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In The Footsteps of Ansel Adams photo class

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Visit several sites where Ansel Adams made his famous photographs of Yosemite on a 4-hour small-group photography tour with a professional photographer from The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. Your photographer-guide shares informative commentary about the life and work of Ansel Adams, along with tips on foundational photography techniques for smart phones and basic cameras. Go in-depth with a small group limited to 10 people during this illuminating photography walking tour in Yosemite Valley.
  • Small-group Ansel Adams photography walking tour in Yosemite Valley
  • Learn about the life and work of Ansel Adams
  • Visit several locations where Ansel Adams photographed some of his most iconic images
  • Get pro photo tips on composition and focus
  • Suitable for beginning and intermediate level participants with a smart phone or basic camera
  • Small-group tour with a limit of 10 people ensures a more customized experience
Celebrated photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams immortalized Yosemite National Park in classic black and white images, returning to Yosemite to photograph the majestic landscape throughout his career. His work both expanded the popularity of of photography as a new art form and helped to inspire the environmental movement in the United States.

Meet your guide, a professional photographer, at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village. From there, you'll walk to a number of locations where Adams composed some of his most famous images. View the same scene through your lens and learn how to improve your photography skills from your expert guide.

Expect to spend approximately four hours exploring different locations on foot, stopping frequently to make photographs and learn more about Ansel Adams' work. You'll follow mostly flat paved trails for a total of 2-3 miles (3-5 km).

At each stop, your guide explains the choices that Ansel made in regards to composition and lighting, and have time to take your own photographs. Your guide can provides individualized instruction to your small group, which has a maximum of 10 participants.

This tour is recommended for beginning to intermediate level photographers, and uses your own cameras or smart phones.

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Ansel Adams photo class
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed this tour. But wanted to confirm, this isn’t a hike or a bus tour. It’s a walking tour/class around the area near Yosemite Valley. Our guide, Michael, was great. He was very knowledgeable and patient and helpful in making sure that everyone’s questions were answered, no matter whether beginning photographer or pro, young or old. He helped build an appreciation of the landscape, and we felt like we learned a lot, whether using phone cameras or digital cameras, and that helped increase our interest in taking pictures, which certainly made the rest of the trip more enjoyable in being able to try and capture better photographs. And because it was a walking tour, he was very flexible in catering the tour to the interests of the different parties. Would recommend him and the tour.
I really enjoyed the tour In The...
Sue J
, Sep 2017
I really enjoyed the tour In The Footsteps of Ansel Adams photo class. Tour started promptly with three people along with two guides. Mike Reeves was great and the young lady with him who was in training was also friendly, helpful and had lots of local knowledge having grown up in the park. Yosemite is amazing and everybody should go here once but allow a couple of days. I had limited time due to having to drive all day the day before as roads were still blocked with snow, I learnt a lot on the tour, especially some new things about my camera which was great and much appreciated. I knew the tour included a lot of information about Ansel Adams but at times I thought we covered too much information on Ansel. We did not get to all the places advertised, maybe because of the different skill levels on the tour or maybe because we were enjoying the scenery. If anyone has an interest in photography I would recommend this tour or the other one the gallery runs which did not coincide with my days in the park. Looking forward to converting some of my photos to Black and White eventually.
Great experience. The instructor was...
Steven C
, Aug 2017
Great experience. The instructor was able to show the vantage points to familiar photos and the history of them. Great opportunity to find out the good photo spots that not everyone knows about
This was a very good class and...
John S
, Jul 2017
This was a very good class and helped me get the photos I wanted to record my visit to Yosemite. From the start of the tour Mike's tips and suggestions showed me how any photo can be improved, and also how different settings can change the impact of the image. I was able to implement many of these tips in the rest of my visit and came home with a very pleasing set of memories.
This is an amazing 4 hour class...
Holly S
, May 2017
This is an amazing 4 hour class, taught by a specialized-photography Ranger multi-talented who works inside the Ansel Adams Museum. With my 6th grade son, we took this class in preparation for a class speech, as well as being a photography buff. This class was the first time for him to learn about photography styles, old and new film and digital, black and white vs. color, as well as landscape photography styles and information Presented in an adult manner. Thankfully the Ranger did not baby any information down, but elevated my son's education and capabilities An amazing day in Yosemite, fascinating photography and information galore. Rides were taken from location to location, so it really was a lot of photography, information and locations, not mostly hiking which was my worry.
Everything you want to know about...
, Sep 2016
Everything you want to know about Ansel Adams from where he lived in Yosemite. If you're a fan of of this American artist this tour is for you.

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