Using Your Digital Camera Program

Ansel never stopped exploring, or stopped learning how to use camera and film technology to express his artistic vision. Through The Ansel Adams Gallery's Photo Education program, you will also gain practical knowledge to improve your ability to record your explorations and realize your artistic vision.


This small group photo class will take you to select locations in Yosemite Valley to provide hands-on instruction with your digital camera. There is no better means of learning than in the field with one of the Staff Photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery.

This class is designed to improve your technical familiarity with your digital camera. You will visit different sites within Yosemite Valley based on what the current conditions suggest will provide the most photogenic views, and gain practical techniques through hands-on experience with patient and knowledgeable instructors. Photography is a highly technical art form, and yet with some simple instruction it is possible to make sense of it and use today's technology to create the image you want. Specifically, there will be discussion of aperture settings and aperture priority, shutter speed, ISO, and using histograms to optimize your exposures.

The class will meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village and walk from there. Participants will spend 4 hours in the field, walking to different locations and returning to the Gallery. The terrain is mostly flat, and for the most part along paved trails, approximately 2-3 miles (3-5km). There will be three to five stopping points, and the group will have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss Ansel and photography, and learn more about how to use the incredible technology that we have to make better photographs.

Recommended for beginner to intermediate camera technical proficiency. We encourage the use of your camera's manual mode and tripods (available to rent).

  • Dates: Offered every Thursday from 1:00-5:00 PM. (NOTE: To sign up for a class within 48 hours of class date, please call the Gallery at 209-372-4413 to reserve confirmed space).
  • Location: Yosemite National Park
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Class Limit: 10
  • This is a field oriented class, allowing the participants the opportunity to photograph in beautiful Yosemite Valley. Participants will spend 4 hours out in the field walking to different locations. The class usually walks 2-3 miles on flat, mostly paved paths.
  • Tuition: $95.00 per person
  • For questions and further information on this photography class, please email photoclass@anseladams.com or call (209) 372-4413


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Starts: January 02, 2020

Occurs: Every week on Thursday until December 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Admission: $95

Location: Ansel Adams Gallery - Yosemite National Park
9031 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Contact Person:: photoclass@anseladams.com

Phone: (209) 372-4413

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