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Experience Level



1-3 miles/day


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Whether you’re just getting started with a camera or have lots of experience behind the lens, you’ll find plenty to savor during this weekend of photographing seasonal sights in Yosemite Valley.

After an introductory gathering at Yosemite Valley Lodge on Thursday evening, you’ll spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday indulging in the quiet beauty that descend on the park in autumn. Over the course of three full days of professional photography instruction, 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. Develop your personal photographic style as you move around the Valley, zooming in on oak leaves or stepping back to frame towering cliffs. Throughout the workshop, you’ll be able to take advantage of smaller crowds, colorful foliage and soft light to capture gallery-worth images.

Photography equipment is not included. All camera types (digital or film) are welcome!

Know Before You Go

  • When: Thursday, October 14 (orientation) to Sunday, October 17. Photography sessions (October 15, 16 and 17) start at around 7:30 am each day.
  • Where: Yosemite Valley
  • Registration includes: Guided photography workshop, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (October 14, 15, 16 and 17). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Yosemite Valley Lodge for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.