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Death Valley National Park

10/18/2014 - 10/24/2014
$1595
$300

Tuition Discounts

$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 07/20/2014
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Where We Go: Photographing in Death Valley National Park takes you and your photography to new extremes. While the area is usually talked about in terms of record heat (136 degrees), or North America’s lowest elevation (282 feet below sea level), it’s also a wonderland for landscape photographers. Within its three million acres exist infinite spectacular possibilities to capture the interplay between otherworldly landscape and dramatic morning and evening light. From the Alabama Hills you can photograph Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the contiguous U.S. Then head to the other extreme at Badwater, the Continent’s lowest point. Capture the quirky town of Darwin before heading to Aguereberry Point, where you catch sunset’s deepening hues over Death Valley.

What You Learn: Learning to photograph an environment as dynamic as Death Valley requires an instructor just as dynamic. Enter Doug Johnson, one of RMSP’s most beloved teachers. From a comfortable classroom, Johnson provides insightful lectures on working in environments that can harm your equipment, taking care of yourself in the field, using the Zone system for color, and conveying a sense of scale in your landscape images. During location shoots—held when both the light and the temperature are enjoyable—Johnson provides one-on-one assistance and technique tips. During constructive critique sessions in the classroom, you benefit from Doug’s well-trained eye and seeing the work of your classmates.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Be prepared to hike up to three miles on moderate trails and steep sand dunes.

Locations

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Meeting Space

Your workshop will be held at Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley, California. Your class will meet regularly in the auditorium.

Hotels

We suggest that you stay at Stovepipe Wells Village for the dates of October 17 or 18-24, departing on October 24 or 25. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. To receive the room block rate please use the code RMS141.

Stovepipe Wells Village
Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328
(760) 786-2387

Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $163 per night + tax. Room choices are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff Date: Be sure to make your reservations by September 18, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

 

Parking

Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119

The nearest international airport for this workshop is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, located approximately 150 miles from the hotel. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.

 

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available at McCarran International Airport. Contact information and links can be found on the airport website: www.mccarran.com.

Travel During Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students. Your welcome letter will include questions about how you prefer to travel during the workshop. Be sure to send back your information on time. Your final email will include a list of people who plan on driving and are interested in carpooling.

Meals

You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.

Fees

Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant. Death Valley National Park requires a $20 entrance fee per vehicle for a seven day pass.

Resources

Death Valley National Park
(760) 786-3200
www.nps.gov/deva

Maps
www.mapquest.com

Weather
www.weather.com

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.

Death Valley National Park Schedule & Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here.)

Schedule

Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday 7-9 Opening
Introduction & Orientation
Sunday Field Shoot
Lecture
Field shoot until sunset Dinner in the field (you may want to bring food as we will be home late)
Monday Field Shoot
Critique
Field Shoot Dinner at Furnace Creek
Tuesday Critique Field shoot until sunset Dinner in the field (you may want to bring food as we will be home late)
Wednesday Field Shoot Field Shoot Field Shoot
Thursday Field Shoot Critique
Friday Field Shoot
Critique Wrap Up
Closing Ends at Noon

Please keep in mind that this is an example of the schedule.  This schedule is subject to change due to class size, weather and any other unforeseen need to make adjustments. 

Equipment & Supply List

Note:  The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call 800-394-7677 if you have questions.

Equipment Checklist

Camera
Digital SLR camera

RMSP welcomes all other camera formats as well.
Please keep in mind that only digital images will be critiqued on this workshop.

Lenses
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Telephoto (70-300mm)

Macro Equipment and Filters
Optional:
Macro lens
Close-up filters/diopters
Extension tubes

Filters
Polarizers

Optional:
Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray – 1 stop hard, 2 stop soft)

Location/Field Equipment
Camera bag or backpack
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Tripod
Cable release/remote
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera

Optional:
Lens shades for all lenses
Cushion or knee pads
Gray Card 

Flash
Optional:
Dedicated flash
Pocket bounce/soft box
Flash cord
Spare batteries 

Clothing and Personal Items

We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Weatherproof clothing that can be layered for warmth
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
A good umbrella
Light to medium jacket
Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
Travel alarm clock and/or a watch
Water bottle
Pocket sized flashlight
Snacks for between meals in the field

Laptop Information

Digital SLR users must be able to:

  • Download and store your images on your laptop
  • View your images after downloading them
  • Select and transfer specific images for daily critiques using one of the following:
    • Empty Compact Flash/SD card
    • Jump Drive
    • Portable Hard Drive

All students must supply their own laptop computer with the following specifications:

RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs.

Free Hard Drive Space - We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer.

External Hard Drive - Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives dedicated to your photography.

Virus Protection - Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.

Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords - As needed

 

FAQ

What is the 2015 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.
Which workshop is right for me?
Foundation Workshops require varying levels of previous photographic experience. Beginners should start with Basic Photography. Travel workshops require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.
What is the cutoff date for registration?
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full ask to be put on a wait list.
How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?
Depending on the workshop there can be a maximum of 14, 16 or 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?
Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50.00 off workshop tuition.
Explain Foundation and Travel workshops?
Foundation Workshops are designed with a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. Travel workshops take you to a beautiful location with an instructor who knows the area and the light and how to get you to the perfect shooting spot.
What is included in the tuition?
Most workshop tuitions include the instruction only. Hotel stays generally are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
How do we pay for a workshop?
Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?
Please read our cancellation policy. Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
Travel Insurance
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Other Logisitics

Hotels
Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
Travel
On most workshops travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. RMSP provides a car-share list as part of the workshop e-correspondence. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
Meals
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free Time
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / Partners
On most RMSP workshops non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.

Equipment

What should I bring?
Each workshop has a list of suggested equipment which will be sent in an email approximately 90 days before the workshop begins. If you have questions about a specific workshop please give our office a call.
Computers
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop. Digital lab workshops held in Missoula may have a limited number of desktop computers available for use. Please call our office if you need to reserve a computer. Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!

Cancellation Policy

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Cancellation Policy for Workshops

  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

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