Located near the border of California and Nevada, Death Valley is filled with breathtaking desert scenery and unique geological formations. It’s 3.3 million acres is home to rare desert wildlife, undisturbed wilderness, colorful rocks and canyons, unique evaporative salt features and miles of pristine sand dunes. Death Valley encompasses the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere, Badwater at 282 feet below sea level, to Telescope Peak, rising to 11,049 feet.
This magical place is a photographer’s dream. We will shoot the graceful and ever-changing sand dunes, Zabriski Point, pastel clay hills, reflective pools, and the mysterious Racetrack. We will rise early and stay out late some nights to capture the most evocative light and mood in our images. Expect little sleep, but the images will be worth the effort.
Not only will we shoot these in the golden light of sunrise and sunset but then return to photograph the amazing night sky. We timed this workshop to take advantage of the new moon for the dark skies.
Death Valley’s dry desert air makes it an ideal site for night photography. The camera reveals more than the naked eye. We will photograph stars as points of light and star trails, perhaps painting with light and trying other special techniques for photographing at night, weather permitting. We will not be photographing the brightest part of the Milky Way at this time of year however it is a good time to go because it will not be too hot. We can focus on stars as points of light, star trails and light painting. Death Valley is a rich photographic environment. You will come away with a host new shooting skills and a disk drive full of great images.
You will learn a variety of techniques—both in the field and in the classroom—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including:
- Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset
- The fundamentals of powerful compositions
- Light Painting, both on location and in classroom settings
We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on intensive seminars—held during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive for photography—will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques including:
- Working with Adobe Lightroom with Rob Sylvan
- Layer masking and image blending techniques
- Creating HDR Photographs with Randy Van Duinen
- Working with Photoshop and other photographic software
- Special effects techniques used for artistic expression
- Tabletop Light Painting in the classroom
This is a workshop you won’t want to miss, so sign-up today.
Days & Times:
Thursday, March 19 thru Sunday, March 22 2015
Workshop begins Thursday 6:00pm and wraps up Sunday 2:00pm
Workshop – $1299
KelbyOne Member – $1199
Alumni Special – $1099
Space is limited BOOK NOW
Furnace Creek Ranch
You must call the hotel at 1-760-786-2345 to make a reservation and tell them that you are with "The Digital Photo Workshops". Be sure to call the hotel directly and not the 800 number or website because calling directly they will have you with our group and keep us together in same area and building. The hotel doesn’t offer a discount for group booking but they keep us together. There are two hotels, Furnace Creek Ranch and Furnace Creek Inn. Hotel website We are staying at the Ranch, which is less expensive. You may stay at the Inn if you wish.
Limit 20 Participants
1 Super Star Guest Instructor
2–3 Staff Instructors
1–2 Sponsor Guests Instructors (on occasion)
Hands-on instruction from guest instructor and staff
Unique photo opportunities
Shoot time with guest instructor and staff
Workflow and technique sessions
You must provide and/or bring:
A great attitude to learn and have fun
Your own transportation, to, from and during the event (car pooling will be arranged)
Your own accommodations at or near the venue
Laptop computer with Photoshop and or Lightroom installed
Digital SLR Camera and gear (include a sturdy tripod)
What's in our bags?
Nicole S. Young is a photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Brian, and dog & cat, Kodak & Fuji. She has written several books and eBooks nicolesyblog.com/books for Peachpit, Craft&Vision, and also self-publishes through her online store store.nicolesy.com. She also contributes regularly to Photofocus, as well as the KelbyOne and NAPP websites. Nicole enjoys photographing food and landscapes, and also loves to travel with her camera.