Light Painting in Death Valley

Dates: November 29- December 2, 2017
Location: Death Valley National Park, California
With Lance Keimig
Moonlight Conditions: first quarter moon
Cost: $1195/$1095
Pay in full when you register by September 1, and save $100
Maximum Group Size: 8

Workshop Description

This intermediate to advanced night photography workshop will take place in the waxing stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us plenty of moonlight, the perfect environment for light painting in the desert environment. This intensive workshop is intended for photographers who have at least a minimum of night photography experience, and who know their equipment well. You should be comfortable establishing exposures and focusing at night. The emphasis will be on light painting at a variety of ISOs, ambient and existing light ratios, and image stacking for long star trails combined with light painting.

With a maximum group size of 8, you’ll have the opportunity to work one on one with me.  I’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.
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This class is 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.

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Food and Lodging- being updated

The workshop base camp will be at Stovepipe Wells. We have secured a block of standard rooms 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. The group reservation is for 5 nights, from November 28th to check out on December 3rd.

Dining options are limited and expensive in Death Valley, you may wish to bring whatever food you can carry with you. All rooms have a coffee maker, microwave, and mini-fridge. 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.


Getting There

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!)