White Boulders and Forest, Dawn
Yosemite National Park, California
©2003 John Sexton. All rights reserved


Anne Larsen and John Sexton

October 14-18, 2024


We are pleased to offer this extremely popular workshop for the 14th time! The Mono Basin and Eastern Sierra have some of the most exciting photographic opportunities imaginable. Late autumn light will add to the magic and wonder of this area. This field workshop will allow you to explore the spectacular photographic possibilities of this amazing landscape under the leadership of two skilled and talented photographers, Anne and John, and is open to dedicated photographers working with either traditional or digital tools. The most important thing is to arrive with an open mind and a desire to work hard at improving your photography.

If you are interested in attending this workshop please send your application soon. There is a strong possibility 2024 will be the last time we offer this particular workshop. It is very likely that the session will be over subscribed. Please note that this is NOT a first come, first served, workshop enrollment process. We will be carefully considering each applicant with the goal of assembling a cohesive group of serious photographers with a variety of different photographic interests and experience levels. Over the years we have found this provides the most worthwhile experience for all involved. If you are not enrolled in the workshop, you will receive a full refund of all workshop fees paid. If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to contact us via email.

The group will be visiting a number of exciting locations during the five FULL days of the workshop. We will be photographing late and early light on the unique tufa formations on field sessions at Mono Lake, as well as exploring nearby beautiful Sierra canyons and the spectacular Yosemite high country. Sexton and Larsen will be available to assist participants in the field and will be offering numerous indoor instruction sessions. We will utilize a large, comfortable classroom facility in Lee Vining, just a few hundred yards from the shore of Mono Lake, and within walking distance of our motel. Along with instructor presentations and demonstrations, an essential aspect of the workshop will be constructive portfolio reviews of prints that participants bring to the workshop. It will be a time of great scenery, photography, and camaraderie.

Included in the workshop fee are two catered lunches in the field, along with a 100+ page handout booklet by John. Lodging, additional meals, and transportation costs are the responsibility of each participant. This workshop is limited to nine people, and no guests are allowed. Early enrollment is advised. The workshop begins on Monday morning, and ends late Friday evening. Participation in the full workshop is required.

On our workshops we try and provide an environment that presents useful information, as well as inspiration, to encourage personal growth in your photography.

I want to thank all of our workshop Corporate Partners and Associate Partners for their support of the program over the years. It is amazing to realize it was more than 45 years ago that I taught my first small workshop with my long-time friend John Charles Woods for a handful of fellow photography majors at Cypress College.

Again, to learn more about the workshops, or to apply, please visit my web site www.johnsexton.com where you can download the complete workshop brochure as well as the application form here: http://www.johnsexton.com/schedule.html.


Fee: $1,995 (Includes all park entrance and permit fees)


Here are some unsolicited comments, used with permission, from participants on our 2022 Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra: Exploring Autumn Light Workshop.


Dear John and Anne,

Thank you again for the opportunity of being part of the workshop. As I said, I found it not only incredibly educational from a technical point of view but also very inspirational. Thank you for your valuable input on my prints which I can't wait to apply - you have such a deep knowledge of what works not only technically but, almost more importantly, what makes a print communicate with the viewer and convey the photographer's intention. And you communicate your thoughts in a way that encourages and adds confidence to the photographer (at least to me).

– Erik, United Kingdom


Anne and John,

With regards to the workshop I do not have the words to comment as to how wonderful it was both in knowledge gained and the friendship of the group during the seven days! Seriously, much thanks to you both!!!!

I told my wife before the workshop I never felt like I was 74 years old. When I returned home I felt like I was 90 years old from all the hiking, carrying equipment, and lack of sleep. Good news –I have recovered, and feel young again and ready for another adventure!!!!

–Nick, South Windsor, Connecticut


Thanks John and Anne for having us! I personally had a blast and have
positively gushed my favorable experience with family and friends. I learned so much. I have so much homework to do. It will keep me off the streets and out of trouble for some time.

– Jeff, Vancouver, Washington

For more than thirty years John Sexton Photography Workshops has had safety as our primary objective, and COVID is no exception. Since COVID is always evolving, our procedures and requirements may change as well. We will be following CDC guidelines. At this point we will anticipate we will require all participants to be fully vaccinated and boosted to the latest level at the time of the workshop, and will require proof of vaccination, and boosters, prior to the start of the workshop from all participants.

We may also institute additional measures to ensure everyone's safety, including negative COVID tests, masks while indoors, avoiding carpools (meaning everyone will have to drive their own vehicle to field sessions), and other requirements. We will continue to monitor the COVID situation - paying particular attention to Mono County. If we feel the workshop cannot be operated safely then we may be forced to cancel the workshop.

If that is the case, you will receive a full refund of all fees paid. Please understand that our plan, and strong desire, is to offer the workshop as scheduled. However, we always put your safety–and the safety of all involved with the workshop–above any photographic or workshop experiences.


John Sexton Photography Workshops operates under permit on the Inyo National Forest.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

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