Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Winter Light: Photographing Desert Preserves

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WINTER LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHING DESERT PRESERVES w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Join Desert Institute for a day of photography in two special desert places off the beaten track: Whitewater Preserve and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

Winter is an excellent season to photograph the low desert, with its cool temperatures, longer shadows, and views of distant peaks.

The day consists of photographic field sessions, group instruction, and one-on-one assistance from your instructor. You will learn tips and techniques for controlling sharpness, exposure, making panoramic photographs, and using lenses, along with creative exercises in photographing the desert landscape. Class begins in the morning, close to the rugged cliffs of Whitewater Preserve. After lunch, the class will relocate to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve for afternoon field sessions among the cottonwoods. Hiking at each preserve is easy – to moderate; you will be walking on trails that are mainly level. Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod with their camera(s).

About the Instructor: Craig Fucile, B.A., Physical Geography, currently teaches photography for the University of California, Riverside Extension. He has also taught for UC Irvine Extension, UC Santa Cruz Extension, the University of La Verne, the Sierra Club, and Friends of Photography. A long-time instructor, Fucile has taught numerous photography workshops on western landscapes that he enjoys photographing, including Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Eastern Mojave, Owens Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Anza-Borrego, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. During Fall 2017, he was an artist in residence for Angeles National Forest/ San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He received the Fall 2010 Instructor Excellence Award from UC Riverside Extension and the 2007 Distinguished Instructor Award from UC Irvine Extension.


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December 3, 2022 @ 08:00 AM to
04:00 PM



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