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!
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:
- New Jersey: Julien McRoberts is teaching in Wildwood, New Jersey, a resort Julien describes as “frozen in time.” For those who are nostalgic, join Julien as she continues her “Americana” series. June 4 – June 8th.
- Cuba: Two separate photo courses are happening in Cuba that we would love to go to, the first with Joe Mcnally, Picturing Cuba: Havana and Viñales happening March 18-26th, and Portrait of Cuba with Zack Arias happening April 15-23rd.
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:
- Project New Orleans: April 9-13th
- The Five Year Anniversary Travel Workshop: May 19-29th
- Project Sierra Leone 2014: Working with Nonprofits: Nov.2 – 14th
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:
- Paris, Visual Storytelling with Ed Kashi: March 26-29th
- Paris, Self-publishing a photobook: April 5-6th
- Barcelona, Introspective Photography: June 25-28th
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:
- Galápagos Photo Expedition with Annie Griffiths: various dates Feb. – Oct.
- Photo Workshop: Paris with Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson: April 9-15th and Oct. 1-7th
- Bhutan Photo Expedition with Chris Rainier: March 9-20th and Oct. 17-28th
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:
- Best of the West March 16-22, 2014
- Wild About Wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert March 29-30, 2014
- Women’s Photography Retreat in Sedona April 25-27, 2014
- There’s No Business Like the Photography Business August 2-3, 2014
- Autumn in Acadia October 9-13, 2014
- Sell Your Work Without Selling Your Soul on November 1, 2014
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:
- Fine Art Nude Portfolio Intensive: May 3-4th
- Couture Fashion & Beauty Portfolio Intensive: June 23-27th
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:
- Andy Anderson Workshop: Keeping your Personal Vision Under the Demands of a Commercial Market: Feb. 27-28th
- Stephanie Rausser Workshop: In All its Beauty & Humor: Feb. 27-March 3
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.
Image credits: Image Courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL