Yosemite Photography: Horsetail Fall & Winter Landscapes

Yosemite Photography: Horsetail Fall & Winter Landscapes

Photograph the magic of Horsetail Fall on a guided tour of Yosemite Valley.
February 21, 2019 to February 24, 2019

Amateur and professional photographers: Sharpen your camera skills in Yosemite Valley in this multiday course. Your guide, an expert nature photographer, will help you hone your craft and find the best shots. Learn insider photography secrets, as you capture intricate ice patterns, snow-capped peaks and other elements of Yosemite’s winter landscape. As evening approaches, turn your lens to the east side of El Capitan to capture a fleeting seasonal phenomenon: the orange and red hues that illuminate Horsetail Fall, as the setting sun strikes the water.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of guided outdoor photography workshops (Friday, February 22, to Sunday, February 24), plus an afternoon session (Thursday, February 21, at 4 pm).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Thursday, February 21, and departs Monday, February 25) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any (no photography experience required).
Hiking: Easy. Less than 1 mile on mostly level terrain, but winter conditions could add challenges.
Elevation: 4,000 feet.
Registration Price: $389
Naturalist guide and photographer Ira Estin poses with his camera.

Ira Estin

Ira Estin's outdoor experience started early: When he was just one year old, his parents took him camping in Yosemite. Later, as a Boy Scout, he hiked most of the John Muir Trail and backpacked throughout the Sierra Nevada. While studying at University of California, Los Angeles, he honed his mountaineering skills during adventures with the UCLA Mountaineering Club, and developed an interest in outdoor photography. After graduation, he worked with the Apollo Space Program, but eventually transitioned from an engineering career to pursue photography. He has since worked in advertising, wedding and portrait photography, but nature photography remains his primary focus and passion.