Yosemite “After Dark” Spring Night Photography Workshop

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Availability : Apr 19th, 2019

Apr 19th, 2019




Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park is arguably the most iconic and easily recognizable parks in the United States; towering cliffs of marbled granite and massive waterfalls plunging over them. It’s a stunningly beautiful testimony to the power of nature and time. Ansel Adams Photographed Yosemite, and is best known for his magnificent captures of this California treasure. Technology has progressed since Ansel’s days, and with the new string of cameras we’re able to see and photograph Yosemite in ways that were previously nearly impossible.

Come explore Yosemite…AFTER DARK!

After meeting your professional instructors in the afternoon they will drive you into the park for a chance to photograph one of the spectacular and iconic grand vista points. Sunset is only a warm-up however, the real magic happens when the mother-nature turns off the lights. Night landscape photography for many can be a difficult and challenging. For others going out at night alone can be intimidating and scary. We’re here to help with both! Come join the Aperture Academy and a fun group of photography enthusiasts for a night adventure!

Our instructors will be on hand to help you with all the settings and technical knowledge needed to capture stunning night imagery. Want to know how to light paint? Our instructors will bring along the materials to help create interesting and unique images painting with light!

As an added bonus, May also brings about a natural phenomenon called a ‘Moonbow’ at Yosemite Falls. Light from the moon creates a rainbow in the mist of this powerful and massive waterfall. If the clouds stay clear, and the moon is able to hit the falls, our instructors will have you in the right place to capture this stunning occurrence for yourself!

The Moonbow is only one of numerous possibilities to capture stunning and imaginative night images in this grand and inspiring landscape. You’ll ride in style all night long as our team of professional instructors guides you in and around Yosemite National Park and put you in the right place at the right time to capture the best Yosemite offers.

Spring brings on the water, and no time is better to see those massive waterfalls flowing at their best! We will have two nights of shooting stunning images and a final post-processing session before our time together draws to a close.

Stars! Moonbows! Raging Waterfalls! YOSEMITE!

We hope you’ll join us for this exclusive workshop offering at California’s premier National Park.

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (In-field shooting):

3:00pm: Orientation.
3:30pm: Leave for Yosemite and photograph until approximately 1:00am-1:30am

Day 2 (In-field shooting):

Meet in the afternoon, transport to Yosemite and photograph until approximately 2:00am-2:30am

Day 3 (Classroom post-processing):

10:00am-12:30pm: Post-processing session
12:30pm: Conclusion

What is Required
  • A digital SLR or Mirrorless camera
  • A sturdy tripod
  • A cable or remote shutter release (mandatory)
  • Extra camera battery(ies) – you’ll need it with long exposures!
  • A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom installed. We recommend Creative Cloud.
  • Ability to hike 1-2 miles over the course of the day (we do a few short hikes to different areas)
Lodging, Meals & Directions

Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Yosemite View Lodge, located in Portal, California (888-742-4371).

We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest.

What’s Included/Not Included
What’s Included in Your Workshop:
  • Hands-on Instruction by 2 or more professional photographers
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Water (snacks for extended workshops)
What’s not included
  • Transportation to/from Workshop starting location
  • Instructor Gratuities
  • Meals during workshop breaks
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared

Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.

We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?

Every “ApCad” member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.