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Donner Lake Photowalk (Atelier)


Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? Join Truckee-based professional photographer Grant Kaye on a casual walk around the beautiful Donner Lake as he helps you build on foundations to fully unleash your creative vision.

Learn strategies for better composition, pre-visualization, and the use of smartphone apps to anticipate sunset conditions. We will also cover fundamentals of photography, including creative long exposures with slow shutter speeds, along with use of depth of field to bring your vision to life through photography.

Any kind of camera is welcome in this workshop, as Grant will focus the session on fundamentals of composition and learning the art of "seeing" instead of focusing on the technical aspects of photography.

Participants will be informed via email of the specific meeting location at Donner Lake the day before the workshop.


  • a smartphone camera, or

  • a point and shoot camera

  • a DSLR camera

  • some experience in shooting outdoor nature photos

  • Boots or suitable trail shoes

  • Water

  • Snacks


  • Tripod

  • Remote cable release


Students must be able to comfortably and safely walk over uneven ground on a mostly level hiking trail and along the shoreline of Donner Lake, which may be covered in snow, ice, and/or mud. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in this class.  

As this class takes place in the outdoors, it is subject to weather. If the weather forecast is determined to be unsafe or conducive to photography, students will be notified as far in advance of the class as possible. The alternative date for this class is the next day. If the alternative date is not suitable to your schedule, or if both dates experience inclement weather, Atelier will offer you a voucher towards a future workshop equal in value to the cost of this one. 

This class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants to run. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance. Please read Atelier's cancellation policy.