Amazing Landscapes and Night Skies

Join us in Abiquiu, New Mexico for three days of landscape and night photography. We will be staying under the cottonwoods along the Chama River in the quaint Abiquiu Inn. Wayne Suggs will lead you to some of the most enchanting locations in the region, and teach you his favorite landscape photography techniques. You will photograph the multi-colored rock formations that are part of the Eastern end of the Colorado Plateau.  Practice you composition skills, and learn new ones, while photographing the meandering Chama River, accentuated by the famous New Mexico sunsets and starry skies. We have timed this class to take full advantage of a great opportunity on September 9th, which has just the right amount of moonlight to photograph the Milky Way and landscape together at night, with just a single exposure. This will happen on the third night of the workshop, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to prepare for it, by practicing your technique on the previous evenings. 

There is no better time to be in Northern New Mexico than September, where average highs are in the low 70°s, and the landscape is still at its peak from the recent monsoonal rains. Out in the field, to get the most out of this magical landscape, you will learn about composition and light as guided by Wayne.  We will spend time during the day in our private meeting room at the Abiquiu Inn post processing, and reviewing your images, to realize the full potential of your New Mexico landscapes. 


Abiquiu New Mexico, USA




September 7–10, 2018

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Wayne Suggs was extremely helpful in the camera settings and instructing new techniques to use while shooting. He has a unique passion for his profession.
— Barb McCourt, '17 New Mexico Land of Enchantment

Itinerary and General Information

September 7, 2018: Meet and greet on the front veranda of the Abiquiu Inn at 4:00 PM. Dinner and evening shoot. Wayne will take this time to review the itinerary, logistical issues, and review camera settings. During this first evening, you will learn how to use low-level lighting techniques to illuminate the foreground on an evening without the moonlight. This is a great way to create nighttime landscapes. 

September 8, 2018: Early morning shoot followed by breakfast and image review. Our image reviews are a great way to learn how to better compose, with post processing techniques in mind. We will use Adobe Lightroom for these classes. Lunch and afternoon visit to red rocks region where we'll stay and photograph sunset. Dinner and possible evening shoot, based on weather. If the skies are clear, Wayne will lead you to some great locations to capture the night ski with a bit of moonlight to help make the landscape come alive at night. 

September 9, 2018: Early morning shoot along Chama River followed by breakfast and image review. Lunch and afternoon downtime prior to early dinner followed by sunset and possible star shoot. This is the best chance to capture the moonlit landscape with the Milky Way all in one exposure. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear night!

September 10, 2018: Final sunrise at a location TBD based on weather. After breakfast, workshop concludes.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic instruction and guiding 
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Fun, Inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Abiquiu New Mexico. Trip and cancellation insurance. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,250 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The balance of $1,245 is due by June 1, 2018. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This is a great time to enjoy the fall season in an incredible location where sunsets, sunrises and Milky Way skies are possible. Don't wait, click the Sign Me Up! button and we'll see you there!