The name Death Valley conjures up images of inhospitable desolation, but those images couldn’t be further from the truth. Death Valley is a place of sublime beauty. From salt flats, to sand dunes, to colorful badlands, to dramatic mountain peaks Death Valley has a lot to offer the landscape photographer.

Death Valley National Park is also huge – the largest national park in the continental US. This size can be overwhelming to first-time visitors who don’t know where to start, and can also hide some of the lesser known gems that even repeat visitors miss.

Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park is designed to be useful to everyone, from first-time visitors to seasoned Death Valley visitors, from beginning photographers to serious amateurs and professionals. This book is much more than just a location guide. It also features detailed sections on photography technique specifically applicable to Death Valley landscapes, and a large selection of portfolio-quality Death Valley images. No matter your skill or experience level you’ll find this book to be an indispensable guide to photographing Death Valley.

Included in Book

  • A discussion of the different types of small scenes and why you should consider photographing them
  • Detailed information on 17 locations, ranging from classic Death Valley icons to off-the-beaten path locations. Each location includes several photos, directions and, when applicable, GPS coordinates
  • Photography advice and techniques for Death Valley’s many landscapes, including tips on photographing salt flats, playas, sand dunes, badlands, abstracts, macros, black and white, and wildflowers
  • Over 150 stunning photos highlighting the diversity of Death Valley’s landscape. Technical information (including exposure settings) is included for every photo
  • Basic travel information, including lodging and transportation, seasonal variations, weather, and hazards to help you in getting started in planning your trip
  • An additional 10 minor locations in the park are featured, as well as several other major locations located outside the park including Mono Lake, the Eastern Sierra, and Valley of Fire
  • A detailed discussion of landscape photography ethics, including Leave No Trace practices
  • Recommended gear and gear considerations
  • Maps highlighting every major location in the book
  • Suggested itineraries from one day to several weeks
  • A brief human and geologic history of the park
  • 134 full-size high resolution pages, ready for viewing on your tablet, computer monitor, or phone


Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa are nature and landscape photographers living in Denver, Colorado. They’ve spent the last two years traveling in the U.S., Canada, and Iceland exploring their passion for photography. You can see more of their stunning nature images on theirwebsite.