Death Valley – A Land of Beautiful Extremes



"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." 

— Edward Abbey

Death Valley National Park offers something for every photographer, from the delightful burst of wildflower blooms in spring to the allure of ghost towns, historic mines, wildlife, and the natural beauty of this dramatic landscape. Join award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian at the perfect time of year for five magical days exploring this spectacular landscape.

WHAT: Experience the stark and lonely vastness of Death Valley; the panoramas of rugged canyons and mountains; the reminders of frontier life and great colorful geological formations. We will explore the highlights of Death Valley with our cameras, such as: Artists Palette, Artists Drive, the Mesquite Sand Dunes, Eureka Dunes, Ubehebe Crater and the famous Racetrack with sailing rocks! More favorite spots are Zabiskie Point, Golden Canyon, Dante’s View and Badwater Basin.

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 varied rugged terrain, from sand dunes to rocky trails.

PLAN: Throughout the workshop we will be making photographs—lots of them. This is a shooting-intensive workshop and tour, with Craig and Tye providing hands-on one-on-one guidance in the field as needed, and encouraging you to think more deeply about how you create photographs. We will be renting 4-wheel drive vehicles in the park for the field trip to the Racetrack. Weather permitting we will photograph the night sky! The workshop will be based at lodging in the park.

Background: Death Valley National Park was named a national monument in February of 1933. The park is considered one the most breathtaking expanses of nature in the United States. Stark in appearance and haunting in name, Death Valley is a very-much-alive desert set between high, snow-capped mountains. The name doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of Death Valley—the mysteries of the life sustained in this arid and isolated landscape capture the attention of adventurers.

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.


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

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.


November 12 - 16, 2018


Death Valley National Park, California

Class Size

10 participants


Craig Varjabedian