California Photography Workshops


Autumn in the Eastern Sierra


This workshop will take you to one of the world’s most photogenic locations: the landscape of the Eastern Sierra Range. We will photograph places such as Bodie, Mono Lake, Silver Lake, and more. This workshop is open to of all levels of photography, using 35mm to large format, film and/or digital. You will be totally immersed with photography for 3 1/2 days of learning and fun.

I have scheduled the dates to coincide with autumn leaves and dark skies for night photography.

For those who have not been to this part of the Eastern Sierras you will be in for a big treat. It is one of the most scenic locations in the world.

Bodie California is one of the best preserved ghost towns in the United States. Bodie is a state park of California, and the exterior is open to the public. There is a minimal charge for admission.

Mono Lake (rhymes with "OH no") is the largest natural lake completely within the state of California. Once endangered when water feeding it was diverted toward the Los Angeles basin, it lost half its volume in the 40 years before an agreement was reached to save it. The best-known feature of Mono Lake are its dramatic tufa (TWO-fuh) towers.


This workshop will mostly be about practicing and perfecting your craft. We will have daily discussions about "seeing", pre-visualization, and techniques. You will be shooting sunrises, sunsets, closeups, reflections, night scenes, wildlife and much more. We will also present you a few exercises to help get your creativity flowing. These will be beneficial for all levels of photography experience.

The workshop starts Friday so we can take advantage sunset and night photography over Mono Lake. We will meet in Lee Vining at Murphy’s Motel.  Further information will be sent out after you sign up.


-Dress in layers,  the evenings and mornings can get cool.

-Bring a warm jacket.

-Sturdy shoes

-Sun block


-Camera batteries and chargers

-Camera manuals

-Memory cards and /or portable hard drives

-Laptop if you have one

-Plenty of film for film photographers


Workshop participants are responsible their own accommodations at nearby resorts or motels. The most convenient place to stay is Lee Vining, but there are also places to stay at June Lake Loop. Try the the El Mono Inn or Murphey's Motel and Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining. Links to other hotels in town, as well as general information about the area can be found at the Mono Lake website.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

FEES: -  Note that The Bodie Foundation is charging fees for a groups to enter the park for 4 hours. This fee is included in your tuition.

This workshop is limited to 12 people. Special arrangements can me made for non-shooting spouses.  Contact Keith Skelton at

A few of the things we may photograph include:

-Mono Lake

-Night Photography

-One half day at Bodie Ghost Town.

-Carson Peak reflecting into Silver Lake at sunrise.

-Lundy Creek, Lee Vining Creek, Aspen Trees, Dunderberg Meadows.

-Mammoth Lakes Minarets viewpoint

Here is a link for more Bodie information.

Silver Lake Resort Cafe


2014 Workshop Group

2015 Workshop Group