Death Valley Fall Workshop

October 10 - 15, 2010

Alabama Hills, Darwin Ghost Town, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Racetrack, Badwater, Devil's Golfcourse, Artist Palette, Zabriskie Point, Rhyolite, Titus Canyon and photography of the night sky



We invite you to explore early fall in the picturesque rock formations of Alabama Hills and the extreme landscapes of Death Valley. This workshop provides a great opportunity to develop your personal style, enhance your creativity, refine your photographic vision and improve your technical proficiency as we explore the beauty of Alabama Hills with the majestic High Sierra as a backdrop, and Death Valley’s Darwin Ghost Town, a one way drive through dramatic Titus Canyon, the famous moving rocks of the racetrack, golden sand dunes and canyons, colorful pastels of Artist Palette and breathtaking views from Zabriskie Point.


Day 1 - Sunday: Meet in Lone Pine, California at 5:00 p.m, please arrive promptly, for orientation. We then meet for an informal dinner in Lone Pine, at 6:30 p.m.

Day 2 - Monday: Our sunrise shoot will be in Alabama Hills, then return to Lone Pine for breakfast and check out of our motel. At 11:00 a.m. we will depart for Death Valley, visiting Darwin Ghost Town along the way and breaking for lunch in Panamint Springs. We will then arrive in Stovepipe Wells to check into our motel. We’ll shoot Mustard Canyon and 20 Mule Team Wagons at the Harmony Borax Works Mine for sunset and then have dinner in Furnace Creek.

Day 3 - Tuesday: We leave early for our sunrise shoot at Mesquite Sand Dunes, then return to Stovepipe Wells for breakfast and break. After the break we leave for our full day of shooting at Ubehebe Crater, Tea Kettle Junction, Lost Burro Mine and ending the day at the Racetrack. We will bring our dinner along since it will be a late return.

Day 4 - Wednesday: We leave early for our sunrise shooting at Badwater and the Devil’s Golf Course, then head to Furnace Creek for breakfast and return to Stovepipe Wells for a break. At 11:00 a.m. meet at Stovepipe Wells for our photo review followed by a break for lunch. After lunch we leave for our afternoon and evening shoot in Artist Palette followed by dinner in Furnace Creek.

Day 5 - Thursday: We leave early for our sunrise shoot of Zabriskie Point and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Then return to Furnace Creek for breakfast and break. We will spend the full afternoon visiting Rhyolite and then traveling the one way road through Titus Canyon. We will celebrate our last dinner at the Furnace Creek Steakhouse.

Day 5 - Friday: We will begin the day with a sunrise shoot at Mesquite Sand Dunes and then a farewell breakfast in Stovepipe Wells.

Lectures & Print Review

This workshop will emphasize field work, however we feature a balance of field work along with 2 hours critical review of workshop participant's images as well as ample time to answer your questions.

Day 4: 11:00-1:00 p.m Review - what makes a great photograph? During this session we review and comment on your work. Please bring 3 prints of your 'best' work for evaluation, critical review and sharing with the group.

Experience & Equipment

The workshop is open to all photographers with any experience level from beginner to advanced, using any camera brand or type, digital or film. Your instructors are well versed in the use of Canon, Hasselblad, Leica and Nikon systems as well as point and shoot, digital single lens reflex, rangefinder, medium format and sheet film based view cameras (i.e., 4x5).

This workshop is targeted at photographers working in digital capture and using a personal computer and software such as Apple iPhoto, Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.

We recommend a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses (with either a full-frame or cropped sensor), a sturdy tripod and ball-type head, a shutter-cable release, and at least two lenses: a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens (or a zoom lens capable of wide angle to telephoto range). Check out our
equipment recommendations to learn more about our suggestions.

Some workshop participants have previously even used their iPhone as their primary camera on the workshop! Your equipment should never be a limitation for expressing yourself through photography. Well crafted, compelling and emotional artistic images can be captured with virtually any equipment.

What To Bring & The Weather

The weather in Lone Pine in early October is part of the magic. It can be mild and beautiful, it might rain or a sudden snow storm might erupt out of nowhere. We've experienced deep blue clear skies without a single cloud or dark grey and stormy with dramatic cloud formations (the latter usually makes for better pictures!). Temperatures in Lone Pine during the day are a historic average of 78F and 45F at night. Death Valley is much warmer with a historic average of 92F during the day and 60F at night. Lone Pine is at 4,000 feet but most of our locations in Death Valley will be near sea level or actually below sea level as in Badwater.

The key is to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures, bring layers and an outer layer suitable for rain or snow. Hiking boots are the best choice for footwear. Bring plenty of water and snacks during our location shooting. Consult our
gear checklist to learn what we recommend that you bring.

Lodging, Meals & Transportation

Workshop participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals and transportation. The town of Lone Pine features many lodging choices that can be found at the Lodging in the Lone Pine Area website. In Death Valley we suggest staying in Stovepipe Wells. We will often eat meals together, however you are free to join us or eat independently.

A vehicle with
high ground clearance and 4WD is required for this workshop. Car pooling is recommended during our outings and is a great way to get to know your fellow workshop participants, share your passion for photography and learn new points of view. Workshop participants are responsible for any fees for parking, park entrance and park usage.


The workshop will be led by veteran photographers Glenn Edens, Norine Cepernich and John Bassetto. There will be a maximum 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio to insure you have the time, attention and individual assistance you need to learn and practice concepts.

Our top priority during the workshop is to help you shoot. While we may bring camera equipment for demonstration purposes, your instructors do not shoot during the workshop.

Cost & Fees

The cost of this workshop is $1,295.00. The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

A detailed agenda, overview maps and locations of meeting places will be sent to you via electronic mail about one week prior to the start of the workshop. A confirmation email, verifying your participation in the workshop, is sent to you within two days after receipt of payment.

To sign up simply follow the instructions on our
Workshop Store and please read the Terms, Conditions & Limitation of Liability information.

Terms, Conditions & Limitation of Liability

Our goal is to provide you with an educational, enjoyable and high quality photographic workshop experience. As a workshop participant you will need to understand, agree to, sign and date a Limitation of Liability form.