Weekend Photo Workshop: New York City

  • Improve your skills with a National Geographic photographer
  • Set out on photo shoots in Central Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, and more

Expedition Details

 

Brimming with towering skyscrapers, historic parks, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and the colorful bustle of street life, New York City presents photographers with an endless array of subjects. Photograph the environs of Ground Zero and Battery Park City with its views of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Catch the sunset from the top of Rockefeller Center, and photograph the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Complete a portrait assignment in the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy, then head to our state-of-the art classroom to learn about photo technique, exposure, lighting, and composition.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, our schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Thursday: New York City

Settle into the New York Marriott Downtown* in Lower Manhattan, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Gather for a welcome reception and orientation with your instructors and fellow students, followed by dinner at Tulsi, a Michelin Star-rated Indian restaurant.
Optional Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown*
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Day 2 — Friday: Central Park/Fifth Avenue

Meet early this morning in Lower Manhattan to photograph Battery Park and Ground Zero. Then head to our state-of-the-art classroom at the Poets House in Battery Park City for a session with our expert on photo technique, focusing on storytelling and composition. On our afternoon photo assignment, capture the diverse architecture of fabled Fifth Avenue and the sights of Central Park—an oasis of green amid a high-rise landscape. Later, photograph the sunset from the top of Rockefeller Center.
Optional Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown*

Day 3 — Saturday: Chinatown/Little Italy

This morning’s assignment takes us to some of the city's most legendary ethnic neighborhoods. Meander through the maze-like streets of Chinatown or Little Italy before returning to our classroom for an edit-and-critique session of this morning's images. If you choose, head out to an optional afternoon photo assignment on the Brooklyn Bridge and at the bustling South Street Seaport. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner and a presentation of the workshop's best images.
Optional Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown*
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Day 4 — Sunday: New York City/Home

Meet this morning for our onsite class at High Line Park. Featured in the April 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, this abandoned rail line-turned-elevated park offers new and often unexpected views of the city and the Hudson River. The workshop concludes at noon after a final question-and-answer session with your instructors.

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National Geographic Expert

Ira Block

Ira BlockFor more than 30 years, Ira Block has been covering assignments around the world for National Geographic—in locations as diverse as Africa, the Australian outback, the Gobi Desert, Siberia, the North Pole, Greenland, and Baffin Island. The subject matter of Ira's photographs is as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport. Some of his assignments include "The Samurai Way" and "Race to Save Incan Mummies." From gold coins retrieved from Havana's sunken treasure ships to the largest discovered T-Rex dinosaur, to a lost Confederate submarine, Ira's lens continues to capture and document amazing stories from around the globe. His images of New York City, his hometown, were featured in National Geographic magazine articles highlighting the city in September 2002 and December 2005.

Ira will join the following departures:

May 15 - 18, 2014
Jun 12 - 15, 2014

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Dates

2014
  • Apr 24 - 27, 2014
  • May 15 - 18, 2014
  • Jun 12 - 15, 2014
  • Sep 18 - 21, 2014
  • Oct 02 - 05, 2014
  • Oct 23 - 26, 2014

*For the May and June workshops, we will stay at the Millennium Hilton Hotel instead of the New York Marriott Downtown.

Expedition Cost

2014

With Hotel

$2,445

Without Hotel

$1,595

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $850. Welcome and farewell dinners are included.

Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.