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Joshua Tree Photo Campout
with Andrew Fritz

Joshua Tree has an almost mythical status among the national parks. It straddles 2 deserts and contains some of the most unworldly landscapes and plants in the US. From freezing cold to scorching hot, from bone dry to drenching rain, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts are stark and beautiful.

Explore the beauty of this unforgiving natural wonderland. During this workshop and camp out we will hike, and explore, finding beautiful landscapes, macro shots and wildlife. Joshua Tree offers spectacular night skies thanks to it’s elevation, dry air and remote location and we will take full advantage of those night skies during this workshop. 

Workshop Program

Each day, Andrew will lead participants on a set of hikes and photo walks. Generally there will be a sunrise hike and a sunset hike, reserving the midday for recuperation, photo editing, teaching and socializing. Andrew will lead night photo hikes to make star photos, weather allowing. He will also be available throughout to answer 1:1 questions and provide personal teaching.

This is an active workshop! Each day we will potentially hike 2 to 10 miles (broken up into several hikes).  Some of the hikes will be strenuous. Others will be easy or short. There will be a briefing on the upcoming day’s hikes each night. Each participant is encouraged to go on only the hikes they feel up to. Know your limits and remember that it gets hot in the desert, even in early April!

We will have a group campfire each night (burn ban allowing). Plan on hanging out and chatting about photography or whatever is top of mind.  It will be a great time to share stories from the day’s hikes and other adventures.

If you would like to have a better understanding of the park and the environment before or after signing up, please feel free to visit Andrew's Joshua Tree Workshop page for more info. 

Pre-Workshop Facebook Live

Andrew will conduct a pre-workshop facebook live two weeks prior to the workshop to help everyone prep for the trip. He will answer questions and discuss what to expect. Participants will receive an invite via email with instructions.

Camping & Lodging

We have reserved a block of camp sites. Campsites fill up well in advance at JT during April so if you wish to camp, we recommend selecting that option when you check out. Don’t plan on driving in an getting a campsite. Hotels are available in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree (the town). Both are about a 30 minute drive from the central area where the workshop will call home base.

Participants are responsible for their own camping equipment or hotel reservations. Participants are responsible for their own meals.

Getting There and Around

Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 3.5 hour drive east of Los Angeles or San Diego. It is approximately a 17.5 hour drive from Austin.

Southwest Airlines frequently has inexpensive flights from Austin to San Diego or Hollywood Burbank airport (Bob Hope, BUR) in LA metro. I recommend avoiding LAX if possible since it is on the coast (further) and in the middle of the worst LA traffic.

A car is required for access to and around the park. Workshop participants are responsible for their own transportation during the workshop but are welcome (and encouraged) to carpool with each other to minimize the number of vehicles we are driving.

If you find yourself in need of incidentals, gas, food, drinks or other supplies, Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree (the town) are both about 30 minutes away and easy to reach.

What to Bring

Camera Gear:

• Camera & Lenses
• Tripod & Cable Release (for Night Photography)
• Battery Chargers
• Laptop for Downloading (optional)
• Camera Backpack with Hip Strap (optional but recommended for hiking)
• Filters (Graduated ND, Polarizer, etc - optional)

Other Stuff

• Hiking Boots or other sturdy walking shoes.
• Hiking Pole or Walking Staff
• Sunscreen and Sun Protection (hat, sun shirt, etc)
• Lawn Chair
• Camping Supplies
• Meals (there are no concessions in the park, groceries and restaurants are available in town about 30 minutes away).
• Water - The campgrounds are “dry”. Everyone needs to bring their own water into the park.
• A strategy to take 2 liters (minimum) of water along on each hike (camelbak, water bottles, etc)
• Snacks/Trail Food

About the Instructor

Andrew is a self taught photographer who comes from a software engineering background. On his very first trip with a camera he discovered night photography, and like many photographers he has always been drawn to the beauty of the outdoors. He developed his landscape and night photography skills through trial and error in various environments from the sprawling stark beauty of west Texas to bright urban settings around Washington DC and Austin. When not making landscape, nature and night time images, Andrew is shooting for AzulOx Visuals making a variety of images from weddings, to architecture and everything in between. Andrew loves solving problems but more than that, he loves sharing his knowledge with others, helping them grow.

See more of Andrew's images at and

You can contact Andrew with questions about the class at

Please review our class & event cancellation policy below. 

Class & Event Cancellations

Excursions- Big Bend Classes, Joshua Tree, Padre Island, etc.
Full refunds (less a $75 fee) will be issued to students who cancel at least 30 days prior to an excursion. Refunds will not be issued to cancellation requests made within 30 days of the start of an excursion unless the spot can be filled. If your spot is filled you will receive a full refund (less a $75 fee). If you do not show up for an excursion, your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund of any amount or to reschedule.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.



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