Photography Life 2013 Workshop Schedule

We have been receiving a lot of requests from our readers regarding our workshop schedule for 2013. I apologize for not being able to publish any of the dates earlier. Aside from being incredibly busy, my biggest issue was planning around the summer season and making sure that I do not over-commit for the upcoming weddings and other photo shoots that Lola and I have been planning. As usual, the goal is to do the workshops after the summer season in September and October, so that the workshops do not conflict with the working schedule of our readers, some of whom are working pros.

Workshops and Dates

This year we will be offering great educational sessions for a number of different topics. Here are the dates for the upcoming workshops:

  1. The Fundamentals of Photography (Beginner) – September 14, 2013 (FULL)
  2. The Fundamentals of Photography (Intermediate) – September 15, 2013 (FULL)
  3. Post Processing – September 21, 2013 (FULL)
  4. Landscape Photography – September 28-29, 2013 (FULL)
  5. Flash Photography – October 5-6, 2013 (Canceled due to conflicts)

The above dates are more or less finalized, but subject to change within the next 10 days (we are finalizing the exact locations in Denver area and dates). Please note that the prices do not include food, transportation and lodging (snacks will be provided for the classroom-style workshops only).

1) The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop – Beginner (September 7, 2013)

This workshop is designed for those that need to learn the basics of photography. If you are struggling with your camera and need to learn how to get out of that auto mode then choose the beginner workshop. This will be an intense, full day workshop designed to make you grasp the fundamentals of photography quickly.

Here is a short outline of what we will go over during the workshop:

  1. Camera and Lens Overview
  2. ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
  3. Camera Modes and Metering
  4. Menu System
  5. Using Built-in Flash for Portraiture
  6. Case Scenarios

A full agenda will be provided within the next few weeks.

What to bring with you: your fully charged camera and memory card. Any camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, etc) or lens will do. We will go over settings for different camera brands.

2) The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop – Intermediate (September 8, 2013)

If you enroll in the basics course, this will be a great workshop to extend the knowledge from the first day. Or if you already know the basics and you are ready for the next step, then the intermediate workshop might be what you are looking for. In this workshop, we will go over things like basic post-processing, image management, gear maintenance and even cover some advanced topics like camera and lens calibration.

Quick outline:

  1. Gear Maintenance
  2. Camera and Lens Calibration
  3. Autofocus System Explained
  4. Composition
  5. Workflow Overview
  6. Image Management and Backup
  7. Lightroom Basics

If you are just starting out, I would recommend to enroll in both fundamentals courses.

What to bring with you: your fully charged camera and memory card. For the post-processing section of the workflow, it might be useful to bring your laptop with Lightroom pre-installed (but not required, since we will go over only the basics). Any camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, etc) or lens will do. We will go over settings for different camera brands.

3) Post-Processing Workshop (September 21, 2012)

How should you handle photos once they are taken? What does an effective post-processing workflow look like? How should you process your images and what tools can save you time and money? These are some of the topics we will cover during this workshop. We will spend a lot of time going through simple, yet effective Lightroom and Photoshop tricks that will speed up and enhance the way you organize and process your images. This class will be great for any kind of photography, but we will primarily concentrate on post-processing portraiture and landscapes.

Here is an outline of the post-processing workshop:

  • Overview of photography workflow
  • Post-processing workflow explained (Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop)
  • Efficient workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Destructive vs non-destructive editing
  • Importing photographs
  • Organizing, sorting and managing photographs
  • Managing Lightroom catalogs
  • Backup strategies
  • Image editing in Lightroom vs Photoshop
  • Lightroom modules explained in detail
  • Photoshop basics
  • Exporting photographs
  • Case Studies: Portraiture
  • Case Studies: Landscape and nature

What to bring with you: your laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop / PSE pre-installed. Photoshop / Elements is not required, but recommended.

4) Landscape Photography Workshop (September 28-29, 2013)

Our landscape photography workshop this year will again be in our favorite location – the San Juan mountains of Colorado (near Telluride, CO)! Regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the world for fall foliage, this remote corner of Colorado is breathtaking and absolutely stunning for photography. This particular workshop was so popular last year, that it got full within a couple of days after we announced it. This is not a classroom-style workshop – we will actually drive around and take pictures of the fall foliage and the mountains. For more details about this workshop, check out Emily Fagan’s guest post, where she described the workshop and provided some sample images. We will limit this workshop to 10-12 people. Here are some my images from last year’s workshop:

Nikon D600 Sample (11)

NIKON D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm, ISO 100, 1/10, f/11.0

Nikon D600 Sample (4)

NIKON D600 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, ISO 400, 1/30, f/8.0

Nikon D600 Sample (6)

NIKON D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm, ISO 200, 1/40, f/11.0

What to bring with you: your fully charged camera, memory cards and a tripod. If you are wondering about what lens(es) to take with you, we recommend a good wide angle zoom lens (a 16-35mm, 16-85mm, 18-55mm or 24-70mm will do perfectly fine) and a good normal to telephoto lens that covers up to 200mm of focal length for distant shots. Kit lenses and super wide angle lenses are fine too, although I personally recommend to get something sharper for the best quality details / prints. Make sure that your lens has a filter thread, since we will be relying on filters a lot. A polarizing filter is a must-have – see “must-have filters for landscape photography” post for more details. I also recommend a graduated ND filter (two stop or 0.6 ND is ideal), but if you don’t have one, then you can just borrow mine – I will have a couple of sets for participants to play with. Absolutely make sure to bring warm clothes and gloves for the sunrise shots. Late September can get quite cold in the mountains. I will provide more detailed information on what to bring to each participant when we get closer to the workshop date. Most communication will be handled over email and phone.

5) Flash Photography Workshop (October 5-6, 2012)

The flash photography workshop is going to be all about using different types of lights. While we will go over all types of lights used in photography, our main objective will be to master speedlights. Many photographers feel quite challenged when using flash, so we will cover everything from flash photography basics to more advanced topics (on-camera flash using speedlights and off-camera flash with infrared or radio communication). We will go through indoors and outdoors photography and show you how to utilize lighting gear in various environments. We highly recommend to bring your camera and a speedlight with you, because we want you to experiment and get comfortable with flash by practicing it during the workshop on the second day. This will be another intense, two day class, so please plan accordingly. We will be hiring a model, who we will use for showing different lighting setups and model for us during the second day.

Flash Photography Workshop

NIKON D700 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 200, 1/8000, f/1.4

Here is an outline of the flash photography workshop:

  1. Natural light vs flash – when to use flash
  2. Overview of flash systems, modifiers and triggers
  3. Strobes vs portable vs studio lights
  4. Flash photography basics
  5. Exposure control
  6. On-camera flash
  7. Off-camera flash
  8. Indoor flash photography
  9. Outdoor flash photography
  10. How to effectively utilize strobes
  11. Advanced flash photography
  12. Case Studies

As you can see, we will cover a lot of material during this workshop.

What to bring with you: your fully charged camera, memory cards and a speedlight (Canon, Nikon or any other third party speedlight).


Except for the landscape photography workshop, all workshops will be conducted at the Doubletree Hotel DTC (Denver Tech Center). The meeting room name is “Teal” and it is located on the third floor. When you get through the main entrance, go straight, pass the front desk and you will see stairs on the right going up. Take the stairs and once you are on the third level, turn left – the “Teal” meeting room is at the end of the corridor. Please arrive promptly, since we will start at 9 AM sharp.

Please do not book your hotel accommodation for the Landscape Photography Workshop yet, as we will have group pricing for participants.


For any workshop participants from previous years, a discount of 20% applies towards any of the above workshops. There is also an additional 15% discount if you book more than 2 workshops. We value those who serve in military, so if you or your spouse are active military, you will be eligible towards a 50% discount on any of the workshops. Veterans and passive reserve are also honored with a 30% discount. If you are a previous workshop participant or qualify for a military discount, please contact us via the “Contact Us” page and include what workshop(s) you are interested in participating in.

How to Sign Up

In order to sign up for the above workshops, please use our secure Workshop Registration page, where you can pick the course you want and make advanced payment. Please note that the fees are fully refundable between now and September 1, 2013. We will not be able to provide a refund after this date (planning and coordination issues).

  • Denzal

    Where will these workshops be held?

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Denzal, I am sorry that I did not include that information (updated the article). The workshops will be held in Denver, CO. We specifically made the workshops cheap, so that people can purchase airfare + hotel accommodation and stay under $1K for everything.

  • Ryanh

    It would be really useful, as you finalize your thoughts / scheduling on these classes, if you would post some suggestions on what equipment participants should bring with them.

    • Anna

      Agreed. It would be great to have a list of materials that can really make a big difference. Things tripods, lenses, filters, etc. One of the workshops will be talking about graduated filters… Does that mean I need to have *for* the workshop? I realize you use primarily Nikon, but would a Canon user be “left out” of the instruction or will you able to translate that for Canon users? Are the two Fundamentals sessions in-classroom only or will there be a hands-on component as well, to see if the material is making sense/understood by the participant? I know for me, I need to try what I hear/read to see if I am getting it.

      I’m just so glad you are offering them again! :D

      • Nasim Mansurov

        Anna, I will update the above article with information on what to bring. Thank you for the suggestion!

        And yes, bringing a graduated ND filter is a good idea, but if you don’t have one, you can just borrow mine (I will have a couple of sets for participants to play with).

        As for the fundamentals sessions, these will break down to two parts – one for covering the fundamentals and one for practicing, so we will do both. I recommend to attend both fundamentals classes, since we will practice a lot during the second intermediate class. Also, we will make sure that you get the attention individually from instructors (we will keep the class sizes small, not auditorium-style).

        • Anna

          Awesome! Thanks so much. With the landscape workshop, will you be providing additional detail with regard to how the day is planned? Would that type of information be provided or are things more off the cuff? For example, the guest post from Emily from last year didn’t mention anything about meals or “structured” instruction. It sounded like 99% of the instruction was in the field. Just curious.

          • Nasim Mansurov

            Anna, we will have an instructional session the day before the workshop, so I recommend that you arrive to Ridgway on Friday afternoon. We will go over the most important stuff during Friday evening, then start out at a location on Saturday morning, with another instructional session on Sunday. Most of the workshop learning will be on location though (and that’s the best part!) So this will be more like a 2.5 day workshop…

            And yes, I will provide more information on the workshop agenda within the next few weeks. Meals will not be provided, since there are concerns like allergies, preferences, etc. Most people brought snacks with them during the day and their own food. I will have snacks with me and plenty of water for everyone.

            • Anna

              Makes sense that you’re not providing meals. I should have phrased it better. I meant to ask if there are times set aside to stop for breakfast/lunch/dinner or is it mostly a granola bar day.

              And you briefly touched on timing, in terms of when to fly in/out. But I can wait for the details instead of bombarding you with all that now. :) I guess I’m just excited and want to book things as soon as possible.

          • Nasim Mansurov

            Yes, we will have times where we will stop for breaks and eat. In fact, there are some great locations in the area, where we will do it from the mountaintop :)

            I will provide some more info on flights soon. Last year some people flew in to Telluride, while others flew to Grand Junction, got a rental car there and drove to Telluride. Either way works, but the Grand Junction way could be cheaper. Stay tuned, more to come!

      • Nasim Mansurov

        Anna, I updated the post with what to bring with you for each workshop :)

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Ryanh, it depends on which workshop you are planning to attend. For the fundamentals workshops, just bring your camera. For the post-processing workshops, we recommend to bring your laptop with Lightroom preinstalled. For the landscape photography workshop, bring a camera and a tripod. ND filters would also be great for the morning shots, but not required, as I will have some with me to play with.

  • Ana Cummings

    Do you plan to do workshops in other cities?

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Ana, we will not be able to offer workshops in other cities this year. I am planning to free up some more time next year, so we might do a tour in multiple cities across the US.

  • Shuvro

    Any plans of holding some of these remotely? Say the post processing one?
    You can get a whole lot more people to sign up that way!
    A lot of people like me need your help.

    • Anna

      Ditto. Or even recording it and offering the recording for sale? Can’t fly to Colorado for all these wonderful workshops, though I’d like to.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Yes, we will offer online courses later this year. I will post an update when online courses become available.

      • Debbie

        Online/remote courses would be awesome! Looking forward to their availability.

  • Joni Solis

    Will any of these be offered online or as recording/videos? Thanks!

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Joni, while we will not be able to record all sessions and provide them online (too many hours, too much editing), we will soon be offering professional video workshops that you can purchase and watch. ETA is end of this year, December timeframe.

  • Jason

    I attended several of Nasim’s classes last year and they were great. I signed up for the landscape photography class last year and upon driving down to Telluride I was hit by a truck driver (at about 3:00 pm, odd i know) and never made it as my vehicle was totaled. I wasn’t even so much upset about my Xterra as much as the fact I missed the landscape course. With that being said I have since been down to the Ridgeway/Telluride area a few weeks ago and it is amazing, truly amazing area.

    Thanks for posting this Photography Life and I’ll be looking forward to more of your classes in September and October!

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Jason, I sent you an email a couple of minutes ago. Looking forward to seeing you in Telluride this year!

  • Sandra Mathewson

    Do you have an idea what time the flash photography class might be over? I need to decide if I should fly back that night or in the morning.
    Thank you

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Sandra, we will be done by 5-6 PM on Sunday for the flash photography workshop, so you can book your ticket later that night or on Monday.

  • Patrick

    Thanks for posting the workshop schedule, you stated not to make hotel accommodation yet does that include the landscaping workshop?

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Patrick, yes, that includes the landscape workshop. I am trying to get a group rate for us in a hotel in Ridgway. Will keep you guys posted as soon as I hear back from the hotel :)

  • Clarence

    I signed up for the landscape workshop this morning right after I saw the posting. Did not make it last year and have been regretting ever since. Very much looking forward to learn from Nasim and company!!

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Clarence, thank you for signing up. We will have a great time together, looking forward to meeting you in person!

  • Loren Nelson

    It is unfortunate about the September 7 date for the intro class. The Teton Photography Group is having an all day Outdoor Photography Symposium that day at the Art Association. Expert photographers will discuss many introductory aspects of outdoor photography. The event is open to the public for only $10 in advance ($15 at the door) to help cover the cost of lunch. There is an evening wine and cheese reception and keynote address by Bill Thompson from the National Geographic about the first areal filming of Mount Everest.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Loren, thanks for letting us know! Looks like we will have to move the fundamentals classes to a different date due to a venue schedule issue. I will update the post with some new dates as soon as I find out for sure.

  • joel

    Will there be any discount for participating more than 2 workshops?

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Joel, yes, there is a 15% discount if you sign up for more than 2 workshops.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Joel, looks like we are completely full for the first three workshops already. Had to cancel the wedding and wedding post-processing classes, because the instructor is completely booked until December of 2013 (just got an email today). I only have a few spots left on Landscape + Flash Photography classes now.

      • joel

        arghh,I guess I will have to wait for next year. Thanks Nasim!

  • Christy

    I’m so excited to see you offering the landscape workshop again – I missed last year’s because I hadn’t discovered your site yet. Coincidentally, I took my first trip to Colorado in September last year so I was in Ridgeway within a week of last year’s workshop. I’m hoping this year’s doesn’t fill up before we can see if our work schedules will allow for a trip this year. Two questions, least important first, I’m the photographer, my husband is a veteran – would the 30% discount apply to me? Second, what is your policy on tag-a-long spouses? I just wanted to check because my husband isn’t really interested in photography, so he definitely wouldn’t want to participate but he’d probably want to hang around me & help carry my gear. Would that be a problem?

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Christy, we have only a couple of spots left for the landscape workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. And yes, the 30% discount applies to both of you. As for bringing your husband with you, we will have limited space in our cars and we will be carpooling. We have a number of participants that will be arriving to Ridgway/Telluride with their spouses, so if I let one in, I will have to let everyone else do the same. It will be much harder to keep together and coordinate activities if there are too many of us. Because of this, I would like to limit the workshop just for the participants. And if you need help carrying gear, I will have plenty of help to assist you :)

      • Christy

        Thanks, Nasim for addressing my questions. I understand about the space issues & limiting the group size – it makes sense. It’s a shame that we missed last year’s workshop – it would have been a better fit for us as far as price & timing. The workshop dates coincide with our vacation timing & location but taking two days out for a photography workshop would mean taking 1/3 of our vacation away from my husband, since if we had enough for two fees, he’d take his workshop money & go on an elk hunt. :) I will keep a look out for future workshops – maybe in a year or two, we can time it so that I can take a day or two for photography & he can book a hunt for the same time period. Thanks so much for offering these workshops & for how considerate you are with your replies to questions.

  • Sandra Mathewson

    I filled out the registration form and paid with my credit card for the flash photography session.
    I have not received confirmation of my payment, was it received?
    Am I safe to book my flight? I will wait on hotel pricing as I will stay at the hotel where the class will be.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Sandra, yes, I received confirmation of payment. I apologize for a system glitch that somehow did not send you a confirmation. I have bad news – looks like the date will not work out. I tried to move it by a week or two earlier or later, but other commitments become an issue. We had about 6 people sign up for this workshop already, so I will be canceling it and issuing full refunds. I will make sure to issue your refund tonight. I apologize for the inconvenience!

      The good news – we will be doing a flash photography workshop video in October, so you will be able to buy a DVD for much less than $300.

  • Johannes Holzaepfel

    Hey Nasim,
    I am a big fan of yours but the timing for this years Landscape Workshop just doesn’t suit.
    I hope I can join you next year.
    Best Regards,
    PS: I am just playing around building a Photoblog. Thanks for the tips in your How-To.

  • saby

    awesome photography, i just love your work sir. keep it up.
    i want the last fence photograph in large size, may i have a link for it to download??


  • kim

    Nasim –

    If you are considering rescheduling your flash course, please add one more, being me, to the list (assuming no scheduling conflict on my end)! I had been planning to sign up, but then saw it was cancelled. I will keep my fingers crossed that you might offer it again at some point.


  • Michaela

    Hey Nasim,
    Do you plan to do workshops in Ireland??? Plz :)

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Ireland would be great, but I have no idea where to go there :) Never been to Ireland, although should have visited last time when I went to see my sister in London!

  • jim mott

    When you return from the landscape workshop would you please post comment on the status of the Fall Colors in the San Juan range for those of us who are considering a trip to that area this fall.
    Wish I could have joined the group again this year.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Jim, sorry for a late response! Just came back yesterday from the mountains. It was still pretty early. My suggestion would be to go there this weekend and stay for a couple of days. Most areas should turn by then, although if it gets very cold, we might see leaves fall before they ever change. Some areas looked like were drying up, which is not good!

      The workshop went great – Bob is planning on posting some pics and info.