To ensure the well-being of our employees and the public, we are canceling or postponing many programs, events and operations. For details on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. See the Yosemite National Park site and the NPS Public Health Update for more information.

59° F

Experience Level



1-2 miles/day


4,000–7,000 feet.

Registration Fee


PLEASE NOTE: We hope to offer this program as planned, and we are currently accepting registrations. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all participants and instructors, and we are using federal, state and local public health guidance to adjust our programming as needed. If we determine that we cannot hold this program safely, we will inform registered participants by email and offer full refunds.

Photographers of all levels will enjoy this informative and fun multi-day workshop! Indulge in the seasonal beauty of autumn in Yosemite Valley, where you can take advantage of smaller crowds, colorful foliage and soft light to capture gallery-worthy images.

Your instructors — two professional photographers with years of experience capturing Yosemite scenes — will share insider tips and offer guidance to help you develop your personal style. Whether focusing your lens on majestic natural icons or individual oak leaves, you’ll learn to work with natural light and shadow, find fresh angles on famous subjects, and use new techniques to make your photos stand out. 

All camera types (digital or film) are welcome! 

Included with your registration: 

  • An introductory meeting at Yosemite Valley Lodge (7:30 pm on Thursday, October 15), and three full days of guided outdoor photography in Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas (Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, starting at 7:30 am each day)
  • Park entry (as needed).
    • Four nights of tent camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, if needed (arrive Thursday, October 15 and depart Monday, October 19). Note: Our limited camping sites are for participants only. We cannot adjust the dates. The sites are shared. Tents only.
  • Option to upgrade accommodations to Yosemite Valley Lodge for an additional fee (arrive Thursday, October 15 and depart Monday, October 19).
    • Information about upgrading your accommodations will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 30 days before the start of the program. We cannot adjust the dates and the option does not offer a discount. 

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. 

View a suggested packing list.