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San Jose Camera & Video  Death Valley - 5 Day Photo Safari  

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Name of Class:  Photo Excursions

Length of Session:  5 Day Photo Safari - See Class Discription

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Name of Class

Photo Excursions

Class Topics

Death Valley Landscape Photography Workshop

March 26 - 30, 2020


Why Death Valley?

Few places on earth are as inspiring to a photographer as Death Valley. The convergence of color, texture, and light transform the barren landscape into a rich palette of limitless photographic opportunities. Join professional photographer, Paul Dileanis, as he guides you through this wonderland of unique rock formations and graceful dunes that have come to define our vision of Death Valley. 


What you will learn:

This workshop is open to photographers of all levels.  Time will be spent discussing photographic technique, exposure, and use of filters.  There will be opportunities throughout the day for one on one mentoring to help you advance your skills.  We will work on improving composition and aesthetic issues will be examined with the goal of creating images that reflect your own personal photographic style.


Why attend this workshop?

There are many Death Valley photography workshops to choose from. Here are some reasons to attend a workshop with Paul D Photography:

Workshops are kept small (6-8) to assure individual guidance.  


Paul Dileanis is a professional photographer with over 40 years of experience and has been visiting Death Valley since 1972. He has explored much of the park by vehicle and on foot acquiring considerable knowledge of the history, geology and photographic opportunities. Paul began teaching photography workshops in 2006 as an outdoor instructor for REI. In 2008 he started offering workshops through Paul D Photography and San Jose Camera. To date, Paul has taught over 200 workshops and inspired over 1000 photographers.


Paul D Photography takes pride in conducting workshops that not only provide quality photographic instruction but also comply with all State and National Park regulations including obtaining proper permits, insurance, first-aid certifications and adhering to leave no trace principles.    


Itinerary 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.



Thursday, March 26: 4:00 PM Orientation – Meet and greet, go over the itinerary and informal instructional session. Sunset Photography at Mesquite Flat Dunes


Friday through Sunday: A typical day will begin before sunrise with a short drive/walk. We will start by photographing the sunrise and then visit several locations throughout the day ending with a sunset location.  After dinner, if the weather permits, we will go out to experiment with photographing by moonlight, star trails or painting with light. If conditions are not conducive to night photography we will stay in and talk about photographic technique and post-processing.  


During the workshop, we will be photographing in as many locations as possible. These will likely include Mesquite Flat Dunes, Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, the ghost town of Rhyolite and the Devil’s Golf Course.  Locations we photograph will be dependent on light and weather. Other possible locations include Augerberry Point, Mosaic Canyon, Scotty’s Castle and the Amargosa Opera House. I am planning on arriving in Death Valley a day or two in advance to check on locations and access. 

Travel times in Death Valley can be deceiving. Keeping this in mind we will want to allow adequate time at each location in order to focus on getting the best images possible.  If time allows we will stop along the way to take additional photographs. It is the goal of this workshop for participants to come away with a better knowledge of photography as well as more than just a few excellent photographs.


Monday: One more sunrise to photograph and then hit the road for a long drive home.



Fitness Level

Most of the locations we photograph will be close to parking. However, be prepared to walk up to 2 to 3 miles daily carrying your equipment on moderate rolling terrain. This workshop is not physically demanding, but your fitness ensures a more rewarding photographic experience. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 


Getting to the workshop

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop. 

Map and Drive information from San Jose, CA


Getting around during the workshop

Transportation is not provided. Students need to provide their own transportation during the workshop. We will be carpooling as much as possible. 


Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals are not included in the workshop fee.  We will be basing the workshop out of Stovepipe Wells.  The hotel at Stovepipe Wells is holding 8 rooms for the workshop participants until February 26, 2020. Specific lodging/camping recommendations and a discounted room block will be made available to registered workshop participants. 


License, Bond and Insured

Paul D Photography is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service. Workshops are conducted with all permits, insurance, and certifications required by the National Park Service. Instructors are trained in first aid and Leave no trace policies are strictly followed.  We want participants visit Death Valley to be safe and enjoyable.



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

5 Day Photo Safari - See Class Discription

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