Drama of Death Valley (Sold Out)

9th - 13th March, 2022 ($3000)

Experience Spring in the desert with Sapna Reddy and Jess Santos

Spring in Death Valley is an exceptional time of the year as wildflowers carpet the barren landscape and transform it into an incredible vista. Passing storms generate incredible atmosphere with remarkable light. Woven with the tapestry of sand dunes, salt flats and majestic mountains, Death Valley is a favorite for obvious reasons amongst landscape photographers. The plethora of subjects, the diversity of the landscape, the relative solitude the location offers all combine to produce an unforgettable experience. 

The patterns and textures of the valley create the opportunity for compelling visual stories through composition and light. In addition to the dramatic angled light of sunrise and sunset, Death Valley is home to some of the darkest skies in the contiguous United States. This gives us the opportunity to capture the Milky Way with captivating foreground elements. 

We are specifically staying inside the park at Furnace creek (accomodations included in workshop fee) to shorten our commute to various locations and in turn give us more time to shoot and rest.

This workshop will require mild to moderate hiking (no more than 3 miles) through rocky or sandy terrain.

Drama of Death Valley (Sold Out)


Workshop commences at 4pm on Wednesday March 9th.
Workshop will end mid morning on Sunday March 13th.
Each day we will be shooting during periods of angled light, as well as take advantage of clear skies at night. Post processing and image critique sessions will be conducted mid day. Detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants one month before the start of the workshop along with packing list.
Group size is limited to 8 students with two instructors to ensure that everyone receives our attention and to keep compositional possibilities uncluttered.

During our journey in the field you will learn:
-How to distill the scene before you to create an evocative image.
-Find compelling compositions that convey a strong visual story.
-Observing the nuances of light and finding the best light for the scene.
-Focus stacking, focal length blend, and perspective blend.
-Mastering the technical details of image capture including bracketing and exposure blend.
-Choice of focal length and creative ways to use lens distortion.
-Using filters.

During the dedicated post processing sessions you will learn:
-Planning your shoot. Learn to predict weather using apps.
-Blend multiple exposures as well as images in photoshop.
-Final image rendition for focus stacking using Photoshop and Helicon focus.
-Learning how to use luminosity masks for tonal adjustments.
-Specific steps that can be taken in post processing to strengthen the visual pathway through your image.


Drama of Death Valley (Sold Out)

Meet Jess Santos

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her passion for the desert long precedes her passion for photography. Having a strong academic foundation in art and a degree in Graphic design, Jess has always been a passionate artist. Her passion for the desert and art comes through vividly in her imagery. She spends sleepless nights chasing the vibrant colors of desert landscapes and the distant flow of the Milky Way.

She is captivated by new and varying ecosystems and especially fascinated with life in extreme environments. She is a member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective and a Brand Ambassador for Sony Alpha.


-Hotel Lodging on all nights based on Double Occupancy.

-Single supplement ($600)

-Photography, Post Processing Instruction, Image Critiques.
-Park Entrance Fees

Not Included

- Transportation from your home to Death Valley, California.
- Transportation to shooting locations.
- Travel insurance highly recommended.
- Meals, Snacks and drinks.

Refund Policy

If canceled by participant 60 days before start of workshop credit can be applied to future workshops.
If canceled within 60 days of start of workshop no refund will be issued.

Workshop fee: $3000

Deposit $1000 due at time of registration.
Full amount due 60 days prior to start of workshop.