Yosemite, October 13 – 17

Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Art of Seeing

Film or Digital


During his career, Ansel Adams photographed many places, but it was to his beloved Yosemite that he returned year after year and where he made his first expressive images.

In this inspirational workshop, the emphasis will be on connecting Ansel’s approach and mastery with today’s tools and technologies, allowing you to better realize your own photographic vision.

You will learn to isolate and evaluate the elements of a scene, translate the literal to the expressive, and use optics and exposure to best effect, all under the guidance of long-time Ansel Adams assistant and master photographer, Alan Ross.

Visits to many of Ansel’s favorite locations in Yosemite will provide inspiration and insight, with demonstrations, practice sessions and critique laying the foundation for individual photographic advancement.

What You’ll Learn

Important topics covered during the intensive week:

  • How equipment choice impacts your final image
  • Choosing a lens and using it well
  • Optics and exposure
  • Filters—when and how to use them
  • Evaluating a scene and managing the details
  • Tonality
  • Translating what’s in front of you to what’s in your mind’s eye
  • Preparing the image for printing
  • Printing and presentation–bringing your vision to life on paper

Evenings will be spent on group and individual critique sessions, printing demonstrations, and engaging discussions about identifying and expressing personal vision.

A specially designed hybrid darkroom will be available for developing film, scanning negatives, and downloading and processing digital files.

By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools and methodology you need to respond to your vision with confidence.


This workshop is offered through the Ansel Adams Gallery. Fee is $1,200 for the week and lodging has been reserved in the Park for workshop participants.