workshops & tours for the adventurous, creative & passionate photographer

10 of 10 SPACES LEFT | $2195.00

includes instruction, classroom lectures & post processing training

January 12-17, 2018 | view other workshops

Winter in Bryce, Arches & Canyonlands w Joseph Rossbach & Kurt Budliger

Explore your vision and refine your skills all the while photographing one of the southwest's harshest and most sublime landscapes.

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life & beauty survives in Death Valley. In addition to our time in Death Valley we will also be exploring the granite arches and twisted rocks of the Alabama Hills sitting just below rugged and majestic Mount Whitney as well as a sunset and sunrise session at Mono Lake. 

The details:

The tour will begin on February 19th at 1pm with an opening session at Stovepipe Wells Hotel where Joe will deliver an inspirational slide show of images to get you inspired for your week of photography ahead. Joe will also be going over the schedule and logistics for the week and answer any of your questions before we start. Each day will include morning and afternoon field sessions at sunrise and sunset and beyond. During the middle of the day we will gather for post processing lessons, lectures and image critiques. The workshop/tour will end at 10am on the 26th in Lee Vining, CA after a sunrise/monring shoot at Mono Lake.

  • Limit:
  • Cost: $2695.00
  • Deposit: 30%, $808.50 (cancelation policy)
  • Days: 9 days, 8 nights 

Note: Joseph Rossbach Photography, Adventures in Light operates this workshop under a permit issued by the National Park Service at Death Valley National Park.


Day 1: Meet and greet and opening slideshow presentation beginning at 1pm at the Stovepipe Wells Hotel. Afternoon/sunset shoot.

Day 2: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

Day 3: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours field session), afternoon post processing training, sunset field session (approximately 3 hours in the field)

Day 4: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 2 hours), breakfast as a group. Late morning drive to a remote location, camp set up and lunch. Afternoon/sunset shoot on a remote playa in the backcountry of the park.

Day 5: Sunrise shoot (approximately 2 hours), break camp, drive back to Stovepipe Wells (3 hour drive), breakfast as a group. travel to Lone Pine, CA (2 hour drive), check into hotel, sunset shoot in the Alabama Hills ( approximately 2 hours).

Day 6: Sunrise/morning shoot (approximately 4 hours), afternoon classroom critique and post processing session, sunset shoot (approximately 2 hours)

Day 7: Sunrise/morning shoot ( approximately 2 hours), breakfast and hotel check out, travel to remote camp under the largest sand dunes in California (approximately 3 hour drive), camp set up and lunch, sunset shoot (approximately 3 hours).

Day 8: Sunrise/morning shoot ( approximately 2 hours), breakfast in camp and breakdown, drive to Lee Vining ( approximately 3.5 hour drive), check into hotel, sunset shoot at Mono Lake.

Day 9: Sunrise at Mono Lake ( approximately 3 hours), workshop ends after morning shoot.

* sunrise time approximate: 6:30am

*sunset time approximate: 5:30pm

Our Vision & Focus:

Joseph will focus on advanced seeing and ways to unlock creativity in situations that require conceptual and compositional ingenuity. In addition to composition and creative vision, Joe will discuss the best use of light and subject matter to create a memorable and publishable image. 

On Workflow:

Joseph will focus on teaching a logical, effective workflow that ensures the highest quality for your work, as well an image archive that is stable, consistent, and retrievable over the long term, and that ultimately liberates rather than burdens.  He will cover step by step the process from shooting RAW files in the field to optimizing the final image in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.

Workflow topics to be covered include:

  • File formats for shooting and for archiving
  • Exposing for digital
  • Downloading for automatic image organization
  • Proper file naming
  • Cataloging of images: Lightroom
  • Keywording and captioning of images
  • The many uses of metadata
  • Processing the raw file
  • Using the tools in Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Module
  • Color spaces for the best results in different media
  • Creating panoramic images
  • Color adjustment strategies
  • Using Photoshop to finalize the image: dodging and burning, adjustment layers and layer masking, controlling luminosity and contrast, sharpening for output
  • Tony Kuyper Luminosity Masks

The workshop includes sixteen field sessions, classroom lectures and ample hands-on instruction, critiques. As always, Joe will be present to teach and assist students throughout the workshop.


  • Small group of 6 participants
  • Advanced seeing: Learn to find new and unexpected compositions
  • Breaking through creative block and making great photographs in challenging situations
  • Mastering a logical, efficient, and consistent workflow, from capture to final master image, that frees you to focus on creativity
  • Ensuring the highest-possible final image quality
  • Sixteen field photography sessions, pre-dawn to mid-morning and mid-afternoon to twilight
  • 2 night camping and shooting in two of the most remote and unique locations in the park
  • Constructive group critiques of participant work

Accommodations & Travel:

You will need to book three nights at the Stovepipe Wells Hotel in Death Valley, Checking in on February 19th and checking out on February 22nd. On the evening of February 22nd, we will be remote camping (for a list of recommended camping gear please email us at rossbachphoto@gmail.com), For the evenings of February 23rd and 24th, please arrange accommodations at the Best Western Plus Frontier Motel in Lone Pine, on the the 25th we will be remote camping at Eureka Dunes, you will need to reserve a room for the evening of February 26th at the Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining, CA.

For those flying into the area, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) is a 2.5-hour drive away and offers the most flight options. We will carpool to field locations no more than an hour from our hotel in most situations. A high clearance 4x4 SUZ, Jeep of Truck is recommended for this workshop to allow travel to remote locations. Clients may in advance of the workshop coordinate a car pool situation and 4x4 rental. Access to locations on foot is easy. Highs will likely range from the mid 70s, with lows ranging from the mid 30s to the low 40s first thing in the morning. February is historically the wettest month in Death Valley, with an average rainfall of 0.37 inches. Passing storms are possible and welcomed.