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Eastern Sierras


2025 Eastern Sierras

Session One February 26th - March 3rd, 2025 | 6 Students


Nestled between some of the highest peaks in the country (the 14,000+ foot snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Sierras) and the White and Inyo Mountains, our meeting point will be the high desert environment of Owens Valley. From here, we'll have access to a variety of landscapes that are found almost nowhere else in such close proximity: winding rivers below prominent, jagged granite mountains and alpine lakes to the west, the otherworldly tufa formations of Mono Lake to the north, and the uniquely diverse desert playas and dune fields of Death Valley to the east. Our itinerary for this tour will be flexible, in order to chase weather, light, and conditions as they occur - we'll use our experience to put you in the best possible position to make compelling photographs.


You will not only be taken to the best photography locations the deserts of eastern California have to offer but will also be guided through the entire process of making compelling photographs, from in-field techniques to post-production. You will be instructed on choosing the best compositions, how to best utilize different types of light ranging from subtle to dramatic, how to capture the proper amount of dynamic range and depth of field, how to approach raw conversion, blending, sharpening, and artistic choices.

A more detailed agenda, lodging information, and meetup locations will be delivered upon sign up.


What's included and what's not?


  • Guide to some of the best locations in the Eastern Sierras.

  • Infield instruction on capturing amazing photographs. 

  • Processing instruction on images from start to finish.

  • Daily lessons on composition, lighting, weather, and locations.

Not Included

  • Transportation

  • Meals and snacks

  • Lodging

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What to bring

  • Your Camera. Basic knowledge of a camera is advised. A digital camera with manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended.

  • Lenses. There are endless possibilities out there so bring whatever you have long to wide.

  • Tripod. There will be moments of low light and focal blending techniques so a sturdy tripod is highly recommended.

  • Camera Backpack. There will be hiking involved, nothing major, but long enough that we recommend a solid camera backpack.

  • Other gear. Bring plenty of batteries, lens cloths, memory cards, remote triggers, and your laptop.

  • Clothing. The weather in the Eastern Sierras this time of year can range from 80 degrees to 30's and snow. So bring layers. We also advise that you bring two pairs of hiking boots. Snow and salt might want to make you change your shoes the following day for the other to dry.

  • Camping gear. BJ and I will be camping in a few locations and recommend that you do as well as it puts you closest to our location, but hotels will be available near all of them.

  • Food and Water. There are restaurants in the areas where we will be but camping is definitely more fun when you cook your own meals!

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Payment and terms

The cost of the workshop is $2,000 and includes everything listed above. A non-refundable deposit of $800 is required to reserve a space for this workshop. The final balance of $1,200 is due seven days before the workshop begins. and There will be no refunds on the full amount owed if you cancel after the final payment. However, If we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund, minus your non-refundable deposit. Payments can be arranged through PayPal.

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