Join Erica and Ken from Tamron Americas, on an amazing photography workshop in Death Valley National Park. Located 2 hours outside of Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), Death Valley National Park is known as the hottest, driest, and lowest National Park in the US. This workshop will be focused on photographing sunrises, sunsets, and night skies at some of Death Valleys most iconic locations such as Badwater Basin, the Sand Dunes, Zabriskie Point, and Devils Golf Course. See the itinerary pages for further details. We stress here how important it is to be respectful of the land we will be visiting. We will tread with safety, and practice "leave no trace".
Do your further research and reading here: https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm
Your Tamron Staff:
Erica Robinson (Technical Representative) has 13 years of photography experience and a degree in the Arts. Erica has worked as a wedding photographer in Boston, a cruise-line photographer, and provided technical knowledge through a local camera store. Becoming a proficient world traveler, she focuses on travel photography and storytelling, providing education through workshops and inspiring others to accomplish their photography goals. Her photos can be found at Erica Robinson Photo.
Ken Hubbard (Field Services Manager) has had nationwide gallery showings of his portrait and landscape photography and teaches enthusiasts how to take better photos at workshops across the country. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the result is a consistent output of breathtaking photographs that continually challenge the boundaries of the genre. Ken is the Field Services Manager for Tamron, responsible for Tamron’s popular consumer workshop series. More information about Ken and his photographs can be found at Ken Hubbard Photography.
Stovepipe Wells - Death Valley Hotel and Restaurant
51880 Highway 190 Death Valley, CA 92328
Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) - 2 hours from Death Valley National Park
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 4.5 hours from Death Valley National Park
San Diego International Airport (SAN) - 5.5 hours from Death Valley National Park
Pilots with their own aircraft may use Furnace Creek Airport and Stovepipe Wells Airport. No rental car services are available from these locations. Details here: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/airports.htm
Transportation will be provided by Tamron to/from all photography session locations from host hotel. Participants are responsible for airport transfers and arrival/departure from the host hotel.
Your enjoyment is our priority on this workshop which also means your safety is of the utmost importance to us. During this workshop we will be exploring some of the most beautiful areas in Death Valley National Park. While there is no strenuous hiking or extensive miles gained, Death Valley's terrain, weather systems, and environment, requires a highly active level of mobility.
Each day of this workshop we will be on our feet for multiple hours, walking at an elevation potentially different than your homes natural altitude. At times there will be uneven terrain, we may be navigating in low light, and we will be carrying our own camera equipment.
During photo sessions in low light and dark sky hours, please stay with the group and keep an eye on one another. You must notify one of the workshop leaders if you venture away from the group. During the entirety of these tours we will be following “Leave-No-Trace” practices, leaving the land exactly how we visited. You must leave all ruins, rock art, and artifacts the way they were found. Please be advised there may be little cell phone service in the certain areas.
The average daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park during the month of April vary from daytime highs of 90° to nighttime lows of 60°. While rain is highly unlikely, weather can be unpredictable anywhere. Please be prepared for both rain and shine. *See Packing List on the following pages.
• *DSLR/Mirrorless Camera body with multiple batteries
• *Lenses : All focal lengths recommended - wide angle, normal, and telephoto. Tamron will be providing loaner lenses. For specific lens requests, please reach out to staff.
• *Memory Cards
• *Flashlight and/or Headlamp
• *Sturdy, close-toed walking shoes or hiking boots
• *Daypack or easy-to-carry camera bag
• *Laptop to download and backup images
• Sensor cleaner
• Circular Polarizer and/or neutral density filters
• Wired or wireless remote shutter release
• Dress for cool nights and hot days. Recommended: Rain jacket/shell, wind resistant layer, thick “Smartwool” style socks and base layers.
• Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
We understand that schedules change and we hope to be as flexible as possible. Should you need to cancel your workshop please see details below for financial obligation:
If cancelled 60 days or more prior to workshop start date - full refund
If cancelled between 31 and 59 days prior to workshop start date - 50% refund
If cancelled 30 days or less prior to the workshop start date - no refund
All cancellations are subject to a $100 change fee. Should Tamron be able to fill your spot, change fee will be applied to a future workshop. Change fee cannot be transferred to another participant.
This booking is for a single occupancy registration. Single occupancy registration is for individuals registering and rooming alone.
This booking is for a two-person registration. Double occupancy registration is for those registering as a pair, paying together, and will share accommodations. If you are making payments separately, the second person's payment must be made through the "contributions" tab.
PLEASE NOTE: When choosing this booking, you MUST select "2" as the amount in order for this booking to be processed correctly.
3:00PM: Hotel Check In
4:30-6:00PM: Meet & greet with orientation lecture & night skies review
6:00-7:30PM: Dinner at Toll Road Restaurant
8:30PM: Leave for Night Skies Shoot at Dante’s View/Devils Golf Course/Zabriskie Point
3:00AM: Return to hotel.
*All times are subject to change based on weather, lighting, and other factors. Please note, flexibility is important during these events to be sure we are making the most of our photography opportunities.
Times/dates to note:
New Moon: April 8th
Approximate sunrise/sunset times: 6:20AM & 7:15PM
Galactic Core above Horizon 1:45AM