the highest quality end result

This workshop will teach you both single row and multi-row panoramic techniques. (Please note these images are examples of what we will learn, but not of the places we will visit.)

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Single-row panoramic images require the merging, or "stitching," of the sequential edges of two or more images.

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Multi-row panoramic images require the merging ("stitching") of both sequential edges of images and their neighboring sequenced images in the adjacent rows. Much like a puzzle, each image must have the correct alignment in order for it to "fit" into its unique location of the scene.

Once we've captured a few panoramic images in and around Yosemite National Park, we will return to our Hotel for a classroom workshop on how to stitch and post-process your images. We will cover the best practices of pre-processing, stitching, error correction, and final post-processing.

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(This panoramic is the combination of 60 images!)

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (Hands-on Classroom):

  • 12:30pm: Orientation
  • 1pm-4pm: Gear review, Pano techniques classroom lecture, Finding the nodal point exercise
  • 4pm: Q&A Conclusion
  • 5pm-6pm: Glacier Point Panoramic Shoot
  • 7pm-8:30pm: Tunnel View Panoramic Shoot

Day 2 (All Day in-field shooting):

  • 9am: Depart for Tuolumne Meadows
  • 10am-11am: Dana Meadows Panoramic Shoot
  • 12pm-1:30pm: Puppy Dome Panoramic Shoot
  • 2pm-3:30pm: Lunch Break in Tuolumne
  • 3:45pm-5:30pm: Pothole Panoramic Shoot
  • 6:15pm-7pm: Olmstead Point Panoramic Shoot
  • 7:30pm: Drive back to Hotel

Day 3 (Classroom post-processing):

  • 8am-9am: Downloading images, sorting & organizing
  • 9am-10:30am: In-depth stitching session
  • 10:30am-12pm: Post Stitch processing
  • 12pm: Conclusion

What is/isn't included?

The workshop/tour price includes:

  • All workshop instruction

The workshop/tour price DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Meals/beverages
  • Staff gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Equipment To Bring

DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Required: A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera will give you full power and creative control to get the most out of your learning experience on this workshop.


Required: For best results, we strongly recommend a prime (fixed) lens between 35-200mm.

For this workshop, a 50mm fixed and a 100-200mm fixed would be good options.

If you have it (or rent) a 300mm fixed would also be an excellent lens for this workshop.

Pano Nodal System

Required: A manual multi-row panoramic kit. There are many brands to choose from. For the best results and to get the most out of this workshop we highly recommend the following gear. (Note: A Gigapan is not an option for this workshop.)


Required: Stability is everything in Photography! Using a sturdy tripod will help improve your compositions and get sharper images. A tripod also helps you have both hands free to focus (pun intended!) on learning and getting "the shot"!

Laptop with PhotoShop

Required: A Mac or PC laptop with Adobe Photoshop® CS4 or later.

If you do not have Photoshop you can purchase Creative Cloud (CC) for a $10 per month subscription.
(Adobe Creative Cloud)

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(This panoramic is the combination of 24 images!)

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