Southwest Landscapes and Night Skies
August 28 – September 1, 2024
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.
With our guidance, you will create spectacular images of New Mexico’s natural wonders. 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 Lightroom and Photoshop.
We’ve timed our workshop to coincide with the ideal moon phase for night photography, allowing perfectly illuminated landscapes beneath the Milky Way. At our inn beneath the cottonwoods, you can expect warm hospitality, delicious meals, and ready access to our photographic destinations.
Are you ready to visit the Land of Enchantment?
August 28, 2024: Meet and greet on the front veranda of the Abiquiu Inn at 2:30 PM. We 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 29, 2024: This day will be all about photographing along the Chama River. We have an early morning shoot over the river, then return 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. We will head to some overlooks for sunset, where the Milky Way galactic center perfectly aligns with the scene.
August 30, 2024: We will leave the Abiquiu Inn early 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 an 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. Afterward, we will photograph the night sky. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies.
August 31, 2024: This day will be dedicated to post-processing lessons and a sunset shoot—plan on reviewing all digital post-processing lessons and learning more about Photoshop on this day. The sunset will be a welcomed break at the end of a great day of learning, followed by a final dinner and celebration.
September 1, 2024: Possible sunrise shoot, breakfast and goodbyes!
Easy: Short walks on uneven ground
Arrive Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico anytime on August 28, 2024. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on September 1, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
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 $650 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Wayne Suggs.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- 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 $650 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. ”
“I just completed my first Muench workshop. If this was representative, it may not be my last. Aiquiu was indeed enchanted. Thank you for a great time. Hope to see you again. ”