Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop January 16 - 21, 2018

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Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop January 16 - 21, 2018

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Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop

 

Death Valley is an amazing National Park full of color and surreal landscapes that photographers clamor to shoot every year. Our journey will take us to the lowest elevation in the United States, Badwater Basin, where the salt flats provide an incredible foreground to the mountains surrounding the valley. Later, we will venture all the way to a dried ocean bed deep in the mountains surrounded by Joshua Trees that harbor the famed Sailing Stones of the Racetrack Playa! The numerous possibilities in this National Park will give our party near limitless opportunities to create wonderful works of art. 

Each attendee receives a FREE 3 Legged Thing Tripod!

 

 

Sailing Stone of Racetrack Playa - Death Valley

Day 1: Our workshop will begin at 11AM in Death Valley, we will have lunch before our first shoot where we can introduce ourselves and discuss what each persons goals are, the itinerary, and any other questions you may have for the tour. We will travel to a marvelous location and take advantage of the evening's golden hour.  I advise arriving in Las Vegas the previous day and staying over night in case of any airline travel issues that may arise. 

 

Mesquite Sand Dunes

Day 2 - 5: Over these 4 days, our group will begin our mornings early to follow the light for the best images and opportunities to capture the geologic features, wildlife, and landscapes available in the national park. Some features and landscapes truly shine during morning golden hour like the Mesquite Sand Dunes and Zabriskie Point. We will use these opportunities to photograph and create the best images at each incredible landscape. On the clearest night of the workshop, we will go up to the Racetrack Playa and not only shoot the golden hour, but we will spend a few hours under the stars with an introduction to astro photography! Day 3 will be our first Post Processing Day, where we will learn techniques to develop a refined and beautiful image. 

 

Salt Lake at night in Saline Valley

Day 6: We will take our last morning together to develop techniques using Adobe Lightroom (free trial is available). I ask each person to pick 3 of their favorite photos to post process and then share with the group. We will work together to maximize the potential of the software and create works of art that you can cherish for years to come and share with your friends and family when you get home. This micro workshop will give you the means to develop your images quickly and efficiently using the adjustments tool bar and plugins available for Lightroom.

Signing up for the Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop

In order to reserve your spot to our Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop, please complete the reservation form and include your retainer of $1745. The remainder of the balance will be due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of the trip. Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued to cancellations made 120 days prior to tour date. For cancellations made 60 – 120 days before the start of the workshop, a full refund will be given if the slot can be re-booked. Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the tour are not refundable. JT Blenker Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum of participants is not reached.  A minimum of 4 participants is required for the tour to take place. I highly recommend trip insurance due to unforeseen circumstances. The full itinerary, packing list, and waiver will be sent to you once you have paid in full. If requesting to share accommodations with a friend/partner, please leave this request in the notes when you book your tour.

Death Valley National Park Night and Day Workshop

 

6 Days/5 Nights

 

January 16 - 21, 2018

 

Included:

  • 5 days of shooting, training, and 2 days of Post Processing training.
  • Transportation to and within Death Valley
  • Lodging (Double occupancy but single occupancy is available at an additional rate)
  • 3 Legged Thing Tripod (up to a $200 value)
  • Small workshop size capped at 6 participants.
  • Nightscape, Astrophotography, and Landscape instruction
  • Using filters to create movement/ reduce light pollution/ increase interest
  • Learn to create a time-lapse
  • Jeep rental for our trip to the Racetrack Playa
  • Plenty of water!
  • Personal portfolio review.
  • A 20 x 30 finished piece of art for your home beautifully presented on metallic substrate and framed ready to hang

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel to and from airport and hotel within Las Vegas
  • Meals
  • Incidentals
  • National Park Admission

What you will learn:

  • Creating an engaging composition.
  • How to shoot the stars and incredible landscapes.
  • Learn the most effecient ways to use your camera and how to see light. 
  • Understanding correct exposure and reading your histogram.
  • How to use neutral density filters, graduated filters, and polarizers for landscapes.
  • Processing images quickly to make a beautiful photograph.

Equipment to bring:

  • DSLR capable of 3200 ISO
  • Fast lens of f/2.8 or faster and 24mm or wider focal length for night imagery
  • Lens lengths between 24 - 200mm
  • Tripod
  • Headlamp with a red "night vision" light
  • Warm clothing and bug repellent
  •  I ask each participant to be very familiar with your camera and its settings prior to taking this workshop, as we will be working with little to no light most of the evening
  • Intervalometer

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