© David Muench 2017


DAVID MUENCH: The Desert: Landscape & Light

Orientation Sunday, May 7, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 8th – Wednesday, May 10th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 11th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

In this rare David Muench workshop, attendees will learn about and photograph the desert and nearby oases. Muench will show how to adopt new techniques for shooting in a desert environment from early morning to well into the evening. The class is about shooting in unique desert light that can dramatically influence the photographer and his / her work.

The class is for novices interested in learning how to photograph the desert, from seemingly barren landscapes to water and palm-filled oases as well as more experienced photographers who want to expand their skill within a desert environment.

During this four-day workshop, there will be group sessions (beginning early in the morning) in spectacular hidden areas between Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego, as well as native palm areas.  We’ll search for desert abstractions as well as landscape images.  There well be one-on-one time with David to guide, interpret and answer questions and concerns from participants. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their work to be reviewed by David and the rest of the class. There will be continuing reviews and critiques of the work made in the class.

Participants will learn new skills, techniques, and appreciation for the dessert and how to photograph it. They’ll have a better understanding of how to approach and use available light in a desert landscape. Hopefully the members of the class will leave inspired to look at landscape photography in a new light.

Price: $1250.00


Includes workshop transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.

David Muench began photographing the American West while still a teenager in the 1950s.  The pack trips into the Sierras made as a child with his parents began his love affair with the wild places that continue to play a major role in his life. After studying at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Los Angeles Art Center School of Design, there was no question of his career.

His sensitivity and determination to champion the strength and beauty of the land – of wilderness in particular – have led to extensive contributions of his work in wilderness and conservation publications, magazines, advertising, over 60 exhibit format books, as well as numerous exhibits.

David’s education provided him with the formality of a degree, but he continues to feel that his most profound learning experiences are in the field. Even now, as the technology of photography explodes in directions undreamed of in his early days, and as he continues to learn, to expand in new directions, it is nature that remains his teacher.