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2019 Photo Tours & Workshops

NEW:  : 17 ~ 20 October 2019, Thursday ~ Sunday

Photos from last fall's trip:

Panorama of Yosemite Valley View

Panorama of Yosemite Valley View, 19 October 2018, 3:27 P.M. bigger, full-resolution or 4K 16:9 (3,840 × 2,160) screensaver.


NEW: : Sunday~Wednesday, Wednesday, 20~23 October 2019.

Photos from last fall's trip:

Rainbow Shack

Rainbow Shack, 15 October 2018, 4:57 P.M. iPhone Xs Max 6mm tele camera, f/2.4 hand-held at 1/58 at Auto ISO 16, . bigger.

these two different trips run one right after the other. registration is handled by two different organizations so they might forget to mention that if you're traveling to one, you really should register for the other since it only adds a couple of days and doubles the photo opportunities for no extra travel time to and from the area.

亲友益阳棋牌歪we finish the sunday morning, then drive over the pass to start the that same afternoon.


Photos from past workshops


See. Shoot. WIN!!!

these are working tours, not boring indoor workshops. we're shooting outdoors all day long, not sitting in a motel looking at computers. be sure to bring enough cards and batteries since we're usually gone from dawn till dark out shooting.

亲友益阳棋牌歪we're not doing any strenuous hiking or climbing, but we are on our feet 14 hours a day or more.

亲友益阳棋牌歪i'll only spend a half hour towards the beginning giving everyone a general pep talk about how to find and see the pictures you want, which is the only difficult part in photography that all too many people miss entirely. i'll cover the key fundamentals of composition, image structure and design and how to make strong images that stand out, win contests and catch everyone's eye. once you learn to see the pictures that make everyone go "ooh!" and "ahh!" (and we'll take you to the best spots), shooting them is easy regardless of whatever camera or phone you have. you don't need a fancy or new camera to take great pictures once you learn how to see them in the first place.

we'll have more than enough time outside to give you all the personal one-on-one instruction you'd like — much better than being stuck in a motel hearing other people's questions answered — and you should come home with tons of awesome photos. many people prefer to shoot the whole time and ignore us; you can get as much or as little personal help as you like. we get to all the right places at the right times, and fine-tune and optimize our itinerary continuously as the weather conditions change.

亲友益阳棋牌歪since any instruction — or not — is one-on-one, these are ideal for people at every level. if you're a full-time pro you'll just shoot the whole time, and if you've never been on one of these and just show up with your iphone, you'll also get loads of great photos. we often shoot with our iphones as well as our fancy cameras; we're all about the picture and not about what kind of camera people have. we'll show you how to get great pictures with any camera.

these tours are so good that about 30% of you are repeat attendees.

To register and for any questions, click the links, or call or email亲友益阳棋牌歪 at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles. Dave is often out leading other tours, so he's not always sitting by his phone or computer. Dave organizes these tours while we both lead and teach. Dave Wyman is the author of many books about travel and photography; is his most recent, with , and so popular they've sold out. Dave has been leading outdoor hiking, educational, camping, historical and photo trips for decades and decades and decades.

we have two workshops coming this fall. they run right after the other, so if you're traveling to one, you should do both — but different organizations are doing the registrations, so it might not be obvious.

亲友益阳棋牌歪hope to see you there!

On the Monument Valley Tour, 14 November 2009.


Speaking Engagements

亲友益阳棋牌歪 i love to teach and speak when others invite me to events they have planned like the ones above.

I had the time of my life for a week in Italy in October 2003 when the invited me to teach at their summer program.

Please ask if you'd like me to address your group, whether it's graduate students at Oxford, a class of excitable first graders, the local Police or Fire department or your local photo club, charitable organization or small or large business.

i love this stuff!


Other Great Workshops:

San Diego Photography Tours

Dan Ballard

Muench Workshops

Steve Cirone



i don't do these; my friend julie kremen leads them.

these are half- or full-day hands-on photo tours of iconic san diego spots with julie.

Call her at (858) 692-8402 or see for more.


亲友益阳棋牌歪, based in colorado. he offers as well as . some options are patagonia, lofoten islands, new zealand and iceland.

he still has some space in his , as well as plenty of other trips.


runs trips all over the world. see all of these and more .

NEW: !

marc and his partner andy williams have grown their workshops business over the years, to the point now where they will have an impressive . feel free to call them at (917) 854-8118.




Bird ace specializes in private instruction in San Diego. I've known Steve since the 1990s.

Steve is different: he'll let you shoot using his gear like his Canon 800mm f/5.6亲友益阳棋牌歪 so you don't have to haul yours to San Diego. Heck, with Steve, you get private lessons and don't even need to buy a camera!

see these shots? these aren't his life's best; they were what was on his screen to send me when i asked him for something to share here, since he hasn't been in national geographic — yet.


Tern Flapping




Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

A Black skimmer ejecting accidentally snagged eel grass. A photographic first. They are fish eaters. No veggies!

亲友益阳棋牌歪steve is out every dawn shooting birds, and has made the most incredible bird shots i've ever seen. what makes steve's work special is that he's able to capture birds actually doing things with each other, while in motion, while in awesome light.

i've seen steve teach. he's a riot! he's able to explain everything in the funniest and simplest possible terms. steve isn't out trying to sell you idiotic exposure calculators with 259 different scenes and exposure compensations. steve gives it to you straight!


Other Tours         top

these are personal friends who organize these trips, as well as do great photography.


my photographer friend paul renner is always leading trips to africa.

paul was born and raised in tanzania, speaks swahili, and spent most of his childhood chasing or running away from wild animals.

亲友益阳棋牌歪paul's website is . people !


亲友益阳棋牌歪i suggest my friend jim cline's of latin america, asia and southeast asia.

I've known Jim for years and he really takes the time to do the forward research for his trips. Every time we get together it seems he's just gotten back from a scouting expedition in advance for his next trip, in other words, Jim has probably been down there the month before the formal trip to check everything out before亲友益阳棋牌歪 you go.

jim has been all over latin america for a long time. he's not one of the usual guys who just lets you pay for his vacations; jim puts a lot of work into these tours!


亲友益阳棋牌歪another friend i've know for decades is .

today karl spends most of his time today documenting the efforts of humanitarian organizations throughout asia, oceania and latin america. he's usually away on assignment for weeks at a time, but keep checking to see if he has anything recreational planned. he'll get you places for which you'll need to consult an atlas. if you want to get places no one has been before he's your guy.

see what he has planned .

paul, jim and karl are accomplished, published, multiple award-winning photographers skilled at getting in and out of the right locations at the right time, are articulate and a lot of fun with whom to travel. i've been all over with all of them and wish i had the time to do more!


Isle of Skye, December 2010. Photo by .

work speaks for itself. he offers .

bruce percy is a scottish photographer who's work has been used by national geographic traveler magazine (patagonian images), the sir edmund hillary foundation in new zealand, and fujifilm uk amongst others.

亲友益阳棋牌歪he has weekend and 5 day photographic workshops running throughout the year in the highlands and islands of scotland.



Photos from Completed Workshops       top

07~10 May 2019, Tuesday ~ Friday: Spring Light in Yosemite.


15~21 October 2018, California's Eastern Sierra & Yosemite.


15~18 May 2018, Tuesday~Friday: .


23~26 October 2017, Monday~Thursday: California's Eastern Sierra.

26~29 October 2017, Thursday~Sunday: Autumn Light in Yosemite.


18 ~ 21 May 2017, Thursday ~ Sunday: . See Photos.

亲友益阳棋牌歪the amount of snow in the sierras this spring was amazing. there is more snow than anyone can remember for the start of may. it created spectacular effects for our trip. 

亲友益阳棋牌歪with record rains and snow pack in the sierra, yosemite's waterfalls were running at levels not seen in decades.


19 ~ 22 October 2016: Fall Color in California's Eastern Sierra

Sunrise over Mono Lake as seen on our 2014 tour.

More photos from that trip, which was our tenth anniverasy of this trip.


22 ~ 25 October 2016: Autumn Light in Yosemite

The Half Dome as seen on our 2014 trip. More photos from that trip.


12 ~ 15 May 2016: Spring Light in Yosemite

thursday afternoon, may 12th 2016, through sunday morning, may 15th, 2016; photos coming.


5 ~ 7 February 2016: California's Route 66

亲友益阳棋牌歪this was the tenth anniversary of this annual trip.


October 18, 2015 to October 21, 2015: (coming).

October 22, 2015 to October 25, 2015: (coming).


Thursday, May 14, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015: (photos coming)


06-08 February 2015: Route 66.


16-19 October 2014: .

19-22 October 2014: .


15-18 May 2014: .


07-09 February 2014: Route 66.


17-23 October 2013: California's Eastern Sierra.


11-14 April 2013 (Thursday-Sunday): ! See photos!


17-19 February 2013 (Sunday~Tuesday): !


16-19 October 2012: and 19-22 October 2012: .


Southern California Photo Weekend: August 11 & 12, 2012

San Clemente Lifeguard Shack

San Clemente (Nikon F100, Velvia, Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF, Hoya 85C filter). bigger.

亲友益阳棋牌歪great news: and i are leading a photo weekend on saturday and sunday, august 11 and 12.

come spend a vacation weekend, and bring the family. your spouse and kids can go have fun in the sun while we go explore the best southern california has to offer. unlike most of our photo outings, you don't have to go alone on this one, since we'll be dead smack in the middle of where half the world dreams all year of vacationing. we'll be someplace the rest of the family will love, so they can come with you and go do their own thing (like disneyland) while we go shoot each day.

specifically, we'll be halfway between san diego and los angeles in southern orange county and northern san diego county. this gives us the best access to the state's most scenic locations, and it's easy to get to from lax or san, or just fly straight into john wayne airport (sna) in orange county.

we'll be at or close to the beach, so it should be very pleasant.

Dave's off leading other trips in Yosemite this week so he won't be back to answer questions or register anyone until Monday, July 30, but mark your calendars and we'll see you there! Dave's at (323) 377-7565 or [email protected]亲友益阳棋牌歪, but remember, he's off leading another trip this weekend and not by his phone or computer.

San Clemente Pier and Wave

Wave, San Clemente Pier (a "downhill" surfing beach, note horizon). (Nikon F100, Velvia, Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF, Hoya 85C filter). bigger.


12-15 April 2012: California's Central Coast en Plein Air 亲友益阳棋牌歪(Thursday-Sunday).


02-04 March 2012: Olde Southern California (Friday-Sunday).


03-05 February 2012: Route 66 (Friday-Sunday).


17-20 November 2011:亲友益阳棋牌歪 (no DSLRs).

, but only for seriously serious shooters. This means you're free to bring any sort of camera, except a DSLR. That's how we're defining serious.

This shot was made earlier this year with a 1963 LEICA M3, exposure set with LEICAMETER MR-4, 1957 LEICA SUMMICRON 50mm f/2 with close-focusing range, f/8 at 1/125, 39mm LEITZ Or orange filter亲友益阳棋牌歪, no tripod, frame 25 of roll 1 of .

dave wanted to do an "alternative process" trip where the crazier you or your camera, the better. dave and i tried to figure out how to define "alternative" process, and we didn't want to say "iphone and pinhole only" or whatever, so the best we could dream up is simply no dslrs. once we struck out dslrs, what's left is all cool.

Bring your point-and-shoots, 35mm SLRs, real Hasselblads (no digital), wet-plate colliding, Pentax K1000, rangefinders (LEICA M9亲友益阳棋牌歪 is AOK), camera phones or whatever, but leave the DSLRs at home.

I was just kidding about wet plates since we'll probably be moving too fast for large format cameras, but we're serious about no DSLRs on this tour. Dave and I run enough tours for DSLRs, so bring your Canon S100, your kid's camera, your Mamiya TLR, Mamiya 6亲友益阳棋牌歪 or whatever, and be ready to make some great snaps with some even more exceptional shooters.

Digital cameras are fine for this trip, and so are any sort of SLR, just not a digital亲友益阳棋牌歪 SLR. Bring anything and everything else.


02-06 November 2011: (2-6 November 2011)


(16-19 October 2011) and (20-23 October 2011). The followed right after the . Photos.


26-28 August 2011: .


24-26 June 2011: . Photos.


16-19 MAY 2011: . Photos.

19-22 MAY 2011: . Photos.

亲友益阳棋牌歪this was a unique photography workshop and bicycle tour of yosemite.


14-17 April 2011: . Photos.

亲友益阳棋牌歪dave brouhgt along our own caterer and we enjoyed a few freshly-prepared french bistro meals, as if the central california coast in springtime wasn't enough.

the trip started with the , about which which my wife some years ago remarked was "the best thing she had ever done with me."


22-27 February 2011: . Photos.


17-20 October 2010: Autumn in Yosemite. 亲友益阳棋牌歪 (Sunday through Wednesday.)


亲友益阳棋牌歪this tour is run each year by , and is taught by myself and dave wyman.

亲友益阳棋牌歪call (209) 379-2317 (ext. 12, ask for pete) for registration.


21-24 October, 2010: California's Eastern Sierra: Bodie, Mono Lake and the Colors of Autumn.

this tour runs right after the yosemite trip above, and many people join us for both trips. these two trips are extremely popular and sell out months ahead of time.

(scroll down), or call or email Dave Wyman亲友益阳棋牌歪 at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles.

My photos from last year's trip.


Cancelled due to family: 06-12 November 2010: The American Southwest: Northern New Mexico.

Rancho de Taos

Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, from 2008's tour.

(scroll down), or call or email Dave Wyman at (323) 377-7565 in Los Angeles.

My photos from 2008's trip. (we did a different version of this trip亲友益阳棋牌歪 in 2009.)


26-29 August, 2010: Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay.亲友益阳棋牌歪 (Thursday through Sunday)

Tomales Bay, as seen during last year's trip.

Snaps from last year's tour.




17-21 June 2010: California's Central Coast: San Luis Obispo to Big Sur. 亲友益阳棋牌歪 (Thursday through Monday.)


Photos from trip.


16-21 April 2010 (Friday night through Wednesday night.)

Gold Country 2010

GOLDRUSH!, Highway 49 and California's Gold Country.

Photos from trip.


12-14 February, 2009: .

14-17 February, 2009: . (Sunday evening - Wednesday morning.)

My photos from last year's Route 66 trips.


2009 November: Monument Valley.


2009 October

亲友益阳棋牌歪monday through thursday, october 19-22, 2009: . .

亲友益阳棋牌歪thursday through sunday, october 22-25, 2009: .

Photos from these two trips.


2009 August and September

sunday evening through wednesday morning, 30 august - 2 september, 2009: .

(photos pending)


2009 June

friday through sunday, 12 - 14 june 2009: .

Photos from trip.


2009 April: Lands of Fire and Ice: Exploring the Backroads of Northern California

亲友益阳棋牌歪dave wyman and i will see you again, friday through wednesday, april 17-22, 2009. .

Photos from trip.


2009 February: Route 66

friday through sunday, 6-8 february 2009. .

亲友益阳棋牌歪 : the this year was an instant sell-out, so to give more people the chance to make it, dave wyman added a which still has some openings.

Photos from both trips.


2008 November

Photos from trip: digital and film.


2008 October

. and : Photos from trip: digital and film and digital.


2008 January

the , january 25-27 2008.

the 2007 route 66 workshop was written up in , june 10th, 2007. the same great guy, , is behind all of these.


2007 October

California's Eastern Sierra, October.

Thursday through Sunday, October 18-21, 2007: .

Stoneman Meadow, Yosemite National Park, October.

Monday through Wednesday, October 22-24, 2007: , California. I'll be helping teach this workshop sponsored by . Also see more about it .

Photos from trip.


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