Private Guided Photography Tours
Photography Guiding
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Experience Yosemite through a private guided tour designed to meet your photography dreams. Visit some of the most picturesque and hidden locations throughout the park, and capture them by camera at the time of day when lighting is at its best. No matter if you’re an experienced photographer or taking photos with your smartphone, our expert staff photographers will customize your tour specifically to you. Make the most of your trip with an insider’s view of one of the world’s finest parks.
NOTE: Guiding sessions are not available on February 20th, 2020, or April 20th, 2020 as these dates are currently full.

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Price: $375.00

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Private Guided Tour Overview:

  • Where you’ll go: Our photography guides have an intimate knowledge of the topography of Yosemite National Park and the Eastern Sierra. With an expert by your side, you’ll visit prime locations in the park that aren’t always highlighted on a map. We’ll meet at the gallery, and venture from there.

  • When we’ll head out: We’ll try and schedule your guided tour when the lighting is best for the photography Yosemite has to offer - sunrise and/or sunset. Start times vary, and we’ll plan the best time for you to go once you’ve signed up for your tour.

  • What you’ll learn: Depending on your level of experience, we can dive into the basics or head straight into more advanced techniques. From composition to lighting, proper exposure to focusing techniques, we’ll cater our lesson to your curiosities and desires. Seeking a location guide without the instruction? We can do that too.

  • How we prepare: In order to customize your guided tour, we’ll reach out to you to find out what your preferences are. Would you prefer a driving tour, or a bit of hiking? Depending on the time of year, a high country excursion, or adventure within the valley? Sunrise or sunset? This consultation helps us individualize your experience to try and meet your hopes and dreams.

  • Questions? Reach out and we’d be happy to help. To ask a question or arrange a guided tour, please email or call (209) 372-4413.

NOTE: The gallery does not provide transportation for guided sessions. Usually, our guide rides along with you in your vehicle. If you don’t have room, you’ll be able to follow behind their car. No car? We’ll design a walking guide session in the beautiful Yosemite Valley, with famous vistas like Half Dome, Yosemite Valley meadows, and Yosemite Falls.

Cancellations with full refund can be done 24 hours prior to the guided session. For Morning/ Full Day guides, this is the end of business day, 1.5 days out (as opposed to end of business day, the day before the morning/Full Day session). Does that make sense? Under 24 hours, no refunds are given. For Weather related / Fire or smoke related conditions: We make every effort to keep the guide on schedule, but a cancellation due to these conditions can happen right up to the session time with full refund given. We can also try to reschedule the guide if it is cancelled due to weather or fire related conditions.

Other Information:

  • We do not break full day tours into two ½ day tours. Full-day tours must be done on the same day. Please choose two ½ day guided tours if you would like 4-hour tours 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.

  • 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.

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 32 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 4 Hour Private Photography Tour October 31, 2019
Reviewer: Chris Waite from Beachport, SA Australia  
Wow! This was an absolute highlight of our US holiday. I can't recommend this tour enough. Our tour leader, Michael, was wonderful.

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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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