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Mastering the Art of Enviromental Portraits & Landscape – G200926

Learn to master the photographic arts to create powerful environmental portraits and landscapes. How often have you found yourself inspired by the majesty of a magnificent vista or enticed to capture an inspiring environment scene and have found yourself frustrated with the photographic results? You see it and feel it but the final photograph always seems to fall short. Or do you have people whose faces inspire you and you want to include them in their environment to help tell their story but once again are frustrated by the results?
In this course, we delve deeply into every aspect of creating masterpiece images. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned to choose the correct camera equipment and proper settings that will help you accomplish the creation of your personal vision. No longer will camera settings, lighting and lens choices, composition and color management be a baffling hit or miss experience. Leave fully equipped to handle any situation you may encounter in your photographic pursuits.

In addition, learn to incorporate both portable lighting and available light. Create crystal clear razor-sharp landscapes and evocative environmental portraits. We will examine the work of the great master photographers. Analyze their work and learn to incorporate their techniques into our personal style. We will then strike out to capture the grand Vistas of the Ghost Ranch and surround Lake Abiquiu area combining landscape photography and the creating of environmental portraits with these vistas as backdrops.

So many great portraitists have used the New Mexico scenery to create extraordinary images including Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams Arnold Newman, John Loengard, Philippe Halsman, and Yousuf Karsh. You may ask who will be our subjects. The answer is, we all will be our subjects. We will create environmental portraits of each other so that when you leave you will have a memento of this great experience of you, your camera and the New Mexico landscape.

Come prepared to be stretched and to work hard at mastering the medium. It doesn’t matter where you are in your photographic development come prepared to grow to the next level. If you are just beginning the journey or if you have been a passionate lover of photography as an art form there will be much for you to come away with.

Click here to view a greeting by Instructor DeLoache.

Click here to view a testimonial from students who took the course.

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

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During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: 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 – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always 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..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • 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
    • 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 in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two 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.


  • George DeLoache
    George DeLoache

    George DeLoache is a master portrait artist, a legend of portraiture who has been commissioned by discriminating clients for over 40 years. The awards, accolades and honors that George has received are too many to list and quite frankly, what motivates George the most are the smiles, tears and speechless moments after his clients see their images for the first time. George is proud to have created images for hundreds of musicians, actors, business people, artists, politicians, families and citizens just like you!

    In George’s Words!
    “Creating portraits is my passion. I dream of the images that could be and I meditate on those that will soon become. It began when I was a boy and a lifetime later the passion is even greater. God, I do so love being a photographer
    From the very first moment of seeing my images develop in a darkroom while working on my Boy Scout merit badge, I was hooked. I fell in love with photography and dreamed of the images that I would someday create

    Years have passed since the days of my youthful exuberance over the photographic image, years in which the passion has only intensified. As years go by, I find myself more and more enthralled with portrait photography; portraiture not purely as a reflection of reality but portraiture as an art form.”


Sep 12 2020 - Sep 18 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Abiquiu Inn

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