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2017 Photo Tours & Workshops

Photos from past workshops

See. Shoot. WIN!!!

These are working tours, not boring indoor workshops. We're shooting outdoors all day long, not sitting in a motel looking at computers. Be sure to bring enough cards and batteries since we're usually gone from dawn till dark out shooting.

We're not doing any strenuous hiking or climbing, but we are on our feet 14 hours a day or more.

I'll only spend a half hour towards the beginning giving everyone a general pep talk about how to find and see the pictures you want, which is the only difficult part in photography that all too many people miss entirely. I'll cover the key fundamentals of composition, image structure and design and how to make strong images that stand out, win contests and catch everyone's eye. Once you learn to see the pictures that make everyone go "ooh!" and "ahh!" (and we'll take you to the best spots), shooting them is easy regardless of whatever camera or phone you have. You don't need a fancy or new camera to take great pictures once you learn how to see them in the first place.

We'll have more than enough time outside to give you all the personal one-on-one instruction you'd like — much better than being stuck in a motel hearing other people's questions answered — and you should come home with tons of awesome photos. Many people prefer to shoot the whole time and ignore us; you can get as much or as little personal help as you like. We get to all the right places at the right times, and fine-tune and optimize our itinerary continuously as the weather conditions change.

Since any instruction — or not — is one-on-one, these are ideal for people at every level. If you're a full-time pro you'll just shoot the whole time, and if you've never been on one of these and just show up with your iPhone, you'll also get loads of great photos. We often shoot with our iPhones as well as our fancy cameras; we're all about the picture and not about what kind of camera people have. We'll show you how to get great pictures with any camera.

These tours are so good that about 30% of you are repeat attendees.

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. Dave organizes these tours while we both lead and teach. Dave Wyman is the author of many books about travel and photography; Fearless Photographer: Nature is his most recent, with Yosemite in Photographs, Backroads of Northern California and Backroads of Southern California so popular they've sold out. Dave has been leading outdoor hiking, educational, camping, historical and photo trips for decades and decades and decades.

We have two workshops coming this Fall. They run right after the other, so if you're traveling to one, you should do both — but different organizations are doing the registrations, so it might not be obvious.

23~26 October 2017, Monday~Thursday: California's Eastern Sierra.

26~29 October 2017, Thursday~Sunday: Autumn Light in Yosemite.

Hope to see you there!

Photographers by Monument Valley

On the Monument Valley Tour, 14 November 2009.


Speaking Engagements

I love to teach and speak when others invite me to events they have planned like the ones 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.

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, charitable organization or small or large business.

I love this stuff!


Other Great Workshops:

San Diego Photography Tours

Dan Ballard

Muench Workshops

Steve Cirone



San Diego Photography Tours

San Diego Photo TOurs

I don't do these; my friend Julie Kremen leads them.

These are half- or full-day hands-on photo tours of iconic San Diego spots with Julie.

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


Dan Ballard Private Workshops

Dan Ballard General Workshops

Dan Ballard, based in Colorado. He offers general workshops as well as private workshops around the world. Some options are Patagonia, Lofoten Islands, New Zealand and Iceland.

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops

Dan Ballard Workshops


Muench Workshops

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

Marc and his partner Andy Williams have grown their workshops business over the years, to the point now where they will have an impressive 45+ workshops on offer. Feel free to call them at (917) 854-8118.

Marc Muench


Marc Muench


Marc Muench


Steve Cirone (Private Lessons), San Diego

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 so you don't have to haul yours to San Diego. 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.


Tern Flapping




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 Completed Workshops       top

18 ~ 21 May 2017, Thursday ~ Sunday: Spring Light in Yosemite. See Photos.

The amount of snow in the Sierras this spring was amazing. There is more snow than anyone can remember for the start of May. It created spectacular effects for our trip. 

With record rains and snow pack in the Sierra, Yosemite's waterfalls were running at levels not seen in decades.


19 ~ 22 October 2016: Fall Color in California's Eastern Sierra

Backlit Tufa during Brilliantly Glorious Sunrise, Mono Lake

Sunrise over Mono Lake as seen on our 2014 tour.

More photos from that trip, which was our tenth anniverasy of this trip.


22 ~ 25 October 2016: Autumn Light in Yosemite

Yosemite Photo Workshop

The Half Dome as seen on our 2014 trip. More photos from that trip.


12 ~ 15 May 2016: Spring Light in Yosemite

Yosemite Conservancy Photo Trip in Yosemite Thursday afternoon, May 12th 2016, through Sunday morning, May 15th, 2016; photos coming.


5 ~ 7 February 2016: California's Route 66

This was the tenth anniversary of this annual trip.


October 18, 2015 to October 21, 2015: California's Eastern Sierra (coming).

October 22, 2015 to October 25, 2015: Autumn Light in Yosemite (coming).


Thursday, May 14, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015: Springtime in Yosemite (photos coming)


06-08 February 2015: Route 66.


16-19 October 2014: Autumn Light in Yosemite.

19-22 October 2014: California's Eastern Sierra.


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.


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 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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