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Join Erin Babnik and special guest co-leader Alexandre Deschaumes, who is coming to the United States from France to share his expertise during this unique, six-day creative adventure set in the diverse scenery of Death Valley National Park. This workshop is intended for photographers with a spirit of adventure who would like to further their potential by learning more about the creative concerns and techniques of fine-art landscape photography. Participants will leave this workshop with a great understanding of composition, aesthetics, color theory, creativity, and storytelling. In addition, you will have technical training in a wide variety of in-field and post-processing techniques.
Our locations will include spectacular areas in Death Valley National Park, one of the largest and most photogenic parks in the United States. We will have opportunities to visit badlands, diverse desert playas, dune fields, ancient canyons, salt flats, Joshua Tree groves, mountain overlooks, and geologically unique basins. The precise locations of most outings will be determined according to seasonal developments and weather conditions in order to maximize the photographic potential of each day.
The workshop will culminate in a substantial post-processing instruction session in the comfort of a hotel conference room. During the processing program, we will present techniques that focus on both the art and the craft of producing compelling landscape photographs that will result in fine-art prints or online content.
No level of experience is necessary for participants of this workshop. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned pro, we are happy to help you move forward with your photography.
Erin Babnik has developed international recognition for her expressive style of photography, for her adventurous approach in the field, and for her thought-provoking writing and public speaking. Her enthusiastic support of creative photography expressed in her articles and talks has made her one of the most notable voices among the current generation of landscape photographers. She brings this joy of discussion and encouragement to interactions with her workshop participants, offering a unique dimension to the workshop experience. Her work has appeared in well over a hundred publications, including books, magazines, and travel guides. Erin is also a member of the illustrious nature photography team Photo Cascadia.
Alexandre Deschaumes has gained massive international acclaim for his development of a highly evocative style of photography characterized by visually arresting and dreamy images that beautifully exude Alexandre’s personal connection with nature. His portfolio is a testament to his incredible range and to his ability to translate scenes into compelling works of art even in the most challenging conditions. Alexandre is the subject of the documentary film “The Quest For Inspiration”, directed by Mathieu Le Lay, which has won several awards and has aired on numerous television networks. As a visionary photographer, intrepid adventurer, and dedicated teacher, Alexandre brings a wealth of insights and ideas to the workshop experience.
We will begin our trip with an orientation lunch (no-host) in the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley National Park (specific details regarding time and place will be made available to registered workshop participants). Following a short break, we will rendezvous for a sunset outing.
Lodging to reserve: The nights of March 4–9 (6 nights) in the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley National Park. Specific lodging/camping recommendations and a discounted room block will be made available to registered workshop participants.
We will meet for a sunrise outing on March 5 and will then reconvene in the afternoon for an indoor seminar on composition and creativity. A sunset outing will cap off the day.
Each day will be its own adventure with as much photography as we can pack in and covering as much ground as is possible. Some days may involve more driving than others, with some destinations requiring a drive of up to two hours each way. We will facilitate carpooling arrangements for each outing of the workshop.
Sunrise on this day will be optional and self-guided so that Alexandre and I can set up for the post-processing seminar. This seminar will be substantial and will take up most of the day, both morning and afternoon. After its conclusion, we will all meet for a farewell dinner (no-host) at the Inn at Furnace Creek.
• The nearest airport is in Las Vegas. McCarran International Airport (LAS) is about two hours away from Furnace Creek.
• Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about five hours away from Furnace Creek.
Many options are available for renting a vehicle of any kind from either airport listed above. Any car will be sufficient for most of our outings, but a vehicle with higher clearance could make driving easier on some roads. In the event that we decide to travel on a road where AWD or 4×4 is necessary, then we will arrange car pools for that outing. Because we have many options on any given day, we will only consider a road requiring AWD if there are enough capable vehicles in the group to accommodate everyone.
Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended in order for you to have the best experience.
Lenses. There are opportunities to use any and all focal lengths, so bring a good range of them.
Tripod. A tripod is essential for low-light stills and for timelapse photography.
Filters. Polarizing or neutral density filters can be very useful, but it is possible to get great results without them.
Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies.
(Optional) Laptop. If you would like to follow along or take notes during the two processing sessions, then you may want to have your laptop with you. The software applications that we will emphasize include Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, and Adobe Premiere.
Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions in the Eastern Sierra and desert during this time of year can be quite cold, especially during the morning hours. Bring insulating layers: good set of base layers, layers for warmth such as fleece and down. A shell jacket and hiking pants will help to protect against the elements as well. Good hiking boots are advised along with a warm hat and gloves.
Willingness to learn and discover.
Hiking on this workshop will be minimal. Some locations may require a hike of up to one mile, but most are not far from a parking area. The most strenuous hikes will be those that we do to photograph sand dunes. These hikes will still be about one mile out, but walking on sand dunes is relatively strenuous compared to most other outings.
While adventure and great photos are our main goals, your safety is a priority. Erin is certified by Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), but safety begins with you. In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you have proper attire consisting of non-cotton outdoor dedicated clothing, including an assortment of layers to keep you warm.
• In-field instruction on the art and craft of fine-art landscape photography.
• A substantial post-processing instruction session.
• Guidance to unique photography locations.
• Flights and transportation.
• Park entrance fees.
• Travel and cancellation insurance.
$1995 ($665 deposit)
Payment may be made using a credit card or via PayPal directly through this web page using the sign-up button in the right column. A non-refundable deposit of $665 will reserve your spot in this workshop. The final balance of $1330 is due by Friday, January 18, 2019.
All participants are required to sign a standard workshop indemnity waiver: here.
Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations require us to re-open enrollment and/or to engage in additional promotional efforts to fill the workshop on short notice, so our policy is that there will be no refunds on the final balance after January 18, 2019, with one exception: if we find another participant to fill your space and the workshop is ultimately full when it begins, then you will receive a refund of your final balance, (the deposit is non-refundable). All refunds are subject to a 4% processing fee. We highly recommend that you obtain travel/cancellation insurance for all workshops.
Use the sign-up button on this page (in the right side column) to place a deposit with a Credit Card or via PayPal. If you would like to pay by another method, use the contact form on this page to ask Erin about options for sending a personal check or bank transfer.
- March 4–9, 2019 (6 days)
- Two Instructors
- With co-leader Alexandre Deschaumes
- In-field instruction on all things creative and technical in landscape photography
- A substantial post-processing instruction session
- A seminar on composition and creativity
- Guidance to unique photography locations
- Limit of 10 participants
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