Yosemite Photography Experience with Chateau du Sureau

Photography Education

In partnership with Château du Sureau, The Ansel Adams Gallery welcomes you to join us for an expert-guided curated instructional program for photography enthusiasts at all levels.

2023 Dates: June 9 - 11, November 4 - 6
Location: Chateau du Sureau and Yosemite National Park
Level: Beginner to Advanced 

NOTE: Registration must be made through Château du Sureau. 

$2,350.00 USD


    Château du Sureau, in partnership with The Ansel Adams Gallery In Yosemite National Park, introduces a photography weekend experience designed to capture images of park scenes made famous by Adams’ signature photographic style. Join us for an expert-guided instructional program for photography enthusiasts at all levels.

    During a full-day guided experience in the park, participants will gain insight into the artistic creativity of Ansel Adams through a curated discussion and presentation of Adams’ fine print original photographs. Guests will also visit Yosemite’s most picturesque locations, where they will be taught how to use their cameras best to incorporate Adams’ photographic techniques and compositions.

    Designed for beginning photographers, hobbyists, and Ansel Adams enthusiasts, participants will have the opportunity to frame in their lens the scenes made famous by Adams and replicate his awe-inspiring use of light. They will be transported to an instructional “outside classroom” setting to learn about digital camera techniques and compositional theory, followed by a walking tour of Cooks Meadow, offering scenic views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, and the Merced River.

    The weekend package includes elegant accommodations, including meals and transportation to and from the park.

    Weekend Details

    Two-night accommodations Château du Sureau
    Ansel Adams guided Photography Class
    Transportation to Yosemite National Park
    The Elderberry House Picnic Lunch
    Friday evening Welcome Reception
    Three Course Dinner at the Elderberry House
    Dinner at the Cellar Bar on Saturday evening
    Gourmet breakfast served each morning


    $2,350.00 Single Occupancy
    $2,700.00 Double Occupancy
    Rates are exclusive of tax and service fees, and reservations must be reserved 7 days in advance. In the event of forecasted heavy rain, participants will have the option of reserving the November experience A 50% advance deposit is required. Cancellations with no penalty are allowed up to 14 days prior to the event.


    Air Quality Index Announcement

    The safety of our visitors and staff at The Ansel Adams Gallery is of utmost importance.  During fire season, smoke can degrade the air quality in Yosemite. It can reduce visibility and poses health concerns for everybody, especially sensitive people. During this time our staff uses the AQI (air quality index) to determine if the air quality is at a safe level for our visitors and staff.

    Here is how the AQI level in Yosemite Valley effects The Ansel Adams Gallery:

    150 AQI, we will close our outdoor operations. The staff will notify any photography education class students at least one hour prior to the start of class.

    300 AQI, we will close outdoor and indoor operations.  


    For more information please see the information below:

    Air Quality Index for Yosemite Valley

    National Park Service – Air Quality Monitoring in Yosemite

    AirNow Fire and Smoke Map



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