Eastern Sierra's~April 3rd-7th

Mountain Light & Beauty

4 Nights of Lodging Included (Some shared space, some private rooms)

The Eastern Sierra Mountain range dominates and bisects Northern California with huge, craggy peaks, but what lies at the feet of, and runs from the top of are amazing granite arches, flowing rivers, unique cloud formations and weather conditions, and natural hot springs! Join me for 4 days and 4 nights of immersive education as we tour around these mega mountains, lakes and rugged rocky playgrounds!

Group Size

5 Students

Experience Level





Moderate Hiking (less than 2 miles)


The Eastern Sierra’s have long been a destination for adventurers, hikers, and photographers, like Ansel Adams and adventurer John Muir! Although this workshop won’t encompass Yosemite, it will encompass many locations as  beautiful! Mono lakes incredible Tufa’s, Convict lake, Hot Creek, Ancient Bristlecones, and granite arches all of which are backdropped by the mighty Sierra’s!


Join me for 4 days, and 4 nights (Lodging Included, Some shared space, some private rooms) as we will travel along the historic California Route 395, and visit places the pioneers of modern adventure and landscape photography stood! Although this workshop will be an adventure, we won’t be climbing any mountains, or summiting any peaks!

The tuition for this 4 day and 4 night workshop with lodging included is $2099.00 with a required, and non refundable deposit of $500.00 made at time of registration to hold your spot.

This workshop will be limited to 5 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. 

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 the starting point for our workshop. From here we travel north, to an array of diverse, and interesting locations over the course of the 4 days. 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 us along the incredible Eastern Sierra’s, to locations that display beauty unlike any others. With dominating peaks, and warm, pink alpine glow, snaking rivers, hot springs, and more!

Wednesday April 3rd we will meet and gather in the quaint little town of Lone Pine, California, base camp for most that summit Mt. Whitney. Lone Pine doesn’t have much, but the pizza at the Pizza Factory is very good! We will meet here for a short meet and greet, enjoy an early dinner before taking the very short ride to nearby Alabama Hills, for sunset in the granite playground. We will rise very early Thursday morning to capture the milky way and wait for the amazing morning alpine glow to light up the face of Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine peak. We will return to our accommodations after sunrise, and have a short processing/ image critique session and head to our next accommodation upon checkout. Thursday night brings us to the town of Big Pine, not too unlike Lone Pine, and will spend our evening amongst Ancient Bristlecone Pines, some 4,000 years old, atop a mountain  at 10,000ft elevation! Being amongst these gnarly, twisting trees will give us an opportunity to be very creative with composition!  After a good but short night sleep we will travel north again Friday morning, to a beautiful, and classic location along the Owens River, colorful spring river grasses sway in the breeze along the banks of this river, all beautifully backdropped with snow covered mountains. After Sunrise we will travel to Mammoth, base camp (View Here) for our sunset at Mono Lake, and sunrise Saturday at another amazing river location, except this river is full of hot springs, and plumes of steam to really top of an incredible location. We will spend another night in Mammoth Saturday evening, and will not capture sunset, instead we will have a longer, in depth processing session in the comforts of our lodging. We will get a great nights rest, and capture one last sunrise, this time a different view of Mono lake!

      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