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Yosemite Photography Guiding - Private Session
Photography Guiding
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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. Paying for a guided session does not guarantee we will be able to guide you. Again - call or email us, especially if trying to get a session within a few days of your request
  • 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: 31 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Incredibly incredible February 26, 2019
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...THE ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY - Thank you for the kind words. We think Michael Wise is fantastic.

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Private photo guide December 26, 2018
Reviewer: Dee Bell from Richmond, CA United States  
Michael Wise was fabulous helping each of us with our individual photo needs. Would highly recommend him!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent guided session in Yosemite Valley September 16, 2018
Reviewer: Bob Cherry from Pipersville, PA United States  
I had an afternoon guided photography tour with Christine while in the park in late August 2018.  She is a great photographer and very knowledgeable about the park, having been in the area for over 20 years.  We went to a number of excellent photography spots along the Merced River where I was able to capture some wonderful images of El Capitan and Half Done reflected in the placid pools of the river.    If you want to capture some great images in the park I would highly recommend doing a private guided session through the Ansel Adams gallery, it will be well worth it.

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Great service September 5, 2018
Reviewer: Ian Clark from St Sampsons, Guernsey United Kingdom  
Really easy to order from the Website, and excellent communication and advise from these people, highly recommended to deal with and looking forward to joining up with them

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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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