Desert Paradise: Photo Guide to Death Valley
Desert Paradise: Photo Guide to Death Valley

Desert Paradise: Photo Guide to Death Valley


The ultimate photo guide to Death Valley National Park by photographers Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa.

The name Death Valley conjures up images of inhospitable desolation, but those images couldn’t be further from the truth. Death Valley is a place of sublime beauty. With salt flats, sand dunes, colorful badlands, and dramatic mountain peaks, Death Valley has a lot to offer the landscape photographer.

Death Valley National Park is also quite expansive – the largest national park in the continental US. This size can be overwhelming to visitors who don’t know where to start, which is where this guide comes in. We want to help you make the most of a trip to the park by saving planning time and getting you to many of the park's best spots for photography.

Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park, is designed to be useful to all levels of photographers. And, the eBook is much more than just a location guide. It also features detailed sections on photography technique specifically applicable to Death Valley landscapes, and a large selection of portfolio-quality Death Valley images.

This ebook includes:

  • Detailed information on 16 locations, ranging from classic Death Valley icons to off-the-beaten path places. Each location includes several photos, directions and, when applicable, GPS coordinates.
  • Photography advice and techniques for Death Valley’s many landscapes, including tips on photographing salt flats, playas, sand dunes, badlands, abstracts, macros, black and white, and wildflowers.
  • Over 150 photos highlighting the diversity of Death Valley’s landscape. Technical information (including exposure settings) is included for every photo.
  • Travel information, including lodging and transportation basics, seasonal variations, weather, and potential hazards to help you get started in planning your trip.
  • An additional 10 minor locations in the park are featured, as well as several other nearby locations outside the park including Mono Lake, the Eastern Sierra, and Valley of Fire State Park.
  • Recommended gear and gear considerations for landscape and nature photographers.
  • Maps highlighting every major location in the eBook, plus suggested itineraries from one day to several weeks.
  • PDF format eBook download, including 132 full-size high resolution pages, ready for viewing on your tablet, computer monitor, or phone.

About the authors: Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa are nature photographers, photography educators, and writers with a home base in the mountains of southwest Colorado, and a mobile base in an Airstream trailer (typically found somewhere in the American West). They enjoy photographing natural landscapes of all kinds, from forests and mountains to oceans and deserts, from small scenes to grand landscapes, and from bold dramatic light to soft diffused light. They have co-authored several highly regarded photography eBooks and video tutorials for nature photographers.