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San Jose Camera & Video  Alabama Hills - 4 Day Photo Safari  

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Name of Class:  Photo Excursions

Length of Session:  Tuesday, April 21 through 24, See Class Description

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San Jose Camera & Video-Alabama Hills - 4 Day Photo Safari-Classes
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Name of Class

Photo Excursions

Class Topics

Alabama Hills Photography Workshop

April 21 - 24, 2020


“Nestled beneath the dramatic eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevada the Alabama Hills are a wonderland of granite boulders and arches that provide a feast for the aspiring photographer's lens. This rich landscape of sculpted rock creates a spectacular foreground for towering Lone Pine Peak and Mt. Whitney. In this otherworldly landscape, many unique photographs can be teased out of the countless variety of whimsical shapes and figures created by the weathered rock.” Paul Dileanis, Instructor


The Alabama Hills have long been a favorite of Photographers and the Motion Picture industry. Hundreds of movies and TV shows, beginning in the 1920s, have been filmed in and around the Alabama Hills. The Lone Ranger TV series, Gunga Din and more recent movies such as Gladiator just to name a few.


Explore the Alabama Hills and photograph the grand vistas and its iconic arches during this 3-day workshop. We will examine the many landscape photography opportunities with the goal of creating images that express your own unique vision. This workshop will concentrate on photographing during Sunrise, Sunset and Night Landscapes. During the middle of the day, we escape the heat and find shelter in the air-conditioned environs a hotel and learn to process our images during group and one on one sessions.


Topics covered:

  • Use of neutral density and graduated neutral density filters
  • Understanding white balance/aperture/shutter speed/and ISO relationships
  • Tips for daylight and dusk photography
  • Equipment for night photography
  • Exposure for stars and star trails
  • Focusing in the dark
  • Reducing noise during long exposures
  • Light-painting techniques
  • Planning landscape and nighttime photography
  • Using multiple exposures
  • Image-stacking for star trails
  • Blending image stacks
  • Post-processing techniques for the images you captured during the workshop


The Workshop Fee Includes 2.5 days/3 nights of classroom and field instruction.

Lodging, meals, transportation, and park entrance fees (when applicable) are not included in the workshop fee. You are free to stay anywhere in the Lone Pine Area.


Dow Villa Hotel: The Instructor has reservations at the Dow Villa Hotel.  This is where the group will meet for presentations and critique sessions.  For reservations visit or call 1-800-824-9317. 


Camping: Camping is free in the Alabama Hills (primitive campsites). Tuttle Creek Campground is $5.00 per night and has pit toilets. 


The workshop is limited to 8 photographers and is open to photographers of all levels; beginner to advanced (You must be at least 18 years of age).


Physical Requirements: Much of this workshop will take place in the field and although the locations we will photograph are easily accessible from the road, you should be prepared for short hikes on the uneven rocky terrain in the daylight and after dark. Good health and fitness will help maximize your experience. Paul is certified in wilderness first aid and CPR. Please contact Paul if you have any concerns regarding the level of physical activity involved in the workshop.




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  • Meet at Dow Villa Hotel in Lone Pine for workshop orientation.
  • Depart for Alabama Hills Sunset Photos – Bring a bag dinner
  • Alabama Hills Milky Way, stars and light painting


Wednesday & Thursday

  • The focus of this workshop is to get out and take photographs. Processing and critique sessions will be tailored to the group and scheduled as time permits. This flexibility will allow us to accommodate changes in the weather or lighting conditions and maximize field time. A detailed itinerary will be handed out at the orientation. Some of the planned experiences include; sunrise Mobius Arch and Mt. Whitney. Exploring and photograph intriguing rock formations and arches around Alabama Hills. Sunset at the Movie Flat Road arches. Creating panoramas at Movie road near the Eye of Alabama


Friday, April 24, 2020

  • Hotel Checkout and head home


Required Equipment:

  • A digital interchangeable lens camera capable of shooting in RAW format
  • Extra camera body – if you have one
  • Lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto
  • One wide-angle lens should be at least 24mm or wider, and f/2.8 or faster. (You can rent lenses and camera bodies from San Jose Camera for the workshop if needed.)
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Memory cards – at least 64GB in total
  • Remote release or intervalometer
  • Extra camera battery(s)
  • Lens cleaning supplies
  • Camera manual
  • Headlamp (must include a red light) and flashlight
  • Warm/layered clothing, including gloves(it can get very cold)
  • Extra food and/or necessities you may require
  • Polarizing filter (optional)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (optional)
  • Laptop computer loaded with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You will not need your computer during our shooting sessions, but I recommend you bring a laptop to the post-processing tutorial.


Workshop Cancellation/Refund Policy


Greater than 60 days: full refund minus $50.00 administration Fee.

45-60 days before: 75% refund

30-45 days before: 50% refund

Less than 30 days: no refund


Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made and will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.


Cancellations, for any reason, must be in writing (e-mail or regular mail). 


It is impossible to predict the weather when arranging for a workshop. A chance of clouds or rain will not necessarily be a cause to cancel the workshop. As photographers, we need to embrace the opportunity to photograph when there may be a chance of inclement weather. Often it is as the storm gathers or clears that we get the most striking light, dramatic clouds, or spectacular sunsets. Participants should arrive at the workshop prepared for all weather conditions and temperatures.


We make NO EXCEPTIONS to our refund policy. Given our limited group size, an empty seat on a workshop represents a significant loss. You may consider protecting yourself by purchasing travel insurance.  World Nomads and Travelguard are two companies that have been recommended to Paul for travel insurance.


Paul D Photography and San Jose Camera are not responsible for refunding any costs associated with travel, lodging or incidental losses incurred in the event of a workshop cancellation, or if you withdraw from the workshop for any reason. While not required it is recommended you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. World Nomads and Travelguard are two companies that have been recommended for travel insurance.

Length of Session

Tuesday, April 21 through 24, See Class Description

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