Nov 2nd, 2019
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is a photographer’s paradise in any season, and fall is no exception, which is why we offer two workshops in California’s most popular park. Come join us as we take you to some of Yosemite’s most notable icons, as well as explore some of Yosemite’s high country…which is what makes the fall workshop a different experience than our winter Yosemite workshop.
We’ll explore the Tioga Pass, looking for the aspens that are starting to glow in autumn yellows and oranges. We’ll stop at high alpine lakes to photograph the granite peaks that surround them, and reflect in their crystal clear waters. The high elevation means the snow often doesn’t melt off completely in late August or early September, and the meadows are still green, and the creeks are flowing. Wildlife is abundant this time of year, in the mornings and evenings, as they begin to prepare for the winter that lies ahead.
With Tioga Pass open, your opportunities to explore this magnificent park are increased dramatically, and your instructors will be monitoring the weather to make sure you’re in the best locations at the best times.
In addition to the high country, we will spend ample time exploring the Yosemite Valley photographing icons like El Capitan and Half Dome, and iconic locations like Valley View and Glacier Point. Fall and winter are some of the best times to find wildlife as well. Many animals make their way to the valley in search of more abundant food sources as the cold settles into the high country. Your days will be full with photographic options, and in the evening your instructors will provide a valuable lesson in post-processing, in the vicinity of where you can get a tasty meal and refresh yourself after the hard work you put in behind the lens during the day.
You will leave this workshop with an experience you’ll remember, not only for the educational opportunities but for the fun and camaraderie you experienced with your fellow photographers and instructors.
What is Required
- A Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
- A tripod
- 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.