Yosemite Waterfalls Photo Classes

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Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfalls Photo Workshops May 3-5, 2014

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Half Dome from Leidig Meadow by James McGrew

Spectacular views unfold as we walk through wildflowers to dramatic waterfalls while exploring aspects of composition, perspective, depth of field, motion, color, lighting, and natural history of your subject. We will discuss the techniques of wide angle photography, macro, and telephoto to isolate and simplify a subject. All the best landscape and nature photographers produce consistently great images because they not only know the technical and aesthetic aspects of their medium, but they also know their subject. Likewise, participants will discover the elements of both Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite Valleys that make them special from their geology, to the flora and fauna, and history. You’ll apply your newfound technical knowledge coupled with your personal emotion/vision to create meaningful interpretations of both valleys. Tours last approximately 4 hours and may require up to 5 miles easy walking.

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Yosemite Twin Valleys Workshop Clearing Storm by Joshua Cripps

Each photography workshop we offer is a unique interpretive educational experience. Our Photo Guides have lived and worked in Yosemite for many years and will help you discover some of the park’s lesser known shooting locations. Participants may choose their subjects and specific topics, and our professional photographer will plan a tour especially for each student. Further, their main focus will be on improving your photography (not their own) throughout the entire session to ensure that you leave Yosemite with a new found knowledge and some of the best photos in your library. It is that personal attention that separates us from our competitors. Please visit our Testimonials Page.

Yosemite-Grant-LogoWe are proud to announce this is an official Yosemite National Park Anniversary event for the 150 year celebration of the Yosemite Land Grant. In honor of the anniversary, we are offering free tuition for two students to participants at this event. Here are 3 simple instructions: 1. Like our Facebook Page, 2. Submit a nature photo to [email protected], and 3. Submit a brief paragraph why you would like to be considered. Scholarship winners will be announced April 2, 2014.

 

THE ART OF DIGITAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOSEMITE VALLEY with Gabriel Mange

Dates: May 3, 2014 2:30-7:00 pm

Price: $150 per person

This program will provide an introduction to the art of digital nature photography and will focus on the photographer’s active role in the creation of beautiful nature images. It will emphasize taking the camera off of ‘Auto’ mode and using the more controllable manual modes. Topics covered will include aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, white balance, composition, and the artist’s role in photography.

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Yosemite Rainbows and Reflections (Bridalveil Fall) Photo Session by Walter Flint

RAINBOWS AND REFLECTIONS YOSEMITE VALLEY WATERFALLS PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION with Al Golub

Dates:

May 4, 2014

Time: 3:30-8:00 pm

Price: $150 per person

May is the perfect month to explore the waterfalls of Yosemite Valley. Copious amount of water, combined with the usually fantastic weather, create a stunning visual palette to photograph upon. We will concentrate on creating beautiful and lasting images of The Valleys iconic waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, Ribbon Fall and Bridalveil Fall. You will be taken to prime and unusual locations to photograph these subjects. We will look to photograph our subjects as stand alone entities and also endeavor to combine other interesting visual elements in the scene to create photographs that are both interesting and artistic. Learn about what combinations of shutter speed and aperture work best for the subject at any given time. Also learn about filtration and other unusual creative decisions that you can make to help make your images be more unique and creative.

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Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Photo Session by James McGrew

HETCH HETCHY FALLS AND FLOWERS with Robb Hirsch

Dates: May 5, 2014

Time: 7:25 am – 12:25 pm

Price: $150 per person

With several striking waterfalls and colorful wildflower displays, Hetch Hetchy offers a multitude of potential subjects to photograph in a far less crowded setting than Yosemite Valley. Emphasis for this workshop will be placed on creating strong compositions, teaching techniques for shooting waterfalls and wildflowers, the art of pre-visualizing images to be more productive, and reading light to best utilize the current conditions. Learn how to become more creative with photography by manually choosing apertures and shutter speeds and shooting a scene in a variety of ways to isolate the subject or put it in the context of the surrounding environment. Come away with fine images of this intriguing landscape and more importantly the knowledge to better capture quality images of the natural world wherever you may be.

Minimum Requirements for all Tours: Any camera which offers manual control over the shutter speed and aperture. Digital cameras preferred because they offer instant feedback. An SLR with a pair of lenses (i.e. wide angle zoom and a long telephoto) would be ideal. We frequently encounter wildlife in these areas so a long lens is handy to have on hand. A tripod is strongly recommended. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, rain gear, and sturdy walking shoes. Feel free to ask any questions about the content or requirements.

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