The Language of

Light: Photographing

Ansel Adams’ California

March 21-27, 2021
Trip Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $3475, single supplement +$365
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Activity Level: Moderate

The legacy of Ansel Adams and his influence on modern landscape photography is undeniable. His photographs of the American West are iconic. Many photographers have trekked through national parks trying to make images that illustrate nature’s beauty in the same way that Adams so masterfully created. Most of these photographers discovered that it is not a simple task. This workshop will show you how to combine the inspiration from Ansel Adams’s photographs and his story with your own creative eye to create awe-inspiring photographs. 

As we travel through Adams’ footsteps, you will learn how to read the dramatic landscape and the ever-changing light and adjust your camera settings accordingly. We will discuss advanced compositional rules for photographers and learn how to create expertly composed photographs. Most importantly, we will go deeper and learn how Ansel’s images used space to tell a story. Adams’ photographs are undeniably beautiful and understanding how he combined technical expertise with composition and creativity will guide you as a photographer to make better photographs.

In this workshop, we will visit some of the most visually powerful places that Ansel Adams photographed in California. We begin in Owens Valley at Manzanar National Historic Site, home to the Manzanar Relocation Camp. Adams visited four times in 1943, photographing the camp and making controversial images at the camp that taught him the power of photographs. We will visit the visually unusual and dramatic Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra’s, a favorite of Adams. The ghost town of Bodie is next and was well-known to Adams as he brought his family to camp there in the late 1930s. Then we shall make our way to Yosemite, the park that is synonymous with Ansel Adams. During our time in the park, we will enjoy a special session with the Ansel Adams Gallery, go on photo walks in the valley, and excursions to photograph Glacier Point and many others. We shall also enjoy a special dinner at the famed Awanhee hotel. 

Merced River, Yosemite National Park

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

Display at Manzanar State Park

Monument at Manzanar State Park

Bodie State Park



  • Tour remnants of the Japanese internment camp Manzanar

  • Boat tour of Mono Lake

  • Photo walks of Mono Lake Tufa Towers

  • Photo walk of Bodie, California’s best-preserved Ghost Town

  • Ansel Adams Gallery at Yosemite

  • Valley photo walks with a history talk

  • Sweeping views at Glacier Point

  • Dinner at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel


Beginners welcome! Whether you are photographing with a DSLR, point-and-shoot, or your phone, you will learn the fundamentals of photography and composition.


Bodie State Park


These hotels have been chosen for their central locations in each town.​


Neeley Drown

Neeley’s skills and experience in creating fine art, street, and travel photography translate well to personal and professional portraiture, travel, and event photography. She is a professor of photography at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Neeley also owns her own photographic workshop company ( where she develops and teaches workshops both near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe. For Neeley, teaching and inspiring others to make beautiful photographs is as much a passion as making her own art.

Carla Bohnett

Carla is a world traveler with a passion for art. Always toting a camera, Carla is a professional portrait, business, and travel photographer. She loves to share her passion for culture and art through her photography and is always more than happy share tips and tricks to capturing the perfect shot. She is very excited to be Co-Director for Artful Journeys and is already starting to plan future Journeys. Carla owns her own portraiture business and is also the President of the Women's Networking Alliance



Trip cost is $3475
  • $365 single supplement. 

  • Includes all accommodations, some meals (breakfasts & alcohol not included), transportation in California, event and museum entry fees, and teacher and admin fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering, breakfasts and alcohol.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this Journey.

  • Airfare to and from is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

Yosemite National Park

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