Yosemite in Spring
We are proud to announce our series of landscape photography workshops to Yosemite National Park.
Take your photography to the next level on an amazing adventure!
Create images that capture the way you felt when you were there taking the photo
Travel to locations that few will ever reach and create exceptional landscape art
Find and create your own visual voice
“Everything was taken care of from our shooting locations to our time in the field to the classroom. John had everything scoped out ahead of time.”
“John challenged me to see my photography from new perspectives and inspired me to develop my own artistic voice.”
Yosemite in Spring
Yosemite National Park is one of the most dramatic and spectacular alpine landscapes in the world. From the soaring heights of El Capitan and Half-Dome to the lush meadows of mountain wildflowers to mesmerizing waterfalls – Yosemite is a photographer’s paradise.
With the high country snow melts, Yosemite’s waterfalls and rivers spring to life, invoking scenes like perhaps no other in the world. In years of maximum water flow, Yosemite’s Upper and Lower Falls make a thundering sound that can be heard throughout the Valley. Bridalveil Fall is spectacular in the spring with sprays that reach half of its 620-foot height. Some waterfalls such as Ribbon Falls only appear during the spring if it’s wet enough – at 1,162 feet, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.
The Spring season also provides a wealth of alpine wildflowers and lush meadows. Wildflowers bloom everywhere in Yosemite in the spring and you can see scores of varieties. Yosemite is one of the few places you can see the bright red stalks of the Snow Plant, a striking sight even if it’s technically a fungus and not a flower. You may also see poppies, goldfields, meadowfoam, baby blue-eyes, and redbud trees.
This workshop has been scheduled to coincide with peak waterfall season in the spring of the year. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph rainbows, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wide-open landscapes at some of Yosemite’s most iconic locations, some of which include the big granite domes of El Capitan, Sentinel Dome, and Half-Dome, and the cascading waters of Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vernal Falls. We’ll also shoot many other locations on the valley floor, making sure that you’re in the right place at the right time during the best lighting conditions.
Yosemite in Spring
Dates: May 19-23, 2021
Class Size: 9-12 Students
Itinerary and General Information
May 18th – arrival at the hotel / Orientation meeting
May 19th – Our first day in the field will start with sunrise at Glacier Point – perhaps the most spectacular place in the entire Park to photograph the Valley. Glacier Point’s commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country are truly awe-inspiring. Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall are also visible from the Point. We’ll arrive early enough to capture the initial halo of the sun as it silhouettes Half Dome, the sunbursts created as the sun first begins to peek above the horizon, and the warm golden colors as the sun slowly begins to flood the Valley. We’ll spend the rest of the morning at Sentinel Point and Taft Point taking advantage of their views of the Valley. Time and weather permitting, we’ll end our day with sunset and some night photography at Tunnel View on our way back to our hotel.
May 20th – We’ll spend the morning of our second day at Mariposa Grove. Some of the trees in Mariposa Grove date back 2,400 years reaching sizes of 90 ft in diameter and over 210 ft tall. We’ll spend the rest of the morning and afternoon on the Valley Floor, photographing El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Three Brothers, the Merced River, and Half Dome. We’ll also photograph daytime photos of the Valley View. Time and weather permitting, we’ll end our day with sunset at Valley View on our way back to our hotel.
May 21st – Our third day will start with sunrise at the Valley View – another iconic view of Yosemite Valley. In contrast to the elevated view of the Valley at Tunnel View, we’ll be shooting on the banks of the Merced River surrounded by towering granite cliffs on both sides of the Valley. We’ll spend the remainder of the day in the eastern section of the Valley Floor with a hike to Mirror Lake. We’ll end our day back at the Valley View for sunset on our way back to our hotel for a farewell celebration dinner.
May 22nd – We’ll spend our final morning critiquing our images in the classroom before concluding our adventure.
Tuition & Payment Terms
What’s Included in Your Tuition:
- 4 nights lodging
- Field meals and snacks
- All ground transportation during the workshop
- Workshop course materials
- In-the-field photographic training
- Post-production classes
- Online prep & orientation classes prior to the workshop
- Online follow-up classes after the workshop
What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:
- Transportation to/from the Basecamp
- Lodging beyond the 4 nights included in the workshop
What to Expect
This full immersion landscape photography workshop is going to be all about photography. Your photography. Our workshops include a unique blend of (1) capture time in the field, (2) guided hikes, (3) 4×4 travel to remote locations, (4) class time for post-production instruction, and (5) online classes both prior to and after the workshop for in-depth preparation and follow-up.
The majority of our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off to get into position at a location in the best light of the day with breakfast in the field in order to maximize our shooting time. We’ll often continue until mid-to-late morning before heading back to Basecamp.
Back at Basecamp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, classroom lectures & instruction, working on our images, one-on-one guidance, or time to relax. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again to capture the evening skies, getting the most out of the sunset and/or shooting the stars in the night sky.
More important than just getting you to some of the best and most remote areas of the park at the best times of the day, this five-day photo expedition will challenge you to take your photography to the next level and to develop your own photographic voice.
In the Field:
Out in the field, we’ll explore different approaches to scene visualization, ground/sky/sea compositions, and how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes using techniques such as dynamic bracketing, focus stacking, framing, and neutral density filters.
In the Classroom:
In the classroom, we’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop – using techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues.