Landscape Photography Workshops : Death Valley National Park Photography Workshop 2021

Death Valley National Park Photography Workshop | February 25th - February 28th, 2021

This workshop currently has 6 of 6 spaces available.  

This workshop is limited to 6 people. The full registration fee is $1295. There is a 50% deposit due to reserve your space in the workshop with the remaining 50% balance due no later than January 1st, 2021.

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 February 25th - February 28th, 2021.

We will begin the workshop before sunrise at approx 6:00am each day and wrap up each night around 7pm, 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, February 28th, 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.

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 January 1st, 2021.



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


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

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.

Pastel Paradise

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation. The name comes from pastels, art media characteristic of this color family. The colors of this family are usually described as "soothing", "soft", "near neutral", "milky", "washed out", "desaturated", and lacking strong chromatic content.

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.

Beautiful Erosion

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50. After faults formed in the earth's crust, exceptional folding and volcanic action uplifted the mountain ranges and lowered the valley floor, creating a graben. The present floor is dropping on one side and is actually 8,000 to 10,000 feet above its bedrock base. Intervening space is filled by the massive amount of debris eroded from the surrounding mountains over time.

During Ice Ages, Death Valley was periodically filled by large lakes. Their waves carved terraces on the bordering rocks, and their evaporation left alternating layers of mud salt deposits that now cover the basin's floor.

The process of geologic change continues today. The mountains are constantly eroding; their remains spill out into the valley in the enormous alluvial fans which spread like aprons at the mouth of every canyon. Rainfall sends torrents of water down to cut paths through the rocks, subtly altering the schemes of form and color along Artist's Drive, at Zabriskie Point and within Golden, Mosaic, Grotto, Marble and Titus canyons.

The Flats

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with a depth of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the northwest.

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.