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Yosemite Photography Guiding - Private Session
Photography Guiding
A private guiding session with one of our gallery staff photographers in Yosemite National Park will allow you to photograph at a selection of the prime locations within Yosemite National Park:

  • Dates: Offered Year-round NOTE: The months of February, April, May, June, September & October are generally busy for private guiding. Please call ahead (209-372-4413) for availability
  • Guiding not available for the following dates: July 3,4,10,11,24 Aug. 22
  • Location: Yosemite National Park
  • Focus: Traditional & Digital
  • Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Half-Day Tuition: $375.00 for 4-hours (1-2 People), designed around sunrise (AM) or sunset (PM) Location-based guiding.
  • Full-Day Tuition: $550.00 for 8-hours (1-2 People), designed around sunrise and sunset with mid-day break. Location-based guiding.
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Price: $375.00

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NOTE: The gallery does not provide transportation during guided sessions. Usually, the staff photographer rides along with you in your vehicle. If you don't have room, you can follow him/her behind their car. If you don't have transportation, a walking guided session can be designed for you.
Attendees under the age of 18 need to have a parent or legal guardian present at the beginning of each class to sign a waiver of liability form.
  • We do not a break full day session into two 1/2-day sessions on separate days. Full-day sessions must be done on the same day. Please choose two 1/2-day sessions if you are wanting 4-hour sessions on different days. Please note: There is a substantial break in tuition for full day ($550 for 1-2 people) versus two half-day sessions ($750 for 1-2 people). You are not guaranteed the same staff photographer for both sessions if choosing two, 1/2-day sessions. For questions and to inquire about arranging a guided session, please email photoguide@anseladams.com or call (209) 372-4413.
  • A private guiding session with one of our gallery staff photographers in Yosemite National Park will allow you to learn about and photograph a selection of the prime locations within Yosemite National Park. From famous vistas of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, to more intimate locations throughout the park, our staff photographers will lead you to areas to capture unique images and make the most of your photographic experience.
  • While in the field, our photographers can assist you with questions on composition and lighting, however these sessions are ultimately designed to allow you to take advantage of our photographer's intimate knowledge of the topography of Yosemite National Park and the Eastern Sierra.

Sessions are typically set up around the best lighting for photography Yosemite has to offer - sunrise and/or sunset - so start times vary. You will be notified regarding start times and starting locations after signing up for your session.

A Note on "Tagging Along": For two main reasons, we do not allow family members/significant others/friends to tag along with paying participants. 1. Signing up for any of our guiding services pays for our expert guides to take you to many exclusive spots in Yosemite and/or being at prime locations at the best lighting for photography - regardless of participation. 2. All members of a guiding party need to be paying participants and sign our Acknowledgement of Risk form.

Cancellation Policy: If a participant needs to withdraw from a class, he/she must inform the Gallery no later than 1 day prior to the scheduled class. We will then refund your payment. Full refunds cannot be made for withdrawals initiated within 4 hours of the start of the class. Refunds cannot be made for participant no-shows. Class and guiding payments are transferable to another individual should you choose to withdraw your registration. The above policy only applies to our 4 hour photography classes and guiding services.

The Ansel Adams Gallery is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 28 Write a review.

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The day with Michael Wise April 20, 2018
Reviewer: Melissa Usrey from Lake Arrowhead, CA United States  
As a bird photographer, I was hesitant and  a bit intimidated by landscape work.  The mediums are very different, but I wanted to learn to capture the exquisite beauty of Yosemite.  I couldn't have asked for a better teacher/guide than Michael.  I highly recommend booking with him to get the most out of landscape photography and Yosemite!

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Incredibly incredible April 7, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Hurder from Livermore, CA United States  
I had the great good fortune to spend an afternoon with Michael Wise from the Angel Adams Gallery.  All those images I'd tried and failed to capture during my many visits to the park are now mine forever.  Thank you,  Michael.   Thanks also to the  Gallery and to Ansel for showing us how...

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Time well spent March 26, 2018
Reviewer: Ray from Seabeck, WA United States  
I would highly recommend these individual sessons. Rain or shine the valley has something to offer and my time produced awesome shots in locations I could not have located on my own.

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Christine January 12, 2018
Reviewer: Ashley from Singapore, Singapore Singapore  
Christine is an amazing guide! Her love for nature is infectious! She is also very open to share photography tips! I would totally recommend her for one to one trips!

There is a few ways to improve the site:

1. Give a description of the different photographers.
2. Allow customers to choose guides for smaller groups.
3. Give a better description for the one to one tour.
4. Provide better a better transport system

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Another day, another session December 28, 2017
Reviewer: Lesley from Plymouth, England  
Originally booked a morning session in Sept for a sunrise at Yosemite but Mike contacted me beforehand and suggested we change it to an afternoon. I am very glad he did as the morning would have been a disaster. The fires in the park meant that the valley was full of thick smoke first thing and would have been a photographer's nightmare for a sunrise session. The afternoon session was fabulous and Mike took me to places in the Valley I would never have found myself. We were away from the crowds and although the weather wasn't optimum for photography, I still managed to get some very nice images and had a fun time.  Mike is a good photographer and his eye and style were similar to my own. If you are keen on photography and only staying a few days in Yosemite it is worth the money to get images that are off the beaten track as Mike knows the area intimately and where to go to maximise your Ansell Adams experience.  Thank you Mike for a great time.

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