The Ansel Adams Gallery is in the hub of Yosemite Valley. Surrounded by spectacular views of iconic cliffs and falls, what began as a studio of the famed photographer has since become a destination for Adams aficionados from around the world.
For the serious photographer, what better way to learn than one-on-one with a professional? The gallery offers a variety of excellent tutorials and workshops year-round.
Free camera walks take place several mornings a week and are led by gallery staff photographers. At 9a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings the group departs from the porch of the gallery. On Monday mornings the group leaves at 9a.m. from the Ahwahnee Hotel. Topics include landscape composition, camera usage, the history of Ansel Adams in Yosemite and his photography. Group size is limited to 15.
“In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams” is a four-hour photography class, also taught by a staff photographer. Other classes cover how to use a digital camera and using a digital darkroom.
Or those who are interested can schedule a private guiding session for photographing choice Yosemite locations. These classes are available throughout the week. Classes and guiding sessions are fee-based.
Workshops are filled months in advance due to popularity and limited space. Now is the time to register for late winter, spring and summer sessions.
Next year’s workshops are:
Walklet is a veteran Yosemite photographer whose work has been published extensively in books, calendars and magazines.
Ross is considered a master photographer whose works are exhibited in galleries and collections worldwide. Working as Adams’ photographic assistant gave him knowledge and expertise not found in any other contemporary photographer.
The cost for these five-day workshops ranges from $900 to $1,400. Instruction is sometimes based on skill level, and noted in the descriptions at the website.
Call (209)372-4413 to reserve a spot. For details visit www.anseladams.com and click on “Photography Education.”