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Light & Atmosphere in Death Valley

5.0 (3 reviews)


When: Mon Feb 26th – Fri Mar 1st, 2024
Base: Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley, CA
Max Students: 5

Tuition: $1,995.00

(Pay $995 deposit now to reserve – Balance due 30 days before workshop)

**This workshop is by application only – please apply below. (If you’ve applied to any workshop in the past, there’s no need to apply again. Just let me know you want to register for this workshop.)

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Join me for an exciting five days of landscape photography in the surreal Death Valley National Park. Experience some of North America’s most dramatic landscapes offering limitless possibilities for the creative photographer.

We’ll be headquartered in Stovepipe Wells, which offers easy access to awe inspiring beauty, fantastic sand dunes, incredible variety of terrain, and color that never fails to inspire. My goal is to inspire your creative spirit, help you gain confidence, improve your vision, and push you to grow as a nature photographer. Because of that, this workshop is limited to just six students for optimal quality time and interaction with me, your instructor.

What You’ll Experience

I love teaching and working with other photographers – plain and simple. And you’ll see that each day of the workshop. On our daily field outings, we’ll work together to help you gain confidence with your composition, technique, and ability to convey your personal vision.

This workshop is primarily about growth and vision. Of course you will have the opportunity to make many great images, but the focus is on pushing beyond your comfort zone to expand your visual potential.

The techniques we cover in the field will be reinforced in the classroom, helping you improve while still on location. We’ll spend time developing images in Lightroom, cover many compositional concepts and skills, and learn from each other during photo critiques.

This workshop also includes a 2 hour Zoom session a few weeks afterwards to further review and critique images, discuss Lightroom techniques, and discuss any topics relevant to your creative growth! 

Some of What You'll Learn

• Solid foundation of camera technique (lens choices, exposure, filters, etc)
• Learn the essential elements of strong composition
• Understanding and using light to make stronger images
• How to use Lightroom efficiently and creatively

Skill Level

This workshop is designed for serious photographers – beginner to advanced – who want to improve and expand their creative potential. Regardless of your experience, this workshop will give you the opportunity to work closely with a passionate professional dedicated to helping you develop your personal vision. Laptop computer with Lightroom higher is highly recommended.

Physical Difficulty

Participants must be in good physical condition and be able to hike 2-3 miles with photo gear over uneven terrain. Safety is always my priority, so If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me for more information.


We’ll be headquartered at the Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley, CA. Lodging and food are not included in the workshop fee, but I have reserved six rooms for students.

Death Valley Workshop Application

  • I am deeply honored and humbled to be have the opportunity to guide and support you through the next phase of your creative journey. It's also a privilege I don't take for granted.

    Please take the time to complete this application. I only accept a limited number of students and will be reviewing them on a first come first serve basis. If your goals and needs are in alignment with what I feel I can effectively help you with, then I will contact you as soon as possible.

  • About You

  • About Your Photography

  • Thank You

  • Thank you for your time, honesty, and confidence in completing this application.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

3 reviews for Light & Atmosphere in Death Valley

  1. David Kaplan

    I found the Death Valley workshop wonderful. Robert planned our days so that we were very productive but we also had some down time to work on our images. It was great going with someone who had excellent knowledge of the area and a well planned schedule to be able to maximize our photographic opportunities. Robert is an exceptional teacher and I look forward to taking other workshops with him in the future. David

  2. Karen Kerwick

    I have wanted to go and photograph Death Valley for a long time. when Robert offered this workshop I jumped at the chance to attend.
    this is my 2nd workshop with Robert. Robert scouted areas ahead of the class and knew the best times to photograph there and how long it would take to drive to each location. Robert says about the preplanning, “ that is my job”, but this takes a lot of effort and dedication to make the best experience for his students.
    In between photo shoots,we met in a conference room and Robert discussed composition in more detail. we also had time to work on the photos we had made and Robert made suggestions for improvement.
    about 2 weeks after the workshop, the students had a webnair meeting with Robert where he reviewed 4 images we had sent to him in an advance.
    i am very pleased with the progress i have made in my composition skills from this workshop.
    i look forward to taking more workshops from Robert!
    Thank you again Robert for all your effort to make a great experience!

  3. Patrick Malone

    A fabulous workshop in all ways (except the food, which Robert couldn’t help). Death Valley is a vast place, easily overwhelming, but with Robert’s excellent advance scouting and guidance, we were able to find the most photogenic spots at the right times. He offered real time tips for composition without being overbearing, and followed through with image review sessions both at our motel and a couple of weeks later. Rob is also a master of Lightroom editing techniques which he teaches with gentle deference with our own images. A true artist who helped me grow in multiple dimensions.

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