Yosemite Photo Workshops began in April 2008 with one student. In the intervening 14 years, I’ve taught over 750 students in every part of the park. Now, one of the oldest workshop companies operating in Yosemite, I will make sure you leave with a better understanding of your camera, shooting techniques that allow you to ignore the numbers and get the highest quality image your camera can produce. Put into a sentence, you’ll learn how to reduce the amount of time spent thinking about your camera, and increase the amount of time spent thinking about your subject matter.
You will learn about polaroid filters, neutral-density filters that will allow you to learn motion blur techniques. You’ll learn composition, exposure, lens decisions, “viewing” the scene and the difference between “taking a picture” and “capturing the scene”.
Although Glacier Point Road will be closed for the 2022 season, it may be reopened by early November 2022. If so, we’ll go to the various shooting locations along the road, including Washburn Point, Glacier Point and a sunset shoot on top of Sentinel Dome.
In any case, we’ll see all the iconic vistas in Yosemite Valley and many shooting locations that are not in the guide books.
All levels of photo experience are welcome. Some students are beginners and have a thousand questions, others are expert with their equipment but are unfamiliar with Yosemite and simply need a guide. We accommodate both. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. My admonition is not to leave with a concept or question unanswered.
I’ll give you a series of camera settings we will use for most of the workshop that will allow you to ignore the settings on your camera and still create the absolute best quality images your particular camera can generate.
We do not get up at the crack of dawn. Yosemite is a west-facing park that offers more-frequent best sunsets and few-and-far-between great sunrises, so we start late and stay out late. Beginning at 9:30am, we go all day with a break for lunch. Each day we conclude after sunset, which in May can be as late as 8:30pm. I don’t want to wear people out. Yet, you are free to explore on your own in those early-morning hours if you prefer.
We do not have specific itineraries to allow us to react to quickly changing weather conditions for the best photographic opportunities.
We car-pool with two-way radios so as to be able to shift our destination if another shooting opportunity presents itself.
You may have heard that Yosemite now requires day passes, which is true, but these restrictions are lifted during the time of year we conduct our workshop activities. Day passes are required during the highest visitor levels, which is between mid-May and October 1st.
Class dates for the following year are:
2 classes Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2022
2 classes Feb. 21 – Feb. 27, 2023
2 classes May 4 – May 10, 2023