Death Valley Photography Workshops
Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut
11 - 15, 2024
Open to film and digital photographers
of any experience level. Registration below
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Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut for our March 2024 Death Valley photography
workshop! Experience the adventure of photographing Death Valley's
remarkable places in this very popular workshop series! 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 will be co-instructed by Ron Gaut who has hiked and
driven Death Valley's backroads and canyons for decades. Ron's
skills in seeing and optimizing digital files are second to
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. Trailside lunches will be provided
by Lynn and Ron but each participant will be expected to be
self-sufficient with regards to breakfasts. Please inquire about
any concerns. Since we will be based at Stovepipe Wells, a restaurant
and small market is available for breakfasts and dinners as
well. A motel is also available across the street from the campground,
walking distance. In many respects Stovepipe Wells, with it's
old western atmosphere, is ideal for gas, food, and lodging
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. Should Stovepipe
Wells lodging fill up early, other overnight hotel options are
Furnace Creek and Beatty, NV. Camping is of course available
and we will be spending the evenings at the campground discussing
photography and each day's adventures.
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 and Ron 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 may be demonstrating in
the evenings including panorama stitching, focus stacking for
extreme depth-of-field, HDR and other image optimization techniques.
of the highlights of this workshop is our evening print gathering
where the instructors and participants can view and comment
on each other's images. Please bring at least 2 prints to show,
and not more than 10, regardless if they are finished prints
or test strips. We realize that because of airline travel this
may be difficult so it's not absolutely necessary.
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will be handing out durable cutout viewing cards (an excellent
aid in discovering and visualizing compositions) to everyone.
He and Ron 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!). Ron will be happy to discuss
BTZS exposure/development techniques for anyone desiring a different
method. For those using small or medium format film, Lynn or
Ron will assist in visualization and technical aspects. 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 post images
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.
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.
Car Detail, 2022. Copyright © Ron Gaut
in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas
professional photography career spans over 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 Landmark 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 LensWork, Classic Imaging Magazine,
B&W Magazine, View Camera
Magazine, Elements Magazine, Frames Magazine and
other photography publications.
currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah, New Mexico
and Washington, 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 the landscape.
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
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Road, Titus Canyon.
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Valley Photography Workshop Registration
note: This workshop was moved from the November 2023 date due
to park closures.
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: $1600.
(reservation: $800, remainder fee: $800)
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 562-884-1016 or e-mail
for questions or more information. Anyone not receiving a quick
response via the contact form please email Lynn's alternate email
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