The Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Death Valley

The name Death Valley conjures up images of inhospitable desolation, but those images couldn’t be further from the truth. Death Valley is a place of sublime beauty. From salt flats, to sand dunes, to colorful badlands, to dramatic mountain peaks Death Valley has a lot to offer the landscape photographer.

Death Valley National Park is also huge – the largest national park in the continental US. This size can be overwhelming to first-time visitors who don’t know where to start, and can also hide some of the lesser known gems that even repeat visitors miss.

Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park is designed to be useful to everyone, from first-time visitors to seasoned Death Valley visitors, from beginning photographers to serious amateurs and professionals. This book is much more than just a location guide. It also features detailed sections on photography technique specifically applicable to Death Valley landscapes, and a large selection of portfolio-quality Death Valley images. No matter your skill or experience level you’ll find this book to be an indispensable guide to photographing Death Valley.



Samples from the Book

What’s Included

  • A discussion of the different types of small scenes and why you should consider photographing them
  • Detailed information on 17 locations, ranging from classic Death Valley icons to off-the-beaten path locations. Each location includes several photos, directions and, when applicable, GPS coordinates
  • Photography advice and techniques for Death Valley’s many landscapes, including tips on photographing salt flats, playas, sand dunes, badlands, abstracts, macros, black and white, and wildflowers
  • Over 150 stunning photos highlighting the diversity of Death Valley’s landscape. Technical information (including exposure settings) is included for every photo
  • Basic travel information, including lodging and transportation, seasonal variations, weather, and hazards to help you in getting started in planning your trip
  • An additional 10 minor locations in the park are featured, as well as several other major locations located outside the park including Mono Lake, the Eastern Sierra, and Valley of Fire
  • A detailed discussion of landscape photography ethics, including Leave No Trace practices
  • Recommended gear and gear considerations
  • Maps highlighting every major location in the book
  • Suggested itineraries from one day to several weeks
  • A brief human and geologic history of the park
  • 134 full-size high resolution pages, ready for viewing on your tablet, computer monitor, or phone

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