Landscape Photography Workshops : Death Valley National Park Photo Workshop December 2019

Death Valley National Park Photography Workshop | December 5th - 8th, 2019 

There are currently 4 spaces remaining for this workshop. 


 The full registration fee for this workshop is $1295. 

  Death Valley National Park is an incredible place to create beautiful imagery. Most people know of Death Valley as being the hottest, driest and lowest National Park. While the heat in Death Valley can be unbearable in the summer months, in the winter it is actually a very pleasant place to visit! With an amazing range of abstract, landscape and night photography available, the diversity of the valley will inspire and fill you with wonder! This workshop will be held Jan Dec 5th - 8th, 2019. 

  We will begin the workshop before sunrise at approx 5:00am each day and wrap up each night around 8pm, just after sunset. For those who want to try their hand at night photography we will pick a date during the workshop to do that as well. The final (4th) day of the workshop, December 8th, will end approx 2 hours after sunrise.

 There are limited places to eat inside the park however there is good food at Furnace Creek as well as a general store for snacks, water & supplies if needed. Attendees will be provided with a list of suggested gear, camera equipment, clothing and a list of places we will be visiting during the workshop upon registration. To have the best chance to photograph all areas in the best light we may visit some areas more than once during our time there. 

  Transportation, flights, hotel stays and food are NOT provided during this workshop. We will make every effort to carpool during our time there, reducing our caravan to 2 cars. If you have any questions about the workshop or the Death Valley area itself, please do not hesitate to reach out to me here

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THE EXPERIENCE - WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIELD

How To Pre-Visualize And Capture Compelling Compositions That Grab AND Maintain The Attention Of Your Audience

100% Manual Operation Of Your Camera And Creative Exposure Control For Best Results

Reading, Understanding and Using Your Histogram To Capture The Best Possible Exposure In The Field

How To "Fill The Frame" using Dynamic Compositions While Eliminating Negative Or Empty Space

How To Identify Your Main Subject And Supporting Subjects With One Easy Trick

How To Choose The Best Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance And ISO For The Image You Are Creating

Tips N Tricks For Low Light, Backlit Scenes And Other Difficult Lighting Situations In The Field

How To Tell A Story With Your Imagery

How To Use Filters As A Creative Tool And As A Way To Balance Light Or Capture Deep, Rich Imagery In Any Situation

Ways To Reduce Your Setup Time And How To Stay Fast On Your Feet While Shooting

Tips For Planning And Scheduling Your Photo Expeditions Including Planning, Preparation And Finding Inspiration

 How To Use Balance, Depth, A Sense Of Motion And Light To Create Visually Stunning Images

Learning When To Go Big And When To Find The Little Things In Your Images For Deeper Meaning And Connection With Your Audience

Maximizing Depth Of Field And How To Maintain Maximum Sharpness In Your Images


THE EXPERIENCE - POST PROCESSING & WORKFLOW

Simple, Clean Post Processing Tips Using Luminosity Masks And Selections That Free You Up To Spend More Time In The Field And Less At Your Computer

Tips And Tricks For Enhancing Color & Contrast In Your Images Without Overdoing It Or Degrading Image Quality

Simple but Powerful Ways To Balance Exposure And Enhance Your Images Without Blending Multiple Exposures

Creating Panoramic Images and General Exposure Blending

Increasing Resolution And Sharpening To Create Large Prints And Post Processing Adjustments To Make Depending On Print Size And Medium

Creating And Maintaining Your Visual Style During The Editing Process

Isolating And Fine Tuning Images By Color, Luminosity, Style Or Creative Vision


Aaron Reed Photography, LLC is a licensed, fully insured business and a responsible member of the photographic community. I operate all of my workshops under the guidelines, rules and regulations of the National Park Service, State Parks & Forest Services. I am certified in Adult & Child CPR/AED & First Aid, Wilderness First Responder Trained and Follow Leave No Trace Principals. I have operated on location photography workshops since 2009.

   The investment fee for this workshop is $1295, with 50% due to reserve your spot and the remaining 50% due on or before October 1st, 2019.

The Sands Of Time

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Millions of years prior to the actual sinking and widening of Death Valley and the existence of Lake Manly (see Geology of the Death Valley area), another lake covered a large portion of Death Valley including the area around Zabriskie Point. This ancient lake began forming approximately nine million years ago. During several million years of the lake's existence, sediments were collecting at the bottom in the form of saline muds, gravels from nearby mountains, and ashfalls from the then-active Black Mountain volcanic field. These sediments combined to form what we today call the Furnace Creek Formation.

Unbelievable Wonder

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Millions of years prior to the actual sinking and widening of Death Valley and the existence of Lake Manly (see Geology of the Death Valley area), another lake covered a large portion of Death Valley including the area around Zabriskie Point. This ancient lake began forming approximately nine million years ago. During several million years of the lake's existence, sediments were collecting at the bottom in the form of saline muds, gravels from nearby mountains, and ashfalls from the then-active Black Mountainvolcanic field. These sediments combined to form what we today call the Furnace Creek Formation.

The Crack Of Dawn

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Dawn, from an Old English verb dagian: "to become day", is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the appearance of indirect sunlight being scattered in the atmosphere, when the centre of the Sun's disc reaches 18° below the horizon. This dawn twilight period will last until sunrise (when the Sun's upper limb breaks the horizon), as the diffused light becomes direct sunlight.

Convergence Zone

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Death Valley is an excellent example of a graben, or a downdropped block of land between two mountain ranges. It lies at the southern end of a geological trough known as Walker Lane, which runs north to Oregon. The valley is bisected by a right lateral strike slip fault system, represented by the Death Valley Faultand the Furnace Creek Fault. The eastern end of the left lateral Garlock Fault intersects the Death Valley Fault. Furnace Creek and the Amargosa River flow through the valley but eventually disappear into the sands of the valley floor.

Sea Of Sand

Fine Art Limited Edition of 200 - The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Warsseries. The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. The depth of the sand at its crest is 130–140 feet (40–43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600–700 feet (180–210 m) deep.

Shadow Stories

Fine Art Limited Edition of 200 -

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Warsseries. The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. The depth of the sand at its crest is 130–140 feet (40–43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600–700 feet (180–210 m) deep.

The primary source of the dune sands is probably the Cottonwood Mountains which lie to the north and northwest. The tiny grains of quartz and feldspar that form the sinuous sculptures that make up this dune field began as much larger pieces of solid rock.

Stuck In The Middle With You

Fine Art Limited Edition of 200 - Uplift of surrounding mountain ranges and subsidence of the valley floor are both occurring. The uplift on the Black Mountains is so fast that the alluvial fans (fan-shaped deposits at the mouth of canyons) there are small and steep compared to the huge alluvial fans coming off the Panamint Range. Fast uplift of a mountain range in an arid environment often does not allow its canyons enough time to cut a classic V-shape all the way down to the stream bed. Instead, a V-shape ends at a slot canyon halfway down, forming a 'wine glass canyon.' Sediment is deposited on a small and steep alluvial fan.

I Am Groot

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - A dry lake is formed when water from rain or other sources, like intersection with a water table, flows into a dry depression in the landscape, creating a pond or lake. If the total annual evaporation rate exceeds the total annual inflow, the depression will eventually become dry again, forming a dry lake. Salts originally dissolved in the water precipitate out and are left behind, gradually building up over time. A dry lake appears as a flat bed of clay, generally encrusted with precipitated salts. These evaporite minerals are a concentration of weathering products such as sodium carbonate, borax, and other salts. In deserts, a dry lake may be found in an area ringed by bajadas.