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Bad to the Bone: Photographing Death Valley

Join me for a fantastic workshop of photographing Death Valley when it's actually pleasant weather. Warm, (not boiling hot) days and cool nights.

January 26 -28 • Saturday, Sunday & Monday • sunrise to sunset • $275

Death Valley National Park is famous for its extreme conditions: the landscape is “unearthly”, wildly rugged and colorful. You’ll experience giant sand dunes and strangely looking salt flats, amazing vistas and geological formations, but there is more to Death Valley than just the landscape.


We’ll also explore and photograph lesser known parts of Death Valley including a ghost town with bizarre outdoor sculptures, the surreal Scotty's Castle in the middle of an oasis and if we’re lucky maybe a bleached cow skull.

We will spend our time shooting on location for three full days – no boring lectures in this workshop. Dinners may be in shared company or on your own.

This workshop is ideal for photographers of all levels who love being with other passionate photographers and want to leave the details of where to be when the light is best to someone else.

This workshop will be limited to eight participants, to foster close collaboration and sharing and ensure everyone receives one on one attention.


Besides opportunities to capture grand landscapes and close-up details, there will also be instruction on creating compelling travel portraits and how to use off-camera flash creatively. For those interested in night photography, there will be a full moon on Saturday, 1/26 which will make for interesting long exposures and night photography.

Emphasis is on seeing and artistic exploration rather than how to fix it later in Photoshop.




How To Register:
RSVP yes to this meetup if you are interested. To complete your registration send your PayPal payment to [masked] and put the name of the class in the subject line. A deposit of $75 will hold your spot. The balance is due by January 12th.  If you prefer to pay by check, email me and I'll give you a mailing  address. You’ll receive an email confirmation with itinerary and details.

Accommodations are not included and you should book them as soon as possible. A variety of options are available in various price ranges including camping. I will be staying in either Stovepipe Wells Village or at Furnace Creek Ranch, both of which are near the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center. Contact me if you are interested in roomsharing or carpooling. Driving time from the Bay Area is approximately 9 hours without traffic. You can also fly into Las Vegas, rent a car and be there in 2.5 hours.

Camping is available at Furnace Creek, Texas Springs and other campgrounds. Lodging is available at Stovepipe Wells Motel, Furnace Creek Ranch and Furnace Creek Resort and Panamint Springs Resort. Reservations are essential. Additional lodging is available outside of the park in small towns such as Beatty, NV (Closest to the northern park entrance), Death Valley Junction, Shosone, Lone Pine and Ridgecrest. Contact me for a complete list.

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  • Martin S.

    I assume we'd want to leave the bay area Friday, and arrive late at night. Going back would happen Monday night? Do you have an approximate schedule?

    December 3, 2012

  • Denny W.

    Getting to the Race Track is truly "Bad To The Bone/s"...but Zabriskie Point in the early morning is heavenly! I might suggest a side trip to Gold Point, a truly photographic ghost town ala Bodie without the difficult travel....very funky...20-30 minutes from Beatty...(and you can stay overnight there with breakfast served afterward.

    November 20, 2012

  • Christine K.

    Dave, I have photographed Death Valley numerous times. Getting out to the Race Track (and back) is an all-day endeavor. For this reason I don't put it on the agenda for 3 day workshops, as folks would miss out on a lot of other fantastic locales and images for that one image of the race track. If you want to add a fourth day, I'd be happy to talk to you about it.

    October 15, 2012

  • Dave B.

    Christine, how many times have you photographed Death Valley? Will you have a 4WD vehicle suitable to get out to the Race Track? Thx

    October 15, 2012

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