Gorgeous Landscapes and Night Skies
August 23–26, 2022
There’s a reason New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment! And there is no better time to be in New Mexico than the early fall—warm days give way to cool nights, and the atmospheric conditions are ideal for photography.
Wayne Suggs has a singular style for capturing New Mexico’s natural wonders, and with his guidance, you will also create spectacular images. You’ll practice composition skills, and learn new techniques for lighting landscapes, resulting in images unlike anything you’ve shot before. We’ll also make time for our signature image reviews and post-processing instruction in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
We’ve timed our workshop to coincide with the ideal moon phase for night photography, allowing for perfectly illuminated landscapes beneath the Milky Way. At our inn beneath the cottonwoods, you can expect warm hospitality, delicious meals, and ready access to all of our photographic destinations.
Are you ready to visit the Land of Enchantment?
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
August 23, 2022: Meet and greet on the front veranda of the Abiquiu Inn at 2:30 PM. Wayne will take this time to review your equipment and the itinerary with you, and your camera settings. We will have an early dinner to take advantage of our first sunset shoot and find nighttime compositions during the daylight hours. During our first evening shoot, we will also learn how to use low-level lighting techniques to illuminate the foreground of a landscape scene.
August 24, 2022: Early morning shoot over the Chama River. We will head back for a hearty breakfast, followed by image review and processing. We will take a short break and head to an early dinner at 3:30 PM. This day will be all about photographing along the Chama River. We will head to some overlooks for sunset. From there, shoot along the Chama, where the Galactic Center of the Milky Way is aligned perfectly with the scene.
August 25, 2022: We will leave the Abiquiu Inn very early in the morning to photograph the northern Milky Way against a New Mexico butte. We will practice star trails, and if you are up for a challenge, focus stacking at night. We will also shoot sunrise here. We will then head back to breakfast. After breakfast, we will again have image review and processing, followed by a well-deserved break. Again, we will have an early dinner followed by a sunset shoot with gnarly juniper trees in a red rock canyon. Afterwards, we will photograph the night sky. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies.
August 26, 2022: To be determined based on weather and what Wayne feels the group needs to get out of the morning. We will either go out and shoot sunrise or spend the morning with final processing. After breakfast, we will say our goodbyes and the workshop concludes.
Easy: Short walks on uneven ground
Arrive Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico anytime on August 23, 2022. Flights out can be made after 4:00 PM on August 26, 2022.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $450 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Wayne Suggs
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $450 supplement.
“Wayne is a people magnet with a natural way of making everyone feel welcome. This is a rare gift to find. He was also very thoughtful. When he noticed I was having arm issues he carried my camera and tripod for me. He also checked up on me to make sure I was ok. I will look for workshops with him as a guide. ”