Late April/early May is usually "Peak Flow" for waterfalls in Yosemite. We will spend most of our time photographing waterfalls in and around Yosemite Valley. We will enter Yosemite Valley on Friday afternoon and photograph during the latter part of the day. Saturday morning, we will return to photograph waterfalls until the light is bad, then we'll take a break in Yosemite Village. We will end the day photographing again. On Sunday, we return to the park early and photograph until the light is bad, then we'll go back to Petaluma.


Our Focus

Using histograms, the workshop will focus on how to photograph in harsh light, capturing detail in both the light and dark areas of a scene. If it is overcast, we will go over the settings needed to get vibrant pictures.


General Topics Covered

We will build up your technical foundation no matter your current level, including:


Focusing, depth of field, and image sharpness

Getting the ideal exposure for each situation

Proper camera settings to get high quality images

When, how, and what filters to use to improve images

Evoking a sense of place and emotion in your imagery

How to spot new ways of identifying strong compositions

The exact locations of beautiful places to photograph

Capturing the "spirit of your subjects", and not just their surfaces


Workshop Notes


CLASS SIZE: Limited to 5 participants


We will leave Petaluma on Friday morning (or you can meet up with us in Yosemite). The workshop will be based near Yosemite Valley and our subjects will be chosen based on weather conditions at the time. There will also be an optional post-workshop critique of your images a few weeks after the workshop has ended. A map of our itinerary will be supplied to participants after the workshop, so that you can revisit any of the places we photographed. We will make short stops on the way to Yosemite as needed. Suggested places for lodging will be given after registration.


Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who were vaccinated.


The fee is for tuition only. It does not include transportation, lodging, park entrance fees, or meals.











Spring in Yosemite - Peak Flow Waterfalls

Friday-Sunday, 2023 Dates TBD - $395

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