A two day photo workshop to one of the most dramatic and unusual places you will ever see. Just 150 miles from Los Angeles.

Next class to be announced.

The Salton Sea was a man-made accident that began in 1905 when the Colorado River breached an Imperial Valley dike. It took nearly two years to control the flow into the formerly dry Salton Sink and stop the flooding. This resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea. Over the years there have been numerous attempts to create the Salton Sea as a tourist destination. But most attempts have failed because of the Salton Sea’s pollution, increased salinity, and fish die-offs. However, the area has become an important resource for migrating birds.

The Salton Sea has also become an attraction for artists and photographers because of its ruins, old signage, abandoned vehicles, and bizarre shapes of trees.

We will photograph areas that include Salton City, Salton Shores, Bombay Beach, Desert Beach, and Mecca. On the east side, we will visit Slab City and Salvation Mountain built by Leonard Knight and featured in the movie “Into The Wild.”

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This workshop is designed to help you learn how to take better photographs. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose and create a composition. You will learn how to understand and use camera settings for optimum results. We will spend all of our time photographing in the field when not traveling to locations.

Topics we will covered include:

  1. Simplifying subject matter.

  2. Using motion to your advantage.

  3. Seeing monochromic color.

  4. Using harmonious colors.

  5. Controlling contrast.

  6. Proper outdoor exposure.

  7. Working in low light.

  8. Deciding between black-and-white or color.

  9. Time exposure.

  10. Composition.

  11. Depth-of-field  and sense of depth.

  12. RAW vs. JPEG.

  13. Leading Lines and S-Curves.

  14. The Rule of Thirds.

  15. Balance in Landscape Photography.

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Workshop fee:  There is a 10% discount for former students.

Workshop fee does not include: Hotel accommodations, all meals, entrance fees, and transportation to & from Los Angeles.

Enrollment limit: 10 students per session.

Each student is responsible for their own transportation to the workshop location. However, car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles. Heavy shoes are recommended!

“The quality of light at the Salton Sea is like none I have seen before.”

Photographs of The Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain taken by Keith Skelton

The workshop will begin on Saturday at 12 noon. We will meet at

Coco's Bakery Restaurant,

78375 Varner Rd # 6027 Palm Desert, CA 92211-1141 (760) 360-9045 MAP HERE

After lunch, we will depart and concentrate on photographing the east side of the lake. We will stay out until after sunset and then drive to Brawley, which is at the south end of the lake. We will stay at

The Best Western Motel, 1562 E. Main Street, Brawley, CA (760) 351-9800  You will need to make your own reservations. It is nothing fancy; but, it is clean.

Sunday morning we will be at the west side of the lake for sunrise and then we will gradually drive back toward Indio. The workshop will officially end at 3 p.m. on Sunday.