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Experience Level

Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address  strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.



All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position for sunrise & sunset. *Reach out if you have limitations.


Field & Classroom

We will be in the field shooting for sunrise and sunset with classroom time & breaks during the day. Learn composition techniques, adv camera settings, image editing &more! 

Group Size

6 people max

We prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 6 people. 

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Death Valley National Park 

Photo Workshop led by Joseph Roybal

March 5-7, 2021  |   Cost: 1,175 [$375 due at sign-up]

Join Pro Photographer Joseph Roybal for a 3-day photography workshop in Death Valley National Park to improve your skills and capture incredible landscapes. From valleys to sand dunes to canyons to salt flats, there's a reason why they call it the photographer's oasis. Very few places on earth offer as many textures, intense colors and extreme conditions to capture.

UPDATE: California stay-at-home orders have been lifted! This workshop is a go!


Capture Abstract Landscapes

Photographers who are eager to get creative with compositions or get out of their comfort zone, will thrive amidst the strange and unique formations of Death Valley.  

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Workshop Schedule

Day 1: (Friday) Meet at 2:30pm at the lodge for an intro class on composition. Head out to shoot through sunset. Back to the hotel with time off for dinner. 


Day 2: (Saturday) Rise early to capture sunrise light. Back to the lodge for a break, followed by image editing classroom session. Spend sunset shooting more gorgeous scenes in Death Valley National Park. Time for dinner in town after. 


Day 3: (Sunday) Another early morning for our last shoot in Death Valley! Return to the lodge for breakfast then the portfolio review session, followed by Q&A. Wrap up around 11am. 

Come home with stunning landscape images.

 Exciting Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Sessions 
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The group will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to capture the best conditions. During daytime hours there will be classroom time to focus on photography concepts and techniques. 

 Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, Joe will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.

Creative Editing

Learn an easy an effective editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. This editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop, Joe will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, we guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.


Climate in Early March

 The climate of Death Valley National Park in early March is ideal, with little rain and a seasonal norm of 67°F highs. 

About Death Valley National Park

Stark in appearance and haunting in name, Death Valley is a very-much-alive desert set between high, snow-capped mountains. The name doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of Death Valley—the mysteries of the life sustained in this arid and isolated landscape capture the attention of adventurers.

Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Death Valley Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant.

Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Oasis in Furnace Creek for the workshop dates. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay.

Car: If you won't have your personal vehicle, we highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. The group will be carpooling to each location during the workshop. 

Flight: There is a small public airport at Furnace Creek. The Las Vegas Airport is the next closest and is a 2 hour drive from Furnace Creek.

Planning Your Photo Trip 

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Meet Your Instructor, Joseph Roybal

Joseph Roybal is a professional fine art landscape photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Through his years of shooting, he discovered that the only way to truly learn is to be open and vulnerable to new experiences – as the best images sometimes come from the most unpredictable situations. 


Joseph's work has been published in AFAR Travel Magazine, Denver Magazine, The Denver Post and promoted by numerous stock agencies. He shares his knowledge as a photography instructor and speaker – presenting at camera clubs and conferences, leading workshops and scouting locations for National Geographic. He is proud to be a partner with several of the industry’s leading companies.

What's Included in the Death Valley Photography Workshop: 

Instruction from Joseph Roybal at several locations • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Sessions • Snacks and Water
 Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food 

UPDATE: California stay-at-home orders have been lifted! This workshop is a go!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the workshop?

The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from Joseph Roybal, photoshoots at several locations in Death Valley, classroom courses, snacks & water. This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accomodations, food or any gear

What about accommodation & transportation?

Please note that transportation, food and accommodations are NOT included and is up to each individual participant. Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Oasis in Furnace Creek. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. Car: We will be carpooling to each location during the workshop. Please arrange your own transportation to and from the workshop.

What if I need to cancel?

All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another available workshop up to 45 days prior. If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-44 days prior to the start of the workshop, deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited. Please see Terms & Conditions page for more information: https://www.danballardphotography.com/cancellation-policy

What should I bring?

Main photo gear: -Camera body & lenses -Tripod -Extra batteries -Large memory card -filters (optional) Always be prepared for any kind of weather. -Jacket for colder weather in evenings/mornings -Rain jacket and/or umbrella just in case -Sturdy shoes for walking Highly recommended: -Laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed -About 15 of your best images for feedback session (flashdrive, ipad, link or prints) -Pen & notepad (or laptop) -Day pack with water & snacks For other ideas please see the workshop gear page: https://www.danballardphotography.com/photography-workshop-gear-list

Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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