Joshua Tree National
Park Photo Workshop December 9-13, 2012, Sunday
noon through Thursday afternoon at 2:00
$1,120 for alumni
$1,230 for non-beginners
Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio) Click here for more information about
accommodations, nearest airport, etc.
Join our photography workshop in one of our newest national parks, Joshua Tree, that was elevated from National Monument to National Park Status in 1994, and for good reason.
The park's nearly 800,000 acres have seen human habitation for at least 5,000 years. From the earliest-known Pinto Culture to the ranchers, miners, and homesteaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is a wealth of archeological and historic sites protected by the park.
We will have plenty to photograph. Not only are there the iconic park namesakes, the Joshua trees, but there are wonderful rock formations created by early volcanic and tectonic action and sculpted by erosion. This is a location where the light creates all sorts of surprises and patterns.
With luck — after all, we are in the high desert — we should be able to do some night skies in one of the locations we think is ideal for this. We'll also see formations with such names as Skull Rock, Split Rock, and Jumbo Rocks, travel through extended high plains dotted with the signature trees, and of course, visit the Cholla Cactus Garden.
Cholla (CHOY-ya) Cactus are also known appropriately as Jumping Cactus (don't get too close!) and inappropriately as Teddy Bear Cactus (they are anything but cuddly). There are unlimited ways to interpret these interesting plants.
Park permitting, we will also try to take in one of the historic ranches.
Here, as in all our locations, you'll be able
to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills,
and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.
And this year, because of the moon phases, we'll have the opportunity for some starlit skies!
For those who want more time with Margo and Arnie, we offer the opportunity to scout and shoot with them before most of our domestic workshops. We limit this to two people per day who ride in the car with the instructors. During these days while Arnie and Margo do their own photography and final scouting for the workshop, there is also lots of individual instruction and discussions about photography.
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:
Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Daily critiques, both individual and group;
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for
questions you may have as well as for equipment and installed downloads you need
to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions
of Adobe and other imaging products.
You will also receive written instructions on the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital
images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom using your own printer.
Cost: $1,120 for alumni
$1,230 for non-beginners
To sign up, fill out the Application Form.