Date: Sunday, October 31st thru Friday Morning November 4rd 2022

Cost: $ 1,200.00

Maximum of 10 Participants
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Death Valley is known as one of the hottest places on earth, in the summer that is. What Death Valley is to the photographer is an amazingly diverse landscape that offers the serious landscape photographer an amazing variety of subject matter. For example mountain peaks with amazing vistas to mud cracks on the desert floor, to sand dunes, and much much more!

Typical Itinerary: We will have long days that are designed to maximize our photographic opportunities.

Recently (Early August) there was flooding that resulted in all road in Death Valley being closed. I have no doubt that most (if not all) roads will be open by the time late October gets here. In 2019 I lead a tour and the week prior there was a flood that closed abut half of the roads in the park. While from a leaders standpoint this created a significant challenge, I kept my group busy the entire time and we never visited the same place twice. I’m confident that we will be fine this time around as well. Having said that, if the workshop had to be cancelled for something such as this or anything else beyond my control, obviously I would provide participants with a full refund.


Each participant should have at least a basic understanding of their gear and exposure (f/stop and shutter speed). I’m always available to help my clients during workshops and tours, but you will gain maximum benefit from this trip if I’m filling in the missing pieces of your knowledge and not teaching the basics. If you are unsure of all of your camera functions, please bring your camera manual with you.

Recommended Equipment:

Main camera and backup camera if you have one.

Death Valley is a wonderful location for Infrared Photography. If you have a converted camera I recommend you bring it, if not you should consider the Singh-Ray i-Ray 690 filter.
Tripod is recommended.
Lenses – Wide Angle thru Telephoto (up to 400mm)
Remote Shutter Release
Drones – We will spend some time in the Eastern Sierras. Drones are permissible in areas outside of the National Parks. Drone use is prohibited within the boarders of national parks and we will respect this regulation.

A laptop is optional. We will not have any scheduled time set aside for classroom sessions. But I will be available for any client that needs help with Photoshop, Lightroom or image critique.


Participants should be able to easily walk distances of 1 mile over sand or rough uneven terrain.


You will be in a rural area of the states of California and Nevada. Some of your shooting will be from the side of the road. In other cases hiking distances of a mile or so will be required. When shooting near a public road it is the responsibility of the participant to maintain situational awareness and keep themselves safe at all times. Venomous snakes are known to inhabit this area. In the event of an emergency, immediate medical care may not be readily available.

Each participant will be required to sign an acknowledgment of risks in order to participate.

Payment Policy: To register just email and I will send you a PayPal Invoice. If you would rather pay by check, just let me know and I’ll send you my mailing address. Payment is for guide and instruction services only. Transportation, Meals and Lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Participants may choose to make a deposit or full payment to secure your spot. Full payment is due no later than August 31st 2022.

Lodging in Death Valley – Sunday October 30th – Wednesday November 2nd – The Ranch at Death Valley – Furnace Creek.

Lodging in the Eastern Sierras – Thursday November 3rd – Best Western Lone Pine

Park Fees: Workshop does not include National Park Fee – Participants that do not have annual National Park Passes will need to purchase a pass from the NPS upon arrival.

Weather: The climate is typically dry and dusty. Average daytime temps are in the high 80’s and the lows are in the low 50s. I recommend participants dress in layers and be prepared for temperature extremes.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if the workshop is canceled. A participant may cancel up to 60 days prior for a full refund. Less than 60 days we reserve the right to withhold up to 50% of the workshop fee.

No Drama Workshop Policy: Please read this section on my website regarding my desire for a no drama environment.

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