Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park

05/17/2014 - 05/23/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 02/16/2014
This workshop is past its starting date.
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: Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is widely seen in magazines, books, and movies, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s simply one of the most iconic and photogenic landscapes in the country. It’s also a place you could spend a lifetime shooting. Though it lasts only one week, this workshop with Lynn Hoffman-Brouse will help you discover landscapes and scenery that will ignite your passion for photography. With nothing more than your camera gear and your vision, you photograph soaring granite domes reflected in the Merced River, enjoy misty mornings at El Capitan Meadows and Tuolomne Grove, and revel in views of Half Dome. Experience evening photo shoots at Olmstead Point and Sentinel Dome, where you learn to create a sense of place in your images.

What You Learn: A career educator, Hoffman-Brouse ensures you to leave this workshop a more skilled photographer with a better understanding of why you take pictures. She provides lectures on basic exposure, the Zone system for color, and creating a sense of place in your landscape imagery. Morning and evening shoots, when Yosemite is awash in golden hues, challenge you to view scenes in an extraordinary way and make photographs driven by your own sense of beauty. Your images are then critiqued by Hoffman-Brouse in the classroom during group sessions. Seeing your own results, as well as those of other students, helps train your eye, inform your style, and prepare you for the next location shoot.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

Student Testimonials

Raj Sarda Oregon

The grandeur of Yosemite can be daunting, especially for the first-timer photographing a place immortalized by Ansel Adams. Lynn helped me achieve a sense the place and soon I was able to photograph the larger-than-life vistas as well as the smaller things that are part of this magnificent place.


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Meeting Space

Your workshop will be held at Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, California. This workshop begins Saturday at 7 p.m. and ends Friday at noon. You will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the meeting room of the Yosemite View Lodge.


We suggest that you stay at this location for the dates of May 17-23. Reservations can be made by calling the lodge directly. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Yosemite View Lodge
11156 Highway 140
El Portal, CA 95318

Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $151 per night + tax (Mountainview room) or $179 per night + tax (Riverview room).

Cutoff Date: Be sure to make your reservations by April 15, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.



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.

The nearest major airport for this workshop is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), located approximately 95 miles from the lodge. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport
5175 E. Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available the airport airports. Contact information and links can be found on the airport website.

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 final email will include a car share list of interested participants.


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. The instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. Boxed breafast and lunches are available through the hotel for early morning and late evening shoots. Please make arrangements with the Yosemite View Lodge.


Any additional fees and/or supplies will be your responsibility.


Lynn Hoffman-Brouse is a Salt Lake City-based photographer specializing in documentary portraiture and the photo essay. She is also an educator, teaching at Salt Lake Community College and as an artist-in-the-classroom for elementary and middle school students. Since 2005 Lynn has focused on working in the nonprofit sector, photographing at home and abroad with groups such as the YWCA, One Heart Tibet, IVUmed and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council; this work has been widely exhibited to help make the public aware of the work these groups do.

View other courses taught by Lynn Hoffman-Brouse.

Yosemite Photo Workshop- Schedule and Equipment List

(You may also download this as a .pdf document by clicking here: Yosemite Photography Workshop)


Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday 7 P.M. Orientation
Sunday Field Shoot Lecture Critique Field Shoot
Monday Field Shoot Lecture Critique Field Shoot
Tuesday Field Shoot Lecture Critique Field Shoot
Wednesday Project Work Lunch Critique Field shoot
Thursday Field Shoot Lecture Critique Work of Projects
Friday Meet at 9:30 Final Critique Slideshow



Equipment & Supply List

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

Equipment Checklist

Digital SLR camera
RMSP welcomes all other camera formats as well. Digital images only will be critiqued on this workshop.

Please bring at least one of the following:
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Telephoto (70-300mm)
Macro lens is optional


Location/Field Equipment
Camera bag or backpack
Lens shades for all lenses
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Cable release/remote
Camera & lens cleaning supplies

Field notebook
Rain and mist cover for camera

Flash (Optional)
Dedicated flash
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 hiking boots or walking shoes.
Backpack style camera bag
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

If you are bringing your laptop to an RMSP workshop, please review the following:

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




What is the 2017 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.  
Which workshop is right for me?

Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Lightroom for Photographers, Photography of People, Macro Photography and Flash Photography will help to round out your technical know-how.

Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings under the "Considerations" or "Who?" section for this information. It will help you make a good decision about what workshop is a good fit for you.

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 8 to 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 off workshop tuition.
What is included in the tuition?
The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?
Yes. 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. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. 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 Logistics

Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. 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.
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.


What should I bring?
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
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.   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

  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.
  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.