Photography Workshops & Tours in Death Valley, California, and beyond
"My workshop with Michael was simply spectacular - on every level - his knowledge of
Death Valley,his willingness to go "the extra mile" when needed, his ability to roll with
all the changes in weather, his energy and enthusiasm never flagging for one moment,
his technical expertise, his willingness to work with each participant in coming up with
the best shot possible - I would give him the highest grade possible in each of those
categories - and I look forward to taking another workshop as soon as possible."
Susan B. Landau - Los Angeles, California
Michael offers intensive and exciting group and private workshops in extraordinary settings year-round. With more than thirty years of experience behind the camera and nearly twenty years teaching the medium, his style is one of experience, passion, and inspiration. While the camera and post-production tools are vital components of the photographic process, Michael's teachings emphasize content, composition, and creative intent. Philosophical discussions are key components of all discussions and workshops.
Group Photography Workshops and Tours
March 22-25, 2023: Death Valley National Park Photography Workshop
Death Valley National Park, California. Hosted by the Los Angeles Center of Photography, we'll explore and photograph some of the park’s most photogenic locations for this workshop, combining outstanding photographic opportunities with inspirational, creative, and technical discussions. Michael works individually with all students to address their technical and creative challenges. This will be an intensive adventure! Expect pre-dawn starts, late finishes, outstanding locations, and great fun and camaraderie.
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November 30 - December 4, 2023: Visionary Death Valley
Death Valley National Park, California. Co-led with Guy Tal. Few other workshops give you the benefit of two experienced guides with diverse personal styles and a broad range of expertise. Come find out what makes this workshop unique, passion-filled, and inspiring to photographers of all levels. A perfect blend of photography, field classes, post-production, and passionate photographer/instructors all in one of the most visually stunning places on Earth has earned this workshop praise as “a tour de force of excellence, humanity, artistry, and knowledge”. Please click here for more information and registration
December 7-11, 2023: The Artful Black & White Landscape
Death Valley National Park, California, with Michael E. Gordon and Chuck Kimmerle
A great photography workshop provides you the tools and inspiration needed to create a lifetime of intentional and creatively-conceived works of art. Photographers of all experience levels are invited to join Chuck Kimmerle and Michael E. Gordon for this unique black and white focused photography workshop. Michael and Chuck are not only experienced photographers, they are inspirational, passionate, and patient instructors whose priority is your creative confidence and artistic growth. This workshop offers an excellent mix of location photography, group and personal instruction, image review sessions, field discussions, and post-production classroom work in one of the most unique and visually compelling locations in the world, Death Valley National Park. Please click here for more information and registration
Private Photography Workshops and Tours
"The weekend was the most intensive photo experience since one of my NZ trips about 10 years ago.
I was especially impressed with your conscientious preparation and attention to my aims and needs.
It was a rare display of professionalism." David Fisk, California
Michael is pleased to offer private photography workshops and tours for one or more persons. Workshops are focused on learning, skills, and camera techniques. Tours are ideal for experienced photographers who want to be in the right place at the right time. Private tours may include technical instruction upon request. ALL instruction and lesson plans are custom-tailored to your interests, skill and fitness levels, and camera format. Tour locations and itineraries are planned with your direct input. More ground can be covered in private tours than is typically possible in group workshops. 100% of Michael's attention is focused on you alone. The workshop/tour pace can be intensive or relaxed - it's all your choice. Please contact Michael by email or telephone to discuss availability and rates.
October - April (annually): DEATH VALLEY PHOTO TOURS
Michael leads the only private photography tours into Death Valley National Park October through April of each year. All Death Valley Photo Tours are customized to your personal goals and fitness, and all private tours include expert location guiding, supplemental technical support and instruction, engaging conversations, unforgettable experiences, and Death Valley's famous star-filled night skies. Please click here for more information.
INTRODUCTION TO LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY Workshops
View video excerpts from previous Introduction to Large Format Photography workshops
This course is currently taught by appointment only (send us an email with your inquiry) and is designed to accommodate all skill levels (including those who have previously worked with large format and have struggled with it). My teaching methods and techniques are direct, uncomplicated, and easy to comprehend. At the completion of this intensive two-day workshop, you will be able to efficiently and confidently compose, focus, meter, and expose your own large format photographs. NO PREVIOUS LARGE FORMAT EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! These workshops are sponsored by Chamonix View Cameras, and all workshop participants are eligible for discounts on all Chamonix cameras and accessories.
"Having just finished a Death Valley photo seminar with Michael Gordon, I can sum the experience up pretty quickly: I learned more about large format photography in our two days spent together than I had in the fifty-plus years of photography that preceded them. Michael not only taught me how to be effective and efficient when shooting large format, he reinvigorated my desire to shoot pictures purely for personal enjoyment. Now if I could only get a Chamonix camera….” Jim Shepherd, Murfreesboro, TN
Additional Private workshops and tour options include:
• Locations: Death Valley National Park; Mojave National Preserve; Joshua Tree National Park; Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; High Sierra; and more. Michael has explored and photographed extensively in these locations;
• Fundamentals of photography (digital and film: expert exposure, Zone System, composition & design, and more);
Please contact Michael by email or telephone to discuss availability and rates.
"Michael is a walking encyclopedia of the Eastern Sierra geography and conditions." Balaji Venkatachari
Consultation | Digital Darkroom | Fine Art Digital Printing
Do you want to make better prints? Do you want to learn Adobe Photoshop for photographers? Michael provides in-person and online consultation (via Zoom or Skype) for many photographers and print makers in the U.S. and abroad. His consultation, training, and printing services include:
• Color management
• Digital Darkroom Workflow and Techniques: from RAW file or film scan to fine art print
• Printing options and techniques (printers, papers, and inks): RGB printing; Epson Advanced Black & White; Piezography
• Fine art exhibition printing: Michael creates exhibition-quality fine-art prints from your film and digital originals. Includes all necessary and creative darkroom manipulation of your image: color balance; global and local contrast control; burning and dodging; cloning/spotting, sharpening. For optimum output and accuracy, all color prints are made with Michael’s own custom RGB printer/paper profiles, and all monochrome prints are made with the beautfiul Piezography K7 Sepia carbon pigment inkset. Proof prints, exhibition prints, CD burning, and shipping charges are additional.
Michael's consultation rate is $100 per hour. Please contact him via email or telephone (562/201-0856) for for additional details and booking.
Please contact Michael via email or telephone (562/201-0856) for Instruction, Tours, Consultation, and Fine Art Printing availability and rates.