November 7-13, 2021

7/19/21–Update: There’s been a huge surge in bookings at the ranch and the campground, and all rooms are presently sold out at the ranch with likely most campsites as well. This can change of course, as we are a few months away, but you would need to verify you have a place to stay before booking the workshop at this point. We are a GO and still have space available in the workshop itself. 

This is a unique opportunity to learn and master landscape and nature photography techniques while exploring an amazing desert.  This desert wilderness challenges you to see more deeply, to find the beauty in the stark contrasts of the landscape. Refine your vision of landscapes in this park with two experienced professional photographers/instructors.

Jed and Brenda have made over a dozen trips to Death Valley, and are intimately familiar with popular and off-the beaten-path locations. This workshop is designed to provide you with insights and tips to push your vision towards making personally expressive images. We’ll photograph early light and late light, and because the angle of light is lower in winter, we’ll have extended photography time at each end of the day. We will visit some iconic locations, such as the Mesquite Flat Dunes, mud hill formations of and near Zabriskie, and Badwater, and we will also explore places that are not often seen by others, including a remote playa. (different than the racetack). 

We’ll be there the week of a new moon, allowing for star photography. The low angle of late autumn light provides great shadows and textures, and it’s the season of potential for clouds and dramatic light, all the things landscape photographers look for! 



Dates: November 7-13, 2021

Limited to 10.

Price: $1695.00 USD

Meeting Point: Furnace Creek Area, Death Valley National Park*

Pro Leaders: Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring


Difficulty Level: Moderate

This workshop involves a moderate amount of walking across rugged terrain on trails and cross country in some locations. You must be able to carry your own equipment on the walks/hikes and be prepared to hike 1-3 miles.

* Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring are authorized permittees of the National Park Service.

We’ll open this photo workshop on Sunday night with a visual presentation on and discussion on creating contemplative and expressive photographs, covering topics including photographing with intent, clarifying your vision, creating compositions with impact, how to see in black and white, and more. Brenda and Jed will help you in the field, and we’ll have a mid-week image review/classroom session. We’ll be based at the Oasis (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch). Workshop ends mid-morning on November 13.

The workshop is open to all levels, however a good working knowledge of your camera and the basics of photography will enhance your experience and your results. We devote one-on-one time to all while in the field, and with a maximum of 10 guests, and two leaders, the ratio is low, providing ample hands-on time if you want/need it.

Upon registration, you will be sent more details.

What’s included: Instruction and one-on-one assistance by two professional photographers, image reviews, and technical help.

What’s not included: Lodging, all meals, transportation, and personal incidentals including hotel tips, are not included. * It is advisable to have AWD or 4WD. High clearance is not needed, however. More information on this when we send out workshop information.

Early registration is highly recommended for this popular workshop. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

Questions? Please email us or call (415) 298-6604, 9 AM – 6 PM PST, M-F. Payment via Paypal or call to use a personal credit card. (fees apply for credit card/paypal use). If mailing a check, we will hold your space 6 days while awaiting your mailed check.

View our Cancellation Policy.

Deposit $600.00 (if mailed). Final payment will be due November 10, 2020.

Getting there: 

The nearest international airport for this workshop is McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS)  about 150 miles

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