Weekend Photo Workshop: Washington, D.C.

  • Improve your skills with a National Geographic photographer
  • Set out on photo shoots in the historic neighborhoods of the nation's capital

National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic photographer will accompany each workshop departure to share photographic techniques, knowledge, and insights. Listed below are some of the photographers and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Tyrone Turner

Tyrone Turner is an award-winning photojournalist whose assignments have taken him from Brazil to Baghdad. His work has appeared in national and international publications such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. A contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, he has produced stories on the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana (October, 2004); increasing hurricane threats (August, 2005); the coasts of the United States (July, 2006); a special issue on Hurricane Katrina (Fall 2005); and the rebuilding of New Orleans (August, 2007). More recently, Tyrone shot the cover story on energy efficiency and conservation for National Geographic (March, 2009) and a feature article on Brazil's maroon people, the quilombos (April, 2012). In 2013, he was named a Best of Photojournalism award-winner by the National Press Photographer’s Association. Tyrone has led National Geographic Expeditions Photography Workshops in Santa Fe and New Orleans, accompanied the National Geographic Explorer on a trip along the South American coast, and taught at National Geographic Photo Camps for youth from underserved regions of the United States and around the world. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, he is a project mentor for the photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of Art + Design, and a fellow with the News Literacy Project.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 18 - 21, 2014

Dan Westergren

As Director of Photography for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Dan Westergren is responsible for the magazine’s photographic vision, which has earned the publication numerous awards for photography. Based in Washington, D.C., he spends his days looking at pictures of some of the most beautiful places in the world. He's been lucky to photograph amazing places like the summit of Mount Blanc and the North Pole, but often his subjects are just the neighborhood dogs or his kids. Dan is an experienced teacher, having led workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Tuscany, Baja California, and the Galápagos Islands.

Departure Dates
  • Oct 23 - 26, 2014
  • May 07 - 10, 2015
  • Oct 22 - 25, 2015

Mark Thiessen

A National Geographic staff photographer since 1990, Mark Thiessen has published numerous feature stories and covers for National Geographic magazine and other Society publications on subjects ranging from Peruvian mummies to Egyptian archaeologists to Russian smokejumpers. He recently documented film director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron's dive to the ocean's deepest location at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Mark's photographs for the July 2008 National Geographic cover story “Under Fire: Why the West Is Burning” earned first-place recognition by Pictures of the Year International. Mark also directs the National Geographic photo studio, and was featured in Out There, a series aired on the National Geographic Channel.

Departure Dates
  • Mar 26 - 29, 2015
  • Sep 24 - 27, 2015