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 nearly 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.

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Group Photography Workshops and Tours

October 2-3, 2021: Creative Nature & Landscape Photography
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
. Offered through Weehawken Creative Arts. Designed for novice/intermediate photographers but suitable for all experience levels. This workshop offers a unique blend of philosophy, field work, and classroom instruction in beautiful settings. We'll cover photographic fundamentals; precision exposure and capture; aesthetics; tips and techniques; and conclude with an overview of post-processing basics using Adobe Lightroom. My goal is to provide you with the inspiration, knowledge, and hands-on learning to help advance your creativity and photography skills with an emphasis on nature and landscape photography. Please click here for more information and registration

November 8-12, 2021: Death Valley Photo Workshop
Death Valley National Park, California. Co-led by Tom Dwyer, limited to 10 photographers. We'll explore and photograph some of the park’s best locations during this workshop. combining outstanding photographic opportunities with classroom time & presentations, along with inspirational, creative, and technical discussions. Please click here for more information and registration


December 8-11, 2021: Visionary Processing & Printing

Death Valley National Park, California. This workshop is designed for those seeking to advance their image processing and digital printing skills. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and skills needed to make the transition from RAW file to a desired visualized outcome, on screen and in print. The processing section of this workshop covers a variety of basic and advanced techniques aimed at accomplishing your visualized goals using precise control of color and tone, contrast and detail. The printing section of this workshop covers every aspect of producing the best possible prints from your processed files, including color management, sizing and sharpening techniques. All attendees will return home with at least one exhibition-ready fine art print! Please click here for more information and registration

December 15-18, 2021: 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. Please click here for more information and registration


February 3-7, 2022: Visionary Death Valley

Death Valley National Park, California. 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


February 9-12, 2022: Visionary Processing & Printing
Death Valley National Park, California. This workshop is designed for those seeking to advance their image processing and digital printing skills. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and skills needed to make the transition from RAW file to a desired visualized outcome, on screen and in print. The processing section of this workshop covers a variety of basic and advanced techniques aimed at accomplishing your visualized goals using precise control of color and tone, contrast and detail. The printing section of this workshop covers every aspect of producing the best possible prints from your processed files, including color management, sizing and sharpening techniques. All attendees will return home with at least one exhibition-ready fine art print! Please click here for more information and registration


December 1-5, 2022: Visionary Death Valley
Death Valley National Park, California. 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 7-10, 2022: Visionary Processing & Printing
Death Valley National Park, California. This workshop is designed for those seeking to advance their image processing and digital printing skills. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and skills needed to make the transition from RAW file to a desired visualized outcome, on screen and in print. The processing section of this workshop covers a variety of basic and advanced techniques aimed at accomplishing your visualized goals using precise control of color and tone, contrast and detail. The printing section of this workshop covers every aspect of producing the best possible prints from your processed files, including color management, sizing and sharpening techniques. All attendees will return home with at least one exhibition-ready fine art print! 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 world's 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. We also offer by arrangement curbside airport pickups (LAX and LAS only) for those traveling from out-of-state and from abroad. 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.

Additional Private workshops and tours 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;

• Introduction to Large Format photography; Advanced Large Format photography (View video excerpts from previous 'Introduction to Large Format Photography' workshops);

• 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

Would you like to make better prints? Do you want to learn Adobe Photoshop for photographers? Michael has provided in-person and online consultation (via 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 $75 per hour (billed in 1/2 hour increments). 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.