January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann


The Waterfalls of Yosemite

April 15 – 17, 2000Workshop 499

Join a unique landscape photography workshop this coming spring.The Waterfalls of Yosemite. Conducted by Michael Reichmann and Steve Kossack, this workshop will be limited to just 6 participants.

Yosemite, Steve Kossack (D)

The Workshop

From before sunrise each day until after sunset, this workshop will be aboutdoingphotography in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. No lectures, no slide shows, no commercial promotions. You and two other photographers will work with Michael and/or Steve each day, exploring the wonders and photographic opportunities of the Park. Mid-April is close to the peak water-flow, due to the spring run-off, and the weekend we have chosen also coincides with a full-moon. The waterfalls should be spectacular and the park relatively uncrowded.

The Workshop Leaders

The workshop leader, (and publisher of this site) isMichael Reichmann, a photographer, author and teacher with more than 30 years behind the camera.Steve Kossackhas been shooting the Southwest for many years and knows Yosemite intimately, having photographed there more than 20 times over the past 8 years. 

About the Workshop

Each morning for 3 days we will be up before sunrise and on location. We will have a shooting itinerary for each day, but there will be lots of flexibility and scope for serendipity. This workshop is not about basic instruction, though that will certainly be available if anyone wishes. Instead, we will all be working and shooting the landscape of Yosemite, sharing ideas and techniques.

Discussion will be a major part of the workshop — not lectures. You will be free to work independently, or closely alongside Michael and Steve. What lenses to use, what filters? Understanding perspective and light. Dealing with contrast, color and monochrome. There will be time to explore all of these topics, in words,and action.

Simply put, what we will achieve is an opportunity for you to work closely with an experienced landscape photographer. You will explore famous as well as hidden locations. Your fellow photographers will provide feedback and share their vision.

Who Should Attend?

If you love doing landscape photography, this workshop is for you! Attendees will range from relative beginners to experienced photographic artists. The workshop is about doing photography and sharing information. Michael and Steve are there as guides, advisors, mentors and resources.

You will be doing your photography, atyour pace, not just watching someone else do his. Advise, hints and critique will be available — if desired, but this weekend is about you, and what you need and want to do.

Yosemite Falls and Half DomeYosemite Falls and Half Dome, Steve Kossack

What Formats will People be Shooting?

Participants will be working in everything from 35mm and medium format to large-format. Bring a single body and lens, or your whole 50lb kit. Bring whatever gear works for you, but remember — you’ll be carrying it a good part of the day. If the weather cooperates we’ll be shooting after dark (how about the Moon over Half-Dome?), and so a tripod will be a "must" then. A good tripod should be part of your technique most of the time in any event.

Discussion will be a big part of the workshop and there will be lots of opportunity to learn how others work, what equipment they use, and why.

A Draft Itinerary

Because of weather and other circumstances we will keep a flexible itinerary for the 3 days of our shoot.  Clickherefor ourDraft Itineraryand an idea of what we’ll be shooting.

Travel and Accommodation

The workshop begins on Friday evening, April 14th, 2000, atCurry Villagewithinthe park. Curry Village will be our accommodation and base of operations during the three days of shooting.

We will explore the park in 2 Ford Explorers, with four people in each vehicle — allowing lots of room for equipment and tripods.

You are responsible for your own transportationtoYosemite. We take over from there. If driving, you may park free at the lodge for the duration of the workshop. If you will be flying in we can arrange for free transportation to and from the Park, but close coordination of flight times at San Francisco Airport (SFO) will be necessary.

The workshop will formally end after sunset on Monday evening, April 17, though attendees will be free to leave at any time that afternoon to catch flights or to get a head-start in driving home. If you’ll be staying over that night, accommodation and transportation to SFO on Tuesday morning can be arranged.

How Strenuous Will it Be?

We will be working out of the Explorers a great deal of the time. Usually there will be short hikes from the vehicles to a shooting location, so a manageable shoulder bag or back-pack type camera case is advised.

There will be opportunities for some more energetic hikes to a few special locations, but these will be optional.

Unique Extras

Because theThe Waterfalls of Yosemiteworkshop is conducted byThe Luminous Landscape Inc., as an attendee you will receive several unique extras.

A private section on the Discussion Forum will be available to all attendees, from the moment that you sign-up, and continuously afterward, even when the Workshop itself is past. Participants will have an opportunity to get to know each other on-line beforehand, and will be able to keep in touch after the seminar.

After the workshop attendees will be able to submit their work for critique on-line, if they wish, by the other attendees and the workshop leaders. A private display space will be created exclusively for workshop participants.

Attendees will be given a public section onThe Luminous Landscapeweb site where they can, if they wish, publicly exhibit images shot during the workshop.


The 3 days seminar workshop, including 3 nights accommodation at Curry Village within Yosemite National Park, in-park transportation, breakfast and lunch — in the field, and dinner at the lodge each evening, costs anall-inclusive USD $750.00. There are no other charges. Of course you will provide your own equipment and film.(Alcohol at dinner isnotincluded in this price.)

A deposit of $250 will be required by mail within 10 days of your electronic registration, and the balance of $500 no later than March 15, 2000. Cancellations prior to March 15 will receive a refund of $225 of the $250 deposit. Between March 15 and April 1 a 50% refund of the full fee will apply. There will be no refunds after April 1.

This is an opportunity to eat, sleep and breath landscape photography in one of the world’s most beautiful valleys. Begin the new year, the century and the millennium with the photography trip that you’ve always wanted to take. Don’t miss it!

Liability Limitation

The Luminous Landscape Inc., our instructors, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshopafterApril 1, 2000, we will provide a full refund which the participant acknowledges as full and final settlement.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable or participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

I have read the above information concerning responsibility and releaseThe Luminous Landscape Inc. and Michael Reichmann, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability.The Luminous Landscape Inc. and Michael Reichmann will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation.

Since there are just six places available,The Waterfalls of Yosemite Workshopis bound to sell out quickly.  To fill out a Registration Form simply clickhereor on the button below.  If you have any questions before registering, clickhereto send an e-mail inquiry.


Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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