Photography By Chris Miele

Yosemite Spring Photography Workshop

Spring fog compliments of early April snow on Yosemite Valley's floor.

Yosemite Spring
Photography Workshop
April , 2019 - $1850

$1750: EARLY SIGNUP ($100 OFF)

Worldly iconic, Yosemite does justice to the word epic.  Thundering waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls, Bridal veil Falls, and Vernal falls showcase the park's raw power.  Massive granite cliffs barricade in the valley floor offering 360 degree views of inspiration.  World famous peaks like El Capitan make you feel as if you stepped into a painting.  The possibilities for gallery quality photos are endless any season and this workshop is a total fan favorite.  Join us as we explore this natural treasure and create amazing images in the process.

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Workshop Details

What's Happening:

Paper thin ice covers a puddle in Yosemite's Cook Meadow.

We will kick off the workshop Wednesday morning with an informal meet and greet session.  Students will have a chance to meet, mingle, and discuss what images they want to achieve.   Our itinerary will be loose as we will be using the weather and light to plan our final shooting locations.  The Yosemite Valley offers countless vistas for both sunset and sunrise so WE WILL SHOOT BOTH DAILY.  During the afternoon we will explore iconic waterfalls and seek out hidden forest nooks while we wait for the light of sunset to arrive.  We will also use the afternoons for breaks, post processing demonstrations, and image reviews.  Yosemite is a fantastic place for black and white images so we will be sure to spend time exploring such techniques.  Voluntary night photography sessions (weather dependent) will be available for those with some energy left over.  Before heading home Sunday afternoon we will wrap up the workshop with a final post processing and image review session.  Spring weather in Yosemite can be chilly by night so bring appropriate (non cotton) layers.  Late season snow is common as well.

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 things like composition, light recognition, shutter effects, and subject selection.  We will have the chance to explore plenty of dynamic subjects such as moving water (waterfalls will be in prime flow), fog draped valleys, and hopefully vivid sunrises and sunsets.  The entire workshop will serve as a lesson in scouting and planning.  Each student will receive ample 1 on 1 guidance and images critiques throughout the weekend.  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!  View our full creative philosophy here.   

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(preferably waterproof) hiking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof/resistant shell layers
  • Spare layers (preferably no cotton)
  • 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
  • Knee or chest high fishing waders
  • Laptop (with Adobe Lightroom installed)
  • Hard drive for backing up images

What's Included:

  • 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.
  • Lodging
  • 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.