California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range was famously called “the Range of Light” by John Muir for the endless dance that light performs on the range’s peaks. The Sierra Nevada is characterized by massive granite mountains, picturesque lakes and rivers, and rich forests. The scenic and varied landscapes are a photographer’s delight. In addition, early July often brings the monsoon and thunderstorm to the Sierra, making for exciting and dramatic conditions for photography. This High Sierra photography workshop will visit such grand locations as the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Tuolumne and Dana Meadows, Mono Lake, Convict Lake, groves of quaking aspens, and much more. Join us as we photograph the spell-binding scenery of the High Sierra. This multi-day High Sierra photography workshop will help photographers create beautiful photos of the breathtaking and varied landscapes of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. During this workshop we will be photographing dramatic granite peaks, glacially-fed alpine lakes, fascinating rock formations, cascading streams, and otherworldly Mono Lake tufa towers. Each day is filled with spectacular opportunities as we put you in the right place at the right time to make the most of your photography. In addition to visiting incredible landscapes, this workshop places a strong emphasis on helping you produce striking and powerful compositions, as well as telling a story with your photos.
- Digital SLR camera
- Lenses. 16mm-200mm equivalent recommended.
- A sturdy tripod
- Comfortable camera backpack you can hike with
- Filters (ND, Grad ND, Polarizer)
- Remote shutter release
- Extra batteries, charger, and memory cards
- Creativity and a positive attitude
Due to variable conditions, we recommend bringing multiple layers of non-cotton clothing (like polypropylene base layers and fleeces), a warm jacket and pants, a warm hat, gloves, warm socks, and good footwear (hiking shoes or boots recommended), with lighter layers for warm days. We also recommend bringing a windproof rain jacket and rain pants. Light colored clothing is recommended as mosquitoes. A wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and a large water bottle will also be indispensable. New Zealand experiences strong UV so sunscreen is also a must. Bug repellent is a great idea but we recommend buying it in New Zealand.
Highly recommended items
- Camera rain sleeve
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Trekking poles
- Waders for getting out into lakes and streams
- Mosquito repellent (DEET-based repellents are recommended)
Our High Sierra Photography Workshop is appropriate for photographers of good fitness levels. We will walk approximately 5-8 miles over the course of each day of the workshop, including some hikes of 2-3 miles each way. This hiking may be on rough, steep, and slippery terrain. This workshop may visit elevations as high as 10,500 ft. Walking in the mountains at altitude can be strenuous, especially at elevation. All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear, and water during the workshop. Participants may wish to arrive a few days early before the workshop begins to acclimate to the altitude. In short, please be prepared for hiking high in the mountains.