Have camera, will travel: 50 Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World

Have camera, will travel: 50 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 below!

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: Momenta 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

FranceKristel 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

ItalyKen 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 LocationsMaster 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.

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  1. Jim Richardson at 9:20 am

    By the way Sarah, glad you included National Geographic Expeditions photo offerings. It is also worth noting that every cruise of the National Geographic Explorer has a National Geographic photographer on board, aiding guests in their photography, leading shore trips, and giving lectures. Usually this means that the 15 or 20 real photo enthusiasts amongst the 150 guests get significant face time and input from a working National Geographic photographer, while traveling to really great destinations. For instance, I was on two of the Antarctica trips last year, and will be doing the British and Irish Isles trip again this year. It’s a really good photographic opportunity all the way around.

  2. becky hayes at 9:27 am

    Dont forget us…all the way down in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. We run street photography workshops that aim to open the eyes of our participants and help them see the city in a different light. We also run iPhoneography tours – great fun for anyone with an iPhone or smartphone!

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  5. Kai McBride at 11:26 am

    Columbia University School of the Arts Summer Program: Advanced Photography Intensive: Spend six weeks in New York making work, attending technical workshops, group critiques and individual meetings with Thomas Roma, Yola Monakhov, Corey Riddell, John Pilson, Michael Spano, Elinor Carucci, Susan Kismaric, and Vince Aletti. You also receive college credit.

  6. Carla at 11:53 am

    @Photoshelter / Sarah Jacobs, what criteria narrowed down your selection? With thousands of workshop each year, I’d like to understand your compilation/screening process to generate this list. Thank you!

  7. Sarah Jacobs at 12:16 pm

    Hi Carla,

    Thanks for asking!
    This list is a combination of our own research, as well as workshops being taught by the PhotoShelter community. These are the workshops that stood out to us, and is by no means a comprehensive list. We aimed to compile a group of diverse and exciting workshops taught by talented photographers, and includes a broad selection in terms of price range, and length of the courses.


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  9. Harold Davis at 12:36 pm

    I give technique and destination workshops at my home base (Berkeley, California) and in diverse locations such as the Bristlecone Pines of Eastern California, Heidelberg, Germany, Paris, France, Morocco and Japan. Workshop topics include night photography, flower photography, digital black & white and Photoshop. For a listing, see http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/about/workshops-events. To find out more about me, my photography, and my many bestselling books, please check out my blog, http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog.

  10. Giulio Sciorio at 1:49 pm

    Good list! I have a workshop in Austin, TX Feb 23rd which is about blending still and motion together with portraiture.

    Feb 23rd – Animated Portraits at Precision Camera

  11. Alain Briot at 3:44 pm

    I offer field workshops and instructional technical seminars in Antelope Canyon and Navajoland and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Eastern Sierra Nevada in California including Mono Lake, the Bristlecone Pine forest,and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.

    We also offer the Fine Art Summit with Vincent Versace as our 2014 Guest Speaker in Moab, Utah. We cover technical and artistic aspects including composition, processing, marketing, vision and personal style. The Fine Art Summit is now in its 12th year.

    Detailed information about our workshops is available at this link:


    Best regards,

    Alain Briot

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  13. Morty Ortega at 6:55 pm

    Don’t forget about the amazing experience that is Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. An international — and affordable — workshop series held annually in different parts of the world, where local students mix with some of the best photojournalists in the world, from major agencies like VII and Noor. This year we’ll be in Antigua, Guatemala in July. Come and join us!


  14. Abe at 9:00 pm

    For even more workshops, please check out http://www.photoworkshopsearch.com I created this site to be the Internet’s largest searchable database of photography workshops. We don’t have every one listed above, but we’ve got about 650 to search through right now, and we’re constantly adding more. If you’ve got a workshop you’d like to add to the database that’s not already in it (you can check by doing a keyword search on your name) please submit your info to http://photoworkshopsearch.com/Submit-Photo_Workshop_Search.aspx


  15. Nick McGrath at 9:44 pm

    Workshopx currently have two workshops at the moment. Documentary Workshop with Aleksander Bochenek and Chhandak Pradhan in Kolkata, India on the 12th-18th March. Also a Documentary Workshop with Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann in Krakow, Poland on the 18th -22nd May.

  16. Fabio Elias at 3:59 pm

    Imagens & Aventuras – based in Brazil has 3 major Photo Expeditions around the Globe:
    Thailand / Vietnam & Camboja – March and April
    Papa New Guinea Festival – August
    Guatemala markets – November

  17. Branimir Gjetvaj at 7:53 pm

    Here is a suggestion for photography tours in Europe. I will be leading a 13-day photo tour to Croatia in September of 2014. We will explore and photograph majestic medieval castles, ancient Roman palaces, inter-connected turquoise lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park and the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – the walled city of Dubrovnik.

    Detailed information is available after the link:

    PetaPixel republished this article and someone commented that there are no offerings from Canada. To correct this omission, have a look at three photo tours that I am leading to several unique prairie landscapes in Western Canada:


  18. Nils at 7:29 am

    I can’t believe you missed out Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. It is one of the best things to happen to photo workshops and education – they have a great lineup and it is an informal and excellent atmosphere. I have been thre in 2012 and I can’t wait to go again.

    I attended WPPI and some workshops in Europe, but Dubai GPP is a class on its own.

  19. Jens H at 5:20 am


    Check out Stockholm Photography Week! During the weeklong celebration dedicated photography, you can attend workshops held by Roger Ballen, Joyce Tenneson and Anders Petersen!


  20. Laszlo Bencze at 3:14 pm

    Napa Valley Photographic Workshops, a collective of artists from acros the nation, debuts with “Faces: The Art of Portraiture”. It will be led by well known professionals, Laszlo Bencze and Clark James Mishler. Most serious photographers love doing scenery but often balk at people photography. The aim of this workshop is to equip attendees with the practical know-how needed to make portraits a joy. For more information, please go to http://www.napa-photo.com

  21. Steve Outram at 5:10 am

    Hi Guys and Gals.
    I’m been doing my Workshops since 1998. This year we go to Brazil, Crete, Lesvos, Istanbul and Zanzibar.
    It’s not about the Gear you’ve got but how to be more visually aware.
    Hope to meet you this year !

  22. Rawdigital at 6:34 am

    Photography workshops in Provence, France and now also in Lazio, Italy . There is still space available May through to October…Check http://www.rawdigital.net . Our courses are tailored to your level and requirements.. It’s as many days as you like in a beautiful setting, with time for you to discover your potential as a photographer in the safe hands of people who want to help you find your place in the new world of digital photography.
    You will be challenged and it will be fun too. We will not tell/show you what to take pictures of, but will show you what creative ‘doors’ to open to find your OWN ‘eye’ and ‘voice’.
    We will improve your visual awareness, intuition, and sensitivity.

  23. Dan Suzio at 10:09 am

    I’m leading a workshop in Ecuador this year, focusing mostly on birds. Our target species will include toucans, woodcreepers, and antpittas in the rainforest; tanagers, barbets, and oropendolas in the cloud forests; condors, caracaras, and ibis in the paramo; and an amazing variety of hummingbirds at almost every location. We will also visit the historic city of Quito and the Otavalo Indian market, which will give us an introduction to Ecuadorian culture and provide a variety of photo opportunities. Full details here: http://www.dansuzio.com/ecuador.html

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  25. Peter Ralston at 5:15 pm

    Hi Sarah, Good list indeed….a nice service to provide. I know it cannot possibly be all-inclusive, but I thought that there are two extremes in which people might be interested.

    First, Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport, Maine, is the oldest, biggest and many would say the best of all of this country’s hundreds of workshops. Check out their offerings!

    The other extreme can be found at http://www.ralstongallery.com/page1 ….yep, my own workshop/adventure/cruise. It’s meant to be the smallest, best and most individualistic workshop around and it’s all about seeing the coast of Maine as intimately as is possible, on my boat. Although we are already sold out for this year, some of your readers might like the idea. cheers, Peter Ralston

  26. Chip Deale at 2:06 pm

    Very disappointing not to see any of NPPA’s long-standing and highly-regarded training programs included in your list – especially Northern Short Course (https://nppa.org/training/northern-short-course), Advanced Storytelling (https://nppa.org/training/advanced-storytelling-workshop) and Multimedia Immersion (https://nppa.org/training/multimedia-immersion). Those that have attended likely would tell you that they stack up, or are superior, to any on your list.

  27. Michael Chinnici at 7:47 am

    Photo Workshop Adventures offers over 60 adventures in more than 35 countries around the world. Our photo adventures offer you a chance to combine a spectacular vacation with a wonderful creative learning experience. Our casual format provides a unique blend of hands-on learning techniques and skills mastered over many years, including our exclusive “The Art of Seeing” approach. Whether you are a beginner, an enthusiast, or a professional, we invite you to join us on a truly amazing photographic adventure of a lifetime.

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  30. Brenda Tharp at 5:23 pm

    I agree with others here that it’s not possible to include everyone in this list, but including Maine Media Workshops, and Santa Fe Photographic, is indeed a ‘must’. I also teach photography workshops throughout the USA and internationally, and lead instructional photography tours to great locations in the world. Check out http://www.brendatharp.com/workshop-calendar/ for more information.

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  32. Photography CoursesWorkshop at 2:50 am

    Yes of course camera can travel all over the world and can click the best and fine collection of pictures all over the world and can make a workshop too. Really camera is only a way to restore the golden memories of life forever in which photography plays a vital role.

  33. Phillip Bartlett at 3:42 am

    Hi all,

    We have been helping guests capture stunning images of New Zealand, and have a lot of fun at the same time, on our photo expeditions and workshops since 2005. As a dedicated landscape photographer and native of the Sourh Island I know exactly where to be when in all seasons. Our trips are a maximum of 6 photographers and we explore by 4WD which gives us access to remote backcountry locations. Take your photography to the next level in one of the most visually exciting “classrooms” on the planet. Please visit our website for more info http://capturenewzealand.co.nz

  34. Phillip Bartlett at 3:45 am

    Hi all,

    We have been helping guests capture stunning images of New Zealand, and have a lot of fun at the same time, on our photo expeditions and workshops since 2005. As a dedicated landscape photographer and native of the Sourh Island I know exactly where to be when in all seasons. Our trips are a maximum of 6 photographers and we explore by 4WD which gives us access to remote backcountry locations. Take your photography to the next level in one of the most visually exciting “classrooms” on the planet. Please visit our website for more info.

  35. Harry Fisch at 5:52 am

    Well, we conduct extraordinary photo workshops at http://www.nomadphotoexpeditions, India, Myanmar, Peru among many others. Extraordinary photographic experiences With Harry Fisch, winner (later disqualified) of the “Places” category 2012 National Geographic World Photo Contest and 2013 finalist at the Sony World Photography Awards.
    Expeditions are formed by groups of between 6 to 8 people

  36. Harry Fisch at 5:53 am

    Well, we conduct extraordinary photo workshops at http://www.nomadphotoexpeditions.com, India, Myanmar, Peru among many others. Extraordinary photographic experiences With Harry Fisch, winner (later disqualified) of the “Places” category 2012 National Geographic World Photo Contest and 2013 finalist at the Sony World Photography Awards.
    Expeditions are formed by groups of between 6 to 8 people

  37. Tina Hay at 6:26 pm

    I’m coming to this discussion late, but wanted to chime in. I was disappointed to see that so many of the comments are from people who run photography trips and wanted to be included, as opposed to actual recommendations from people who took a photography tour and wanted to comment on it. In any case, I wanted to add these recommendations: (1) I signed up for a Santa Fe Photo Workshops trip to Cuba in 2012 and thought it was terrific. Reid Callanan was the instructor for our particular subgroup and was wonderful; other SFPW instructors who were there included Eddie Soloway, Kip Brundage (sp.?), Dustin Sammon, and Jennifer Spelman, and I heard good things from other participants as well. (2) In 2012 I also took part in a Joseph Van Os photo safari to San Miguel de Allende and thought it was very well done also. Instructors were Terry and Julie Eggers. Van Os has a pretty extensive roster of photo trips and I hope to go on another of theirs sometime.

  38. Dorcas Eatch at 4:25 pm

    I cannot believe you missed me 😉 Now Swaledale in Yorkshire is not the biggest place in the world, nor has ice floes of iceland, nor even northern lights but it has the best Dale in Yorkshire, a gem of stone barns, meadows, and waterfalls plus no mobile reception and the best, it is quiet http://www.fotodayz.co.uk

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  40. Logan Miller at 8:34 am

    Hi guys,

    I’m attending UExpo scheduled from June 27th through June 29th and Festival of Ballooning scheduled from July 25th through July 27th. Both the events are organised by the Unique University.

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  43. Rebecca Parks at 2:06 am

    June 15-19 and June 30-July 4: 
    5 Day San Juan Island Wildlife Photography Workshop Adventures on San Juan Island, Washington, with world renowned photographer, Susan Middleton, author of “Spineless.”  Photograph tidepools to eagles to orca whales in the wildly beautiful Pacific Northwest. Beginner to pro. Please visit the San Juan Islands Museum of Art website.
    Thank you.

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  45. Darren Lewey at 9:03 am

    No mention of Morocco which surely is a must for any discerning photographer. We run all year round tours and workshops from our base in the country. We welcome beginners and established photographers enhancing their portfolios.

  46. Gilbert Asher at 8:57 pm

    I am very interested in a workshop within the next 2 months. The sooner is better. I retgurn to the U.S. Kune 2. therefore anytme after June 5 will b fine.
    Do I need a visa?
    Gil Asher 413-637-7260. Cell phone 775-530-0643 Gash3636@gmail.com

  47. JuliaJ at 6:58 pm

    Hi Sarah I am surprised that you didn’t include this workshop in your list. About 8 years ago I went to Cuba with this talented photographer Manuello Paganelli when I saw on of his shows in the East Coast ( I think he lives in California). You can check his amazing street and travel photography style in the link below.
    He has been working for well known magazines for many years and has been traveling for more than 25 yrs. Long before must photographers or tourist were traveling there. He probably knows Cuba better than most foreigners.

    Our group was small, maybe 10 students and it was very educational and lots of fun hanging out with Manu and the great Cuban people.

    The class was in English and he also worked with a local Cuban photographer. There was also a pretty young Cuban woman as guide/translator.


  48. Tallie at 7:41 pm

    There are also some really awesome Photodocumentary & Ethical Photography Workshops by Photographers Without Borders that are included with G Adventure tours! I went on their Costa Rica workshop last September and it was AMAZING! Trip of a lifetime! And the teach, Danielle Da Silva is a pretty inspirin teacher, she’s the Founder or Photographers Without Borders and I know a couple of the people that came on the trip with us actually got published in the magazine and on their blog! I’m hoping to go on their Galapagos Workshop this May! http://www.photographerswithoutborders.org/workshops/
    The itinerary sounds like a dream come true for me (I love photographing nature)!
    The deadline to sign up is March 1st though, so really soon, fingers crossed!

  49. David McAleavey at 2:43 pm

    If you are ever in NYC one of my favorite workshops was with https://newyorkcityphotosafari.com . It was really short, just 3 hours. But packed full of information. The shooter who led the group was actually president of APA. I really didn’t think I would get that much out of the session but it was terrific.

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