Photography Workshop: New York City

  • 7-day workshop with renowned National Geographic photographer
  • Includes seminars, edit and critique sessions, and photo shoots in the field

Expedition Details


Brimming with iconic skyscrapers, historic parks, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and the colorful bustle of street life, New York City presents photographers with endless array of subjects. Join a National Geographic photographer to capture the diverse architecture of fabled Fifth Avenue, midtown's glittering towers, and revitalized Harlem. Set out on photo shoot in the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy, as well as outlying Korean and Hindi communities. Explore the city's farmers' markets and Central Park, an oasis of green fringed by high-rises. Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge in the evening to capture the magnificent city skyline.

This is the planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — New York City

On arrival in New York City, head to midtown Manhattan and check into the deluxe Grand Hyatt hotel, ideally located on Park Avenue at Grand Central Station. You may also arrange to stay in a different accommodation of your choosing. Join your fellow photographers and instructors this evening for a welcome reception, group dinner, and an orientation.

Day 2 — Central Park/Fifth Avenue

Meet this morning at our classroom in Manhattan's Photo District for a presentation by our lead instructor on how a photographer approaches a National Geographic photo assignment, followed by an overview of digital workflow techniques. Enjoy a picnic together in Central Park—a refuge of green amid a high-rise landscape. After lunch, set out on your first assignment, photographing the park and the street life of fabled Fifth Avenue. Share your afternoon experience at a group dinner tonight.

Day 3 — Chinatown/Brooklyn Bridge

Gather in our classroom this morning to edit and critique yesterday's assignment. After a working lunch, photograph the vibrant neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. We also stop by the Tenement Museum for a guided glimpse of life in these immigrant-filled areas. An evening walk across the Brooklyn Bridge gives us the opportunity to photograph the majestic city skyline before taking the ferry back to Manhattan.

Day 4 — Flushing/Times Square

Our morning class and working lunch covers editing and technical topics before we head out to Flushing on the A Train. Here, delve into lively Chinese, Korean, and Hindi enclaves and capture images of ethnic markets where exotic wares that spill onto the sidewalks. Following dinner on your own, we photograph the dazzle of Times Square at night.

Day 5 — Uptown/Harlem

This morning we meet in the classroom for an edit and critique session and a lighting demonstration from your instructor. After a quick New York lunch in the Photo District, travel uptown by open-air bus to take shots of the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Devine. Then go on assignment in the heart of Harlem, where a guide will introduce us to this thriving, revitalized neighborhood. After dinner together, enjoy an evening of music at a historic jazz club in Harlem.

Day 6 — Flower District/Farmer's Market

Begin the day with an early morning shoot in the Flower District or Farmer's Market. Then head to the classroom to edit and critique your new images. In the afternoon, we sample the city art scene with tours of several of the city's premiere galleries. This evening, gather for a reception, dinner, and a "best of the week" image presentation.

Day 7 — New York City

In our concluding class, share your results from yesterday's shoot with your instructors and recap the week together. The workshop ends by noon.


This expedition is not currently being offered.

Activity Level

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What To Expect

All workshops are geared toward amateur and serious digital photographers, and include an overview of downloading, archiving, sizing, and adjusting your images on the computer. All workshop participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.