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, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and the colorful bustle of street life, New York City presents photographers with an endless array of subjects. Capture the environs of Ground Zero, 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 our hotel* 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

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie SinclairBased in Brooklyn, New York, photographer Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Her decade-long project on child marriage, Too Young to Wed, has earned global recognition, including three World Press Photo awards and prestigious exhibitions on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and at the Whitney Biennial in New York. Stephanie is a regular contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, and Marie Claire, among others. She is also one of 11 featured photographers in the National Geographic book and traveling exhibition, Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which profiles the lives and work of important photojournalists and goes behind the lens of their individual assignments.

Stephanie will join the following departure:

Oct 02 - 05, 2014

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Dates

2014
  • Sep 18 - 21, 2014
  • Oct 02 - 05, 2014
  • Oct 23 - 26, 2014
2015
  • May 07 - 10, 2015
  • May 21 - 24, 2015
  • Jun 04 - 07, 2015
  • Sep 17 - 20, 2015
  • Oct 08 - 11, 2015

*On the May 7, 2015 workshop, we will stay at the Conrad New York instead of the New York Marriott Downtown.

Expedition Cost

2014 - 2015

Without Hotel

$1,595

With Hotel

$2,445

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $850. All workshop costs include a welcome and farewell dinner.

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.