Yosemite "After Dark" Spring Night Photography Workshop
Authorized permittee of the National Park Service
Yosemite National Park is arguably the most iconic and easily recognizable parks in the United States; towering cliffs of marbled granite and massive waterfalls plunging over them. It's a stunningly beautiful testimony to the power of nature and time. Ansel Adams Photographed Yosemite, and is best known for his magnificent captures of this California treasure. Technology has progressed since Ansel's days, and with the new string of cameras we're able to see and photograph Yosemite in ways that were previously nearly impossible.
Come explore Yosemite...AFTER DARK!
After meeting your professional instructor(s) in the afternoon, your group will travel individually into the park for a chance to photograph one of the spectacular and iconic grand vista points. Sunset is only a warm-up however, the real magic happens when Mother-Nature turns off the lights. Night landscape photography for many can be a difficult and challenging. For others going out at night alone can be intimidating and scary. We're here to help with both! Come join the Aperture Academy and a fun group of photography enthusiasts for a night adventure!
Our instructors will be on hand to help you with all the settings and technical knowledge needed to capture stunning night imagery. Want to know how to light paint? Our instructors will bring along the materials to help create interesting and unique images painting with light!
As an added bonus, this time of year also brings about a natural phenomenon called a "Moonbow' at Yosemite Falls. Light from the moon creates a rainbow in the mist of this powerful and massive waterfall. If the clouds stay clear, and the moon is able to hit the falls, and conditions are just right, our instructors will have you in the right place to capture this stunning occurrence for yourself!
The Moonbow is only one of numerous possibilities to capture stunning and imaginative night images in this grand and inspiring landscape. Our team of professional instructors will guide you in and around Yosemite National Park and put you in the right place at the right time to capture the best Yosemite offers.
Spring brings on the water, and no time is better to see those massive waterfalls flowing at their best! We will have two nights of shooting stunning images and a final post-processing session before our time together draws to a close.
Stars! Moonbows! Raging Waterfalls! YOSEMITE!
We hope you'll join us for this exclusive workshop offering at California's premier National Park.
Day 1 (In-field shooting):
Day 2 (In-field shooting):
Day 3 (Classroom post-processing):
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Yosemite View Lodge, located in El Portal, California (888-742-4371).
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest.
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 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. 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 has 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 during the workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and or spouses are welcome to attend but will be liable for their transportation. For more information, please contact the Aperture Academy staff.
:: 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!