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.

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 or mirrorless 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 — Santa Fe Plaza

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 photo assignment in the heart of Santa Fe at the historic plaza, where the terra-cotta hues of adobe vie with vivid flowering trees and vines. Continue photographing in the beautiful late afternoon light and then enjoy dinner on your own at one of Santa Fe’s many culinary choices.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 3 — Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch

Meet in the classroom this morning for your first edit-and-critique session with your instructors. After lunch, 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. Then gather for a festive group dinner tonight.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Old West Town

This morning begins in the classroom with an edit-and-critique session and photographic talk by your instructors. After lunch, go to a re-created Old West town for a photo shoot. As you explore the saloon, the sheriff’s office, and the jail, capture scenes recalling the days of the Wild West. Photograph the last rays of light and then return to Santa Fe for a late dinner on your own.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 5 — Santa Fe/Home

If you wish, rise early this morning to photograph the colorful Santa Fe Farmers’ Market before breakfast. Gather in the classroom for a final edit-and-critique, followed by a question-and-answer session with your instructors. Then cap off the week with a "best of the workshop" image presentation. The workshop concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m.
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National Geographic Expert

Amy Toensing

Amy ToensingAmy Toensing is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. She has photographed stories from her own backyard in Maine and the Jersey shore to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback. Her stories are primarily intimate essays reflecting the lives of ordinary people. Toensing has completed 14 feature stories for National Geographic, and is one of 11 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. Her images have also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic Traveler. Amy has led photo workshops in Santa Fe and New Orleans, as well as taught at National Geographic’s Photo Camps, which use photography to help at-risk youth around the world to develop their own voices.

Amy will join the following departure:

May 10 - 14, 2016

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Dates

2015
  • Oct 13 - 17, 2015 (waitlist only)
2016
  • May 10 - 14, 2016
  • Jul 12 - 16, 2016
  • Oct 11 - 15, 2016

Expedition Cost

2015

Without Hotel

$1,995

With Hotel

$2,570

2016

Without Hotel

$1,995

With Hotel

$2,430

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $575 in 2015 and $435 in 2016.

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

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

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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 or mirrorless camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.