$2,350 – $2,550

Death Valley National Park 4-Day Photography Workshop with Lodging

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The Oasis At Death Valley

California 190

Death Valley, CA 92328

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Imagine watching the sun rise over the pastel colors of Zabriskie Point, the Milky Way arch over imposing sand dunes and the sun set over the lowest place on Earth, stunning Badwater Basin. This workshop will immerse you and a small group of participants in the art of landscape and night skies photography in Death Valley National Park. We’ll take advantage of the park’s dark night skies and stunning sunrises and sunsets to capture this desert gem.

We’ll be staying in the Ranch at the Oasis at Death Valley, a true oasis resort in the desert, complete with palm trees, a sparkling pool and exceptional food, located conveniently in Death Valley National Park.

The workshop begins the evening of December 8 with a meet-and-greet dinner reception. From there, we’ll dive into classroom and in-the-field experiences. Be prepared to walk up to a quarter mile on uneven surfaces, such as sand dunes, to get to each shoot location.

Tamron USA will have their full complement of lenses available to loan out to you for the entire program in Canon, Sony and Nikon mounts. National Park Trips (an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service) and Tamron USA have teamed up to for the 5th year in a row to offer National Park Photography Workshops in parks across the Western US in 2020.


Day 1 Decembre 8, 2020

4 p.m.: Check in at The Ranch at the Oasis at Death Valley

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Meet-and-Greet dinner

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Intro to Workshop & Photography Seminar

Day 2 December 9, 2020

5:45 a.m. (Approx.): Leave for sunrise shoot at Zabriskie Point

6:48 a.m.: Sunrise

8 a.m.: Return to hotel for group breakfast

9 a.m. - 2:30 pm: Free time

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Post-Production Seminar

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. - Group Dinner

6:30 pm – 8 p.m.: Night Skies Seminar

8:30 p.m.: Leave for Night Skies shoot at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

9 p.m. – 1 am: Night Skies Shoot Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

1:30 a.m.: Return to hotel

Day 3 December 10, 2020

1:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Free time

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Group Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Leave for afternoon/sunset/blue hour shoot at Badwater Basin/Devils Golf Course & Artist’s Palette

Sunset: 4:32 p.m.

2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Afternoon/sunset/blue hour shoot at Badwater Basin/Devils Golf Course & Artist’s Palette

6 p.m.: Return to hotel

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Attendee image reviews, working dinner

Day 4 December 11, 2020

6 a.m.: Leave for Sunrise Shoot

6:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.: Sunrise Shoot at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

6:49 a.m. Sunrise

8 a.m.: Return to hotel

8 – 9:30 a.m.: Group breakfast and Q&A.

This is a tentative schedule actual schedule will be determined the days of the workshop based on weather conditions.

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The Oasis at Death Valley
Death Valley, CA 92328


All participants must arrange transportation to the host lodging property. We will provide transportation from these locations to all shoot locations within Death Valley National Park. Be prepared to walk up to a quarter mile on uneven surfaces, such as sand dunes, to get to each shoot location.


Weather in the California desert in winter can see big temperature swings. Daytime temperatures average in the 60’s and nighttime temperatures can drop into the high 30’s. Wearing cool daytime layers and bringing warmer clothing for the night shoots is suggested. A suggested packing list will be provided prior to the trip.

Inclement Weather:

If weather prevents photographing the night skies, we will have several contingencies.


$2,350 for double occupancy room (two tickets must be purchased) or $2,550 for a single occupancy room. Includes workshop, transportation to and from shoot locations, lodging, and some meals. Airfare not included.Your registration includes a complimentary membership to Death Valley Natural History Association (a $35 donation). This organization supports various conservation and education projects in the park. This membership includes:

  • 15% Discount on all purchases at DVNHA's four bookstore locations
  • 15% Discount at most National Park Service Visitor Center bookstores nationwide. For a list of participating stores visit http://publiclandsalliance.org/membership/rdp
  • Subscription to Telescope, our membership newsletter
  • Advanced notice of Special Events and Sales
  • Member patch

Your Instructors:

Ken Hubbard

Ken Hubbard

Ken is the Field Services Manager for Tamron, and responsible for Tamron’s popular Mobile Learning Tour and consumer workshop series. Ken conducts workshops all over the country and his portrait and landscape work has appeared in galleries nationwide.

Andre Costantini

Andre has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. His photographs focus on mood, gesture and simplicity. Some of his clients include the American Repertory Theatre, Tippet Rise, The Discovery Channel and Epix. He has taught workshops all over the United States on film making and photography.


Please email Mikaela Ruland at mruland@nationalparktrips.com.

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