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Coming in 2016! Death Valley, California and Canyonlands, Utah workshops

Death Valley Photography Workshop 2013 - November 13 - 17

Open to traditional and digital photographers of any experience level.

Moving Rock, Racetrack. Death Valley. Black and white photograph

Moving Rock, Racetrack, 1999. Death Valley National Park, California

Join us for our 2013 Death Valley photography gathering! Experience the adventure of photographing Death Valley's remarkable places. A true photographer's desert paradise, Death Valley has inspired master photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to produce some of their notable and outstanding images of this captivating and photogenic wilderness landscape. Today, few photographers know Death Valley's intimate canyons and vast open expanses better than Lynn Radeka who has hiked, camped and photographed in Death Valley's remarkable wilderness areas for over 45 years.

We will be visiting some of Death Valley's most popular and unusual areas, and each evening we will be returning to civilization where campgrounds and motels are available. This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! Limited campground meals will be provided by Doug Steinwand and Jeff Steinwand, but each participant will be expected to be self-sufficient. Please inquire about any concerns. Since we will be basing our camps at Stovepipe Wells, a restaurant and small market is available for breakfasts and dinners. Lunch will be available along the back country travels during the daytime. Depending on the number of 4wd vehicles we have available, we will most likely visit some 4 wheel drive back country locations as well. Lynn Radeka will be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements. For photographers shooting traditional film formats (large, medium or small) we will be shooting a similar digital shot on the scene when possible so that we can make appropriate comments and suggested print quality enhancements (including contrast masking) on the computer in the evenings. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of unusual and interesting software programs and techniques we will be demonstrating in the evenings.

Lynn will be handing out ClearWhite white balance filters to those photographers interested in digital photography, and durable cutout cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to those shooting large format film. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods including previsualization, exposure and development to those photographers shooting traditional large format. Equally enjoyable though are the adventures by car, 4WD or on foot into Death Valley's most photogenic areas.

This photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine. This will help photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking (or other specialized darkroom procedures) to the final prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast or even elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and development given to the negative.

After the workshop is over, each participant is invited to send or e-mail images from the workshop which will be put on the Death Valley workshop gallery for all participants to view, critique or comment on. Lynn will select several images from each participant and optimize them in such a way as to demonstrate alternate ways of printing the images, including suggested uses of masks, etc. These images will also be available for viewing by the general public as well.

Some of the locations (depending on road and weather conditions, time, etc.) that we may be visiting are Zabriskie Point at sunrise, Echo Canyon with the ghost town of Schwab (depending on available 4wd vehicles), Titus Canyon with the ghost towns of Leadfield and Rhyolite, 20 Mule Team Canyon, the Ghost Town remains of Harrisburg, Cottonwood and Marble Canyons, and the Sand Dunes at sunset.

For those who are able and willing, expect some short distance hiking with your camera gear and some possible bumpy dirt roads (depending on available vehicles). Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for husband or wife of a paid participant. Participants with spouses are expected to be self-sufficient with regards to breakfast and dinner. A restaurant and small market are right next to the campground. This workshop is limited to ten paid participants. Please see the signup details below.

Death Valley Photography Workshop

November 13-17, 2013

Limited to ten participants

Please inquire first regarding space availability

Location: Death Valley, California. Stovepipe Wells will be our base camp. Camping and motel rooms are available (book your rooms early!)
Tuition: $600. $300 Payment required in advance to reserve a space, remaining amount due October 31, 2013.
Duration: 4 Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional), accessories (film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money, etc.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via phone at 714-828-4376 or e-mail for questions or more information.


Death Valley Workshop Gallery
photographs by previous workshop participants

Contrast Masking Workshop Gallery
a gallery of images from previous workshop participants

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