Home Upcoming Events WINTERSCAPES PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring Ghost Ranch with a Digital Camera – G21P0125WI

WINTERSCAPES PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring Ghost Ranch with a Digital Camera – G21P0125WI

Open to New Mexico residents and out-of-state residents who have quarantined in NM for 14 days prior to arrival at the ranch.

In this fast-paced course, you will take photographs with your digital camera, while hiking in the 33 square miles of the beautiful and mystical landscape of Ghost Ranch, as well as exploring surrounding areas, such as Monastery Road, Plaza Blanca, and Red Wash.  You will learn new and/or enhance your digital skills during this hands-on, feet on the ground course. 

Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles (sometimes more) in the Southern Rockies at altitudes of 5 to 10K feet.  A “slide show” will be your final production/goal.  Your instructors, John Hayden and Kent Bowser, have over 75-years of combined experience working with the Ghost Ranch landscape.  

For this course, you will need a digital camera, tripod, laptop with Lightroom installed, texts, and an inquisitive spirit.

Reserve your space now with a $200 deposit. Click the blue button (upper right).
Includes: single occupancy private bath (Historic Cottages)/6 nights, 17 meals + tuition
2nd person in the same room taking same course or different course – $795
2nd person in the same room not taking a course/Non-Participant – $250


Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or other person that shares your full-time residence.


  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.
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  • John Hayden
    John Hayden

    John Hayden of Tijeras, New Mexico, is a retired forest ranger who knows the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico like few others. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and creatures.

  • Kent Bowser
    Kent Bowser

    Kent Bowser lives in Santa Fe, NM and holds a BA in history of art; BS and MA, photography from Ohio State University; and has 26 years of experience in landscape photography. Humility, passion and craft are the driving qualities of Kent who began teaching at Ghost Ranch in 1991. A master of traditional black and white photography, Kent teaches composition along with camera/darkroom skills.


Jan 10 - 16 2021



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