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Death Valley and Alabama Hills~April 3rd-7th

Mountain Light & Desert Beauty

4 Nights of Lodging Included (Double Occupancy Hotels with Queen beds)

Join me for 4 days and 4 nights (Double Occupancy Hotel Rooms) in Eastern California’s most amazing and diverse landscapes! Death Valley, and the Alabama Hills are striking locations, and extremely dark! Death Valley boasts the lowest point in the continent, and also the hottest! But don’t worry, we will be there during some mild, beautiful weather! From Sand dunes, mud crack playa’s, salt basins, and granite arches we will spend our time adventuring and photographing these amazing places, the sunsets, sunrises and dark skies!

Group Size

7 Students

Experience Level



Mountains and Sand


Moderate Hiking (less than 2 miles)


Death Valley National park is one of the most stunning and unusual swaths of land in the country, from multi colored rocks, massive salt and mud playa’s, as well as beautiful sand dunes, that at twilight show off their beautiful abstract curves and light play! The Alabama hills,  just a little further north into the amazing eastern Sierra-Nevada mountains is a massive granite play ground full of stunning arches and towering mountains!


Join me for 4 days, and 4 nights (Double Occupancy Hotel Rooms) as we explore Death Valley and the Alabama hills on this immersive, hands on workshop and take your skills and understanding to the next level!

The tuition for this 4 day and 4 night workshop with lodging included is $2199.00 with a required, and non refundable deposit of $500.00 made at time of registration to hold your spot.

*Balance due upon arrival, can be paid at any time via the sign up button! 

This workshop will be limited to 7 students to maximize personal attention!

**Transportation will not be included, refer to itinerary to ensure you have made travel, and vehicle accommodations to the nearest airports. 

Despite its name, Death Valley is one of the most amazing, and interesting places I have ever been! From sweeping sand dunes, salt playas adorned with mysterious polygonal formations, valleys of massive mud cracks, mountains, marbled shale canyons, and endless skies! It could be hot, it could be cold, it could be calm, or windy, but that’s what’s amazing about this place, it always keeps you guessing, and learning! We will spend our first two days and nights here and will be based out of stovepipe wells, where we will have a store, restaurant, saloon, AC, and comfy queen beds to relax in!

Mountains, Amazing cloud formations, and granite boulder playgrounds are what you’ll find at the foothills of Lone Pine Peak and Mount Whitney and where we will spend a night and day. The Alabama Hills are like no place I have seen. Looming mountains you feel as though you could reach up and touch, and amazing, unique rock formations to fill the frame with. This amazing place is just a few minute drive from the town of Lone Pine, south of Bishop along the historic route 395 and where we will spend the last 2 days of our workshop. When we aren’t chasing magical mountain light we will capture the stars as well!  After all why not take advantage of a places amazing features but capturing the endless pool of stars above and behind them!


**Itinerary is subject to change, and will be flexible

This immersive, and intimate workshop will take through some of the most interesting geological wonders you can experience within our borders. This workshop will challenge us all and can have very unpredictable, and dramatic weather! If you’re a wide angle person, prepare to flex all ranges of focal length, learn how to compose, visualize, and create!

Wednesday April 3rd we will meet and gather in the quaint little Saloon located within the Stovepipe Wells Hotel in Death Valley where we will spend our first two nights within close proximity to the parks best locations! Each day we will capture the light any way we can, and with whatever weather mother nature gives us! On nights we decide to stay out late and capture stars we can be flexible with the mornings to follow, to ensure adequate rest for all involved, to maximize learning capability!

Friday we will depart for Lone Pine, up the historic 395, and the base of Mt Whitney! The Alabama hills! We will spend our last 2 nights here! and potentially locations outside of Alabama hills for more variety! The entire surrounding area is stunning!!!! Sundays sunrise will be our last sunrise together before the workshop draws to an end!! Minds full of wonder and knowledge, and memory cards and hard drives full of happy memories!

There will be several processing, and critique sessions throughout our 4 days, and those times are left flexible to fit around our field time, and what mother nature has given us!

I cannot wait to work with you all!!!!


      Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:

•A sturdy tripod

•A DSLR, Preferably a full frame sensor but crop sensors will work!

•A shutter release cable


•A wide angle lens, like the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8Canon 11-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8(although not recommended due to extreme coma), the rokinon (or Samyang)14mm f/2.8 to name just a few.

A mid to long range zoom (28-300, 70-200, 100-400 etc..)

•Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 80-90º’s possibly higher and into the 30º’s at night.

•Snacks, and water.

•A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!

•Plenty of batteries

•Lots of memory cards!

•External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.

•Flashlights, and headlamps


Things you might want:

•Trekking poles


•Scarf or buff (sandstorms occur regularly)

In-field topics covered:

  • Finding a connection to nature
  • Scouting and preparing~choosing locations, weather, mapping..
  • Composition~tell a story
  • Light~ When, where, and how to capture it
  • Filters (technically, and creatively)
  • Bracketing
  • Gear~Needs & wants vs. Reality
  • Creative use of foreground, and wide angle distortion
  • Focus stacking
  • Perspective blending~What do we need and how

Classroom topics covered:

  • Helping composition~Stretching, perspective change and warping
  • Exposure blending
  • Perspective blending
  • Creating and accentuating light
  • Dodging and burning
  • Focus stacking~Photoshop and Helicon Focus
  • Web sharpening
  • Print Sharpening
  • Image critique

**Cancellation Policy** Your credit card number is due upon booking and payment of deposit. Deposits are non refundable and if cancelled the deposit will go toward another group or private workshop. If you cancel within 30 days of the scheduled event and your seat cannot be filled the remaining balance will be charged to your card.


My Name is Joshua Snow, I am a Fine Art landscape and Night Photographer born in the Appalachian Mountains but raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. In 2012 I had reached... Read more