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Bosque del Apache Photography Workshop

New Mexico, USA

On a Bosque del Apache photography workshop discover the opportunities and excitement for capturing birds in action. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a spectacular haven for birds in North America, making it the perfect location for you to practice and learn new bird photography techniques to use anywhere.

Every year, tens of thousands of birds including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many species of ducks gather each autumn and stay through the winter. At dawn and dusk, snow geese erupt in explosions of wings, and flight after flight of geese and cranes can be photographed going to farm fields to feed or coming in to roost in marshes. This bird photography workshop at Bosque del Apache is scheduled during a timeframe of historical peak activity at the wildlife refuge.

Bosque del Apache photography workshop © Nikhil Bahl

What You’ll Learn on this Bosque del Apache Photography Workshop

Improve Your Avian Photography Skills

This Bosque del Apache photography workshop is an excellent opportunity to improve your bird photography skills right alongside Nikhil Bahl. Whether you are making bird portraits, photographing memorable action shots, or getting creative with birds in flight, Nikhil will be focused on your photography and making sure you are getting the best shots possible.

Nikhil will be right by your side to teach you various aspects of bird photography including:

  • How to create the perfect photo composition of your subject.
  • Angle of light and the difference it makes in creating photos.
  • How to select the right focal length.
  • How to select the right settings on your camera for specific situations.
  • How to create consistently sharp images of birds in motion.
  • How to slow your shutter speed down to create artistic blur images of birds.
  • Post-processing tips and techniques.
“Nikhil was great! He was constantly checking with each of us about our camera settings and he challenged us to think about the background and what it was we were trying to capture in the shot/location.” –Carl K.

Sparrow at Bosque © Nikhil Bahl


First Evening

On our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on what to expect during your Bosque del Apache photography workshop. He will also share several tried and true photographic techniques, a variety of shooting strategies, and how to interpret your subject matter creatively in the days to come.

Daily Morning, Midday, and Afternoon Sessions

Every morning and late afternoon we will go on field trips as a group to photograph birds. During our midday classroom sessions we will be giving each other constructive, in-depth feedback on the images we have made. Nikhil will also share his own post processing tips and tricks.

December 4, 2018

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

December 5–7, 2018

5:45 AM–9:00 AM
Sunrise field trip.

9:30 AM
Return to hotel for breakfast.

9:30 AM–12:30 PM

12:30 PM–2:30 PM
Classroom session.

3:00pm–5:30 PM
Sunset field trip.

6:00 PM

December 8, 2018

5:45 AM–8:30 AM
Sunrise field trip.

9:00 AM
Return to hotel (end of workshop).

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

Backlit snow geese on water © Nikhil Bahl


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

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

Ring-necked duck © Nikhil Bahl

Traveling to New Mexico


Participants should plan to be at our host hotel before 7:00 PM on the first day of the workshop. Make sure to allow plenty of time to eat dinner prior to our orientation meeting.


This photography workshop ends at 9:00 AM after our morning field trip on the last day, so plan on departing any time after that.

Local Airport

Albuquerque International Sunport
2200 Sunport Blvd
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Code: ABQ
Telephone: (505) 244-7700
Web: www.abqsunport.com

Where We’re Staying

Holiday Inn Express
1040 N. California St.
Socorro, New Mexico 87801

Telephone: 575-838-4600
Web: www.ihg.com

If you would like to register for this workshop, please fill out our registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: Dec. 4-8, 2018 SOLD OUT
  • Cost: $995
  • Deposit: $400
  • Participants: 8
You may also be interested in Nikhil’s White Sands National Monument photography workshop the following week.

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject's beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil’s fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. Continue reading »

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.
Bosque del Apache and White Sands - New Mexico
Nikhil was great! He was constantly checking with each of us about our camera settings, and he challenged us to think about the background and what it was we were trying to capture in the shot/location.
Carl K.
Bosque del Apache - New Mexico