Yosemite National Park, California – Beginners Workshop

Yosemite National Park is a national park spanning portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in Northern California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. About 4 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. 

FULL PRICE: $1,100

RESERVATION DEPOSIT: $300

BALANCE: $800

INSTRUCTORS

Moshe Levis

GROUP SIZE

7 Guests

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Beginners and amateur photographers

REQUIRED

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

CONDITIONS - April 21st

Friday – Sunday:
65°/39°
Sunrise – 5:15 am
Sunset – 6:40 pm
Moonrise – 2:28 am
Moonset – 1:34 pm

INCLUDES

+ 3 day trip to Yosemite National Park, California
+ 2 night-stay at big beautiful house
+ Pickup from Los Angeles
+ Complimentary Food
+ Complimentary Drinks
+ Complimentary thermos bottle
+ Complimentary Photoshop & Lightroom subscription
+ Complimentary NOTINDOOR Magazine subscription for
+ 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
+ Short video from the trip

EXCLUDES

– Clothing
– Insurance
– Photography Equipment
– Laptops

TRAVEL INFORMATION + WORKSHOP PROGRAM

The drive to Yosemite National Park is about 6 hours with a stop or two.

Day 1: Locations

We start our trip to Yosemite National Park 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 5, 99 and the 41 towards Tunnel View.

We’ll stop on the way to grab some breakfast.

After breakfast we’ll keep driving until we get to our first stop, Tunnel View, where our workshop begins.

We then proceed to check in at the awesome house. We’ll stay there for 2 nights.  After getting comfortable for a little head over towards Taft Point for sunset to continue the workshop.

After shooting we’ll head back over to our house to 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 Tunnel View) 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 Taft Point) we’ll start touching different shooting modes: Shutter Priority (Tv or S), Aperture Priority (Av ot A) and Program (P), continious 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 Valley View (or Gates of Yosemite Valley).

From there we’ll head out to Fern Springs and Vernal Falls for some creative photography capture susnet images at Glacier Point.

After photographing the Glacier Point we’ll go back to our house to relax and do some more photo editing.

Day 2: Lessons

In the second lesson we’ll learn how to completely get 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 (Valley View) we’ll touch topics such as:

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

On location (at Fern Springs ) we’ll learn how to catpreu motion for some motion blur water flows.

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 house we’ll do more photo editing.

Day 3:

We will finish our workshop by getting sunrise photos from Valley View or Tunnel View. 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.

EXERTION LEVEL

This workshop trip is light with no extreme hiking trails. We’ll mainly stay on flat surfaces. We’ll have to get to Taft Point and Glacier Point which are moderate hikes. We’ll take it easy and get there safely.

QUESTIONS?

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