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Spring is here and at least some cities and towns buried under this winter’s record-breaking snow have thawed out – a bit. Seeing the initial signs of better weather may urge light chasers to dust off their lenses and get outside. If you’re one of them, you may be planning a photography workshop soon.

What workshop best suits you? Maybe a beginner’s workshop learning fundamental skills in basic composition sounds cool, or maybe a more experienced workshop teaching advanced techniques like controlling subtle tones to create richer images.

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No matter the skill level, if a photography workshop fits your plans this year, there are many amazing ones to discover. Just make sure it matches your expectations, skill-level, price-point, and physical abilities.

However, if you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in the field, receive individualized attention and feedback, travel to destinations rarely found on a GPS, and want to challenge your inner adventurer an off-the-grid photography workshop may be just the ticket. Here are four workshop outfitters guaranteed to make you a better photographer, inspire you, and fulfill your wanderlust.

1. David M. Cobb Photography Workshops

Above it All

David Cobb leads several intensive photography workshops yearly, guaranteed to expand your creative vision and technical abilities as you photograph “the best of the spectacular Northwest.” David M. Cobb is a nature and wildlife photographer who has hiked and photographed throughout the world. The workshops are recommended for intermediate to advanced photographers shooting film or digital cameras. For more information, please visit www.nwphotoworkshops.com.

I had a chance to speak with one of his workshop attendees, Jackie Robidoux (www.jackierobidouxphotography.com) about her recent experience at Cobb’s Glacier National Park Photography Workshop:

Victoria Sambursky: Tell me a little about yourself and why you chose David Cobb’s Workshop?

Jackie Robidoux: I’m a registered nurse, reiki practitioner, and photographer and always loved photography as far back as I can remember. I started doing workshops a while ago to fine-tune my skills and read about David’s classes and thought it would be a cool opportunity; it just looked different than other workshops out there. Going to Montana has always been on my bucket list and for a photographer it’s one of the most majestic places to shoot.

Victoria Sambursky: What was the experience like? What did you learn?

Jackie Robidoux: It was amazing, off-the-grid, and totally immersive with no frills, just hiking everywhere and learning the best techniques like landscape and composition as well as post production techniques like Adobe Camera Raw. We started out everyday before sunrise and shot until 10am, ate breakfast, chilled out a bit, re-grouped after lunch for instructional sessions and then headed out to shoot until an hour after sunset. Each class we were asked to bring three shots to share and critique. I just crashed at night; it was fantastic. David is incredibly patient and gave me one-on-one critique that has shaped me into the professional photographer I am today.

2. Aperture Academy: American Southwest Extreme Photography Workshop

 

This exclusive 4-Day hands-on instructional workshop in the Cedar Mesa Plateau (Utah) is led by two instructors and is limited to 6 participants. The immersive workshop centers on the landscape’s history and ruins. The trek is very remote (not found on most maps or GPS) and participants must be able to perform moderate to difficult hikes in order to reach several breathtaking locations (i.e. Anasazi ruins) and conduct photography.

This workshop is lead by Stephen Oachs (Aperture Academy’s founder) and Ellie Stone (school instructor), both with years of experience in remote photography. Click for more information.

3. Human Planet – Timothy Allen Workshops

 

These photo expeditions offer the fearless photographer and filmmaker a chance to travel and shoot with Timothy Allen, former principle photographer on the BBC’s show Human Planet. Attendees will learn all aspects of the photography industry as well as improving their skills at capturing epic travel photography in places like Mongolia and Wales. For more information please visit: http://humanplanet.com/timothyallen/workshops/.

4. Bret Edge Photography – The Undiscovered Moab Photography Tour

 

The Moab Tour, limited to 3 participants is a full weekend of photography in the wild backcountry surrounding Moab, Utah. Bret Edge, professional landscape and adventure photographer from Utah, will shoot alongside participants, sharing tips to help them create the best images possible at each destination.

Photographers must be experienced hikers capable of carrying a pack full of gear up to 9 miles round-trip over challenging terrain. Participants eat most meals in the field. Not for the faint of heart. For more information please visit: http://bretedge.photoshelter.com/#!/p/group-workshops.

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