Death Valley & the Alabama Hills Workshop - February 24 - March 2, 2025

Photograph Sand Dunes, Badlands, Cracked Mud, Desert Vidstas and the Alabama Hills & Sierra Nevada Mountains

Location: Death Valley National Park & Lone Pine, CA
February 24 - March 2, 2025
$2,795.00 - $500.00 Deposit
Joseph Rossbach & Kurt Budliger

Our adventure will start from Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, serving as our base camp as we explore unique locations within the park. Expect to photograph sand dunes, salt flats, canyons, badlands, and mountains. Our schedule is designed with flexibility, allowing us to chase the best weather, light, and conditions for perfect shots. Trust my expertise & over 10 years of exploring and photographing Death Valley and the surroiunding areas to guide you to the optimal spots to capture compelling photographs.

After our time in Death Valley...We're moving west, folks! Just two hours away, Lone Pine, California awaits us with its majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Picture this: stunning landscapes, snowy peaks, quirky granite formations, and charming cottonwood trees. Plus, midday sessions to polish our post-processing skills. Get ready for a photo adventure of a lifetime!

Embark on an unparalleled photographic journey with us! We'll navigate you to mesmerizing locations while sharing creative & technical tips. You'll hone your skills in crafting compositions, working with a variety of light from soft to dramatic, controlling dynamic range, and managing depth of field. Moreover, we'll teach raw conversion, blending, dodging & burning, color control, sharpening techniques and more.

Travel and Accommodations

Las Vegas hosts McCarran International Airport (LAS) and is a 2.5 hour drive to Stovepipe Wells. Los Angeles (LAX) is a 4.5 hour drive.

Both hotel and camping accommodations are available for the workshop.

A standard rental vehicle will suffice for this workshop, though a high clearance vehicle will be helpful. Once the workshop has started we organize carpools to and from most locations within the park.


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

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

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

Day 5: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 3-4 hours field session), sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 3-4 hours), sunset field session.

Day 7: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours). Workshop concludes after sunrise shoot.

Physical Dificulty

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 approximately a mile each way with no serious elevation gains. However, we will be walking in sand dunes which is more strenuous due to lack of firm ground. Participants should be able to carry all their camera equipment comfortably for 3-4 miles. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in late 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.

Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 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.


Cottonwood Blush
Range of Light
Liquid Light
Window to the West
Mount Whitney Alpenglow
Shadow & Light Play
Ripples in Time