2020 Death Valley National Park

Black-and-White Infrared Intensive Workshop

Join us January 26 – 29, 2020 for a three-and-one-half day workshop experiencing one of the most unusual and seemingly barren national parks in southern California. In a little over two hours from Las Vegas, NV, you arrive in Death Valley, known as the hottest, driest, and lowest elevation park in the United States.

At first glance, one might look around and think “there is nothing to shoot,” which is farthest from the truth. Here one finds magnificent sand dunes, pastel-colored rocks, and salt formations on the valley floor. The creosote bushes, plants that survive the harshest conditions in the dunes, glow in the infrared light. Best of all, we will be out very early in the morning to take advantage of the clear desert skies for stars.

We will photograph several locations at both sunrise and sunset, as the same subject is unique in the light given at the time of the day. Some highlights of the park we will be photographing are Zabriskie Point, the Mesquite Dunes, Badwater Basin, and other historic mining sites which will provide us with interesting foreground material to tell the story of the past.

From using the right gear, to capture and processing, this is a unique opportunity to learn how to create amazing black-and-white images.

At this workshop,

  • You will be placed in the best locations to maximize the infrared light under existing conditions.
  • You will receive individual help in the field to ensure a successful capture. Every day there will be hands-on experience in the classroom for processing your images while learning how to manage workflow.
  • Finally, you will have the opportunity to use a Kolari Vision “loaner” infrared lens filter to make infrared images at no charge to you (for your converted-to-infrared camera or visible light/color camera.

Fee: $995/person (hotel, meals, and travel not included)
Location: The Oasis at Death Valley, Furnace Creek, (inside Death Valley NP), California
Start: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9:00am
End: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:00pm

Included in fee: location instruction, minimum of two 4-hour processing sessions in hotel meeting room, Death Valley National Park usage permit

Not included in fee: all transportation, all meals, lodging, Death Valley National Park entrance fee

Skills Required: Thorough working knowledge of your camera from capture histogram to Live-View (mirrored cameras only); confident beginner using Adobe ACR/LR and layers in Adobe Photoshop; must bring your laptop to the classroom.

A detailed information package with hotel room reservation instructions, airport, gear suggestions, software requirements, itinerary, expected seasonal weather conditions, payment and cancellation policies, and signature required waiver of liability will be sent upon registration.

Non-photographer spouses/partners are welcome at no extra charge however, classroom time is reserved only for participants.

It is your responsibility to read and thoroughly understand the policies regarding payment and cancellation as stated here.

Maximum of seven workshop participants. Reserve your spot now!

To request a detailed information package for this workshop, please complete the form below.
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