Located just three hours from San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park is a fantastic location to sharpen your photographic skills. Situated at the junction of two major desert biomes, the diversity of this park is unique and striking and this is a special opportunity to join Nick Chill and myself over a long weekend of learning and fun. We will be exploring everything from distinctive rock formations to the positively otherworldly joshua trees for which the park is named. Some of the locations that we are planning on visiting are: Key’s View, the Cholla Cactus Garden, Barker Dam, Arch Rock, and Hidden Valley. We might even get an opportunity to see the mysterious Red Lady of Joshua Tree. On Sunday, we are planning on getting down to the Salton Sea to visit Salvation Mountain and Bombay Beach. Both of these locations are unforgettable experiences that we are pleased to offer during the weekend.
We’ve planned the workshop to overlap a new moon to the best of our ability with the intent to do some nighttime photography. Weather permitting, we should be able to clearly see the Milky Way without interfering ambient city light and will be using supplemental light to paint the foreground. You might have heard of this “light painting” technique. If it's a good year, we should also be perfectly timed to catch Joshua Tree's unique wildflower display. Spring wildflowers vary dramatically from year to year and although we cannot guarantee it, weather patterns are suggesting good image making opportunities.
This workshop is appropriate for all photographers regardless of skill level or equipment.
This is primarily a field oriented workshop. Classroom time will be minimal but we will cover lots of topics while we are out shooting including understanding your camera, capturing for HDR, the proper use of a polarizer, depth of field, using an ND or split ND filter, creative capture, understanding the landscape, using your hsitogram, and light painting. Nick and I carry a backpack each full of gear. If we have your brand or it fits on your camera, you are welcome to borrow it while we are out shooting. We will encourage you to take your camera off Program mode but we won't leave you to struggle when you do. We will never set up our tripods and ignore you.