Mammoth LakeS, California – Beginners Workshop

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county’s only incorporated community. It is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Mount Morrison, at an elevation of 7,880 feet (2,400 m). As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 8,234, reflecting an increase of 1,141 from the 7,093 counted in the 2000 Census.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.3 square miles (66 km2), of which 24.9 sq mi (64 km2) are land, and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) (1.74%) water.

Mammoth Lakes lies on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera. The area around the town is geologically active, with hot springs and rhyolite domes that are less than 1000 years old.





Moshe Levis


7 Guests


Beginners and amateur photographers


Signed waiver, Moderate level of health fitness, Hiking boots, Clothing for cold nights/days and Clothing for warm nights/days


Friday – Sunday:
63°/37° – 66°/38°
Twi – 5:04 am
Sunrise – 5:35 am
Sunset – 8:21 pm
Moonrise – 5:23 am
Moonset – 8:01 pm


+ 3 day trip to Mammoth Lakes, California
+ 2 night-stay at a large beautiful house
+ Pickup from Los Angeles
+ Complimentary Food
+ Complimentary Drinks
+ Complimentary thermos bottle
+ Complimentary Photoshop & Lightroom subscription for 1 year
+ Complimentary NOTINDOOR Magazine subscription for 1 year
+ Walkie talkies for the duration of the trip
+ Complimentary notebook to take notes
+ Complimentary pen
+ Showcase your best shot in our magazine
+ One complimentary 13″ x 19″ print of your workshop images
+ Short video from the trip


– Clothing
– Insurance
– Photography Equipment
– Laptops


The drive to Mammoth Lakes is about 5.5 hours with a stop or two.

Day 1: Locations

We start our trip to Mammoth from Los Angeles. We’ll pick you up with a 4x4, 8 seat, Chevrolet Suburban at a location closest to everyone in the group. We’ll drive along the 14 and 395 towards Mammoth Lakes and have our first stop at Bishop to grab some breakfast.

After our tummies are full we’ll keep driving until we get to our first stop, Convict Lake. This is where our workshop begins.

We then proceed to check in at the house where we’ll be staying for 2 nights. Relax for a few minutes if needed and head over towards Twin Lakes, Lake Mary and Horseshoe Lake to continue the workshop.

We will choose one location for some nice sunset photos. Recommended locations are: Convict Lake, Lake Mary, Horseshoe Lake and Mono Lake.

After shooting we’ll head back over to our house and do some photo editing together.

Day 1: Lessons

In the first lesson we’ll learn how to operate your camera and get to settings you may never tried before.
We’ll stay on Auto mode to focus more about framing your picture and what decisions you may want to make to get the best images from the environment you’re at.

On location (at Convict Lake) we’ll touch topics such as: The viewfinder, Techniques for stability, White balance, Auto focus and Manual focus, Focusing modes, When to use your live view, What lens(es) to use, Composition.

On location (at Lake Mary) we’ll start touching different shooting modes: Shutter Priority (Tv or S), Aperture Priority (Av ot A) and Program (P), continuous shots, single shots, self timer etc.

On location (at sunset) we’ll learn how to take photos for HDR images.

At the house we’ll touch topics such as: Buttons and dials, Basic menus & settings, Manual mode, Basics of photo editing

Day 2: Locations

The next morning we’ll be up very early to go get sunrise photos of a location we all agree on (Convict Lake, Mono Lake, Lake Mary, June Lake, Bodie Ghost Town).  From there we’ll head out to Devils Post Pile and Rainbow Falls.

We will choose one location for some nice sunset photos. Recommended locations are: Convict Lake, Lake Mary, Horseshoe Lake, Bodie Ghost Town and Mono Lake.

After sunset we’ll go out for some night photography and learn how to capture creative images with motion blur, capturing the stars and more.

After a day of shooting we’ll head back to the house to relax and do some more photo editing.

Day 2: Lessons

In the second lesson we’ll learn how to completely getting out of auto modes and only use the Manual mode. You may get some really bad images at first haha but no worries. You’ll get the hang of it and get better quickly.

On location (at Devils Postpile) we’ll touch topics such as:

  • ISO
  • Light compensation
  • Ev Compensation
  • Depth of field

On location (at sunset) we’ll learn how to take photos for HDR images in Manual mode.

On location (at night) we’ll learn what settings are best for what purposes.

At the house we’ll touch more photo editing

Day 3:

We will finish our workshop by visiting one of the locations we haven’t seen. This will be a group decision.

You’ll have an assignment to conclude what you’ve learned and show you how you improved. A lot!

After your assignment is done, we’ll head back to Los Angeles to be home by 10:00pm.


This workshop trip is light with no extreme hiking trails. We’ll mainly stay on flat surfaces. We’ll have to get to Rainbow Falls which is two miles downstream from Devils Postpile. We’ll take it easy and get there safely.


Please contact the office by email with questions relating to this tour.
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