Death Valley & Eastern Sierra Workshop

Death Valley & Eastern Sierras Photography Workshop 2019

Dates: February 14 – 19, 2019

Tuition:  $1,895.00

Location: Death Valley NP, Lone Pine, Lee Vining, CA

Instructor(s): Kurt Budliger & Joe Rossbach


The Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of North America’s most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa’s, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens. We will be traveling around both Death Valley National Park and the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way with expert guidance in the best locations during the best light, helping you along your creative and technical journey toward making the images you’ve always dreamed of.

Our Vision & Focus:

Joseph & Kurt will focus on learning to “see” the landscape in new ways; unlocking creativity in situations that require conceptual and compositional ingenuity.  In addition to composition and creative vision, they will discuss the best use of light and subject matter to create a memorable and publishable image. During classroom sessions Joseph & Kurt will focus on teaching a logical, effective workflow that ensures the highest quality for your work, as well an image archive that is stable, consistent, and retrievable over the long term, and that ultimately liberates rather than burdens.  They will cover step by step the process from shooting RAW files in the field to optimizing the final image in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.


Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 2pm in Furnace Creek, Death Valley N.P.. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the park Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field). Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field) Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Lee Vining, CA (3.5 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot. Day 5: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), clients will need to check out of rooms before departing for sunrise, 2 hour drive to Lone Pine after sunrise, afternoon post processing, afternoon/sunset shoot. Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), afternoon classroom critique and post processing session, late afternoon/sunset shoot (approximately 3 hours). Workshop ends after sunset.

Physical Difficulty:

There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road.  Some locations, however may involve a short hike of approximately a mile with no serious elevation gains.  We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in winter conditions.  Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely.  It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must.  A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Accommodations & Travel:

The nearest airport is Las Vegas International Airport. The drive from Las Vegas Airport to Furnace Creek, CA is approximately 2.5 hours and from Lone Pine, CA (our ending location) back to Las Vegas is approximately 4 hours. We recommend clients fly in on February 13th and fly out on February 20th allowing ample time to commute to and from the workshop starting and ending locations. A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive/4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions and some off road driving to remote locations. Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights. Hotel information TBA


A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop.  Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop.  There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).  Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.