Photo Workshop: Santa Fe

  • 5-day workshop with acclaimed National Geographic photographer
  • Includes photo assignments in the field, edit-and-critique sessions, and more

Expedition Details

 

Since the days of Ansel Adams, photographers have been drawn to Santa Fe’s vivid textures and colors; its radiant light; and its unique blend of Spanish, Native American, and Wild West flavors. Join a top photographer in this picturesque city and learn to capture light and frame images that tell a story. Photograph cubic adobe homes against a deep blue sky, go on a photo shoot amid the mesas and buttes near Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch, and spend an afternoon taking portraits of cowboys and their horses at a nearby ranch. The workshop includes two dinners, three lunches, and breakfast each day.

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, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 5 Days

Day 1 — Santa Fe, New Mexico

Arrive in Santa Fe and check into the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Gather for a reception and dinner with your instructors.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (D)

Day 2 — Canyon Road

This morning, learn how images for a National Geographic magazine article are conceived, photographed, and selected. Following this presentation the instructors will show selected work and discuss photographic technique and philosophy. After lunch, go on your first assignment on Canyon Road, where the terra-cotta hues of adobe vie with vivid flowering trees and vines. This evening have dinner together then return to the classroom for the first edit-and-critique session of the images made today.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 3 — Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch

This morning set off for Abiquiu to photograph the spectacular landscape near Ghost Ranch, the former home of Georgia O'Keeffe. The artist drew inspiration from these sandstone mesas and buttes, banded in rich reds and yellows, and depicted them often in her paintings. After lunch, drive back to Santa Fe and return to the classroom for an edit-and-critique session.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 4 — Old West Town

Today go on a photo shoot to a re-created Old West town. As you explore the saloon, the sheriff’s office, and the jail, capture scenes recalling the days of the Wild West. Return for lunch and a final edit-and-critique session this afternoon. This evening gather for a reception and dinner.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Santa Fe/Home

This morning gather for the "best of the week" image presentation and a final question-and-answer session with your instructors. The workshop ends at noon.
(B)

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National Geographic Expert

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Ralph Lee HopkinsRalph Lee Hopkins is a popular photography workshop instructor based in Santa Fe. Also a trained geologist, he was a photographer on a U.S. Geological Survey Colorado River expedition matching historical photos from the 1890 Stanton Expedition. Ralph's images have appeared in National Geographic's books, magazines, and online galleries, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

Ralph Lee will join the following departures:

Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2014
Oct 14 - 18, 2014

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Dates

2014
  • Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2014
  • Oct 14 - 18, 2014 (waitlist only)
2015
  • May 12 - 16, 2015
  • Jul 21 - 25, 2015
  • Oct 13 - 17, 2015

Expedition Cost

2014 - 2015

Without Hotel

$1,995

With Hotel

$2,570

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $575. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

Meals noted in the itinerary (two dinners, three lunches, and breakfast each day) are included.

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.