DEATH VALLEY AND THE EASTERN SIERRA
tuesday, march 1st, 2022 - Sunday, march 6th, 2022
WE'll go from the desert to the mountains in this 5 night, 6 day workshop where we will capture amazing light and the night sky.
Join me where the desert meets the mountains in spring of 2022! Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras are loaded with amazing photo spots, and I'll be your guide to get you in the right places at the right time. Our schedule will be flexible based on the weather conditions, but you can be sure that you'll find some amazing compositions no matter where we end up!
We will start by spending a few nights in Death Valley National Park. We'll be photographing sand dunes, mud cracks, and crazy geological features! If weather allows, you'll also get the chance to capture some great images of the Milky Way!
Then, we'll head over to the Eastern Sierras to capture images of the tallest mountain in the lower 48. We'll check out some incredible arch formations, and find barrel cactus to create a great foreground. If weather permits, we'll also have the opportunity to photograph the Milky Way here too!
This workshop is going to include multiple post processing sessions where we will edit images together, and I'll make sure you walk away with some amazing images from our time together.
Price: $1495 ($500 due at registration)
This is the price of guiding fees only. It is important to note that Austin James Jackson LLC is not responsible for your lodging or travel to each location. $500 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. The remaining balance of the workshop must be paid no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you fail to do so, your spot in the workshop may be lost, and you will not recieve a refund.
Should you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, the down payment can be refunded within 120 days of the start of the workshop, minus a small processing fee. After 120 days before the workshop, the down payment is non-refundable.
This workshop will involve some hiking in sand, as well as walking over rocks and on some mostly flat trails. If you can hike a couple miles through deep sand, your fitness level should be fine for this workshop!
If you have any concerns about your fitness level for this workshop, please contact me.
Group Size: 6 Students
I limit my group size to 6 students so that I can spend as much time as needed working with each student individually. This workshop is open to all skill levels, so I expect that each student will need help directly catered to them, and most instruction will be individual, rather than as a group. This allows me to successfully teach both beginners, intermediates, and aspiring pros all in the same workshop!
Recommended Skill Level: any
My clients have a wide range of skills all the way from beginner to experienced semi-professional. This workshop is open to clients of all skill levels, and I teach each student as much information as they are able to digest in a short weekend.
No matter what your skill level, you will gain immense value and learning from coming to this workshop! Each workshop is catered towards the students in the workshop, and I spend a lot of time working 1 on 1 with you.
What Will Be Covered:
- Both wide angle and telephoto compositions will be discussed.
Milky Way Photography
- Both in the field and in post processing there are certain things we need to do differently when shooting after dark. I'll be teaching you my whole process in order to create amazing images of the night sky.
- We will discuss what apps I use for predicting weather, as well as what kind of weather creates the best conditions. We will also talk about what subjects to shoot when the light is less than ideal.
- How to properly expose every photo and how to read the histogram.
Focus Stacking and Bracketing
- Overcoming the limitations of the camera to create perfectly exposed and in focus images from front to back.
- We will mostly just use Lightroom as a way to store photos.
- All of the magic happens here. I'll be teaching you my whole workflow.
Adding Light and Glow to a Scene
Dodging and Burning
What You Need to Bring:
Tripod (the sturdier, the better)
Lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths
Proper clothing (rain jacket, warm clothes, hiking boots)
Laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed
Camera batteries, chargers, extra memory cards
A good attitude and willingness to learn!
Tuesday, March 1st -
We will meet in Furnace Creek inside of Death Valley National Park around 1PM. We'll introduce ourselves, and then head out into the field for sunset!
Wednesday, March 2nd -
The group will meet nice and early for sunrise. After sunrise, we will head to the meeting room where we'll begin to talk about post processing. You'll have the whole day to soak up as much about editing your images as you can, and then in the evening we will head out again for sunset.
Thursday, March 3rd -
Once again, we'll be up early to shoot sunrise. After sunrise, it's back to the meeting room for more editing sessions! Today, you'll get the chance to edit your own images with Austin's assistance. In the evening, we will head out to shoot sunset.
Friday, March 4th -
We'll be up early to shoot sunrise in Death Valley, and then you'll have the afternoon to make your way to Lone Pine, California, where we will be meeting for sunset. We'll be meeting around 3pm and heading out to shoot sunset.
Saturday, March 5th -
Again, we'll be out early for sunrise. After sunrise, you have the option of joining for the final post processing session of the workshop. At about 4pm, we'll head out for sunset.
Sunday, March 6th -
This is our last chance to shoot sunrise. We may revisit a location we want a second chance at, or find a new location. After sunrise, we will say our final "see-you-laters" and head our separate ways!
*If clear weather is present, we will get up extra early and shoot Milky Way before sunrise. This workshop has been intentionally planned around Milky Way conditions so this is an option on any morning.
Guiding. As an expert and someone who frequently travels this area, I will be sharing my knowledge on locations, taking you to the place where I believe there to be the most favorable weather conditions for photography.
Post Processing Sessions. We will spend most of our afternoons editing our photos. I'll teach you as much as you can absorb in one long weekend!
Instruction. I will be instructing the group as a whole, but there will be plenty of one on one time during both the sessions in the field as well as the classroom session.
Lifetime access to my exclusive alumni Facebook group. Here, you can get weekly image critique from Austin, as well as talk to other alumni.
What's Not Included:
Transportation. Transportation is not included in any way. However, I can connect you with other workshop attendees if you would like to arrange a carpool. This workshop will have some offroad travel on washboarded dirt roads. However, these roads are passable in most any passenger car, and AWD/4WD or high clearance is usually not necessary, but is recommended. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility of your transportation.
Lodging. Lodging is not included in this workshop. There are multiple hotel options, or camping options everywhere we will be shooting. Upon signup, you'll get more information on recommended campgrounds or hotels to make a reservation at.
Meals. Meals are not included. It is the responsibility of you, the participant, to bring all necessary snacks and meals.
Austin is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR by NOLS should an injury or accident come up. However, most accidents can be prevented by wearing the right clothes and proper footwear. My workshops are all in compliance with the National Park Service, and I have obtained the necessary permits to lead this workshop.
I take your safety very seriously, and the overall safety of the group will also be brought into consideration when choosing which locations we will be shooting.
Trip and Gear Insurance:
I highly recommend getting both trip and gear insurance for any of my workshops. One simple fall or big wave and all of your camera gear may be ruined. As a reminder, Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility for the wellbeing of your gear and will not cover any damages or losses.
Trip insurance is recommended by chance that something comes up and you cannot make the workshop. Because of the nature of a being a small business, Austin James Jackson LLC does not offer refunds.
Testimonials & Student Images:
"This was my first time attending a photography workshop and will not be my last. Austin is amazing when it comes to communicating what to expect, patients with instruction of 5 individuals, and scouting the best locations in the area. The price was the first thing to draw me to this workshop in Utah. But after experiencing this trip for myself, its value to me is substantially more than what it was priced at. Austin really took the time to make sure everyone was getting the most out of their time spent there. Whether it was on location shooting or in the house editing. Austin was absolutely present with each person to make sure questions were being answered and techniques were being applied. He gave us all the space to get the shot we wanted, not one he chose for us. This was where I was most impressed. I seen Austin many times run up sandy hills or up and down steep rocks just to make sure everyone was getting time with him. He never neglected anyone. He made us all feel like we were on the same level, no matter our skill level. In the end, we all went our separate ways feeling accomplished and more confident than we had arrived. Austin made sure we left with at least two images that we felt great about how the post edit came out. To conclude, book now if you can!"
- Derek H. (Kentucky)