Death Valley National Park

Adventures through Sand Dunes, Salt Flats & Ghost Towns

With Clifford Pickett

March 1-5, 2020

Join Susan Magnano and travel photographer, Clifford Picket as they lead you through canyons, over the sand dunes, and down to the salt basins.

This 5-day workshop will combine a mixture of in-the-field photography, technical discussions, and post-production. Death Valley is a very mystifying place with unique areas like the Rhyolite Ghost Town and Bad Water Basin that will lead to very captivating photos.We will be chasing the best light from sunrise to sunset. You will learn:

  • A solid foundation of camera technique

  • Understanding light & Composition

  • How to use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

What's included:

  • 2 Professional landscape photographers guidance and location expertise

  • In the field instruction on mastering photography skills

  • Classroom session including Lightroom and Photoshop techniques, and critiques 

  • Transportation throughout Death Valley

What's not included:

  • Airfare

  • Car rental 

  • Hotel accommodation 

  • Meals

  • Transportation to/from Death Valley

What should I expect? 

Our days will consist of sunrise hikes to photographing the Milky Way rising over the desert. This photography workshop adventure is designed to give all participants the opportunity to shoot and capture some of the most amazing landscapes and places in the country. We will guide you through different photography techniques, camera settings and how to use filters to properly expose your shots. We will also spend a good amount of time on photo composition and developing your own style so your photos will tell your story to the viewer.

Group size will be kept small (max. 12 participants) to afford each participant one-on-one instruction both in the field and in the classroom for post editing.   

What should I bring?  

Upon signing up we will send everyone a detailed equipment and material list. The basic gear everyone should have is a digital SLR camera body, tripod and a variety of lens. Laptops are recommend to help you fully learn to edit on your own system.

We will be outside doing some walking/hiking for a good part of the trip.  It is advised for you to dress in layers and  wear proper footwear. Temperatures and conditions can change rapidly so it is best to be prepared.


Death Valley National Park, located in East California near the Sierra-Nevada mountains and the Nevada borders

You need a car to get to Death Valley.

Here are approximate driving times from major destinations:

  • Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (closest airport): 2-1/2 hours

  • Los Angeles: 5 hours

  • San Francisco: 8 hours when Highway 120 is open

  • Yosemite National Park: 6 hours when Highway 120 is open

Recommended Car Rental: Enterprise


Stove Pipe Wells 

51880 Highway 190

Death Valley, CA 92328

Each day will consist of the following: 

*  Guided in-the-field shooting and instructions 

*  Group sorting and critique

*  Group editing and individual assistance

Possible Shooting Locations:

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Badwater Basin  

Rhyolite Ghost 

Zabriskie Point 

Dantes View

Artist Palette

Ubehebe Crater

Cancelation Policy:

Cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: We refund any tuition paid, with the exception of a $50 processing fee.

For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: We refund any tuition paid, with the exception of a $100 processing fee.

For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: We retain full tuition.

Death Valley National Park

5 Day Workshop

Book NOW for

Early Bird Special: $1650

Full Tuition: $1950

Workshop Add-on

LIGHTROOM WEEKEND WRAP UP- Go home with edited images
March 6 & 7 - $750