Yosemite Fall Photography Workshop

Yosemite Fall Photography Workshop with Jansen Photo Expeditions

Yosemite in October is a beautiful place to photograph.

The crowds of summer have thinned and the valley’s aspen and oak trees have turned a golden color. This time of year, the chance of intermittent snow and golden fall colors give the valley a magical glow. It provides the perfect light and color for our digital photography workshop in Yosemite.

This Yosemite photography workshop will give you the tools to capture autumn’s changing colors. You will capture unique Yosemite valley photographic compositions you’ll not find any other time of year. We will focus on shooting some of Yosemite’s most iconic views, but also introduce you to new areas you may not know. We have a lifetime of experience photographing Yosemite’s beauty and are experts on the area.


When you attend our Yosemite Photography Workshop, you will learn new skills to create incredible images of this amazing national park. You will be assisted by two photography professionals who have been traveling and photographing this park for close to 50 years!

Take our Yosemite photography workshop and experience the secret locations of Yosemite at its best.

This workshop is limited to 4 people and held mid-week for the best experience.
You will receive one on one assistance with your photography from 2 professional photographers.

Monday, October 18 – Thursday, October 21, 2021

(Book today and avoid the 30-45-minute drive into each day if you’re stuck staying outside the Valley for this workshop)

Cost Per Person

Only 2 Spots Left!

Yosemite Fall Photography Workshop

Extend your workshop

(Only exclusively available to Yosemite Fall 2021 workshop members)
Extend your workshop to include additional highlights of Yosemite Valley.
Incredible rock formations, crashing waterfalls, and a dramatic sunset makes this an afternoon to remember.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 2pm to Sunset


Accommodations can be challenging to get in Yosemite Valley.

Please book early if you plan on attending.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Accommodations are extremely limited in Yosemite Valley any time of year.
Signing up early and securing your lodging IN THE VALLEY is essential to attend.
Click below to secure your room at this preferred location!
Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop.

We Create Custom Photography Tours to Your Liking

Contact us for more information about this group workshop or to customize it specially for you as a private option. (805) 701-8807

Yosemite Private Photography Workshop
Yosemite Private Photography Workshop


Monday, October 18, 2021

4:00 pm: Meet us for our sunset shoot at Tunnel View as you are coming into the park.

7:30 pm: Meet us in the Mountain Room at the Lodge at the Falls for Orientation.

Orientation will include a general overview of our Yosemite photography workshop before starting out on our adventure. This orientation gives 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? Are you interested in shooting black and white? What about learning to work with shadows or master HDR? How about spending some time focusing on Macro Photography?

We will help you to decide where you want to go with your creativity during this Yosemite photography workshop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

We will meet at 7:30 A.M. for a sunrise shoot and will proceed to walk the meadow trials, seeking out the early morning light and reflections of the trees, cottonwoods and ferns, and vistas of distant Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. We’ll seek out the early morning light as it resonates off the meadows. We will break late morning and rest up for our afternoon photoshoot. In the afternoon, we will meet once again and caravan to our sunset location. We will meet afterward in the Mountain Room to discuss the day’s shooting and review images.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

We will meet at 7:30 A.M. and gather again at our new rally point. We will spend the morning working compositions with some of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfalls and majestic granite spires as a backdrop. Afterward, we’ll caravan through the valley and closely explore various locations. We will be stopping frequently to venture out to various overlooks and waterscapes showcasing the fall colors throughout the morning. Later in the day, we will gather again to prepare for our late afternoon shoot. Image review and discussion afterward in the Yosemite Lodge Mountain Room.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

This is our last morning exploring the incredible vistas during our Yosemite Photography Workshop. Most noteworthy, we’ll explore some of Yosemite’s most prominent granite peaks as the sun casts its morning glow. Then, we will finally venture out into the surrounding meadows. This area of the valley remains in the shadows most of the day. It is great for both landscape photography and macro compositions. After that, we will walk down the river trail to shoot water compositions along the way. We will wrap the workshop up late morning.

Yosemite Private Photography Workshop
Yosemite Private Photography Workshop

Topics Covered in the Yosemite Fall Photography workshop

• Storytelling 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)

Included in Yosemite Private 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
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom sessions if time allows

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

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Yosemite Private Photography Workshop

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.


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

For a little more inspiration and information about this trip, read our recent blog about our experiences there last winter.

We hope you can join us!  


Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.

Please protect yourself from any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider of Travel Guard.


About Mark and Holly
Mark and Holly Jansen
Jansen Photo Expeditions
(805) 701-8807 or

Email: Mark@markJansenphotography.com

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