Death Valley

Location: Death Valley Desert Photo Adventure
Dates: Feb 18-22 (2018)
Tuition: $1395.00
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Josh Merrill and Dusty Doddridge

 

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Dusty’s Image Gallery

 
Tour Overview:
Death Valley National Park represents one of the most unique and also photogenic wilderness destinations in the Lower 48. You’ll photograph the stark yet beautiful playas in the desert valleys along with dramatic sand dune locations. Several locations of badlands formations provide colors and textures to explore a unique desert palette. Regions in the nearby Sierra Mountain Range will also be explored.

 
Topics:
All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity

Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:

• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively

Creativity in the Landscape:

• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions

And we’ll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques.

Tour Includes:
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow

Not Included:
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool

Fitness Level:
You’ll need a moderate level of fitness to tackle some of the hiking and challenging weather conditions of the region. None of our hikes will go beyond 5 miles but you’ll need moderate fitness and experience hiking in difficult terrain to manage this tour safely.

Suggested Equipment:
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water

Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from 25F to 70F
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Down Layer
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer

Lodging:
Our first base of operations will be in Death Valley National Park which allows easy exploration to key locations in the park.

Cancellation Schedule:
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all registration fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = We will retain the tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = We will retain full tour tuition

We strongly recommends that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason. We also reserves the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour.

Payment:
All you need to do is click the Register Here link below and tell us which tour you’d like to attend. We’ll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it’s 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we’ll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We’ll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due.

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Long Exposure Night Photography of Badwater Basin, Dead Valley National Park, California
Late afternoon light rakes across the elegant lines of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California
Simple Abstract Photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes against Blue Sky
Cracked Mud Tiles near Badwater Basin in California's Death Valley National Park
Sunrise at the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley National Park
Small Shrub Stands in a wash of Cracked Mud in Death Valley National Park
Black and White Photograph of Moving Rocks at Death Valley's Racetrack
Moonlit Night Photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Black and White Photograph of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park
Cracked Mud Tiles near Badwater Basin in California's Death Valley National Park