The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Death Valley National Park

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.  

Desert Paradise 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 book, plus suggested itineraries from one day to several weeks. 
  • PDF format e-book, including 132 full-size high resolution pages, ready for viewing on your tablet, computer monitor, or phone.

Note: Desert Paradise does not include location information for all of the places featured in our personal photo portfolios of Death Valley. Specifically, we receive a lot of requests for information about an expanse of large mud tiles. Although the area is more well-known now, we committed to not sharing the location publicly when we were told about it in 2015. The ebook does include references to areas where you can find mud patterns and tiles with some exploring on your own. 

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What Our Customers Are Saying (See More Reviews Here)

I just returned about a week ago from an incredibly successful and utterly enjoyable camping and photography trip to Death Valley, and the book you guys wrote - Desert Paradise - literally made my trip. It allowed me to spend my limited time on a well-planned and coordinated itinerary of epic locations that held the most promise, and for that I am profoundly grateful. Thanks for all the hard work you guys put into the book!
— Justin
I recently visited Death Valley NP for the first time. Prior to my trip I downloaded your Desert Paradise ebook to aid in my research. You do outstanding work and your book was an invaluable tool for a first time visitor to the park. Over a long weekend, I was able to make many images that I am quite happy with and that’s due in large part to the guidance your e-book offered.
— Chris
I just purchased your ebooks on Death Valley and Iceland... I’m always looking for a guide to help me plan my photo trips. Even a simple guide from a landscape photographer helps a lot. Your ebooks go beyond a simple guide. You saved me a tremendous amount of planning!!! In the past, I have paid $15 for a simple 25 page ebook to the Moab area. It was worth every penny. Your ebooks are very under-rated and under-priced in my opinion. For the amount of information you provided in the Death Valley book, I would have paid $40-$50. There is no way I could have researched the amount of information on my own. I have been compiling information on my Death Valley trip for the past year. I feel comfortable deleting the entire file and using your ebook. I hope you plan on expanding your ebook library on landscape locations like Death Valley and Iceland.
— Joel
I purchased your Desert Paradise ebook a few days ago. I could tell by looking at the first few pages it was exactly what I was looking for and I am eager to read the rest of it and plan a trip to the desert.
— Eva

sample pages from desert paradise


selected images from desert paradise

Below is a sample gallery showcasing a small portion of the images that are in this e-book. The e-book contains many more, at higher resolution, with directions and information for each.  You can also see many more of the photographs we have taken on our Death Valley trips in our photography portfolios.