Yosemite Winter Photography Workshop

Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo Expeditions

Our Yosemite Winter Photography Workshop brings you to some of the most beautiful iconic scenes in Yosemite Valley.

Would You Like to Get That Iconic Photograph in a Beautiful Natural Surrounding in Winter without the crowds of summer?

Not many people get to experience this beautiful park at its most spectacular, when it is covered in snow. We can take you there and bring you to the most amazing vistas that you don’t experience in the summer.


 January 26th – January 29th, 2017



Price includes instruction materials and field guidance.
Does not include lodging, food, transportation or park entrance fees.

If you have questions you can call us at (805) 701-8807 or email us at mark@markjansenphotography.com
All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.
Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.

This workshop can be privately optioned on short notice, please inquire for pricing

SPECIAL NOTICE: Accommodations are extremely limited in Yosemite Valley this time of year. Signing up early and securing your  lodging in early, not outside the valley is essential to attend. You also are required to have tire chains with you for winter driving.

Click:”Lodging” to secure your room at this perferred location!

 The maximum for this special workshop is 8 people only!
(A minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 students with 2 Instructors)

Yosemite Valley is a mystical place in winter.  You’ll be amazed by the crystalline ice forms on Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls as they take on winter’s beauty in their own special way. Wildlife quietly moves through the valley. Winter’s snow and ice offers unique valley compositions, as well as quiet and solitude you’ll not find any other time of year.

 Itinerary for Yosemite Winter Photography workshop
(Times and locations may vary due to conditions)

Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo ExpeditionsThursday, January 26, 2017
Day one 6pm: Orientation will include a general overview of the workshop and portfolio review before starting out on our adventure.  The portfolio review will give you a chance to set goals on how to specifically improve your photographic skills and get the best results in the next few days. What do you want to focus on for the workshop?  Do you want to focus on telling the story of the trip, do you want to shoot black and white, do you want to work with shadows or master HDR?  We will help you to decide where you want to go with your creativity on this workshop.

Friday, January 27, 2017
We will meet at just before sunrise to shoot the sun coming up over Half Dome in the meadow. We will proceed to walk the meadow trials, seeking out reflections, aspen trees, and vistas of distant Yosemite Falls in its icy beauty. We’ll seek out the early morning light as it resonates off the mountains and meadows. We will break at 11:00am and rest up for our next afternoon photo shoot. In the afternoon, we will meet once again and caravan to our late afternoon location.  We will meet afterward in the Mountain View Room Bar and discuss the day’s shooting and review and discuss images.
Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo ExpeditionsSaturday, January 28, 2017
We will meet at again at sunrise and we will spend the morning working compositions with the some of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfalls as a backdrop.  Afterwards we’ll caravan throughout the valley and closely explore various locations. We will be stopping frequently venturing out to various waterfalls and water locations throughout the morning. We take a break at mid-day and gather again to prepare for our late afternoon shoot.  Image review and discussion afterwards in the Yosemite Lodge Mountain Room.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
This is our last morning together. We’ll explore elements of macro photography and venture out and shoot along the beaches of Merced River.  This area of the valley remains in the shadows most of the day and is great for macro and moving water compositions. After that, we will walk down the river trail to shoot water compositions along the way. We will wrap things up at noon.



Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo ExpeditionsJansen Photo Expeditions is fully permitted by the National Park Service and insured to conduct photography workshops within Yosemite National Park.

We hope you can join us!  
For a little more inspiration and information about this trip, read our recent blog about our experiences there last winter.

NOTE! This workshop can also be privately optioned on a date of your choice.
Email  Mark Jansen for more details

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Topics Covered in the Yosemite Winter Photography workshop

• Story telling in photography
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• How to fine tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow

Suggested Camera Gear List

– Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
– Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-200mm recommended, Fast aperture lenses recommended for night photography workshops 1.4 to 2.8)
– Memory cards. (Enough to meet your shooting demands)
– A Hot shoe bubble level. (unless your camera has this option built in)
– A Neutral Density Filter, to fit your widest lens. (3 stop, ND8 or Variable)
– A Polarizer filter.
– At least 3 fully charged batteries.
– A Shutter cable release, if you don’t use live view.
– A good sturdy tripod that you can lower to the ground if necessary.( Adjustable Ball head preferred)
– A small headlamp with fresh batteries
– A small collapsible cheap umbrella (Winter)
– A couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags
– A compact digital camera (Just for back-up)

Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo Expeditions

Included in Yosemite Winter Photography workshop

• Quality One on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Minimum 6 hours per day of in-field shooting experience and instruction
• Small class size of 4 – 6 students
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom sessions if time allows
• Portfolio Review – Bring your 5 best shots

Transportation, meals and lodging are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Can’t make this scheduled workshop?
Contact us for a private tour or a special group tour




Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.
Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.

Jansen Photo Expeditions is a fully certified CPR AED safety outfitter and is licensed to Operate Yosemite Photography Workshops under Special Use Authorization issued by the Office of Special Park Uses, Yosemite National Park, El Portal California.