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White Sands Photography Workshop

New Mexico, USA

Nikhil Bahl
Photography Workshop with Nikhil Bahl
8 people maximum
4 days
On a White Sands photography workshop, dreamy landscapes come to life at White Sands National Monument, a unique and creatively challenging destination for landscape photography in New Mexico.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit and photograph the world’s largest gypsum sand dunes.
  • Learn how to work with light and shadows to capture creative compositions at these expansive and sparkling dune fields.
  • White Sands National Monument is a great location to strengthen your landscape photography skills.
  • With Nikhil by your side, he will help you hands-on in the field to understand light, shadow, and composition while supporting you creatively.

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • December 5–8, 2021 (7 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

Price from $795
Full details

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

White Sands photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl

Sparkling Sand Dances in the Light at the World’s Largest Gypsum Sand Dunes

Here, expansive dunes of gypsum sand resembling the form of waves engulf 224.6 mi2 of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum sand dunes. Cool to the touch, this unique dune field is composed of gypsum and calcium sulfate, providing a serene backdrop for beautiful landscape photography. Each visit to the dunes is visually different every time!

White Sands National Monument is a U.S. National Park, preserving a major portion of the dune fields along with the plants and animals that live there. The backdrop of the mountain ranges to the east and west makes the location a scenic delight with surreal photographic opportunities for image making.

Sand dune pattern at sunrise © Nikhil Bahl

Creative Landscape Photography Challenges

White Sands National Monument is a great location to visit because of its special set of creative challenges. This is a perfect location to strengthen your landscape photography skills! Using light and shadow, composition and creativity come to the fore when interpreting the dune fields. Nikhil will help you hands-on in the field and push you to think outside the box with your photography.

Early in the morning and late in the evening, white sand reflects color from the sky which is the perfect condition for creating beautiful photos. There is not much plant life at White Sands National Monument, but yucca plants are present and a great way to add anchors of interest to photos at this remote area.

Plantlife mountains © Nikhil Bahl

What You’ll Learn on this White Sands Photography Workshop

Capture Dreamy, Intimate Landscapes

  • Creative landscape photography and working with unique challenges.
  • Special focus on capturing fine details and intricate patterns.
  • How to balance light and the angle of the sun.
  • Working with shadows and contrast.
  • How to create the perfect composition.
  • Black and white photography.

“Nikhil’s enthusiasm, guidance, and assistance made this workshop a real learning experience for me. Nikhil was willing to share his knowledge and always had our interests as top priority.”

Lynn B.

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. Participants should be comfortable hiking 1–1½ miles round trip into the dunes.

First Evening

During our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on what to expect during your White Sands photography workshop. Everyone will get to meet each other, discussing strategy and creative photography during the upcoming days.

Daily Sunrise, Sunset, and Classroom Sessions

Every morning before sunrise and evening for sunset we will take trips into the field to focus on creating images. During midday we will have classroom sessions at our host hotel where Nikhil will work with you on your images and teach you new photographic techniques so you can create your best images ever.

December 5, 2021

7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Orientation meeting and presentation at the hotel.

December 6–8, 2021

5:45 AM–9:30 AM
Sunrise field trip.

10:00 AM
Return to hotel for breakfast.

10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Break

1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Classroom session.

3:00 PM–5:30 PM
Sunset field trip.

6:00 PM
Dinner

Sunset dunes © Nikhil Bahl

Includes

  • All photography instruction in the field.
  • All classroom instruction.
  • Private board room for daily critiques, image editing, and classroom instruction.
  • Early entry into the park.

Does Not Include

  • Lodging; discounted lodging has been arranged. Our group code will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit.
  • Transportation throughout; we will encourage carpooling to and from the refuge as it is a 30 minute drive from our host hotel.
  • Meals

Yuca plant sand pattern © Nikhil Bahl

Dates and Cost

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • December 5–8, 2021 (7 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $795
  • Deposit: $400

Trip Details

Dates

Main Trip, 8 people maximum

  • December 5–8, 2021 (7 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $795
  • Deposit: $400
Extend Your Experience in New Mexico
You may also be interested in Nikhil’s Bosque del Apache photography workshop the preceding week.

Travel Ratings

Difficult Activity
Intermediate Photographers
Based on Land
Non-Photographers: No

Map

Leaders and Guides

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C....Continue reading

Photo Gallery

Yuccas with light shadows and patterns in the sand © Nikhil Bahl
Yuccas and shadows © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca plant at White Sands National Park New Mexico © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca White Sans sunrise © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca silhouette sunset © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca shadow on sand © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca sand pattern © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca plant abstract © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca light and shadow © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca layered landscape © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca plant and clouds © Nikhil Bahl
Yucca plant sand pattern © Nikhil Bahl
White Sands sunrise © Nikhil Bahl
White Sands black and white © Nikhil Bahl
Tree with clouds and sand, New Mexico © Nikhil Bahl
Tree and sand panorama © Nikhil Bahl
Sunset glow over sand dunes © Nikhil Bahl
Sunset dunes © Nikhil Bahl
Sunset dunes panorama © Nikhil Bahl
Sunrise dunes © Nikhil Bahl
Starburst yuccas © Nikhil Bahl
Simple yucca plant © Nikhil Bahl
Sandstrom panorama © Nikhil Bahl
Sand and mountains © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dunes at white sands © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune curves at White Sands New Mexico © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune curves at White Sands © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune white layers © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune pattern sunrise © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune layers New Mexico © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune layers black and white © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune curve black and white © Nikhil Bahl
Sand dune abstract © Nikhil Bahl
Plantlife in mountains © Nikhil Bahl
Photographer at White Sands dunes © Nikhil Bahl
Light and shadow curves © Nikhil Bahl
Light and shadow abstract © Nikhil Bahl
Leaf tracks in sand © Nikhil Bahl
Layers color sunrise © Nikhil Bahl
Frosty leaf sand pattern © Nikhil Bahl
Foggy dunes plantlife © Nikhil Bahl
Curve sand dune sunrise © Nikhil Bahl

Registration

To register for this trip fill out and submit your registration form. A non-refundable deposit (above) is required to reserve your spot. See the About Our Trips page for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

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