Winter Action and Landscapes at Taos Ski Valley
Learn how to capture explosive and exhilerating ski and snowboard imagery at Taos Ski Valley - one of the country's premiere ski resorts - in this 4 day action and winter landscape workshop.Sign Up & Register Now
Features & Info
About The Workshop
Winter photography is exciting and challenging and we'll show you how to make it easy. Snow is a very forgiving subject and background to work with. The snow covered landscape and possibly snow laden forest creates photo opportunities that are not possible during summer. The low winter sun, the high altitude, and generally clear weather make Taos Ski Valley a great place to photograph skiers and snowboarders in action.
Workshop participants will have to be intermediate skiers and will have to purchase lift passes separately. (Taos Ski Valley resort is offering workshop participants a discount on your day passes.)
Participants must be at least intermediate skiers. We'll be photographing our models possibly on wide expert runs that will allow intermediate skiers to traverse.
Participants must be capable of carrying their gear in a small day pack or fanny pack while skiing.
Participants should be familiar with the basic functions of a digital SLR and be comfortable with manual exposure.
Day 1 - The group will meet after an early dinner for an evening lecture in the conference room at the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa at the base of Taos Ski Valley. Topics covered include: equipment selection for action shooting, dealing with cold weather and a snowy environment, handling exposure, composition and action shooting techniques.
Days 2 and 3 will be spent on the mountain practicing our action photography on skiers and snowboarders who will be modeling specifically for the workshop. The light in the morning is best. In late afternoon there is the potential to pull back from the slopes and shoot sunsets out in the valley looking back at the last light on the Sangre de Cristo. We will also photograph dusk with deep blue skies and the lights of the ski village. After dinner evenings will be spent conducting group critique.
On day 4, our last, we will snowshoe or cross country ski up to Williams Lake, a moderate 3 mile, 1000 foot climb, for some mid morning landscape photography of this scenic gem. We'll finish the day with a final group critique and a lecture/demo on workflow and image processing in Lightroom.
Afterwards, anyone interested can join us in photographing some moonrise landscapes. This is the day before the full moon. The best night to shoot the moon is the night before because the moon rises early enough to get enough light and detail on the foreground to balance with the moon’s constant exposure.
How To Register
An online registration form and liability release form needs to be completed as well as paying the deposit fee. (See link below or the "Sign Up & Register Now" button above to complete these tasks.)
A $150 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. Payment can be made via PayPal, check, or money order.
The workshop fee INCLUDES all classroom and field instruction time. Meals, lodging, lift tickets, transportation costs, and gratuities are NOT INCLUDED.
Reserve your spot in this workshop.
Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
What To Bring
Camera and Lenses - A DSLR and a couple of basic lenses. Suggested lenses are a wide angle prime or wide angle zoom in the 16-28mm range and a portrait length prime or medium telephoto zoom in the 85-200mm range.
Camera bag - A small day pack or fanny pack to carry the camera, lenses, and any accessories yet still be able to easily and safely get on and off the ski lift.
Tripod - A quick release tripod head with compatible plates for your camera body and lenses.
Extra batteries and extra media cards
Computer - Laptop with image editing software (Lightroom suggested) and card reader as you will need the ability to review your images and to produce jpeg images for critique. We recommend bringing a portable hard drive or jump drive.
Optional equipment - flash, filters, gels, softboxes, off-camera cord, a loupe to see your viewfinder in bright light.
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More workshop info
For more information on what to see and do while in Taos, please visit our About Taos page for more information.
*** PLEASE NOTE *** Classroom and field time will be conducted at elevations ranging from 9,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. The physical activity level during this workshop is moderate so please be sure to carry and drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) to keep hydrated and avoid altitude sickness as well as protecting yourself from the sun.
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