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4 Days
Availability : Aug 10th, 2019

Aug 10th, 2019




Eastern Sierra, California

4-Day Eastern Sierra Photography Workshop

Join us for a four-day workshop in the high desert of Eastern California, visiting exciting locations such as historical Bodie, Mono Lake, Convict Lake, Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sabrina Lake and the Alabama Hills.

This workshop is one of our most diverse. We will spend time shooting landscapes during the day, and the stars once it gets dark. The extreme contrast of the Eastern Sierra is a photographer’s paradise from mountains and streams to the alien landscapes of the Alabama Hills. The Eastern Sierra mountain range runs almost 400 Miles in length, so the photographic possibilities are endless. We will begin in Mono Lake and Bodie exploring the north end of scenic highway 395. We will then take you south to explore the amazing areas around Bishop and Lone Pine.

Long before this area was a beacon for landscape photographers it was a hub for rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts who knew of a grand landscape filled with endless possibility to explore, all under one of the state’s most amazing views. Spend a few days with the Aperture Academy as we photograph some of the best this area has to offer!

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Orientation – We will meet for a workshop orientation the evening before the workshop begins at 9pm. This will be a good chance for everyone to meet and get to know one another before our early start the next morning.

Day 1 – We will begin this workshop by photographing the sunrise over the surreal tufa formations of Mono Lake, one of the most recognizable and iconic locations for landscape photography in the Western United States. From Mono Lake, we will spend the afternoon photographing the ghost town of Bodie. In the late 1800s, the town of Bodie was a thriving outpost in the search for gold, and its more remote location aided its reputation for lawlessness and mayhem. The early 1900s saw a severe decline in population, and ultimately the town was abandoned. Now, thanks to preservation efforts from the State of California, the town is in a protected state of “arrested decay” and a true photographer’s playground. You will have ample time to wander the area and capture a true piece of Americana!

Day 2 – We’ll visit a few of the local lakes including Convict Lake and June lake and marvel at the views of the Sierra range from along the Owens River. In the evening we will visit and shoot the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest high above the Owens River Valley, photographing the world’s oldest living things. The sunset will fade but that won’t be the end to our photography. When the sky turns to night we’ll capture some amazing night sky imagery with these iconic trees as a subject matter. If you’ve taken our Dark Side Class this is a perfect follow up course to really put those skills into practice. If you’ve never taken a night photography course, THIS is a tremendous opportunity to learn a new skill.

Day 3 – We’ll spend some more time visiting a few of the local lakes including North Lake and Sabrina Lake. This area has numerous possibilities for capturing diverse and amazing images in one of California’s best areas for landscape photography

Day 4 – On our last morning we will explore the other-worldly landscape of the Alabama Hills looking at the famous archways and perhaps the grandest vista of the Range of Light, highlighted by mighty Mt Whitney. This landscape feels unlike anything you have ever seen before! We will then drive back to the hotel and spend the final part of the workshop on the best practices and techniques to post-process your new images.


Lodging from the night of July 20th through the evening of July 23rd is included in the July 2018 Workshop. We will be staying in comfortable lodges close to the many diverse landscapes the Eastern Sierra Region has to offer.

For our first few evenings we will overnight at the Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining. The town of Lee Vining, which was originally named Lake View, is at the junction of Highway 395 and State Highway 120, overlooking majestic Mono Lake. This Lodge is centrally located in a region known as the “Gateway to Yosemite.” The lodge is situated among mature trees, expansive lawns and has many brightly colored flowers. There are restaurants, a grocery store, and more within walking distance from your room.

Our next few evenings will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Bishop. The town was named after Bishop Creek, which was named after Samuel Addison Bishop, a settler in the Owens Valley. This hotel has a heated pool, whirlpool and sauna, so feel free to bring a bathing suit and relax!

Workshop Price and Deposit

The workshop fee is $1,595. (Single Supplement: $700 ) Due to the exclusivity of this trip, and the limited number of seats available, refunds are as follows:

  • 100% refundable: 150 days (five months) or greater
  • No refund within 150 days or less of the start date
  • Seats are transferrable
What is/isn’t included?
The workshop/tour price includes:
  • Double occupancy lodging in Lee Vining and Bishop (4 nights)
  • Transportation from our meeting location, to the other workshop locations, then back to our
  • meeting location.
The workshop/tour price DOES NOT include:
  • Transportation to/from our meeting location
  • Food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Instructor gratuities
  • Travel insurance