Valley of Fire Photography Workshop
Authorized permittee of Valley of Fire State Park
Note: We almost always hold our Death Valley and Valley of Fire workshops back to back, so you can book both to extend your workshop.
Photos from earlier workshops
Just an hour's drive from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas sits one of the gems of the Southwest. Valley of Fire looks and feels like another planet. A true photographer's playground, the Valley of Fire has a little something for everyone. Slot canyons - check! Red rock canyons and hills - check! Swirls of yellow, orange and red layered rock - check! Arches and interesting shaped rocks - check! So, if photographing the beauty of the southwest is up your alley, and you want it all within a short drive to a major metropolitan airport, Valley of Fire is right for you! Don't bother losing money in the casinos, come join the Aperture Academy for a weekend of photography in the Nevada desert! We'll spend the best light traveling over these colorful rocky landscapes working on composition and helping you to come away with some great new images for your portfolio. Whether you're a newbie to landscape photography looking for a weekend to work with filters and get some nice images, or a photographer with more experience looking to work on composition and add new shots to your portfolio, this class will have something for everyone. Our team of professional instructors will be on with you to help work with you at your level and take you to the next!
The desert has attracted landscape photographers for decades, drawn in by the quality of light and interest of the many available subjects. You truly have to see this place to believe it. Come spend a weekend in the desert with like-minded photography enthusiasts who enjoy photography as much as you do. We'll provide the instruction and take you in our comfortable vehicle to all the spots on this workshop. All you have to do is get there!
What is Required
Need Gear? Visit BorrowLenses for a special package designed specifically for Aperture Academy students for this workshop.
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Hampton Inn North Las Vegas, located in North Las Vegas, Nevada - (702) 655-0111.
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest.
What's Included/Not Included
What's Included in Your Workshop:
What's not included
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.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!