Photograph Yosemite: Capturing Waterfalls, Cliffs and Domes

Improve your photography skills alongside a photography expert in idyllic Yosemite National Park. You’ll learn a variety of techniques and explore the region’s natural beauty.
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Program No. 8713RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Capture on film the magnificence of Yosemite, loved by photographers since it was made famous by Ansel Adams. The queen of our national parks will be the classroom for three full days of embracing nature through photography. Your expert instructor, Nancy Robbins, is a professional specializing in this breathtaking region and will share her favorite places in the Park. Your photo workshop comes full-circle with a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-3 miles daily. Elevations of 3,100-7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn to photograph water to achieve stunning results, from the “cotton candy” effect of a fast-moving stream to reflections of a gently rippling lake.
  • Capture spectacular sunrise photographs from the famous Tunnel View.
  • Harness the sun's color-enhancing properties in shots of the "fire" on El Capitan and of the granite monolith Half Dome in the final light of day.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Nancy Robbins
Nancy Robbins is a 35-year photography veteran. She began college at San Diego State University majoring in fine art but soon changed her major to photography. Nancy then opened her first photography studio one of her photographs to be given as a gift from the City of San Diego to Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the city. In 2004, she moved to Yosemite and has been sharing its natural beauty ever since. Nancy is an instructor with the Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures program.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
"Photographer's Guide to Yosemite"
by Michael Frye
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
by Jonathan Spaulding
"A Sense of Yosemite"
by Nancy Robbins (Photographer), David Mas Masumoto (Contribution by)
Yosemite: Volume One
by William Neill
Our expert instructor highly recommends William Neill's blog and ebook. Find the blog at www.williamneill.com/blog/ and Find his ebook at www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/yosemite-volume1/index.html

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