Death Valley & the Eastern Sierra: Extended Edition Workshop, 2019


Dates: March 11-19th 2019

Price: $$2795 pp / Deposit: $950 pp


This workshop offers professional guidance to unique photography locations in Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra.

You will receive in-field instruction on creative and technical skills within landscape photography, as well as a substantial two-part post-processing and timelapse editing instruction program.

Get ready for hands-on experience with high-end motion gear for timelapses!


Michael Shainblum

Timelapse & Landscape Photography Guide

Michael has a decade of experience in professional photography and filmmaking. He has always had a creative streak, from childhood comic-strip doodling and the construction of lego towers to the iconic landscape photography and timelapse work that he specialises in today.

A dedication to challenging the boundaries of creativity, as well as a flair for coming up with unique ideas, has resulted in this dynamic visual artist being commissioned by large international clients including Nike, Samsung, Verizon, Disney, BMW and Google. Michael's work has also been published widely by renowned media outlets such as National Geographic, Wired Magazine, Huffington Post and The Weather Channel.

Erin Babnik

Fine-Art Landscape Photography Guide

Erin is a full-time adventure landscape photographer, photography educator, writer, and speaker. She is known for her ambitious images, for her adventurous approach in the field, and for her thought-provoking writing and speaking. Her dedication to outdoor photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums for the purposes of teaching and research. She subsequently spent years producing photographs on assignment before transitioning to her specialty of wilderness photography and teaching photography workshops worldwide. Erin draws upon her background in art history in bringing a deep knowledge of aesthetics, visual communication, and cultural relevancy to her own photographic work and to her ideas about the art of photography.



Dates: March 11–March 19, 2019 (9 days)
Location: Death Valley National Park & Eastern Sierra, California, USA.
Limit: 10 participants only.

Join Michael Shainblum and Erin Babnik for a unique cross-disciplinary workshop that focuses on both fine art still photography and timelapse photography. This workshop is intended for people who are interested in either of these photographic specialties and would like to further their potential by learning more about the creative concerns and techniques that these two modes have in common. We will begin by emphasizing the areas of overlap and explore the ideas and techniques that are specific to each specialty. By learning more about the realms of stills and timelapse, participants will leave this workshop with a great understanding of aesthetics and storytelling in either type of photography and will have technical training in both.

Our locations will include spectacular areas in Death Valley National Park and the Eastern Sierra that will provide us with a variety of photogenic scenes that are found almost nowhere else in such close proximity. We will have opportunities to visit winding rivers, jagged granite mountains, alpine lakes, otherworldly tufa formations, and diverse desert playas and dune fields. The precise location of each outing will be determined according to weather conditions in order to maximize the photographic potential of each day.

The workshop will culminate in a substantial two-part program of processing and editing instruction in the comfort of a hotel conference room. During the processing program, we will present techniques that focus on both the art and the craft of producing compelling still photographs and timelapse videos.

Participants will have the benefit of two instructors and will have the opportunity to experiment with still and motion gear that we will have on-hand courtesy of our sponsors.

No level of experience is necessary for participants of this workshop. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned pro, we are happy to help you move forward with your photography.


March 11–16:

We will begin our trip with an orientation lunch in the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley National Park (specific details regarding time and place will be made available to registered workshop participants). Following a short break, we will rendezvous for a sunset outing.

Lodging to reserve: The nights of March 11–15 in the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley National Park. Specific lodging recommendations will be made available to registered workshop participants.


March 16–18:

After breakfast on March 16, we will depart for Bishop, California. We will have a sunset and a sunrise outing in areas nearby to this beautifully situated mountain town.

Lodging to reserve: The night of March 16 in Bishop, California. We have arranged for a discounted group rate at the Best Western Bishop Lodge. Mention the name Erin Babnik Photography when making your reservation. The are many other hotel and camping options in and around the town of Bishop as well.


March 18–19:

After a sunrise outing and breakfast on March 18, we will drive south to the town of Lone Pine, where we will have the first half of our processing instruction program in the early evening. On the final day of the workshop, we will photograph sunrise and will conduct the second half of our processing instruction program in the afternoon. We will conclude the workshop with a group dinner (no-host) in the town of Lone Pine on March 19.

Lodging to reserve: The nights of March 18 and 19 in Lone Pine, California. Specific lodging/camping recommendations and a discounted room block will be made available to registered workshop participants.


Your Camera.  You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended in order for you to have the best experience.

Lenses.   There are opportunities to use any and all focal lengths, so bring a good range of them.

Tripod.   A tripod is essential for low-light stills and for timelapse photography.

Filters.   Polarizing or neutral density filters can be very useful, but it is possible to get great results without them.

Intervalometer. Inexpensive intervalometers start at about $20. An inexpensive model that we recommend is this one: LINK.

(Optional) Motion Gear, if you have it. If you have motion gear such as a slider system, feel free to bring it. We will have some motion gear on hand for participants to try out.

Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies.

(Optional) Laptop. If you would like to follow along or take notes during the two processing sessions, then you may want to have your laptop with you. The software applications that we will emphasize include Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, and Adobe Premiere.

Clothing & shoes.   Weather conditions in the Eastern Sierra and desert during this time of year can be quite cold, especially during the morning hours. Bring insulating layers: good set of base layers, layers for warmth such as fleece and down. A shell jacket and hiking pants will help to protect against the elements as well. Good hiking boots or shoes are advised along with a warm hat and gloves.

Willingness to learn and discover.




$2795 ($950 deposit)


  • ✓ Tuition
  • ✓ In-field instruction on the art and craft of both fine art still photography and timelapse photography.
  • ✓ A substantial, two-part post-processing and timelapse editing instruction program.
  • ✓ Hands-on experience with high-end motion gear for timelapse photography.
  • ✓ Guidance to unique photography locations.



  • × Flights and transportation.
  • × Lodging
  • × Meals
  • × Park entrance fees.
  • × Travel and cancellation insurance.



Payment may be made using a credit card or via PayPal directly through this web page using the sign-up button in the right column. A non-refundable deposit of $950 will reserve your spot in this workshop. The final balance of $1845 is due by Friday, January 25, 2019.


All participants are required to sign a standard workshop indemnity waiver: here.


Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations require us to re-open enrollment and/or to engage in additional promotional efforts to fill the workshop on short notice, so our policy is that there will be no refunds on the final balance after January 25, 2019, with one exception: if we find another participant to fill your space and the workshop is ultimately full when it begins, then you will receive a refund of your final balance, (the deposit is non-refundable). All refunds are subject to a 4% processing fee. We highly recommend that you obtain travel/cancellation insurance for all workshops.


While adventure and great photos are our main goals, your safety is a priority. Erin is certified by Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), but safety begins with you. In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you have proper attire consisting of outdoor dedicated clothing, including an assortment of layers to keep you warm.