Weekend Photography Workshop: Scottsdale


Join National Geographic photographers Nevada Wier and Dan Westergren for a hands-on photography workshop amid Scottsdale's spectacular scenery.

See how the pros explore a place visually, find the perfect lighting, and anticipate great moments as you engage in classroom sessions and field shooting. All participants should bring a digital camera and laptop computer for downloading and editing photos taken in the field.

For accommodations, you'll stay at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Scottsdale's new luxury hotel set amid the natural splendor of Camelback mountain. The resort offers comfortable bungalow-style guest rooms designed with desert-inspired decor.


For more information on this workshop, please email brad.roberts@natgeo.com

Dates & Locations

  • 3/24-
    Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa • Scottsdale, Arizona
    $1,799 per person ($500 initial deposit required for registration)
    Price per person, double occupancy. Add $200 for single occupancy. Includes workshop, accommodations, transportation to and from field locations, and most meals. Airfare not included. Balance paid upon check-in at hotel. Cancellation policy: full refund of deposit until March 8, 2017. Deadline for registration is March 10, 2017.

Topics Covered

  • Shoot in the Field

    Train your eye to capture images that make an impact. Learn how to navigate your surroundings and work with light, color, background, and other influences and challenges inherent in each unique setting. Gain a better technical understanding of how to use your camera's body, lenses, and various settings.

  • Tell Stories through Pictures

    Advance from taking pictures to expressing powerful ideas through photography. Expand your ability to choose compelling subjects and portray them in more meaningful ways.

  • Improve Your Photographs of People

    Learn to capture a person's true character and special moments in their lives while making it a rewarding experience for both of you.

  • Create Compelling Compositions

    Understand how to create stronger, more interesting compositions using wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. Discover new ways to use color and pattern to add depth, emotion, and graphic power to your images.

  • Use Light to Add Drama

    Learn how professional photographers bring their images to life by skillfully using special lighting techniques, experimenting with flash, and making the most of any lighting condition.

  • Enhance Your Travel Experience through Photography

    The best travel experiences usually happen when meeting locals who can share what they like best about their home. A camera provides the perfect excuse to go beyond simply what can be seen, to discover the authentic culture of a new place. By stopping and talking to people, the search for great images turns into a quest for more fulfilling travel experiences.

  • Still have questions? Email Brad Roberts at brad.roberts@natgeo.com