Death Valley Photography Workshop 2020

Death Valley Desert Photography Workshop

Death Valley National Park, the largest national park south of Alaska, is known for its beauty and extremes. Within its boundaries lies both the lowest elevation on the continent and a peak rising just above 11,000 feet. Death Valley’s empty basins, endless vistas, towering sand dunes, and lush oases have inspired artists for centuries. In our Death Valley Desert Photography Workshop, you will have infinite opportunities for spectacular outdoor photography and desert photography.

Photo © Michael E. Gordon
Photo © Michael E. Gordon

Michael E. Gordon, an internationally acclaimed landscape photographer, will be your instructor for our desert photography workshop. Michael has been discovering, hiking, and photographing Death Valley for 25 years, and his love of the desert landscape is infectious! Michael has been leading Death Valley photography tours for a long time and knows the best locations for photographing Death Valley attractions and the unique desert lighting. He has chosen specific locations for our February workshop based on time of year and local weather patterns.

Photo © Michael E. Gordon
Photo © Michael E. Gordon

Michael is an engaging, hands-on instructor that will work individually as well as with the group on composition, exposure, equipment choices and technical matters. This desert photography workshop is packed with activity! The group will be actively working from sunrise to sunset, chasing the desert light in amazing locations. We will cover a lot of ground in this workshop with each day including at least two locations. Dinners will be spent as a group discussing the day’s events and photographic solutions. The final evening of the workshop will include a critique session of all the students’ work lead by Michael.

An SUV or other high-clearance vehicle is recommended (we will be driving on dirt and gravel roads). Carpooling to our locations within the park is required and will be orchestrated daily by Michael. Students must be in good physical condition, and able to walk 4+ miles a day on uneven terrain with camera gear.

Photo © Michael E. Gordon
Photo © Michael E. Gordon

Trip Details

We have reserved a block of rooms at Stovepipe Wells Village which is centrally located. Rooms range from $151-$162.

Specific details for reserved lodging at Stovepipe Wells Village will be given upon reservation.

Additional lodging may be found at The Ranch at Death Valley or the Inn at The Oasis.

Travel Time

Driving time from the Bay Area to Stovepipe Wells, CA is approximately 8.5 – 9.5 hours and from Las Vegas is approximately 2.5 hours.
Upon registration, you will be sent a recommended camera/equipment list as well as a recommended clothing/gear list specifically for this desert photography workshop.

Photo © Michael E. Gordon
Photo © Michael E. Gordon

Trip Schedule

Tuesday, February 4, 2PM: Gather at Stovepipe Wells Village for brief instruction before an afternoon/sunset shoot. Dinner and slideshow with more instruction and details about the workshop
Wednesday, February 5: Full day of shooting 2+ locations
Thursday, February 6: Full day of shooting 2+ locations
Friday, February 7: Morning shoot, critique, and dinner at Stovepipe Wells Village
Saturday, February 8: Depart

Photo © Michael E. Gordon
Photo © Michael E. Gordon

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.


Instructor Bios

Michael E. Gordon
Michael E. Gordon

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer of unusual and overlooked natural landscapes of California and beyond. A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the landscape yields photographs of great depth and clarity. He is best known for his black and white Desert series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A listing of his publications and clients include Backpacker, View Camera, Rangefinder, and Broughton Quarterly magazines, T-Mobile, The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, USDA Forest Service, Brooks/Cole and more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards. Michael is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections.

Stuart Schwartz
Stuart Schwartz

Stuart Schwartz graduated from the Art Center in 1979 and then spent 35 years as an advertising photographer in the U.S. and Europe. Stuart is comfortable working in the studio, on location, and with all sizes of productions. He continues to shoot for a limited number of clients. Stuart’s personal work spans a variety of styles, from street photography to abstract and mixed media. Stuart founded The Image Flow in 2008 with the vision to empower the avid photographer looking for personal growth in photography.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum ten (10) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Be prepared to walk 4–5 miles a day
  • Reserved block of rooms at Stovepipe Wells Village (See below)
  • Transportation and lodging not included

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • Digital camera with manual controls (DSLR or mirrorless)
  • Laptop with your preference of editing software
  • Working knowledge of your camera and editing software
  • SUV or high-clearance vehicle is recommended (See below)