Death Valley Photography Workshop
6 - 10, 2021
Open to film and digital photographers
of any experience level. Registration below
and Pond. Copyright
© Lynn Radeka
us for our 2021 Death Valley photography workshop! Experience
the adventure of photographing Death Valley's remarkable places
in this very popular workshop series, now expanded with two
schedules for 2021. A true photographer's desert paradise, Death
Valley has inspired master photographers such as Ansel Adams
and Edward Weston to produce some of their notable and outstanding
images of this captivating and photogenic wilderness landscape.
Today, few photographers know Death Valley's intimate canyons
and vast open expanses better than Lynn Radeka who has hiked,
camped and photographed in Death Valley since 1966.
workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large
or small format black and white or color, film or digital!
No photographer will be rushed regardless of his/her film
format or digital format and experience level. We
have seen too many workshop hosts rush the participants simply
to run to the next destination. Limited campground and trailside
lunches will be provided by Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut, but each
participant will be expected to be self-sufficient with regards
to breakfasts and dinners. Please inquire about any concerns.
Since we will be based at Stovepipe Wells, a restaurant and
small market is available for breakfasts and dinners. A motel
is also available across the street from the campground. In
all respects, Stovepipe Wells, with it's old western atmosphere,
is far less expensive than the Furnace Creek area (gas, food,
lodging, etc.) and is centrally located so our daily adventures
will be more efficient. Upon your registration for this workshop
you'll be given information for booking your rooms early.
will be visiting some of Death Valley's most popular and unusual
areas. Depending on the number of 4wd vehicles we have available,
we will most likely visit a few 4 wheel drive back country locations,
exploring photographic opportunities that most other Death Valley
workshops don't visit. After all, half of the unique photographic
possibilities Death Valley has to offer are found in the exciting
canyons and backroads! If you do not plan on bringing a 4WD
vehicle, there will most likely be opportunities to ride along
with other participants or to share in the rental cost of a
on our daily timing, Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut will be reviewing
each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible
image manipulations and improvements. For photographers shooting
traditional film formats (large, medium or small) we may be
shooting a similar digital shot on the scene when possible so
that we can make appropriate comments and suggested print quality
enhancements (including contrast masking) on the computer in
the evenings. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of
unusual and interesting software programs and techniques we
will be demonstrating in the evenings including panorama stitching,
focus stacking for extreme depth-of-field, and other image optimization
of the highlights of this workshop is our evening print gathering
where Lynn, Ron and the participants can view and comment on
each other's images.
our workshop group during the 2018 Death Valley workshop
will be handing out durable cutout viewing cards (an excellent
aid in discovering and visualizing compositions) to everyone.
He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures
and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers
shooting digital. For those photographers shooting traditional
large format film, he will assist in view camera controls and
the use of zone system methods including previsualization, filtration,
exposure and development, and visualization of images with the
intent of using contrast masking during printing (no previous
experience necessary!). Equally enjoyable though are the adventures
by car, 4WD or on foot into Death Valley's most photogenic areas.
We do not plan on any strenuous long distance hiking but if
you have concerns please contact us and we will do our best
to accommodate you.
the workshop is over, each participant is invited to send or
e-mail images from the workshop which will be posted on the
Radeka Photography Workshops Facebook page, for all participants
to view, critique or comment on. Lynn may also select several
images from each participant and optimize them in such a way
as to demonstrate alternate ways of printing the images, including
suggested uses of masks, etc.
of the locations (depending on road and weather conditions)
that we may be visiting are Zabriskie Point at sunrise, Echo
Canyon with the ghost town of Inyo Mines, Titus Canyon with
the ghost town of Leadfield, Harrisburg Ghost Town and Aguereberry
Point, photogenic Cracked Mud in less visited locations, Greenwater
Canyon petroglyphs, 20 Mule Team Canyon, and the Sand Dunes
at sunset and sunrise (including areas of Dunes less frequently
visited). The specific itinerary will vary depending on weather
conditions, participant's interests, and time.
those who are able and willing, expect some short distance hiking
with your camera gear and some possible bumpy dirt roads (depending
on available vehicles). Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop
except for husband or wife of a paid participant. Participants
with spouses are expected to be self-sufficient with regards
to all meals for the spouse. A restaurant and small market are
right next to the campground and motel. This workshop is limited
to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.
better customize this workshop to fill your needs, please
download and fill in this brief questionnaire and return
it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka
in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas
professional photography career spans 50 years. His love of
the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West
was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.
Radekas Black and White photography has been featured
in eight National Park posters and several calendars including
the calendar series Radeka: The American
West and several ghost town calendars published by Browntrout
publishers. In 1989 and 1990 he was commissioned by Moore and
Moore Publishers (New York) to do the photography for five full-color
books, taking him on a 2 year journey through the back roads,
historic places and ghost towns of the entire American West.
Lynn also has the honor of being a featured photographer in
the book publication "World's Top
Photographers: Landscape" and has been published
in B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine
and other photography publications.
Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah and
New Mexico, and Contrast Masking workshops in his home darkroom
in California. He is the producer and co-author of the Contrast
Masking Kit - a technical manual
for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely
at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and
more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.
visit the bio page of this website for more information.
Gaut discovered the outdoors at an early age and developed
a deep passion for wilderness and photography. Not surprising,
with Ron's 30-year engineering background and thirst to
learn about photographic processes, in the early 1990's
he began to experiment with many different films, developers,
silver papers and alternative processes. He quantified much
of his work by sensitometric analysis to determine the film/developer
and paper/developer combination properties for different
film and paper development methods, submitting the results
as thesis papers at a local college.
in his early work by Ansel Adams, John Sexton, Lynn Radeka,
Ray McSavaney, and other contemporary "west coast"
landscape masters, Ron traveled and photographed the southwest
with his 4x5 view camera, particularly Death Valley. "Death
Valley is probably the most dynamic and diverse national
park in America. It's like a big, beautiful painting; you
could sit and stare for hours picking out all the different
pieces". Ron's style reflects his feelings about Death
Valley: he enjoys photographing the intimate details of
Gaut is an expert in digital techniques. "I enjoy the
digital workflow. However, there is a steep learning curve
to becoming proficient and printing your own work is essential."
Ron uses Lightroom for global adjustments and Photoshop
to fine-tune his images before printing. He has firmly established
himself as an accomplished photographer and printer, receiving
awards and accolades from critics and through photography
Copyright © Ron Gaut
Valley Photography Workshop Registration
6 - 10, 2021
limited to eight participants
To better customize this workshop
to fill your needs, please
download and fill in this brief questionnaire and
return it via email to email@example.com.
Death Valley, California. Stovepipe Wells will be our base. Camping
and motel rooms are available. Contact us for details.
Total workshop fee: $1400.
(reservation: $700, remainder fee: $700)
Tuition: Tuition reservations
and remaining payment can be made here
Duration: 5 Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras - digital or traditional, accessories
(film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money,
food money, water.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via phone at 714-828-4376 or e-mail
for questions or more information.
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