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Bosque del Apache Workshop
(Socorro, New Mexico)

Date: November 30–December 4, 2021
Fees: $995 (Deposit: $400)
: 8 participants
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On a Bosque del Apache photography workshop discover the opportunities and excitement for capturing birds in action. Bosque is a spectacular haven for birds in North America, making it the perfect location to practice and learn new bird photography techniques.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Bosque del Apache, a spectacular haven for birds in North America during a timeframe known for historic peak birding activity.
  • Practice and learn new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere.
  • Get personal instruction in the field from workshop leader Nikhil Bahl.
  • Morning and late afternoon bird photography sessions offer hands-on learning in the field.
  • Midday classroom time reviewing tips from Nikhil as well as constructive image critiques.


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.


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.


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.

Day 1

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

Day 2-4

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

Day 5

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.


Weather: Early morning the temps will be below freezing (in the 20’s) with warmer afternoons (in the 50’s and 60’s)

Itinerary Includes:

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

Itinerary 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


Registration through Naturescapes

Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions about any of the workshops listed above.

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