Death Valley New Moon Workshop Oct 6 -11, 2021 Workshop

Death Valley New Moon Workshop - emphasis on night photography

Oct 6 -11, 2021


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 Workshops, 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 8 lucky participants to share the experience and get to photograph Death Valley under my guidance.

The workshop is timed to take advantage of the moon cycle. We are there for new moon which will guarantee us dark nights and an unbelievable display of night stars and the Milky Way.

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.” 

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 2-3 sessions on the dunes that will require these walks. So be honest with yourself when signing up.

Lodging: I will be staying at the Ranch at Death Valley. I suggest you lodge at either The Ranch at Death Valley or The Inn at Death Valley. Reservations can be made at

Camping: 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 cash, check or Zelle ( or $1125 credit card, includes photographic instruction. Not included - lodging, transportation or meals.


Registration: First download the full information packet and read it before signing up. Send a check for $1050 and your registration forms to Lewis Kemper 800 Saverien Dr   Sacramento, CA 95864 or to pay by credit card click hereMake sure you send the registration forms to me either by mail to the address above, or by email to



"When I found out that Lewis was offering a workshop in Death Valley, I jumped at the chance to attend! Why? Some reasons were practical, like the fact that I could drive there, a real bonus in the time of Covid. Another was that Lewis assured participants that he would honor Covid-safe practices at all times. Also, I really want to branch out into landscape photography, and during a full moon in a beautiful location was a great opportunity. But the real reason was that I already knew Lewis from taking a photography Master Class with him the year before. As a result I knew he was a real, experienced professional who not only knows his craft but is able to teach clearly and respectfully.

The workshop was great! Lewis has been photographing in Death Valley for years. He knows where to go, how to avoid crowds, and when to time the photo sessions to take advantage of the best light. He was patient with all our questions and happy for us when we were successful. If I found out we could head back tomorrow for another session on the dunes, I would go without a second thought!"

Terrie G.  Feb/March 2021 Participant


"I found Lewis’s Death Valley Full Moon Workshop to be a wonderful experience. His mastery of light and composition, his location-specific knowledge, combined with the generous sharing of his deep photographic knowledge enabled me to up my game significantly.  Highly recommended."

Rob K. Feb/March 2021 Participant


"I’ve followed Lewis’ work for several years after seeing his presentation at a conference.  I’m so happy that I was able to go on this workshop with him.  Lewis has a love of nature, an enhanced artistic eye and a thorough knowledge of camera gear.  Frankly you couldn’t ask for more from a workshop leader. I’ve come home with a ton of beautiful images and anticipation for my next workshop with him.  Thank you Lewis!"

Laura M. Feb/March 2021 Participant


“We had a great workshop in Death Valley with Lewis for 5 days in Feb, 2021. 6 participants—just the right amount. Lewis knew the best places and time of day to get great images, and sometimes he even knew secret ways to get there! We followed all Covid protocols and did our instructional sessions by zoom. The biggest takeaway for me was trying some new and different techniques and approaches. They gave me “permission” to become more creative with my photography.  Thank you, Lewis.”

Sharell K. Feb/March 2021 Participant


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LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.



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