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Death Valley & Eastern Sierra Workshop Deposit
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The Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of North America's most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa's, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens.

We will be traveling around both Death Valley National Park and the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Kurt and Joe will be there every step of the way with expert guidance in the best locations during the best light, helping you along your creative and technical journey towards amazing images.


  • Day 1: Meet and greet and at 2pm in Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley N.P.. Afternoon/sunset shoot in the park

  • Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field).

  • Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

  • Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Check out of hotel and commute to Lone Pine, CA (2 hour drive). Check into hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot.

  • Day 5: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 3 hours), Mid Day Processing/critique session. Afternoon/sunset shoot.

  • Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), group breakfast, workshop concludes at 11am.


$1,895.00 - $300 DEPOSIT DUE AT REGISTRATION - Registration Payment at bottom of page


The nearest airport is Las Vegas International Airport. The drive from Las Vegas Airport to Furnace Creek, CA is approximately 2.5 hours and from Lone Pine, CA (our ending location) back to Las Vegas is approximately 4 hours.

A high clearance SUV with all wheel drive/4x4 is recommended for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions and some driving on bumpy dirt roads to remote locations.

Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights. Stove Pipe Wells Resort & Best Western Plus Lone Pine.


A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot). Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.


There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road. Some locations, however may involve a short hike of 1 mile with no serious elevation gains. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in winter conditions. Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely. It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


Stovepipe Wells Hotel - Address: Death Valley National Park, 51880 Highway 190, CA 92328, Phone: (760) 786-7090 & Best Western Plus Frontier Motel - 1008 S Main Street Lone Pine, California 93545 United States, Phone: (760)-876-5571


The workshop cost cover all guiding, instruction, park permits and classroom sessions

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Questions? Contact Us


The Instructors


Joseph Rossbach

Joe is a full time photographer based out of Southern California although my Assignments and workshop Take me all over the country and internationally. I have been leading photo tours/workshops and publishing my photography for over 15 years. My particular interest at the time is the deserts of the southwestern United states and the eastern sierra mountains of California. When not Leading tours or working on assignments, you can find me exploring some well known and many Lesser known areas of the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert regions.

Joe has been leading photography workshops and tours for over fifteen years and has worked with thousands of photographers to help them refine their vision and skill in the art and craft of nature photography.


Kurt Budliger

Kurt has been photographing the natural landscape for over 20 years and has been a professional photographer for the past 13. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Kurt has been a professional educator for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a professional outdoor photographer and workshop leader, Kurt was an outdoor and environmental educator, interpretive naturalist, guide and then a middle school science teacher in Vermont.