Have Camera, Will Travel: 40 Exciting Photography Workshops Happening in 2019 & 2020

Have Camera, Will Travel: 40 Exciting Photography Workshops Happening in 2019 & 2020

After taking a little hiatus, we’re back with our comprehensive list of some of the best workshops available to photographers of all skill levels. We’ve got everything from bucket-list worthy international trips to online courses you can take from the comfort of your couch.

No matter your specialty, background or budget, there’s an enthusiastic photography community out there ready to teach and help you reach your professional goals. Check out our list of 40 workshops and educational organizations below, organized by geographic location, with some workshops specifically highlighted that piqued our interest.

Are you running your own workshop? Have another suggestion to add? Leave information in the comments below!

Cover image by Allen Murabayashi from the Summit Hawaii Workshop

United States

Active Photo Tours

Adam Schallau Photography

  • Our pick: Winter in the Grand Canyon Workshop in January 2020.
  • Why we love it: Who wouldn’t want to learn photo tips from an award-winning former Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park?

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

  • Options range from 1-2 days up to 5-day travel expeditions.
  • Why we love them: They’ve got a great mix of amazing instructors, itineraries and destinations. Bonus points for having activity level very visible for each workshop.

The Business of Photography Workshop

  • Taught by Todd Bigelow and celebrating its 15th year at UCLA in June 2019.
  • Why we love it: Topics include copyright basics, image licensing standards/rates, tax issues and choices facing freelancers, plus Todd makes sure to keep class sizes small to ensure deeper discussions.

Consistent Trust: A Wedding Photography Workshop

  • 2 locations/times: San Francisco in April 2020 and Orlando in November 2020.
  • Why we love it: Twig & Olive have honed in on how to make their images stand out with a fine art editorial approach to wedding photography.

Digital Photo Destinations

  • Our pick: Antarctica Circle Crossing in February 2020.
  • Why we love it: Led by John Paul Caponigro & Seth Resnick, these workshops take you to bucket-list destinations and include not just seminars but one-on-one reviews, too.

Eloquent Light

Field Trip

Houston Center for Photography

The Image Flow

  • Our picks: Camera Basics in June/August 2019 and Large Format Workshop in June 2019.
  • Why we love them: Workshops are affordable and have options for kids and teens interested in photography.

Maine Media Workshops + College

Mark Maio: Silo City

  • Our pick: Silo City Photography Workshop in August 2019.
  • Why we love it: Mark has a really interesting background and splits his time between fine art photography and imaging consultant/educator in the field of ophthalmology.

MediaStorm Workshops

Momenta Workshops

National Parks at Night

  • Have Passport Series, Adventure Series workshops, and Skill Development workshops.
  • Why we love them: They’re only shooting in each park once so these trips are always going to be unique.

Palm Springs Photo Festival

  • Happening right now (May 2019), 2020 dates TBD.
  • Why we love them: We commend them on their emerging photographer workshop and great networking opportunities.

Photography Intensive at Columbia University School of the Arts

  • Summer 2019 in NYC.
  • Why we love them: The experience includes 24-hour access to facilities alongside hands-on assignments, plus it ends with a group exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

Prism Photo Workshop

  • May 2019 in Chicago.
  • Why we love them: The workshops are super affordable and include great speakers.


Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

VII Workshops

The Yosemite Photography Workshops

  • Our pick: Yosemite Fall Colors Workshop in November 2019.
  • Why we love them: Led by Award-winning landscape photographer Paul Hawkins, and the views definitely won’t disappoint.


Amazon Rainforest Workshop with Ami Vitale, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey

  • March – April 2020.
  • Why we love it: Who wouldn’t want world-class photographers leading you through shoots, lectures and daily post-processing lab time during an all-inclusive trip?

Art Wolfe, Inc. Workshops

  • Our pick: Namibia Photo Journey in August 2020.
  • Why we love them: While not cheap, these workshops are hosted in stellar locations and promise to be packed with lessons from one of the masters.

Capture New Zealand

  • Our pick: Winter Landscape 12 Day in July/August 2019.
  • Why we love it: All photo workshops led by Phillip Bartlett include jam-packed schedules that can involve adventures like doors-off helicopter rides and encounters with kangaroos, koalas, and wombats.

Discovery Photo Tours

  • Our pick: Chasing Sakura Blooms in Japan with Ken Kaminesky in May 2020.
  • Why we love them: We love their gear recommendations and they even offer to help with rentals. They’ve also got a really helpful FAQ page that answers everything from how to prepare for an upcoming tour to food accommodations for vegetarian attendees.

Eyes in Progress

Gulf Photo Plus

  • Our pick: Introduction to On & Off Camera Flash (dates TBD).
  • Why we love it: GPP offers workshops for all experience levels covering a wide range of topics from basic photography skills to food styling for photographers. They get bonus points for a wide range of class times (weekdays, weekends, evenings, etc.), all take place at Dubai’s Center for Photography.

Joe McNally Workshops

  • Our pick: Storytelling in Portugal in May 2019 and Adventures in Romania in August/September 2019.
  • Why we love them: Each workshop covers a wide range of topics, including storytelling, story development, editing your work, metering, exposure and reading light, so you’re bound to learn something. Also, Joe’s the best!

Kathmandu Inside Out (KIO™)

  • 2019 application is already available.
  • Why we love it: This workshop’s primary focus is on the power of photography in storytelling, and their site also provides great information about food and transportation so you know what to expect during your time in Nepal.

Light and Land

  • Our pick: Drone Photography Workshop in Dorset tutored by Andy Farrer in September 2019.
  • Why we love it: They have over 25 years of experience and host workshops focused on everything from the basics of Lightroom to guided tours throughout Europe.

National Geographic Expeditions

North of 49

Photo Workshop Adventures

  • Our pick: Napes and the Amalfi Coast in May 2020.
  • Why we love them: Groups are on the smaller side, and they mention they are always seeking an 8:1 ratio between students and workshop leaders. Plus, you’ve got location options in the US and abroad.

Photographers Without Borders

  • Our pick: PWB School India in October 2019.
  • Why we love it: Classes feature a mix of educational and life experiences, often promoting important topics like women’s empowerment, sustainable ecotourism and entrepreneurship.

Summit Workshops

  • Our pick: Cuba with Deanne Fitzmaurice in November 2019.
  • Why we love them: We think everyone should take advantage of Summit’s partnership with Nikon Professional Services and get in-personal technical support, plus consignment bodies and rental lenses to use throughout the workshop time. These workshops also feature expert instructors and locations. (You might even bump into our Co-Founder Allen Murabayashi!)

Visionary Wild

  • Our pick: Tibet with Mike Yamashita and Justin Black in October 2019.
  • Why we love them: They’ve got great sponsors (Fujifilm, Nikon, Marmot, MindShift gear, etc) and their testimonials page also shows a lot of repeat attendees, which we find encouraging.


Creative Live

Jeff Jochum Masterclass

  • Why we love it: This masterclass offers amazing business tips for how to hone your specialty in an oversaturated market and create loyal customers.
  • He’s also offering 75% off, for a very limited time (enter the coupon code PS75 for your discount).

Strohl Works

Are you running a workshop this year or did you attend one recently that you loved? Leave a link in the comments below with information!

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There are 24 comments for this article
  1. Etienne Bossot at 10:59 pm

    Pics of Asia runs the most comprehensive photography tours and workshops in Asia, specializing in teaching people the art of people photography. Nothing is staged, we only photograph candid situations, and learn to deal with busy environments we often encounter in Asia. Expect to get away from the main tourist attractions, and only visit the most photogenic places.

  2. Todd Shapera at 4:50 pm

    I want to share our workshop in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula rainforest next January, linking photography with conservation specialists.

    The one week intensive journey is based in a region regarded by National Geographic as having the most intense biodiversity on the planet. We feature:
    *Morning marine, rainforest and community excursions guided by Osa Conservation specialists
    * Afternoon photo workshop sessions to take participants’ photography to the next level
    * Lodging in the new OSA Verde BioLodge – intimate and rustic, with balconies overlooking the sea and locally sourced meals

    Please see the link to our workshop flier with more details on my website: http://www.ToddShapera.com or write me: Todds429@gmail.com

  3. Peter Read Miller at 4:52 pm

    I am running a couple of great Sports Photography Workshops this summer. The first one is in Northern California (Santa Clara) July 24-28 and included shooting from the photowells at an an Oakland A’s game, shooting from the pitch at a San Jose Quakes MLS soccer game and action and portraits at San Jose CrossFit. Plus a talk by photographer and photo agency owner Kelley L Cox. More information and link to registration on the Workshops page on my website PeterReadMiller.com.
    In September (4-8), my workshop will be in Knoxville for the BYU/UT football game, High School football,swimming and other Knoxville sports. Acatered BBQ cruise on the Tennesse river and commentary and critiques by Steve Fine formr DOP of Sports Illustrated. Again, check my website for more info and registrtion.

  4. Opperman Photographics, Inc at 5:37 pm

    In addition to general nature and wildlife workshops and tours, we have two upcoming workshop programs that also benefit conservation/wildlife education non-profits. Both workshops are an excellent way to improve your photography skills while supporting organizations that are dedicated to protecting the natural world.

    You can find more information at our website at: http://cherylopperman.com/nature-wildlife-travel-photography-workshops-tours/

    or follow the links below:

    Photographing Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska at the Crane Trust

    Raptor Photography Workshop with Denver Audubon

  5. Michael Alan Ross at 3:25 pm

    I love that you have put this list together and shared it with us.

    So many great workshops!!!

    Please check out my upcoming workshop on Automotive Photography happening on June 22nd in Scotts Valley CA.

    The locations and content are off the charts.



    Tickets are available on Eventbrite … Just search Shutter Speed Workshops on their site.

  6. Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures at 5:12 pm

    Margo Taussig Pinkerton and Arnold “Arnie” Zann run intensive, fun photo workshops for people who want to take their photography to the next level. With a combination of hands-on instruction and daily critiques, our goal for our participants is our tag line, “Seek your own vision, and create great photos!” If you are not in bed or on the loo, we are with you, whether in the States or overseas, in landscape venues or more urban environments. Remaining 2019 workshops include: Summertime on the Maine Coast; Palouse, Echoes of Tuscany; Along the Oregon Coast; Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Santa Fé; Key West Fantasy Fest; Autumn on the Outer Banks; and Venice in the Fall. Check out our calendar at https://www.BCphotoadventures.com/calendar/.

    We are very proud of the work our participants produce, some of which are shown at https://www.BCphotoadventures.com/student-current/.

  7. Bill Robbins at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for posting!

    The Ernest Brooks Foundation has developed a new series of workshops with the former faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography. One of the missions of the Foundation is to present the highly regarded faculty members in various workshop venues with a variety of subject matter.

    The Ernest Brooks Foundation has also formed an alliance with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to present 5 and 6-week courses taught by former Brooks Institute of Photography faculty members.

    Please see details for the 2019 Workshop offerings at https://www.ernestbrooksfoundation.org/workshops.html

    And the Brooks at UCSB courses at

    The Ernest Brooks Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization.

  8. Ron at 11:17 pm

    Alaska Photo Tours offers fantastic one-week bucket list photography tours to grizzly bear camps, helicopter aerials (doors off) over fjords, bays and glaciers; dogsled mushing on a remote glacier, land wildlife (moose, bald eagles, caribou, etc.) and more, ALL IN ONE VERY REASONABLY PRICED tour. Expert Alaska resident pro-photographer guides.

    NOTE: These are not intense workshop tours. These are for semi-pro or serious amateurs who want a pro by their side while you shoot once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan bears, wildlife, scenics and more! There is no classroom theory or instruction — all field shooting, but you stay in very comfortable lodges and/or hotels. All transportation and food provided.

    http://www.alaskaphotoadventures.com or contact me directly: ron@alaskaphotoadventures.com

  9. KEVIN CLARKE at 5:36 pm

    hi 🙂 Photoshelter … there are other great photographers outside of the US that are on your database …it would be great if we all got a mention too … 🙂

    ps Wallabies Koalas and Kangaroos are Australian not NZ …especially not in winter 🙂

  10. KEVIN CLARKE at 5:39 pm

    Tuscany 2020 More than Just a Photo Tour

    Whether a beginner or a seasoned amateur photographer, join Kevin and Annette in Italy’s photographer heaven, the beautiful Val D’orcia, and learn how to you too can create images like these and more on our next amazing Tuscan photography tour from 8-16 May 2020.

    Limited availability and already filling fast …

    Visit http://www.cmgstudios.co.nz or https://heddfan-photography.com/ and find out more about the tour

  11. Rene Bastien at 8:38 am

    This is my third year offering unique photo workshops in various locations in Canada. 2020 workshops include a 9-day tour of Newfoundland (icebergs, puffins and whales), a 6-day tour of the Canadian Rockies, and a street photography master class in Montreal. More information atwww.highlightphototours.com

  12. Harry Fisch at 2:37 pm


    Please consider the following information for future posts . 🙂

    A major player in International Photo Tours, for the last 8 years 70% of my clients have shared 2, 3 or…7 different destinations :Ethiopia, Benin, China, Cuba, Mongolia, Spain,etc..

    Small groups (usually up to only 7 people), very special locations, candid and set photo sessions Out of the beaten path locations …


  13. Anita at 12:32 pm

    Take your next photo tour with us in Alberta’s David Thompson Region.

    These 3 day/2 night tours are offered in June and September 2020 (think: fewer tourists and likely to have locations to ourselves).

    Geared towards beginner to intermediate photographers, guides will take you into unspoiled nature, fascinating sights and raw beauty.

    Learn more and book now – space is limited.

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