Death Valley Photographic Workshop, January 2013

January 9-14, 2013

Workshop Leaders: Andy Biggs and Michael Gordon

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I will be co-leading a rigorous 5-day photography workshop with my friend, Michael Gordon, in Death Valley National Park January 2013. Death Valley is a landscape photographer's paradise, combining large sand dunes, mountains and desert scenes all in one place. If you have never photographed in Death Valley, you owe it to yourself to witness some of the most famous geological formations in the American West. January is an excellent time to photograph in Death Valley, as the combination of moderate temperatures and shorter days make for an excellent experience. Outside of the winter months, Death Valley is too hot and days are too long to be considered good times to visit. I do prefer to be in Death Valley in the winter, as the short days allow for more star trail photography, which we will spend some time doing out on the Race Track.

This workshop is primarily a field workshop, however we will have opportunities to discuss and work on post processing tips and techniques with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as some of the Nik Software plugins. We will be in the field early in the morning and early in the evening to catch the dawn and dusk light with a little bit of down time in between. We will also spend a few evenings working on star trails, which will keep us out late when combined with some long drives back to our hotel. We will have discussion and assistance while out in the field each day. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. We will all work closely together, sharing our knowledge and experience.

The workshop will begin on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 9 at 1pm, and will finish after a morning shoot on Monday, January 14th. The workshop is limited to 10 particpants only.



The price for the workshop is $1495. Transportation, lodging and meals are not included. Use the button below to reserve your space for the workshop. The deposit for the workshop is $750, with the remaining balance to be due by December 15, 2012. If you need to cancel, your deposit will be refunded if I am able to fill your spot on the workshop. Please email me at for registration / deposit instructions.


The workshop will be based at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel (760-786-2387). We are arranging for a block of rooms, and please inquire for the group code upon registration. Stovepipe Wells also has RV hookups and camping if you are thinking of any alternative accommodations in the area. Workshop participants are encouraged to stay at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel, however if you are looking for different accommodations you can look at Furnace Creek Inn at around 25 minutes away..

Getting there

There are several ways of getting to Death Valley. Those flying in should consider Las Vegas, as this is the fastest route. From Las Vegas you will want to drive through Pahrump, Nevada. From Interstate 15 take NV 160 to Pahrump. Just north of town, turn left on Bell Vista Road. Take Bell Vista (becomes Stateline Road in California) to Death Valley Junction and turn right on CA 127, then a quick left on CA 190 to Death Valley. The whole trip is about 120 miles and takes 2 to 2.5 hours to get to the park entrance. LAX Airport is also an option, which is 260 miles away (around 5 hour drive).

I am extremely excited to offer this workshop. My American West workshops aren't offered very often, and I look forward to spending more time in 2013 getting back to the landscapes that I photographed when I got into photography more than a decade ago. If you have any questions or thoughts about this workshop or about traveling to this location, please contact us at Hope to see you there!