Visionary Death Valley: Nov 29-Dec 4, 2012
with Guy Tal and Michael Gordon

Eureka Dunes / Guy TalFew other workshops give you the benefit of two experienced guides with diverse personal styles and a broad range of expertise. Ten photographers discovered in early 2012 what makes Visionary Death Valley a unique and powerful workshop experience. Only ten more will join acclaimed photographers, teachers, and authors Guy Tal and Michael Gordon for the second offering in November 2012. Come find out what makes this workshop unique, passion-filled, and inspiring to photographers of all levels. A perfect blend of photography, field classes, post-production, and passionate photographer/instructors all in one of the most visually stunning places on Earth has earned this workshop praise as "a tour de force of excellence, humanity, artistry, and knowledge". There are many photography workshops and instruction manuals that teach craft and technique. Only Visionary Death Valley will lead you towards the heart of your art.

Death Valley National Park is a desert wonderland of immense scale, beauty and power. Its 3.3 million acres, the vast majority of which are roadless wilderness, encompass a staggering array of landscapes, unique geologic formations and colorful vistas. The largest National Park in the contiguous United States, Death Valley is both beautiful to behold and rich in history, mood and mystique. Its towering sand dunes, seasonally snow-capped mountains, warm springs and vast empty valleys offer endless opportunity for exploration and ample subject matter for the creative artist. There’s no place on Earth quite like it.

Guy and Michael have carefullyZabriskie Point / Guy Tal selected some of the park’s most unique locations for this workshop, combining outstanding photography with inspirational, creative and technical discussion sessions. In addition to classes in the field, Guy and Michael will work individually with participants to address questions, assist with compositions and technical details, and share their knowledge. Discussions will include informative reviews and critique sessions of each participant’s images made during the workshop.

This will be an intensive workshop! Expect pre-dawn starts, late finishes, outstanding locations, a unique lesson plan and, of course, great fun and camaraderie. This workshop is sponsored by Chamonix View Cameras and Gura Gear, and all workshop participants are eligible for discounts on Chamonix view cameras and accessories and on Gura Gear camera bags.

Workshop dates
We will meet at noon on Thursday, November 29, 2012, and conclude at noon on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

Number of participants
Limited to 10 only.

Workshop tuition
$895 per person. All previous Gordon/Tal workshop participants receive a 10% discount on tuition! Please contact us to register and to take advantage of this discount.

Who is this workshop designed for?
This workshop is designed to accommodate all camera formats and all skill levels, digital or film. Our goal is to both introduce you to the beauty of Death Valley and to help you advance your photography through creative and personal expression, beyond the obvious iconic views.

Eureka Dunes / Guy TalParticipants must provide their own transportation and camera gear. A recommended gear list will be provided upon registration. Participants should be in good physical condition and must be capable of walking 5-6 miles round trip. All participants will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk in order to participate. An SUV or other rugged high-clearance vehicle is recommended (we will be driving dirt and gravel roads) and carpooling to our locations within the Park is required.

What is Included
Your workshop tuition includes all instruction, location guiding, and 100% of Guy and Michael's attention focused on your needs and photographic growth. Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you a trip checklist to assist with preparations. Carpooling to our locations within the Park is required by the NPS and will be orchestrated daily by Guy and Michael.

What is Not Included
Airfare, car rentals, Park entrance fees, camping gear (if camping; optional), camera gear and meals are not included, nor are any items of a personal nature. Participants will be required to transport themselves to and from our meeting location at Stovepipe Wells, California (in Death Valley National Park).

Optional Gear
Participants who wish to showcase prints or digital images are encouraged to bring them along. Michael and Guy set aside time for presentation and critique (up to 5 images per participant). In addition, participants who wish to follow along our processing demonstrations are encouraged to bring a laptop loaded with image processing software. Guy and Michael will use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to illustrate processing techniques. If you do not own these packages, 30-day trial versions may be downloaded for free from

We recommend lodging at Stovepipe Wells Village (five nights); rooms have been reserved for our group. You may also wish to secure a room for the night before our meeting or the night of our tour end, depending upon your inbound and outbound travel plans. If you choose, developed campgrounds are also available in and near Stovepipe Wells.

You are responsible for all your own meals and snacks during the trip. A recommended food and gear list will be provided to all workshop participants.

Registration and Payment
In order to reserve your spot in this workshop, full payment is required at time of registration. You may pay by personal check or credit card, and can reserve your spot by telephone (562-201-0856) or by clicking the BUY NOW links found at the top and bottom of this page. If you wish to attend this workshop but advance payment poses financial difficulties, please contact us to arrange an easy payment plan. All participants must complete a Registration form and Assumption of Risk form in order to participate.

Cancellation Policy
It is impossible to predict the weather when arranging for a workshop. What some would consider bad weather often makes for great photography. Therefore, the workshop will not be cancelled due to weather unless extreme conditions make it unsafe. Participants should come to the workshop prepared for a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.

Occasionally, circumstances arise that prevent a person from participating in a workshop after registration. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and travel costs, you are encouraged to acquire trip insurance. This type of insurance will reimburse you in the event that some circumstance prevents you from attending the workshop.

Cancellations, for any reason, must be in writing (e-mail or regular mail). If we cancel the workshop for any reason, a full refund will be given to each participant.

Refund Policy

  • If you cancel 60 days or more from departure, you will receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel 30-59 days from departure, 50% of your workshop fee will be refunded.
  • No refund will be given if canceling 29 days or less from departure.  

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us by email or telephone (562) 201-0856.