In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams - Tues & Sat 1 PM
In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams
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Offered every Tuesday and Saturday from 1:00-5:00 PM. Classes meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery.
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: To sign up for a class within 48 hours of class date or arrange an alternative payment method, please email or call the Gallery at 209-372-4413 to reserve confirmed space.
Price: $95.00 Per Person

Photographer Ansel Adams immortalized Yosemite National Park through his classic black & white images. His images pushed the popularity of landscape photography while helping to motivate the American environmental movement. Through the course of the class, you will visit a number of locations from where Ansel composed some of his most famous images. At each location, you will have the opportunity to see the same image through your lens and work more in-depth with the scene around you. You will receive insight into Ansel's life, photography and philosophies as well as basic lessons in photographic technique.
  • Dates: Offered every Tuesday and Saturday from 1:00-5:00 PM (NOTE: To sign up for a class within 48 hours of class date, please call the Gallery at 209-372-4413 to reserve confirmed space.)
  • Location: Yosemite National Park
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Class Limit: 10
  • This is a field oriented class, allowing the participants the opportunity to photograph in beautiful Yosemite Valley. Participants will spend 4 hours out in the field walking to different locations. The class usually walks 2-3 miles on flat, mostly paved paths.
  • Tuition: $95.00 Per Person
  • For questions and further information on this photography class, please email or call (209) 372-4413.

4-hour Photography Class Cancellation Policy: We understand that sometimes things come up and the best laid plans go awry. If you Cancel your class more than 7 days in advance, you will be refunded in full for the class. If you cancel your class less than 7 days but more than 24 hours before the class starts, we will refund your money, minus a non-refundable charge equal to 15% of the cost of your class. Refunds cannot be made for no-shows or cancellations within the 24 hour time period. If you are concerned about this possibility, please purchase a little travel insurance. A little can go a long way. Class payments are fully transferable to another individual for the same scheduled class if you choose to withdraw your registration. If The Ansel Adams Gallery needs to cancel the class for any reason, your payment will be refunded in full. However, we simply can’t be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging for the sole purpose of attending the class.

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.

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

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 21 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Footsteps of Ansel Adams June 9, 2019
Reviewer: Chad Cox from APO, AE United States  
It was great to learn a bit more about Ansel and the life he lived in the park.  Thank you to Brittany for your insight to Ansel, especially with your design background.  It helped me to look at Ansel’s work a little differently.  I will recommend this guided tour to anyone I know who visits Yosemite.  I hope to visit again in the near future.  
Chad Owen Cox  
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5 of 5 Excellent in every respect January 28, 2019
Reviewer: Sebastian Jaroszewicz from Argentina  
As an enthusiastic photographer and admirer of Ansel Adams  I found that the tour exceeded my expectations. Our guide was Michael Wise, a wonderful person, who not only gave us valuable photographic advice but also conveyed his admiration and knowledge of the work of Ansell Adams. After presenting, he was interested in the knowledge and expectations of each participant so that he could better respond to our interests. And then we made a wonderful tour of the park after the steps of Ansel Adams. In summary a wonderfull experience. Many, many  thanks Michael.

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5 of 5 Amazing Experience October 31, 2018
Reviewer: Craig from San Diego, CA  
By far the best use of my time while I was in the Valley. Our (small) "Footsteps" group guide was Michael W
Michael did a superb job of immediately querying the group to assess our individual photographic skills & understand how he could best address our interests. It was a very full 4 hours of traversing the Valley sharpening & honing our photographic technique
Most importantly (for me) was Michael's wonderful flowing narrative about Ansel Adams that filled the moments when we weren't taking pictures. The discussion was truly a "live & interactive" biographical production of Ansel's life- Michael shared knowledge from many sources including that gleaned from his interactions with Ansel's assistants. The depth of granularity & color was astounding providing me with a new appreciation of Ansel's love for the Valley
Be sure to ask questions to entice Michael to go off on tangents! It was the unattenuated flow of information from these "pivots" that made the day truly memorable

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5 of 5 Great insights on the Adams trail October 2, 2018
Reviewer: David Shank from Indianapolis, IN United States  
Perhaps it was fate but I was fortunate to be the only person with my wonderful guide. The walk is condensed but you see many of Mr. Adams' favorite subjects and you begin to understand that not all meaningful images have to be taken in the back country.  My guide knew and understood the Adams aesthetic and since I'm an experienced image creator we didn't have to waste time on mechanics. She showed how a slight shift in position could make a boring picture into a dynamic image. It was a great experience. Thank you.

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5 of 5 In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams September 10, 2018
Reviewer: Larry Daniel from Lewisville, NC United States  
Brittany was great!

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