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 — 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

Lynn Johnson

Lynn JohnsonPhotojournalist Lynn Johnson is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine who has photographed the global human condition for the past 35 years. Lynn has documented celebrities and tragedies alike, bringing a subtle perspective to tough issues—from the scourge of land mines and the value of threatened languages to living with HIV. She has led numerous photo workshops, including National Geographic’s Photo Camps, which use photography to help at-risk youth around the world to develop their own voices. Her work has been published in more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine, as well as in publications such as Life magazine and Sports Illustrated. Lynn was recently selected by her peers as the winner of the 2013 National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer award, a prestigious annual honor given to the photographer who has most inspired fellow photographers to "expand the possibilities of the medium." 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.

Lynn will join the following departures:

Jul 21 - 25, 2015
Jul 12 - 16, 2016

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Dates

2015
  • Jul 21 - 25, 2015 (waitlist only)
  • Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2015
  • Oct 13 - 17, 2015
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.