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 (some 4,000-8,000 years ago) 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 are excited to be returning to this amazing place where there is plenty to photograph, from the iconic park namesakes, the Joshua trees, to 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 the infamous and unwelcomingly friendly Cholla Cactus.
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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;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots for domestic workshops;
Daily downloading of your images and processing (we use the latest version
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Daily critiques, both individual and group for domestic workshops and most overseas ones;
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
One critical note: if you are contemplating buying a new camera, please make sure you have a basic working knowledge of it BEFORE you come to one of our workshops. There are so many variations amongst camera brands, and even within each brand, far too many for us to know and thus be able to help you.
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.