Home Upcoming Events Photographing the Northern New Mexican Landscape – G210744

Photographing the Northern New Mexican Landscape – G210744

Anyone with a creative bent and an open heart who visits New Mexico discovers that this is, indeed, a Land of Enchantment. Perhaps no location in New Mexico is more enchanting, more colorful, or more stimulating to the photographic eye than Ghost Ranch and the nearby Abiquiu area.

This workshop is designed to enable photographers of all levels of ability to exercise, or perhaps to rediscover, their passion for landscape photography. We will concentrate on learning and exercising photographic skills and techniques that make for compelling landscape images.

We will be photographing in the magical early morning and late afternoon light at locations on Ghost Ranch, as well as in the Abiquiu area, including Plaza Blanca, the Abiquiu Reservoir, and along the Chama River. Throughout the week, we will be working on scouting and planning landscape images, compositional techniques, exposure strategies, and basic approaches to post processing digital files. C

ourse participants will receive a copy of accomplished landscape Photographer Glenn Randall’s “The Art, Science and Craft of Great Landscape Photography.” High-resolution digital cameras with interchangeable lenses are, of course, the tools of choice among professional landscape photographers. At the same time, many people are making beautiful landscape images with compact cameras, and even with smartphone cameras. So, if you are a smartphone photographer, please feel welcome.

Particularly for high contrast settings such sunrise and sunset photography, and when shooting multiple images for later merging in post processing, it is best to use a camera that can be mounted on a tripod, and that can be operated in manual mode, giving the photographer more creative control over the image.

While a choice of several lenses, from ultra wide angle to medium telephoto are desirable, a single zoom lens with a focal range from 24mm to 70mm would cover most of what we will be working on during the week. Please feel free to call or write the instructor with questions about what equipment to bring.

Sunday-Friday, July 25-30, 2021

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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.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • 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 another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
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 bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Mark Schumann
    Mark Schumann

    Mark first picked up a camera as a ninth-grader in 1972 photographing sports and other events for the local newspaper. After college, he pursued a career in journalism working for several newspapers around Florida. He later ventured into wedding and portrait photography and ultimately fell in love with photographing landscapes, wildlife, and more recently urban and street photography.

    For the past three years, Mark has been working on a personal project documenting homelessness in America. The work will be published as a book titled, “Homeless in a Land of Plenty,” and will include 30 brief narratives and some 200 images made in more than 70 cities and towns across the country.

    After years of visiting and admiring the southwestern landscapes, culture, and people, Mark and his wife, Cheri, moved from Vero Beach, Florida to Santa Fe, New Mexico in June of 2014 . When he’s not photographing, Mark enjoys hiking through the landscape with his wife. Mark is the proud father of two daughters and four wonderful canines.


Jul 25 - 30 2021



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