Photographing winter landscapes can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding types of photography. Whether you are shooting a wide landscape or a single snowflake, the less than ideal conditions can challenge even the most experienced photographer. We will strive to make a great photographs in what ever is presented to us... snow, fog, sun, or clouds. Adverse conditions can almost always lead to great photos.

The workshop will be based in Lee Vining, California. The day will begin by discussing the topics above before heading out to shoot photos. We will be looking for winter scenery and shoot various scenes under varying lighting conditions. Exact locations will be determined by the weather and light.

In the evenings we can process and share photographs with our laptops and discuss color and BW Lightroom techniques.

PLEASE NOTE: Winter weather in the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be unpredictable. It is possible that we will have snow falling on the ground but it is also possible that it will be a sunny day. Either way, we will make and create some wintertime images.


Winter weather in the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be unpredictable. I would highly advise that you have a all wheel drive vehicle and bring tire chains (they might be required). Highway 395 from Los Angeles is a major North/South highway and its kept in good condition. Especially since many people ski at Mammoth Mtn. However, Conway Summit (north of Lee Vining - 8,143 feet), Deadman Summit (south of June Lake - 8,047), and Sherwin Summit (north of Bishop - 6,427 feet) are potential trouble spots if there is a storm.

I have openings in my car traveling from Los Angeles for the first three people. Contact me.

If you are traveling from central California please check the road conditions for those mountain passes. The closest airport is Reno NV which is 140mi from Lee Vining or about 2.5 hours in good weather.

Here are links to the ROAD CONDITIONS


You will need to make your own motel reservations in Lee Vining at either Murphy’s or the Lake View Lodge


Digital or film cameras.

A wide choice of lenses from 14mm to 300mm.

Extra batteries, chargers, etc. The cold tends to zap batteries.

Sturdy tripod.

Not required... Laptop loaded with Lightroom and NIK Silver Efex (if you do BW)

Weather protection for cameras

Small flashlight

CLOTHING - Dress in layers 2-3 pairs gloves (one fingerless) 2-3 pair shoes including snow boots Winter hats, pants, silks, jackets, etc.

Hand warmers

Extra socks


Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

Winter photo galleries here:

Regular Price $699

Former Student Price $599

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