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Have Camera, Will Travel: Fifty Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World

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You could go alone to New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, or wherever your wanderlust takes you, and bring your camera along for the trip — hope to stumble upon the ‘photographic’ spots, and take some pictures you think might be good.

Or, you could sign up for an amazing, fully immersive photography workshop in an exotic locale with a pro photographer who knows the land, guides you to all the best spots, gives you feedback during critiques, and helps you edit your new travel portfolio along the way. We prefer the latter — and after finding out about all the amazing photography courses happening all over the world this year, we had to share. Wherever and whatever your heart desires to go and photograph, there’s probably a workshop to guide you through it.

Here’s a list of just some of the photography classes happening around the world in 2014. So throw a dart on a map, and follow your arrow wherever it points.

Have a workshop to add to the list? Leave them in the comments at the bottom!

Major Workshops

Santa Fe Workshops: Widely known for their portfolio reviews and big names teaching various classes both in New Mexico and around the world, The Santa Fe Workshops are an amazing experience. Here’s some highlights for this year:

Masters of Nature Photography: For the first time ever, three of the world’s most renowned nature photographers — Frans Lanting, Thomas D. Mangelsen, and Art Wolfe — are teaming up to present a series of unique weekend events that will change the way you look at photography and what you can do with your own camera.

Within The Frame Workshops: These workshops pride themselves on going slow, lingering, experiencing, absorbing, savoring, and taking the time necessary to wait for the excitement of the new and exotic to blend with an understanding and appreciation of the surroundings in order to find one’s vision. Here’s some highlights for the upcoming year lead by Jeffrey Chapman:

Momenta Workshops: Moment A practices what they preach. Their mission is to use photography to create a global dialogue for a better world. They are teaching a series of workshops this year, some in collaboration with Leica. Here are a few:

Eyes in Progress: A program of photo workshops provided by masters of photography and photo professionals, these courses take place each month in Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam. Here a few highlights for the year:

The National Geographic Expeditions: While most of these Nat Geo trips are travel-only (not a photo led trip per se), a good handful are photography workshops, taking you on the perfect photographic journey. Here’s some highlights for this year:

In the U.S.

Arizona: Martha Retallick teaches what she calls bike-tography in Tucson, Arizona. All you need is your bike and camera.

A number of the The Arizona Highways Photography Workshops are led by photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry of CMS Photography. This year she’s teaching:

California: APA’s Photo Assistant Workshop is being hosted in San Francisco with photographer Tony Gale and more: Feb. 22-23rd.

Photographer Phil Hawkins teaches 2 to 5 day landscape photography workshops in Yosemite National Park throughout the year.

Photographer Todd Bigelow teaches the Business of Photography Workshop, teaching valuable lessons to freelancers. Hosted by the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles: Feb 22-23. More dates to be set.

Colorado: Chase the Light Photography Workshops teaches digital landscape photography in Utah and Colorado. Various locations and dates: April-Sept

Florida: Photographer Shane Srogi is teaching this year at The Palm Beach Photographic Centre. His photo classes center on social media for photogs, and iPhonegraphy as well as Photoshop: various dates Feb-April

New Hampshire: Ex-creative director, the Creative Wise Guy, Dan Houde, teaches workshops in beautiful North Conway for landscape photographers: By appointment

New York: Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler is leading 2 workshops focused on building your portfolio, and fine art nudes:

MediaStorm hosts intensive, hands-on educational experiences in advanced multimedia storytelling at their location in Brooklyn. One day workshops focused on the art and business of digital storytelling are happening:

  • February 8, 2014 *Apply by: Jan 31, 2014
  • March 1, 2014 *Apply by: Jan 29, 2014
  • August 2, 2014 *Apply by: Jun 26, 2014
  • August 23, 2014 *Apply by: Jul 17, 2014
  • October 25, 2014 *Apply by: Sep 24, 2014

Tennessee: Robert Nunnington teaches landscape and nature photography in the Great Smokey Mountains, offering 3 day intensive workshops: April 16-18th & April 23-25th

Texas: Texas Photo Roundup hosts a series of portfolio reviews, panel discussions, along with a few workshops. This year includes:

Utah: Bret Edge leads workshops in Moab, focusing on landscape photography along with Lightroom and Photoshop workflow. Oct. 9-12th

Chase the Light Photography Workshops teaches digital landscape photography in Utah and Colorado. Various locations and dates: April-Sept.

Wyoming: Rich Clarkson is leading The Adventure Photography Workshop again this fall. Come and spend a week learning from top adventure photographers and editors while enjoying the outdoor paradise of Jackson, WY. And special bonus, a tuition discount of 10% is offered for full-time students and photography educators, workshop alumni, and members of their partner organizations, NPS, NPPA, NANPA and ASMP. Sept. 20-25th

Yellowstone National Park: Meg Sommers, the Wildlife Photography Instructor at the Yellowstone Association Institute since 2010 runs courses throughout the summer and into fall: various dates and locations Feb.-Oct.

Various Locations: Art Wolfe is at it again teaching a whole host of different landscape and nature photography workshops. 2014 is chock full of workshops that give students the opportunity to learn landscape photography with this master. Various dates and locations.

Jennifer King is teaching landscape photography throughout the US. From Santa Fe to Oregon: various dates Feb-Oct.

The Rocky Mountain School of Photography teaches week-long workshops in various locations throughout the US. Everything from Basic Photography to Studio Lighting and more: April – Sept.

Outside of the U.S.

Austria: Marc Hollander will host a course for sports photographers at the Bikepark Leogang in Austria: Sept. 5-9th

Bahamas: Fstoppers Workshop Atlantis is hosting 200 students in May, with some amazing teachers including photographers Michael Grecco, Mark Wallace, John Keatley, and much more. With 2 years in the making, this workshop is Fstoppers’ first ever — and they’re goin’ big. Co-founder Lee Morris, says of the workshop “We didn’t want to another giant workshop in Vegas. Instead we wanted it to be small enough that we could all get to know each other and we wanted it to be in a family friendly location.” It’s happening May 28th – June 1st.

Tina LeAnn Photography along with Elizabeth Wendland Photography will be teaching a workshop on a boat — what more could you want? During your 5 day/4 night cruise, you will enjoy hands on photography instruction while on board, and photography related instruction while touring the islands.

Bolivia: Photographer Sergio Ballivan takes photographers for one week to the world’s largest salt flat — The Salar de Uyuni — for the flooded mirror spectacle. March 9-15th & March 16-22nd

France: Kristel Schneider is teaching a 5-day workshop in Tuscany of Auvergne, a photo-holiday and learning experience wrapped into one: Aug. 24 -28th

India: GD Photo Workshops are conducted by Gunther Deichmann, a series of photo classes throughout India and one in Vietnam this year for travel photographers: various dates and locations.

Island of Yap: David Fleetham is teaching underwater photography off the Island of Yap in Micronesia at Manta Fest: Aug. 23-Sept. 7th

Italy: Ken Kaminesky along with Elia Locardi is leading a photo tour from Rome to Tuscany, Florence, and Cinque Terre highlighting some of the premier photography spots that each region has to offer: April 30-May 9th

Jeff Curto has been taking photographers on tours of Italy for 5 years so all you have to worry about is getting the shot: August

Mexico: Chip Litherland is teaching in Real Del Mar Mexico for his Destinations in Focus workshop, built specifically for travel photographers and in a partnership with Leica. His workshop focuses on the elements of a travel story, editing techniques, and finding your visual playground.

Paul Camhi is teaching in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico: March 1-2nd

New Zealand: Photog Petr Hlavacek leads photo workshops throughout New Zealand, and hosts one on one courses by appointment.

UK: Michael Wayne Plant is teaching Location Portrait Photography in London: April 12-13th

Various Locations: Master Image Workshops focuses on wildlife and landscape photography: Various dates and locations Feb-Oct.

Jennifer King is teaching landscape photography in the US as well as outside, in locations such as Italy and Iceland. Various dates May-Sept.


About the author: Sarah Jacobs is a Marketing Associate at the photography website provider PhotoShelter. This article originally appeared here.


Image credits: Image Courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL


 
  • Daniel Cely

    You are missing a couple in Colombia with Fearless best Photographer of 2013 Juyá… it’s worth mentioning

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    I always find these workshops to be extortionate wastes of time. The internet and physical libraries full of books will teach you the same things and often more because in these workshops you’re limited to the skills and opinions of whoever is offering the workshop. I’d avoid them like the plague.

  • Mark Woodland

    Nothing in Canada? I’m surprised.

  • MMielech

    This is just a way for underemployed photographers to make money off of clueless amateurs and get them to pay for a trip to their favorite locale, and to write that trip of on their taxes, too.

    Just get on a plane, bring your camera, and shoot. If you need your hand held like this, you won’t learn the ability to open your eyes, and you’re going to be that much poorer in the end.

  • JoeNoName

    say what? Post it

  • Andy Hess

    Did not find the word film or large format anywhere on this page. Am I missing something?

  • Banan Tarr

    LOL Alaska isn’t on the list? Epic fail.

  • Banan Tarr

    I said the same thing about Alaska and I think PetaPixel deleted my comment?

  • Mark Woodland

    I don’t think they deleted. I can see your comment. And I agree!

  • http://profiles.google.com/bogorad bogorad

    No GPP? Come on! This is one workshop I’d go in a heartbeat.

  • Chet

    Film? Do you mean the stuff they used to sell some years ago…wrapped up in little yellow canisters and sold by the now defunct company called Kodak?

  • harumph

    You missed the 21st Century.

    /joke

  • TheShipOfSalvation

    Haha, nothing in Norway?! Ok…

  • Jackson Cheese

    You sound jealous.

  • MMielech

    I suppose, a little. Sometimes I see how so many earn a living leading the clueless around while talking out of their rear ends, and think, damn, what a scam.

  • alex

    It would be helpful if your links opened in new tabs or windows.

  • David Vaughn

    I wouldn’t mind taking some of them, simply to have the pleasure of meeting some of the photographers in person. Most technical aspects of photography can be learned online, but sometimes these provide access to places, philosophies, ways of doing things that aren’t really touted by the online photography gods. Besides that, I think a lot of the online knowledge is kind of BS because it’s easy to just give information that sounds nice and seems accurate without actually having put it to use. In other words, it’s harder to disseminate worthwhile information/good photographic knowledge from good marketing online.

    But with these, you’re in the moment and there’s some pressure on the person teaching to prove whether they’re worth their salt or not by displaying the ability to take good photographs ‘in the field’ during the class.

    BUT, on the flip side, I don’t attend any of these classes, because I don’t have $2-5k lying around to spend on something that does have the possibility of being a waste of time.

    And generally what I’ve seen in my local circle is that the ones who go to workshops like this are usually…Well…Below average or mediocre, and then when they come back they’re still below average and mediocre. That’s not to say that everyone who goes isn’t good. It just seems like a lot of people who take the workshops are looking for a ‘get good quick’ method.

    Hint: throwing money at a skill doesn’t make you better at it.

  • Guillaume

    What about the workshops in Arles, France for a nice photo/learning trip in a beautiful city ?
    Done it once and it was really nice !

  • Daniel Cely

    it happened two days ago, but he’s in some kind of tour on Colombia and Ecuador for two months