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2014 Workshops and Tours

Photos from past workshops

 

Fall Yosemite Workshops

I'll be leading a workshop in Yosemite 16-19 October 2014 and another right after it the Eastern Sierra 19-22 October 2014.

The two tours run one right after the other, so if you're traveling to get to one, sign up for both and you'll get double the fun for the same travel time — but you have to register for each through different organizations.

You register for our Eastern Sierra workshop with Dave Wyman this link, and register fore the Yosemite trip with the Yosemite Conservancy at their site.

 

Dan Ballard Workshops

I won't be on these, and you may like to know about these workshops that had a couple of cancellations and thus spots available:

Colorado Fall Color Workshop! Sept. 26-28th 2014 t

Moab, Arches and Canyonlands National Park Workshop! Oct. 16-19th 2014.

I'll be at workshops in Yosemite and in the Eastern Sierra in October as well, on the same dates as Dan's Moab and Arches tours. I'll be leading my own workshops 16-22 October 2014.

 

Other great workshops: Marc Muench   Jay Maisel   Dan Ballard   Steve Cirone    More

 

Tours and Workshops

Shooters by Monulmant Valey

On the Monument Valley Tour, 14 November 2009.

Dave Wyman has just posted the tentative 2014 schedule. I attend and instruct many of these with him, as you'll see in his listings.

To register and for any questions, click the links, or call or email Dave Wyman at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles. Dave is often out leading other tours, so he's not always sitting by his phone or computer. I instruct, while Dave organizes these tours

Dave Wyman is the author of at least three books about travel and photography: Yosemite in Photographs, Backroads of Northern California and Backroads of Southern California, all so popular they've sold out.

Dave just won a fat cash prize in a very popular photo contest — shot on his iPhone!

Dave has been leading outdoor hiking, educational, camping, historical and photo trips for decades.

These sell out fast, so if you're going to go with us in 2014, don't dawdle.

These are both tours and workshops.

A tour is when a guide takes you to the right spots at just the right time to get great pictures.

A workshop is when you spend most of your time in a motel watching people work on computers.

In our case, we're out shooting all day. Instead of wasting the day indoors talking about color profiles or raw converters, you can get all the hands-on individualized instruction you'd like — or not — while we're all out shooting something worthwhile. This way you can learn what really matters in the best possible place to learn it: while you're still out shooting.

If all you want to do is shoot; great! We're out shooting from dawn to dark, and we don't get up any earlier than we have to to catch the dawn. We've got this down.

We do get together when we get back in the evenings for the occasional short educational talk or review of images, but since we'll be up before dawn shooting the next day, we don't stay up late.

If you want a drinking tour, this isn't it. If you want a shooting tour that gets you the most and best possible images, and/or if you want to learn more about your gear and how to use it well, this is it.

We're happy to teach you anything and everything related to workflow, image preparation and publication, monitor calibration, storage, backup and everything else computer related if you ask, but remember, you'll be spending time actually making pictures on these tours instead of just talking about it.

Professional photographers come on these tours to create the images that they'll sell later, and these same pros keep coming back with Dave.

These tours are so good that I see about 30% of the people are repeat attendees.

On Dave's tours, we come back with a lot of great pictures, and you can learn as much or as little as you'd like to about your camera, composition, lighting, interpolation matrices, RealRaw, White Balance settings, or anything you'd like to know.

If you just want to shoot fantastic subjects in great locations, we'll leave you alone so you can enjoy the tour.

Like all outdoor and scenic photography, we start with a basic itinerary, and optimize it on-the-fly as weather and lighting conditions change. This is how we get to the best locations in the best light.

Since most of any instruction you'd like is one-on-one, these are great for people of any level. Of course many attendees are experts, who spend all their time shooting. The good news is that Dave and I are available to you for whatever you'd like to learn, and I usually do give one short talk about the key fundamentals of composition and how to make strong images that stand out, win contests and catch everyone's eye.

I'm glad Dave and I worked to get this schedule up this soon for 2014, since some attendees come to these tours lucky enough to have received them as gifts from loved ones.

Bring any kind of camera. Most people shoot Nikon and Canon DSLRs, while others shoot RealRaw. Bring anything you want, but we probably move too fast for most large-format (4x5" and up film) shooters, which is why Dave didn't suggest that. As you can see at the shot above from one of our trips the other week, tripods usually only come out at night, or if you shoot ISO 50 film as I often do. Once we work one location, we're on to the next location.

 

San Diego Photography Tours

San Diego Photo TOurs

I don't do these, but I do know the people who do. These are half- or full-day hands-on photo tours of iconic San Diego spots with Julie Kremen as your guide.

Call Julie at (858) 692-8402 or see SanDiegoPhotographyTours.com for more.

 

DSLR Video Class

There's a series of DSLR video classes coming around the USA and Canada this fall.

It's called DSLR Dynamics and if you're interested, here's a highly classified secret code to get a 15% discount: KENROCKWELL (one word).

Check it out!

No, I won't be teaching it and I haven't attended personally (but I might go to check it out); they called me and I think it's something that some of you may find interesting.

 

Muench Workshops

Marc Muench is running trips all over the world. See all of these and more here on Muench Workshops site.

Marc tells me that they are very shortly announcing 2014 workshops in Greece (May) and Scotland (October). Ask about them here or call (917) 854-8118.

Marc's work has been everywhere, including National Geographic, and he's only one of the leaders of his workshops.

Marc Muench

 

Marc Muench

 

Marc Muench

Check them out!

 

Speaking Engagements         top

I don't organize my own trips. I teach when others invite me to events they have planned, like Dave's tours above.

I had the time of my life for a week in Italy in October 2003 when the Politechnico di Torino invited me to teach at their summer program. I volunteer to give presentations a couple of times a year through volunteer organizations like the Sierra Club.

Please ask if you'd like me to address your group, whether it's graduate students at Oxford, a class of excitable first graders, the local Police or Fire department or your local photo club or charitable organization.

The biggest gotcha is bribing my wife to let me head out so she can hire babysitters; that's why I have to get paid if it's anything commercial.

 

Jay Maisel Workshop, New York City        top

Jay Maisel Workshop

Jay leads workshops in New York City.

Check his schedule.

Jay is among the the best of the world's best photographers. Jay is a living legend, having been an internationally recognized icon since as I recall the 1950s, and he's still going like gangbusters today.

Like most of the world's best photographers, his formal degree is in painting, having studied under Josef Albers at Yale.

I had no idea he offered much in the way of workshops, and it looks like he runs a few each year. Most photographers on his level can't afford to run workshops because they are run ramshackled shooting $30,000-a-day jobs, so I'm impressed that Jay takes time out to offer these at all.

I've admired Jay's work for decades, and I learned more from sitting in on a 20-minute talk about what really matters in photography than I learned in many years of reading books, websites and magazines.

God only knows how much you'd learn taking one of his 5 full day workshops.

For instance, few photographers have any idea of what negative space is. If you don't either, you had better take one of Jay's workshops (or enroll in a university art degree program), because it's half of your picture!

Jay doesn't waste your time with irrelevant nonsense like Photoshop: Jay teaches you how to look, how to see and how to evaluate your work so you can improve continuously. You'll shoot digital in these workshops, but that's so everyone can see what you're doing while you do it. You'll be learning to take great pictures, not twiddle with software. Check out his workshops! Tell them I sent you.

To quote Jay: "The more equipment you take, the fewer pictures you'll take."

 

Dan Ballard Private Workshops        top

Dan Ballard General Workshops        top

 

NEW: Dan Ballard Workshops.

Dan Ballard has announced some new workshops:

Rocky Mountain National Park Aug 1-3, 2014.

Ranches of the Wet Mountain Valley (Colorado) Sept 5-7, 2014. See running horses at sunrise with 14,000-foot mountain peaks in the background!

Colorado Fall Color Sept 26-28, 2014.

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Oct 16-19, 2014.

Dan is still offering private workshops around the world. Some options are Patagonia, Lofoten Islands, New Zealand and Iceland.

I won't be on these; I just got back from my own this weekend in Yosemite.

 

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard, based in Colorado, travels the world. He offers private and small-group workshops and instruction.

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard usually does private workshops. These three above are more intensive teaching workshops with a lot of one-on-one instruction than photo tours.

 

Steve Cirone (Private Lessons), San Diego         top

Bird ace Steve Cirone specializes in private instruction in San Diego. I've known Steve since the 1990s.

Steve is different: he'll let you shoot using his gear like his Canon 800mm f/5.6 and 1Ds Mk III. If you don't want to haul your birding gear to San Diego, you don't have to. Heck, with Steve, you get private lessons and don't even need to buy a camera!

See these shots? These aren't his life's best; they were what was on his screen to send me when I asked him for something to share here, since he hasn't been in National Geographic — yet.

Bird

Tern Flapping

Dradonfly

Hawk

Bee

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

A Black skimmer ejecting accidentally snagged eel grass. A photographic first. They are fish eaters. No veggies!

Steve is out every dawn shooting birds, and has made the most incredible bird shots I've ever seen. What makes Steve's work special is that he's able to capture birds actually doing things with each other, while in motion, while in awesome light.

I've seen Steve teach. He's a riot! He's able to explain everything in the funniest and simplest possible terms. Steve isn't out trying to sell you idiotic exposure calculators with 259 different scenes and exposure compensations. Steve gives it to you straight!

 

Other Tours         top

These are personal friends who organize these trips, as well as do great photography.

 

Paul Renner Safaris to Africa

My photographer friend Paul Renner is always leading trips to Africa.

Paul was born and raised in Tanzania, speaks Swahili, and spent most of his childhood chasing or running away from wild animals.

Paul's website is RennerSafaris.com. People love his photo safaris!

 

Jim Cline Photo Tours

I suggest my friend Jim Cline's tours of Latin America, Asia and southeast Asia.

I've known Jim for years and he really takes the time to do the forward research for his trips. Every time we get together it seems he's just gotten back from a scouting expedition in advance for his next trip, in other words, Jim has probably been down there the month before the formal trip to check everything out before you go.

Jim has been all over Latin America for a long time. He's not one of the usual guys who just lets you pay for his vacations; Jim puts a lot of work into these tours!

 

Karl Grobl: The Rest of the World

Another friend I've know for decades is humanitarian photojournalist Karl Grobl.

Today Karl spends most of his time today documenting the efforts of humanitarian organizations throughout Asia, Oceania and Latin America. He's usually away on assignment for weeks at a time, but keep checking to see if he has anything recreational planned. He'll get you places for which you'll need to consult an atlas. If you want to get places no one has been before he's your guy.

See what he has planned here.

Paul, Jim and Karl are accomplished, published, multiple award-winning photographers skilled at getting in and out of the right locations at the right time, are articulate and a lot of fun with whom to travel. I've been all over with all of them and wish I had the time to do more!

 

Bruce Percy's Scotland

Bruce Percy Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye, December 2010. Photo by Bruce Percy.

Bruce Percy's work speaks for itself. He offers "Light on Scotland" Workshops.

Bruce Percy is a Scottish Photographer who's work has been used by National Geographic Traveler magazine (Patagonian images), the Sir Edmund Hillary foundation in New Zealand, and Fujifilm UK amongst others.

He has weekend and 5 day photographic workshops running throughout the year in the highlands and islands of Scotland.

 


 

Photos from Previous Workshops       top

 

15-18 May 2014: Spring in Yosemite.

 

07-09 February 2014: Route 66.

 

17-23 October 2013: California's Eastern Sierra.

 

11-14 April 2013 (Thursday-Sunday): California's Central Coast — with a private chef! See photos!

 

17-19 February 2013 (Sunday~Tuesday): Route 66 Trip!

 

16-19 October 2012: The Eastern Sierra and 19-22 October 2012: Yosemite.

The Eastern Sierra trip follows right after the Yosemite trip.

These two trips are taught by Dave and I, however two different organizations are doing the registration.

If you're coming out for one, definitely join us for both. Photos from last year.

Register for The Eastern Sierra by calling or eMailing Dave at (323) 377-7565 for registration or more information.

Register for the Yosemite trip with The Yosemite Conservancy.

 

Southern California Photo Weekend: August 11 & 12, 2012

San Clemente Lifeguard Shack

San Clemente (Nikon F100, Velvia, Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF, Hoya 85C filter). bigger.

Great news: Dave Wyman and I are leading a photo weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12.

Come spend a vacation weekend, and bring the family. Your spouse and kids can go have fun in the sun while we go explore the best Southern California has to offer. Unlike most of our photo outings, you don't have to go alone on this one, since we'll be dead smack in the middle of where half the world dreams all year of vacationing. We'll be someplace the rest of the family will love, so they can come with you and go do their own thing (like Disneyland) while we go shoot each day.

Specifically, we'll be halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles in southern Orange County and northern San Diego County. This gives us the best access to the state's most scenic locations, and it's easy to get to from LAX or SAN, or just fly straight into John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County.

We'll be at or close to the beach, so it should be very pleasant.

Dave's off leading other trips in Yosemite this week so he won't be back to answer questions or register anyone until Monday, July 30, but mark your calendars and we'll see you there! Dave's at (323) 377-7565 or davewyman@imountainman.com, but remember, he's off leading another trip this weekend and not by his phone or computer.

San Clemente Pier and Wave

Wave, San Clemente Pier (a "downhill" surfing beach, note horizon). (Nikon F100, Velvia, Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF, Hoya 85C filter). bigger.

 

12-15 April 2012: California's Central Coast en Plein Air (Thursday-Sunday).

 

02-04 March 2012: Olde Southern California (Friday-Sunday).

 

03-05 February 2012: Route 66 (Friday-Sunday).

 

17-20 November 2011: Yosemite for Serious Photographers (no DSLRs).

Dave Wyman and I are running a new trip to Yosemite in November, but only for seriously serious shooters. This means you're free to bring any sort of camera, except a DSLR. That's how we're defining serious.

This shot was made earlier this year with a 1963 LEICA M3, exposure set with LEICAMETER MR-4, 1957 LEICA SUMMICRON 50mm f/2 with close-focusing range, f/8 at 1/125, 39mm LEITZ Or orange filter, no tripod, frame 25 of roll 1 of Kodak T-Max 100.

Dave wanted to do an "alternative process" trip where the crazier you or your camera, the better. Dave and I tried to figure out how to define "alternative" process, and we didn't want to say "iPhone and pinhole only" or whatever, so the best we could dream up is simply NO DSLRs. Once we struck out DSLRs, what's left is all cool.

Bring your point-and-shoots, 35mm SLRs, real Hasselblads (no digital), wet-plate colliding, Pentax K1000, rangefinders (LEICA M9 is AOK), camera phones or whatever, but leave the DSLRs at home.

I was just kidding about wet plates since we'll probably be moving too fast for large format cameras, but we're serious about no DSLRs on this tour. Dave and I run enough tours for DSLRs, so bring your Canon S100, your kid's camera, your Mamiya TLR, Mamiya 6 or whatever, and be ready to make some great snaps with some even more exceptional shooters.

Digital cameras are fine for this trip, and so are any sort of SLR, just not a digital SLR. Bring anything and everything else.

 

02-06 November 2011: Neon, New Mexico, Arizona and Route 66 (2-6 November 2011)

 

Yosemite (16-19 October 2011) and The Eastern Sierra (20-23 October 2011). The Eastern Sierra trip followed right after the Yosemite trip. Photos.

 

26-28 August 2011: Monterey and the Central California Coast.

 

24-26 June 2011: The Southern California Photo Express. Photos.

 

16-19 MAY 2011: Yosemite Waterworks. Photos.

19-22 MAY 2011: Yosemite in Spring. Photos.

This was a unique photography workshop and bicycle tour of Yosemite.

 

14-17 April 2011: Plein Air (Outdoor) Photography along California's Central Coast. Photos.

Dave brouhgt along our own caterer and we enjoyed a few freshly-prepared French bistro meals, as if the Central California Coast in springtime wasn't enough.

The trip started with the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market, about which which my wife some years ago remarked was "the best thing she had ever done with me."

 

22-27 February 2011: Yosemite in Winter. Photos.

 

17-20 October 2010: Autumn in Yosemite. (Sunday through Wednesday.)

Tour description.

This tour is run each year by The Yosemite Association, and is taught by myself and Dave Wyman.

Call (209) 379-2317 (ext. 12, ask for Pete) for registration.

 

21-24 October, 2010: California's Eastern Sierra: Bodie, Mono Lake and the Colors of Autumn.

This tour runs right after the Yosemite trip above, and many people join us for both trips. These two trips are extremely popular and sell out months ahead of time.

Details and registration (scroll down), or call or email Dave Wyman at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles.

My photos from last year's trip.

 

Cancelled due to family: 06-12 November 2010: The American Southwest: Northern New Mexico.

Rancho de Taos

Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, from 2008's tour.

Details and registration (scroll down), or call or email Dave Wyman at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles.

My photos from 2008's trip. (we did a different version of this trip in 2009.)

 

26-29 August, 2010: Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay. (Thursday through Sunday)

Boat, Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay, as seen during last year's trip.

Snaps from last year's tour.

Details of the trip.

Dave's Photos from the 2009 Trip.

 

17-21 June 2010: California's Central Coast: San Luis Obispo to Big Sur. (Thursday through Monday.)

Details of trip.

Photos from trip.

 

16-21 April 2010 (Friday night through Wednesday night.)

Gold Country 2010

GOLDRUSH!, Highway 49 and California's Gold Country.

Photos from trip. Itinerary.

 

12-14 February, 2009: Route 66: Barstow, California.

14-17 February, 2009: Route 66: Barstow, California to Kingman, Arizona. (Sunday evening - Wednesday morning.)

My photos from last year's Route 66 trips.

 

2009 November: Monument Valley.

 

2009 October

Monday through Thursday, October 19-22, 2009: Autumn Light in Yosemite. registration.

Thursday through Sunday, October 22-25, 2009: Bodie and the Eastern Sierra.

Photos from these two trips.

 

2009 August and September

Sunday evening through Wednesday morning, 30 August - 2 September, 2009: Point Reyes.

(Photos pending)

 

2009 June

Friday through Sunday, 12 - 14 June 2009: Dave Wyman's photo tour to California's Steinbeck Country.

Photos from trip.

 

2009 April: Lands of Fire and Ice: Exploring the Backroads of Northern California

Dave Wyman and I will see you again, Friday through Wednesday, April 17-22, 2009. More info.

Photos from trip.

 

2009 February: Route 66

Friday through Sunday, 6-8 February 2009. More info.

Second Route 66 Photo Tour, February 8-10 2009 (Sunday-Tuesday): The first Rt. 66 photo tour this year was an instant sell-out, so to give more people the chance to make it, Dave Wyman added a second Rt. 66 photo tour which still has some openings.

Photos from both trips.

 

2008 November

Taos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Photos from trip: digital and film.

 

2008 October

Bodie and California's Eastern Sierra. and Autumn Light in Yosemite National Park: Photos from trip: digital and film and digital.

 

2008 January

The Route 66 Workshop, January 25-27 2008.

The 2007 Route 66 Workshop was written up in The New York Times's Travel Section, June 10th, 2007. The same great guy, Dave Wyman, is behind all of these.

 

2007 October

Eastern Sierra

California's Eastern Sierra, October.

Thursday through Sunday, October 18-21, 2007: Bodie and the Eastern Sierra.

Stoneman

Stoneman Meadow, Yosemite National Park, October.

Monday through Wednesday, October 22-24, 2007: Autumn Light Photography in Yosemite National Park, California. I'll be helping teach this workshop sponsored by The Yosemite Association. Also see more about it here.

Photos from trip.

 

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