Death Valley Full Moon Workshop Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2021

Death Valley Full Moon Workshop!

February 25 – March 2, 2021  

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I taught my first workshop in Death Valley in 1981 with William Neill and Jeff Nixon.  Since then I have taught dozens of classes there for organizations such as Sierra Photographic Wodays are unlike any other and we will be COVID aware.  I am going to insist on mask wearing in the field, and anytime we are together. I am going to encourage everyone to drive their ownrkshops, UC Berkeley’s California Adventures, Joe van Os Photo Safaris, and Canon USA. And now 40 years later I am leading another workshop back to this magical place. Be one of the 6 lucky participants to share the experience and get to photograph Death Valley under my guidance.

Of course, these  car unless they are traveling with family or close friends they trust. All classroom sessions will be conducted via Zoom from within our respective rooms. But even with these rules I will be able to assist in the field.  I will be discussing exposure at each location and helping everyone through the night photography. We can work on light painting situations as a group and still be socially distancing. I can still view your compositions via Live View and make suggestions for improvement.

The workshop is time to take advantage of the moon cycle. By starting 2 days before full moon, we will be able to photograph moonrise/sunset the day before full moon, capture the moonlight illuminating Zabriskie Point on full moon day and be out on the dune for a few hours in the dark before the moon rises two days after full moon. The best part is the sun doesn’t rise until approximately 6:45 and we will be finished shooting the night sky by 9 at the latest. So, no super long days, but plenty of sunrise, sunset and night time photographic possibilities.

We will visit all the hot spots, the dunes, Mosaic Canyon, Artist Palette, Dante’s View, Zabriskie Point and much more. I will give in field tips on exposure, composition, depth of field. If we have good clouds, I will be instructing on the use of using strong neutral density filters to create time/motion techniques. Presentations will include “Light, Color and Composition”; Into the Eye of the Sun: HDR for Natural Looking Images”; “Getting the Most out of the Local Adjustment Tools”; “Night Photography” and “Time/Motion Techniques.” 

To take advantage of the best photographic possibilities, we will be having our big meal at lunch and frequently carrying sandwiches, etc. into the field for dinner. There are dining facilities and a small market at the Ranch.

This workshop is rated Moderate in difficulty. While many locations are in close proximity to the car, there are others that require some walking. You need to be reasonable fit to participate in this workshop. This workshop will require you be able to walk 2-3 miles carrying your photographic gear over sand and loose gravel. There will be at least 3 sessions on the dunes that will require these walks. So be honest with yourself when signing up.

I suggest you lodge at either The Ranch at Death Valley  or The Inn at Death Valley. Reservations can be made at

Camping is available at either the Fiddler Campground (same URL as above) or through NPS site such as Furnace Creek, Sunset or Texas Springs. For more info:

Note, only Furnace Creek Campgrounds takes reservations.  Also note you will need wifi hookup for the Zoom presentations.

Fee: $1050 per person check, Zelle ( or cash; $1100 credit card includes photographic instruction. Not included, lodging, transportation or meals. Send checks to address on registration form. Click here to register

Click here for full info packet and registration forms.

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