Photography By Chris Miele

Mojave Desert Fall Workshop

Looking into the Turtle Mountain Wilderness. Mojave Desert, CA

Joshua Tree & Mojave Preserve Fall
Photography Workshop

November, 2019 - $1950

$1850: EARLY SIGNUP ($100 OFF)

A true land of extremes.  Home to scorching sand dunes, below sea level salt plains, and towering peaks, Death Valley National Park is an extremely sought after landscape photo destination. The cooler months of winter bring temperatures which are perfectly suited for exploring and adventuring.  Winter also brings storm clouds from the West and increasing chances for better sunsets and sunrises.  This expansive park offers countless gallery photo opportunities and our goal to ensure students take home the best images possible.

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Golden hour shining bright in Joshua Tree National Park, CA.

Workshop Details

What's Happening:

We will kick off the workshop Wednesday afternoon with an informal meet and greet session.  Students will have a chance to meet, mingle, and discuss what images they want to achieve.  Sunrises and sunset will be our bread and butter so be prepared to SHOOT BOTH EVERY DAY.  Our days will begin before dawn and shoot sunrise from places like the Mesquite Sand Dunes and Badwater Basin.  Our itinerary will be loose as we will be using the weather and light to plan our final shooting locations.  During the afternoons we will seek out hidden desert nooks while exploring the process of shooting black and white images.  When not scouting, we will take plenty of breaks to critique and post process images.  As the light fades towards the horizon we will scout various locations before shooting sunset.  Night skies in Death Valley offer amazing clarity for astrophotography so we will photograph the stars each night possible.  Before heading home Sunday afternoon we will wrap up the workshop with a final image review and post processing session. Death Valley offers plenty of variety so look forward to bagging sunrises, sunsets, black and whites, and even some abstract images.  

What You'll Learn:

With such varied and amazing terrain, this workshop will provide a wide range of lessons.  As always we be cover tech items such as camera setup, camera settings, and digital workflow.  Creatively we will focus on composition, light recognition, shutter effects, and subject selection.  The entire adventure will serve as a lesson in scouting and planning.  Each student will receive ample one on one guidance and image critiques throughout the workshop.  Daily post processing sessions will be a staple as your images progress throughout the workshop.  Most importantly you'll learn how to have fun and relish the adventure!

What's Needed:

  • DSLR Camera, tripod, remote/wired shutter release. Standard zoom lens.

  • Plenty of memory card space (will be shooting full RAW)

  • 2-3 fully charged batteries

  • Headlamp (red light capable)

  • LED flashlight (backup)

  • Comfortable hiking boots/shoes

  • Spare layers (the desert gets cold at night!)

  • Attitude ready for adventure and exploration.

What's Good To Have:

  • WIde angle lens, preferably faster than f4.0 Rental lenses can be sourced at

  • Polarizer

  • ND filters.

  • Laptop (with Adobe Lightroom installed)

  • Hard drive for backing up images

What's Included:

  • Lodging. 4 nights, single occupancy.

  • In field instruction

  • Image reviews and critiques

  • Post processing tutorials

  • Post shoot (email) image reviews.

  • Snacks

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from. We will carpool during the workshop.

  • Park Fees

  • Meals

Payment Policy

Payment for single day workshops is due at registration.  Multi-day workshops offer the option to pay a $200 deposit.  This deposit reserves your place in the workshop.  Some workshops offer a discounted "early bird" price if paid in full.  Reservations secured with a $200 deposit are not eligible for the early bird pricing and are subject to the full workshop price.  60 days before the workshop's start date the balance is due.  An invoice is sent 14 days prior to the due date reminding you of the balance due date.  Sign ups made less than 60 days prior to a workshop's start date are required to be paid in full upon registration.