Yosemite in Autumn Photography Workshop





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When it comes to iconic landmarks that define the American West, it is hard not to recall the images of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan, made famous over the years by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell! This Yosemite in Autumn Photography Workshop delivers!

Few places are as beautiful and inspiring as Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. When it comes to iconic landmarks that define the American West, it is hard not to recall the images of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan, made famous over the years by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell.

This workshop has been scheduled to coincide with peak fall colors. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph rainbows, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wide-open landscapes at some of Yosemite’s most iconic locations, some of which include the big granite domes of El Capitan, Sentinel Dome, and Half-Dome, and the cascading waters of Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, and Vernal Falls. We’ll also shoot many other locations on the valley floor, ensuring you’re in the right place during the best lighting conditions.


Itinerary & General Information

Wednesday, September 27th – we’ll meet @ 3 PM for an orientation session followed by a group dinner:

    • Tentative photo destinations/logistics of moving around / types of photos
    • Camera techniques and shooting strategies we’ll be using
    • Equipment and camera gear
    • Answer any questions you have

Thursday, September 28th – our first full day in the field will start with sunrise at Glacier Point and morning at Sentinel/Taft Points. We’ll spend the remainder of the day exploring the 8-mile stretch of Yosemite Valley, capturing images of Yosemite Falls, the Merced River, and Half Dome along the eastern section of the Valley Floor. We’ll conclude our day with sunset at Half Dome.

    • Sunrise at Glacier Point
    • Morning at Sentinel & Taft Points
    • Stop at Tunnel View on the Way into Yosemite Valley
    • Lunch in Yosemite Valley
    • Afternoon on the Eastern Valley Floor (Half Dome, Yosemite Chapel, Yosemite Falls)
    • Dinner in Yosemite Valley
    • Sunset at Half Dome

Friday, September 29th – we’ll start our second full day with an excursion to the giant sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove. Some of the trees in the Grove date back 2,400 years reach sizes of 90 feet in diameter and over 210 feet tall. We’ll spend the remainder of the day capturing images of El Capitan, Three Brothers, and Yosemite Falls in the western/middle section of the Valley Floor.

    • Sunrise at Mariposa Grove
    • Morning at El Capitan & Three Brothers
    • Lunch in Yosemite Valley
    • Afternoon at Valley View and Middle Valley Floor
    • Dinner in Yosemite Valley
    • Sunset at TBD

Saturday, September 30th

    • Morning Location TBD

John Bosma Fine Arts Photography is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

What to Expect

The majority of our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off to get into position at a location in the best light of the day with breakfast in the field in order to maximize our shooting time.

More important than just getting you to some of the best and most remote locations at the best times of the day, this four-day landscape photography workshop will teach you how to visualize an image, how to plan your shoot, how to capture your image in the field, and how to bring your image to life using a variety of post-production techniques.

In the Field:

We’ll learn how to scout and visualize a scene, compose a ground/sky/sea landscape to show scale and tell a story, how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes, how and when to use filters, how to plan your images for a blended blue hour composite, how to focus your camera at night to capture pin sharp stars and foreground, and how to use apps like PhotoPills to plan a shoot. We’ll also use techniques such as dynamic bracketing and exposure blending, focus stacking and focal length blending, neutral density filters, and stacking for noise reduction.

In the Classroom:

We’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop. We’ll learn how to use techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues; how to blend multiple images together in Photoshop to create blue hour blends, focal length blends, and exposure blends; how to use start stacking to create pin sharp starry night skies; how to create Orton glows and sharpen your final image; and how to use apps like ProPanel to increase your efficiency.

You’ll benefit from hours of capture time in the field with an instructor by your side, and classroom instruction as you learn new techniques and strategies for creating dynamic images.


Tuition & Payment Terms

What’s Included in Your Tuition:

  • 2 full-day and 2 half-day training days
  • All applicable permit fees inside Yosemite National Park
  • Workshop course materials
  • In-the-field photographic training
  • Online prep & orientation classes prior to the workshop
  • Post-production classes and techniques during the workshop
  • Online post-production classes after the workshop

What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Basecamp
  • Lodging
  • Ground transportation during the workshop
  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Personal expenses, gratuities, and anything not listed as included



What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How to Prepare For Your Workshop page for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.