Autumn in Yosemite

 • A Boutique Workshop - Limited to 4 Participants •


"The magnitudes of the rocks and trees and streams are so delicately harmonized, they are mostly hidden." 

— John Muir

“Yosemite. . . you take my breath away. Even after coming here for over 40 years I continue to be enchanted by its beauty.” ~ Craig Varjabedian.

Yosemite National Park is not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Join award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian to explore and photograph its famed giant ancient sequoia trees, the vista of Tunnel View, the iconic towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

WHAT: Here the landscape encompasses dramatic granite cliffs and mountain views, under a magnificent, ever-changing sky. Whether you are pointing your camera at the morning light on Half Dome or capturing a sunset storm over El Capitan, this workshop will provide many opportunities to make great photographs of a spectacular landscape.

WHO: This workshop is a terrific for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. You will need to know, before you get here, how to set and use auto bracketing on your camera if your camera has this feature. You should be able to download, edit and manage images on your laptop computer and be able to output an image file for review and comment as time permits. You will need to be able to carry your own gear and be capable of walking/hiking on some uneven and hilly ground for a couple of miles at each location.

PLAN: In addition to making photographs, we plan a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the park and learn more about the photography of Ansel Adams, whose work we will see as well. And throughout the workshop we will be making photographs—lots of them. This is a shooting-intensive workshop and tour, with Craig providing hands-on one-on-one guidance in the field as needed, and encouraging you to think more deeply about how you create photographs. Weather permitting we will photograph the night sky! The workshop will be based in Yosemite National Park, California.

BACKGROUND: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” ~ Ansel Adams.

This is one of the places where landscape photography as we know it today was born. Ansel Adams made his home here, honed his craft, and created some of the most memorable images of this magnificant landscape and helped make it a national park.

WHAT TO BRING: Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and filters. A laptop computer with Lightroom software installed and working. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)


“It was an absolutely wonderful trip.  What a revelation Yosemite is!  And you got us to the best photographic locations.  Your enthusiasm helped make the experience tremendous fun.  Likewise, your detailed knowledge of the park helped us make the most of the scenery, great weather, and photo ops.  I came away with an even deeper appreciation for the park and Mother Nature.  I also greatly valued your input on photo hardware, software, and printers.  Those conversations were extremely useful as well.  
Although I’ve only started to process my photos, it seems fairly certain that I’ll have a good number of “keepers.”  Many thanks!”

~ Eva L., VA, 2018 Workshop Participant

NOTES: We highly recommend you purchase travel/trip insurance in case you need to cancel.

QUESTIONS: Have any questions, suggestions or concerns? Feel free to contact us any time – our expert team will be more than happy to help! Call Cindy at (505) 983-2934 or email 


Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time. A gifted teacher, Craig has taught photography for over thirty years.

*WHAT'S INCLUDED: Photographic instruction/guidance, location fees, one group dinner and double occupancy lodging. Single supplement available. Please call our studio for further information.


September 22 - 28, 2019


Yosemite National Park, California

Class Size

4 participants


Craig Varjabedian