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Private Workshop in Death Valley: Part 1

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Last week, I met a student out in Death Valley National Park for a 3-day, 2-night private, one-on-one photography workshop. We stayed in Panamint Springs and spent the trip photographing hot spots like the salt flats, sand dunes and Devils Cornfield. 2 sunrises and 2 sunsets later, we'd seen and photographed some of the most unique landscapes this country has to offer. If you'd like information on planning your own private workshop, drop me a line.

Day 1 brought us through Artists Drive, which is a short one-way tour through a section of the Amargosa Mountains that is stained with colors from various mineral deposits in the rock. Truthfully, this area is tough to photograph because the colors are pretty faint pastels. In midday, the light is harsh and washes out the colors. At sunset, the yellow light blends all the colors together. Great clouds, though. That being said, we did the best we could with what we had.

Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park, CA

Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park, CA

Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park, CA

Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park, CA

The real fun came from the salt flats at sunset. The polygonal shapes of this dry lakebed is unlike anything else on earth. I've been to the salt flats twice in my life and being out there is truly the most surreal experience I've ever had. It's a truly magical place.

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Salt Flats at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Stay tuned for Part 2!

New Seminar Dates at Shutterstories

Announcing 3 new dates for my Manual Metering & Filtration for Nature Photography Seminar and my Composition for Dramatic Landscape Photography Seminar at Shutterstories in Riverside, CA!

Here is the new schedule for 2011:

Saturday, July 23 - Composition for Dramatic Landscape Photography
Saturday, August 27 - Manual Metering & Filtration for Nature Photography
Sunday, October 2 - Composition for Dramatic Landscape Photography
Saturday, November 26 - Manual Metering & Filtration for Nature Photography

All seminars run from 1:00-4:00 and cost just $39! For more information on what these seminars are about and how to sign up, click here.

Learn How to Shoot in Full Manual

I'll be back again at Shutterstories in Riverside on May 1st to give my  "Manual Exposure and Filtration for Nature Photography" seminar!

In this $39 one-day seminar, I'll teach you how to shoot in full manual the right way. I'll also reveal the secret behind my landscape photography and what filters I use to get the dramatic shots.

Here's what one participant had to say about the seminar:

I attended Nick's seminar at Shutterstories in Riverside in order to make the move to real, calculated photos. Let me tell you, it changed my photography forever. As a result of Nick's clear concise presentation I have transitioned from a "shoot and hope for the best" mentality to a "how should I design this shot" approach...I am getting photos from my inexpensive kit lens that I would have thought could only come from high end glass.

- Mike

Who's it for?
Photographers of all skill levels

When is it?
Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

How much is it?
Only $39!

How can I reserve my seat?
Call Melissa Tippie of Shutterstories at 951.318.1574 or 951.683.3444 or visit the Shutterstories website

More information can be found here. Don't delay! Reserve your spot now!