Yosemite in Winter
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 Winter
As the season’s first snowfalls blanket the meadows and mountains, Yosemite is transformed into a winter wonderland full of jaw-dropping opportunities to photograph the snowy landscapes and wildlife of the Park.
Many have the impression that Yosemite closes up until spring once the winter snows have started; however, Yosemite and its residents do not hibernate. Although the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point Roads do close with the onset of winter, Yosemite Valley comes alive with a wide variety of winter sports and activities, some of which include skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice skating. Imagine ice skating with the Half Dome as your backdrop!
The beautiful winter light and vibrant colors also make for superb sunrise, sunset, and night photography opportunities featuring iconic locations such as Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Gates of the Valley, and Tunnel View. We’ll also seek out off-the-beaten-path locations most people don’t know about.
This workshop will also include Yosemite’s famous Horsetail Fall “Fire Fall.” This event occurs in late February each year (if conditions are right) when the last rays of sunlight set Horsetail Fall ablaze against the deeply shadowed cliffs during sunset. The iconic Horsetail Fall Fire Fall shot requires sufficient snow pack above El Capitan, a warm enough day to melt the snow to feed the waterfall, and clear enough weather to the west as the sun sets for the sunlight to strike the waterfall.
Regardless of Horsetail Fall, winter is an enchanting time to shoot Yosemite Valley and the main purpose of this workshop will be to photograph the beauty of Yosemite when the entire valley is covered in snow.
Yosemite in Winter
Dates: Feb 18-21, 2021
Class Size: 9-12 Students
Itinerary and General Information
Feb 17th – arrival at the hotel / Orientation meeting
Feb 18th – Our first day in the field will start with a sunrise shoot at Tunnel View – one the most iconic views in the entire Park. We’ll arrive early enough to capture the initial halo of the sun as it silhouettes Half Dome in the east, 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 in the western end on the Valley Floor capturing images of El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, and the Merced River. After lunch it will be time to start getting into position for shooting the Fire Fall at sunset. We’ll use the late afternoon to get our camera settings organized so that we are ready for sunset. Time and weather permitting, we’ll end our day with some night photography at Tunnel View on our way back to our hotel.
Feb 19th – We’ll spend the morning of our second day in the middle section of 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. After lunch it will be time to start getting into position for a second night of shooting the Fire Fall. We’ll use the late afternoon to get our camera settings organized so that we are ready for sunset. Time and weather permitting, we’ll end our day with some night photography at Valley View on our way back to our hotel.
Feb 20th – Our third day will start with a sunrise shoot 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.
Feb 21st – 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.