Weekend Photo Workshop: Tucson

  • Improve your skills with a National Geographic photographer
  • Capture images of the Sonoran Desert, mountain vistas, and more

Expedition Details

 

Learn new skills in the warm shade of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains during a unique photo retreat at the acclaimed Miraval Resort and Spa. On daily excursions, photograph stunning mountain vistas and the stark beauty of the Sonoran Desert. During a private evening performance, capture the unique shapes of a Navajo hoop dancer or the sweeping motions of a Folklorico dancer. Then enjoy the fabulous spa facilities; invigorating outdoor activities; and fresh, healthy cuisine at the all-inclusive Miraval Resort.

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: Tucson, Arizona

Upon arrival in Tucson, settle into the Miraval Resort and Spa, a stunning 400-acre property nestled beneath the Santa Catalina Mountains. Meet your fellow photographers at a welcome reception before dinner with your instructors. Cap off the evening with a photography presentation by your National Geographic photographer and a discussion on techniques such as composition, exposure, and light.
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Day 2 — Friday: Tucson

After breakfast, set out on your first photo assignment at Miraval’s ranch, capturing portraits of horses and ranch workers, motion and landscape. In the afternoon, gather in our classroom for an edit-and-critique session to review your photographs from the day. This evening, ready your camera for a rare opportunity: a private performance by a cultural dancer. Shoot close-ups of the performer’s ceremonial dress and catch the spirit of the dance. Tonight, sample the celebrated cuisine at the Miraval’s restaurant.
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Day 3 — Saturday: Catalina State Park

The day will begin with a visit to Catalina State Park to photograph vast landscapes dotted with iconic saguaro cacti. Set off on a hike on one of the extensive trails of the park, exploring and shooting the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. In the afternoon, return to our classroom for an edit-and-critique session with your instructors. Take advantage of time at leisure to enjoy the spa services and outdoor activities offered at Miraval. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner and a presentation of the best work taken during the workshop.
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Day 4 — Sunday: Miraval Resort and Spa/Home

Meet with your instructors just after breakfast for a final question-and-answer session about photo technique. Before checkout at 11:00 a.m., there’s time to enjoy a massage, a swim, or one of the other activities offered by the spa.
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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 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, he was a photographer on a U.S. Geological Survey Colorado River expedition through the Grand Canyon 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 departure:

Dec 04 - 07, 2014

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Dates

2014
  • Oct 23 - 26, 2014
  • Dec 04 - 07, 2014

Expedition Cost

2014

$2,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $200. Workshop cost includes accommodations, all meals, and a credit of $150 per person toward additional spa and resort services of your choice.

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.