Dates: December 3-6
Location: Death Valley National Park, California
With Lance Keimig and Tom Paiva
Cost: $1295 Pay in full by October 15, and save $100
This advanced night photography workshop will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us just a bit of moonlight, as well as dark skies for star point and star trail photography. This intensive workshop is intended for photographers who have some night photography experience, and who are completely comfortable with their equipment. You should be comfortable establishing exposures and focusing at night. The emphasis will be on light painting at high ISO, ambient and existing light ratios, and image stacking for long star trails combined with light painting.
With two instructors, and a maximum group size of 10, you’ll have the opportunity to work one on one with both Tom and Lance. We’ll be pushing you to step outside your comfort zone, to test and find the limits of what your camera can do, and to make images that you can’t do at home.
This is an advanced class for those looking to expand your photographic horizons, recharge your creative batteries, share ideas with friends and colleagues, and to go home with some exciting images from this unique landscape. We’ll create individual goals for each participant, and encourage you to blur the lines between night and day, consider why you photograph at night, and to make images that are as far removed from postcard views as possible. Collaboration is a great way to make new discoveries and new friends, and will be a part of the experience. Working through image ideas and lighting together is a fun and rewarding process, and can help give you that kick in the pants you’ve been looking for. Locations may include the famous Racetrack Playa, Rhyolite, the Mesquite Sand Dunes, charcoal kilns, Badwater Salt Flats. Discoveries await.
Food and Lodging
The workshop base camp will be at Furnace Creek. We have secured a block of standard rooms at Furnace Creek Ranch at a discounted rate, and once you make your deposit, you will receive a code that can be used to reserve one of the group rooms. If you wish to upgrade to a deluxe room, they are available on a first come, first served basis. The group reservation is for 5 nights, from December 2nd to check out on December 7th.
Furnace Creek Inn is first class, gorgeous with fantastic dining. Historic charm and luxery. Rooms are $350-500. Breakfast and lunch are reasonably priced at the Inn, but dinner is pricey at $25-45 per entree. Breakfast runs $6-15. Dining options are limited and expensive in Death Valley, you may wish to bring whatever snack food you can carry with you. As with most of my workshops, we’ll be operating on a 2 meal schedule, breakfast, and then our main meal will be a late lunch before going out to shoot. Most people bring sandwiches to eat on location at night.
Death Valley is located in eastern California, 2.5 hours west of Las Vegas, NV. There are several ways of getting there. If you will be flying, fly into Las Vegas and take this route. Here are route recommendations for those coming from Los Angeles or from San Francisco. Shooting in remote locations means long drives both before and after shooting hours, so expect some late nights. One night in particular will require an almost 2 hour drive on a rough road. We expect to carpool to this location and take a few vehicles as possible. (We promise, it’s worth it!)