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Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Workshop

Yosemite National Park is popular for a reason – its vistas are spectacular! Even with 4 million annual visitors the park offers many hidden locations to catch the best compositions and light. This Yosemite fall colors workshop focuses on fall colors landscapes during the day and long exposure photography at night. Sunrise being at 07:24 and sunset at 18:00 enable convenient sunrise, sunset and night photography shoots without excessive fatigue.

Your instructor and guide, local photographer Jeff Sullivan, wrote the book on the best landscape photography locations in California: "Photographing California Vol. 2 – South," including an extensive chapter on Yosemite. Jeff lives a little over an hour from the Park and visits it frequently each year in the peak seasons for photography. Jeff personally leads all of his workshops, so you can be sure that he is planning every Yosemite trip on peak dates: for fall colors, wildflowers, waterfalls and astrophotography opportunities.

Jeff entered the digital imaging field in 1985 at the Digital Printing and Imaging Division of Tektronix, upon earning his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. An avid astrophotographer, he was awarded Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 (People and Space special prize) by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Enjoy the best that Yosemite has to offer with a location expert, with real time guiding, feedback and instruction.

Review our 2019 schedule for other workshops including Eastern Sierra Fall Colors, Mono Lake Winter and Moon Rise, Death Valley National Park and more.

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  1. Interested to know about this trip – required equipment, how much walking is required, length of day (I’m an older fellow, and I can’t do the 18 hour days any more).

    • Hi Bill,

      Thank you for your interest in my Yosemite Fall Colors workshop! We don’t have any moderate or long hikes planned. We tend to shoot either near the vehicles such as at a popular viewpoint or after a short walk from a road to the Merced River, typically about 1/4 mile. So if we walk a mile or two for photography in the course of the entire day, it’s in small, manageable and non-strenuous increments.

      We also set times and places for the next few meals, so if anyone wants to skip sunrise, they can meet us at breakfast. Or if they want to take a shower and back up cards to their laptop in the morning, we can meet them for lunch. If the weather is spectacular, the group may want to shift that to afternoon. So we do what makes sense at the time, and everyone can pace themselves and pick the best opportunities to participate in, or adjust their participation to their energy level on that day.

      Fortunately, for the Yosemite fall colors workshop, the sunrise time is 7:24 am and sunset 6 pm, so the days are pretty modest and relaxing, not like the long summer days with early sunrises and late sunsets.

      I’ve sent more information by email; I hope that you can join us!


      Jeff Sullivan

  2. Thanks Jeff – Looks like this one is well within our abilities. If I’m able to go (won’t know for sure, for another month or two) I’d be bringing a Sony RX10 iv, 24-600mm, a medium weight tripod, CP and ND filters. Anything else? Would the Sony be okay for your group (my DSLR days are over now)?

    • Hi Bill,

      I just had someone attend a workshop with the Sony RX10 IV. It’s a pretty impressive camera for it’s size! i think it would work out well. The only other thing you might want would be an interval timer (intervalometer). I’ll check with that other customer to see if she is able to use the one she bought for her Sony A7R3 with her RX10 IV.


  3. Good advice. Thanks. I don’t normally use an interval timer, but I’m sure I can get one which will work with the RX10iv. I will worry a little about my tripod, which is a medium weight Benro. When I sold off my DSLR gear I sold my big Manfrotto. If you feel that a heavyweight tripod is necessary, maybe I can rent one.

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