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Death Valley
Colead with Kah-Wai Lin




January 4th - 8th, 2022

All skill levels



12 students

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS  |  $2,790

Trip Overview

  • Experience the beautiful landscapes and night skies of Death Valley National Park with Kah-Wai Lin and myself as your guides!

  • Capture breathtaking images of the Milky Way!

  • Work hands on with professional shooting techniques to increase your creativity and compositional skills!

  • Advance your photography skills in an exciting group class!


What is included?

  • Kah-Wai Line and myself as your photography guides.

  • Hotel lodging in Death Valley National Park. (Rooms are single occupancy. If desired, double occupancy rooms are available at a reduced rate.)

  • Transportation within Death Valley National Park

  • Post-processing training in Photoshop and Lightroom.

  • My lesson on navigating the night sky and local geology.

What is not included?

  • Airfare and rental car

  • Meals

  • Travel insurance

  • Park entrance fee

What should I bring?

  • DSLR/mirrorless SLR digital camera.

  • Wide angle lens such as 14-24mm. Also worth bringing are a 24-70mm and 70-200mm.

  • Sturdy tripod and ball head.

  • Multiple charged batteries, battery charger, and empty memory cards.

  • Shutter release cable (intervalometer).

  • Headlamp with a red light setting.

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed.

  • Warm clothing, thermals, and rain gear.

  • * I recommend ordering a L-bracket for your camera body if you do not already have this accessory. L-brackets allow quickly swapping between landscape and portrait orientation while keeping portrait shots to remain centered over the tripod

COVID-19 Information

  • We will practice social distancing in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and we will wear masks to help limit airborne exposure.

  • Students should book refundable airfare in the event the workshop has to be postponed due to COVID-19.

Physical Fitness Requirement:

  • Ability to hike up to 1 mile is helpful. Most photography locations are near the parking lots where we will be driving to and require only a few minutes hike.


  • This 5 day and 4 night workshop costs $2,790 with a 50 % deposit required to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due 3 months prior the workshop.

Permits and Certifications:

  • I hold the required permit with Death Valley National Park for this workshop.
  • In the event of an emergency, I am certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • I am trained in the practice of Leave-no-Trace hiking and camping to protect the natural resources.
  • Lastly, I served as an Astronomy Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park where we received Interpretive Ranger Training on how to best facilitate visitor experience and learning!


Day 1:


We will start our adventure by meeting at the hotel in Furnace Creek no later than 4pm to talk about the upcoming few days. We will head over to Zabriskie Point to photograph sunset and to Badwater Basin for astrophotography at night.

Day 2:


Today we will wake up early to photograph Badwater Basin during sunrise. This iconic spot is the lowest elevation location in the Northern Hemisphere and offers amazing salt formations to compose scenes with.

Day 3 and 4:


Today we will head to Mesquite Sand Dunes to photograph sunrise from this beautiful spot with endless lines for compositions.