Yosemite Photography

Yosemite is a place full of beauty. Photographers from all over the world visit here to get those iconic shots that Ansel Adams shot. Hear from our pros on how they approach photography in the park and surrounding areas.

Tuolumne Meadows Cathedral Range. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite Photography: The Magic of Water

Yosemite is loved the world over for its watery attractions. Here’s where to find and photograph our favorite spots in the region with tips from a pro. Read More...


Yosemite Landscape Photo Guide

Photography of iconic Yosemite landscapes and scenic views nearby the park. Descriptions include shot locations and exposures. Read More...

Mariposa Grove

Yosemite Photo Guide: People & Dramatic Landscapes

Shots of people against waterfalls, the Tuolumne River, and giant trees that give scale to these monster backdrops in Yosemite Park. Read More...

Drone with Camera

No Drones in Yosemite, Please

Drones, commonly used for photography, are potentially threatening to wildlife including falcons and bighorn sheep. Read More...

Nevada Falls Sunset.

How to Photograph Waterfalls in Yosemite

Grant Ordelheide showcases his photos of waterfalls and gives you tips on how best photograph these cascades. Read More...

Photo Road Trip with Tamron Team Andre and Ken

The below video visits Mono Lake east of Yosemite and paints light on Toadstool rock formations. See the whole season of Tamron episodes.

Quick Tips for photographing the Yosemite from Tamron

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1. Best time to shoot
Pre-dawn, mid-morning and late evening until after dark, in any season is the premier time to take photographs while in Yosemite National Park.

2. Remember the rule of thirds…
Have your subject occupy one third of your frame to achieve the best composition.

3. What lens to use
You do not need a big lens; 200 MM and below are enough unless you are shooting the dangerous animals. For dangerous wild animals in Yosemite Park, it’s recommended you use a larger lens and shoot from the safety of your vehicle.

4. For landscape photos…
Use a 17MM to 200 MM lens and put the subject in the landscape…to capture the sense of place with the animal or subject in its environment.

5. Optimal summer conditions in Yosemite
In June and July, optimal photography conditions in Yosemite would be a blue sky with some clouds in it. If you’re out early, when the light comes out, it creates the magenta sky with red and orange clouds.

6. Have patience
If you want to shoot photographs in the outdoors and in a natural wonderland like Yosemite and surrounding regions, patience is a must. It’s a waiting game. Accept this and embrace it.

7. Pay attention to the lighting
Contrary to popular belief, do not shoot with the sun directly at your back. Doing so will make the light on the subject flat. Move so the light is at an angle and you’ll get more texturing and shadows and a result, a much more interesting photo. Most great photos are either side-lit or have the light coming in from a different angle.

Great Tamron gear for great Yosemite photos!

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SP 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro

Tamron’s award-winning All-In-One™ zoom lenses are favored by photo enthusiasts and seasoned travelers worldwide for their lightweight design, one-lens versatility and high image quality. The 16-300mm is the world’s first 18.8X zoom featuring cutting-edge technology like image stabilization, fast autofocus system and macro focusing capability. It delivers remarkably high image quality with its new optical system, while maintaining the compactness for which Tamron is known. Moisture-resistant construction puts your mind at ease when shooting in inclement weather like light rain, snow or humid conditions. Bottom line: Tamron’s all-in-one zooms lets you capture people, places and things with lightweight ease. Designed for your Canon, Nikon or Sony small-sensor digital SLR camera. No matter where your travels take you, go with just one lens, for every travel moment.

Tamron Ultra Telephone Zoom 150-600 Lens

SP 150-600mm Di VC USD

Tamron’s SP 150-600mm Di VC USD (for Canon, Nikon and Sony Full-Frame and APS-C DSLR cameras) all new ultra tele zoom enhances the creative potential of telephoto photography. With advanced optical technology, new eBand coating, USD autofocusing and Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s stylish new ultra tele zoom delivers vibrant images with astounding clarity and definition. Its 4X ultra-telephoto focal length range is a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters. And its compact design and perfect balance provides excellent portability for outdoor shooting.

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SP 10-24mm Di II

Landscapes, streetscapes, architecture and confining interiors come to life beautifully with the true, striking wide-angle perspective provided with this ultra wideangle zoom. Images exhibit negligible distortion in normal use, but—if the photographer chooses—spectacular effects can be introduced by disregarding the camera’s relationship to level. Professional Photographer Hot One Winner 2009. Designed for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony smaller sensor DSLR cameras.