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OUT OF DEATH VALLEY

Landscape Photography Conference

January 20-24th, 2021

Immerse yourself in the desert landscape of Death Valley for 5 days, shooting side-by-side with the pros.

Experience striking extremes of contrast in the hottest, driest and lowest National Park in the United States with over a dozen leading landscape photographers in the world. Explore, learn and push your creativity as you photograph, its raw natural beauty of undulating sand dunes, sculptural badlands and the desert light rise or fall under wide open skies. Death Valley is a perfect winter backdrop to spark your creative soul.

“It was an amazing week. In all different kinds of ways. You learn a ton of information from phenomenal photographers. It’s something for everyone.”

–JEANINE
Cole Thompson

Black and white fine art photographer.

Michael Gordon

Award-winning photographer and Death Valley National Park guru.

Colleen Miniuk
Colleen Miniuk

Inspirational photographer, writer, adventurer and workshop leader.

Erin Babnik

Erin Babnik is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker.

Eric Paré and Kim Henry

Visual artist Eric Paré has built a lifestyle combining his passion for photography, travel and light-painting.

Sarah Marino

Sarah Marino is a nature photographer, photography educator, guide, and writer who splits her time between a home in rural southwestern Colorado and traveling with her husband and cat in an Airstream trailer.

Jack Curran
Jack Curran

Fine art black and white landscape photographer

Alex Noriega
Alex Noriega

2016 USA and International Landscape Photographer of the year.

David Kingham

David is a Colorado native and a professional nature photographer who travels full-time with his partner Jennifer Renwick and their two cats in an RV.

Jennifer Renwick

Jennifer is a full-time nature photographer from Colorado that travels the American West photographing, exploring and teaching photography workshops.

William Neill

Yosemite resident and author of the “On Landscape” column in Outdoor Photographer.

John Barclay

John Barclay is an award-winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. 

Nick Page

I am one of the lucky ones. I get to take pretty pictures for a living.

Joshua Cripps

Josh Cripps is a wilderness landscape photographer living in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California.

TJ Thorne

I am a professional nature photography based out of Portland, Oregon. In my images I aim to explore the calming simplicity of nature.

More instructors to come.

CONFERENCE PRICE

$3900 (double occupancy)

Reserve with a deposit of $1500. The remaining balance is due 90 days before the event. This event is limited to 100 attendees.
Does not include airfare, transportation or park permits.

What’s included?

4 nights accommodation at The Ranch at Death Valley.
4 dinners, 3 lunches and 4 breakfasts 
Hands-on instruction from the top photographers in the field
More than 100 scheduled sessions to choose from for a personalized learning experience
Daily hands-on workshops and in-the-field excursions
Personal one-on-one sessions and small-group image reviews
Private Out of Death Valley online community to connect with your fellow photographers to coordinate carpools

“Thank you for enriching our lives by bringing us all together with such beautiful, passionate instructors. They gave us so much inspiration. So many life lessons. Not just photography.”
— USHA

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to Death Valley?
Death Valley is an easy 2 hour drive from Las Vegas.

How are we getting to the photo locations?
We will coordinate carpools from The Oasis at Death Valley for each field session.

What Death Valley locations will we photograph?
Despite its name, Death Valley is one of the most photographically diverse locations in the world. We’ll photograph all of the top spots within an hour drive of Furnace Creek including some of the world’s most famous dunes, badlands and salt flats. We will organize smaller post-conference workshops to visit The Racetrack to photograph the famous sailing stones.

What fitness level is required for the excursions?
Some of the field sessions will have almost no walk. You get out of the car and start shooting from the overlook. Other excursions require a hike through the dunes or salt flats. We will describe the field session difficulty in the session descriptions before you choose your field sessions.

What is the weather in Death Valley in January?
The average high in Death Valley is 67 and the average low is 40. There is very little precipitation in Death Valley even in January.

Who is this event for?
Photography enthusiasts and pros. All levels of passionate photographers are welcome. Just be ready to eat, sleep and drink landscape photography for five days.

How can I learn more about Death Valley before the event?
We recommend Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Death Valley National Park by Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa.

What photography equipment do I need?
You’ll want a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a tripod. We’ll share detailed equipment recommendations before the event. A laptop is suggested so you can work on your images during the post-processing and critique sessions.

Will there be a chance to hang out with the instructors?
You bet! Throughout the week we will eat meals together, hang out in the evening and photograph together in small groups. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and hang out with your favorite photographers.

Will I be sitting in classes all day?
This is a hands-on, immersive photography experience. We’re not going to bring you all the way to Death Valley to sit in a classroom watching something you could watch in bed on Youtube. Over 5 days, you’ll learn new techniques in the field while shooting with some of the world’s best photographers. There is classroom time available to practice post-processing and to get feedback on images, but you’ll be in the field most of the time. There are plenty of options available each day for you to create a schedule that matches your interests, inside and outside the classroom.

When will I choose my sessions?
We will release the full detailed schedule one month before the event. We’ll send information on choosing sessions at this time and give directions to choose sessions. Group presentations are open to everyone. In-the-field sessions are limited to 10 participants. All participants will have an equal opportunity to get into the sessions of their choice.

Can I bring a non-photographer friend or family member with me?
Of course! They are welcome to join us for the group presentations at no charge. The in-the-field teaching excursions are limited to ten people and are reserved for conference attendees only. A meal pass will be offered at an additional charge so that they can join us for group meals. If you are sharing a room with them, you must purchase the single occupancy ticket.

What is the refund policy?
You can read the refund policy here.

If you have any other questions, please email me at chris@outofchicago.com

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