2018 Death Valley Workshop

Death Valley- March 15-18, 2018


Sunrise crawling over the Mesquite Flat Dunes and Sunset bathing Manly Beacon at Zabriske Point are two of my favorite photo locations in Death Valley. Photographing dry desert landscapes can be a challenging, yet rewarding experience for any photographer. Shooting wide landscapes or tight patterns in the sand, dry conditions can test even the most experienced photographer. The flipside is these conditions often times lead to great photos.

Our workshops have two goals: First is to help you capture the best pictures possible in the conditions, second is to help you become a better photographer. We’ll be out in the field and shooting, and there is always time for learning new tips and techniques. Whether its composition, exposure, metering, or digital workflow, we aim to answer all your questions.


Days will typically begin by discussing the locations and subjects before heading out to capture photos. Locations will be determined by the weather and light. After lunch and time permitting in the evenings we will process and share photographs and discuss techniques and digital workflow.

Day one noon: Meet and greet, orientation and photo review followed by an afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day two: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques as time allows followed by another afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day three: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques as time allows followed by another afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day four: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques followed by questions and answers then depart for home.


$975 per person for workshop A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

What’s Included

Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer 8 – 10 hours per day of in-field shooting and instruction Water and snacks throughout the workshop A fun, positive, interactive learning environment Small class size of 8 participants maximum

What’s Not Included

Transportation. While participants need to provide their own transportation during the workshop we will be carpooling as much as possible Meals, though the group often eats together throughout the workshop

Cancellation Policy

Please view our cancellation policy here.


Deadline: When workshop fills (minimum of 4 maximum of 10 photographers).

Weather      https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Death+Valley+CA+USCA0286:1:US


Spring weather in Death Valley can be unpredictable. I strongly advise that you check the conditions before you leave. (depending on your route chains might be required). Highway 395 from Los Angeles is a major North/South highway and is kept in good condition. However access to Death Valley can be challenging if you’re traveling during a storm. If you are traveling from central California please check the road conditions. The closest airport is Las Vegas, NV which is 144mi east of Stovepipe Wells or about 2.5 hours in good weather.

Road Conditions      http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/mtnhwys.htm                                     


 You will need to make your own motel reservations in Death Valley. We’ll be staying at Stovepipe Wells Village and have a block of rooms reserved. You can contact Stovepipe Wells Village and mention this workshop and they’ll be happy to accommodate you if there is space. The other option is to camp at the Stovepipe Wells Village Campground/RV Park.

Meals are not included in the price of the workshop but generally the group enjoys eating most meals together.


We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to provide transportation to and from the workshop.

Travel and other expenses

I’ve never had to cancel a workshop however for your peace of mind you might consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

Spousal Policy

Only paid workshop participants are allowed on location due to permit and insurance regulations. Spouses are welcome to join in meetings. Contact me regarding a spouse rate.

Contact us for any questions: rick@ricksaezphotography.com

Cancellation Policy

Please click on link to read my Cancelation Policy.


I love to capture great photos. Wide Open Landscapes inspire me to dream. Big Adventures motivate me to play. Exotic travel appeals to the explorer in me. I’d like to help you capture iconic images and achieve your goals as a photographer. I have over 30 years of Outdoor and Adventure experience in photography, specialty retail, product & brand development, and guiding … I’ve been fortunate to photograph on seven continents in a wide variety of conditions.  Some of my previous commercial clients are: Mountain Khakis, Eagle Creek Travel Gear, Orvis, Sea to Summit and I have my stock images represented by Aurora Photos.      “rick’s lifelong passion for the outdoors & adventure drives his energy and creativity to get outside, have fun and capture great images"

Why take a workshop with us?

Iconic Locations Our workshops take in locations with some of the best scenery in the world. In addition to the best scenery we have been scouting and photographing these areas for years so we know the best locations, times and shots to get. We’re constantly looking for new locations to add too.

Small Group Size Our workshops are limited to 8 to 10 participants. We aim to maintain a 4-1 participant to instructor ratio. This insures that you get plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors. This also allows us to go places big photography tours can’t.

Fully Insured and Permitted  We make sure all our workshops are insured and permitted and we also maintain our First Aid training and update it annually.

Please Note

Winter weather in the Eastern Sierra can be unpredictable. It is possible that we will have snow falling and it is also possible that it will be a sunny day. Either way, we will get out to capture some great winter images.

What to Bring

Digital or film camerasA wide range of lenses from 14mm to 300mmExtra batteries, chargers, etc. The cold is hard on batteries. Sturdy tripodNot required... Laptop loaded with Photoshop, Lightroom and NIK Silver FX (if you do BW) Weather protection for cameras Small flashlight or headlamp


Dress in layers 2-3 pairs gloves (one fingerless) 2-3 pair shoes including snow boots Winter hatsrain gearInsulated and Rain pantslong underwear Insulated and Rain jacketsHand warmers Extra socks

2017 Death Valley Workshop
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