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White Sands Workshop
(Alamagordo, New Mexico)

Date: December 5–8, 2021
Fees: $795 (Deposit: $400)
: 8 participants
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On a White Sands photography workshop, dreamy landscapes come to life at White Sands National Monument, a unique and creatively challenging destination for landscape photography in New Mexico.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit and photograph the world’s largest gypsum sand dunes.
  • Learn how to work with light and shadows to capture creative compositions at these expansive and sparkling dune fields.
  • White Sands National Monument is a great location to strengthen your landscape photography skills.
  • With Nikhil by your side, he will help you hands-on in the field to understand light, shadow, and composition while supporting you creatively.


Sparkling Sand Dances in the Light at the World’s Largest Gypsum Sand Dunes

Here, expansive dunes of gypsum sand resembling the form of waves engulf 224.6 mi2 of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum sand dunes. Cool to the touch, this unique dune field is composed of gypsum and calcium sulfate, providing a serene backdrop for beautiful landscape photography. Each visit to the dunes is visually different every time!

White Sands National Monument is a U.S. National Park, preserving a major portion of the dune fields along with the plants and animals that live there. The backdrop of the mountain ranges to the east and west makes the location a scenic delight with surreal photographic opportunities for image making.

Creative Landscape Photography Challenges

White Sands National Monument is a great location to visit because of its special set of creative challenges. This is a perfect location to strengthen your landscape photography skills! Using light and shadow, composition and creativity come to the fore when interpreting the dune fields. Nikhil will help you hands-on in the field and push you to think outside the box with your photography.

Early in the morning and late in the evening, white sand reflects color from the sky which is the perfect condition for creating beautiful photos. There is not much plant life at White Sands National Monument, but yucca plants are present and a great way to add anchors of interest to photos at this remote area.


What You’ll Learn on this White Sands Photography Workshop

Capture Dreamy, Intimate Landscapes

  • Creative landscape photography and working with unique challenges.
  • Special focus on capturing fine details and intricate patterns.
  • How to balance light and the angle of the sun.
  • Working with shadows and contrast.
  • How to create the perfect composition.
  • Black and white photography.



First Evening

During our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on what to expect during your White Sands photography workshop. Everyone will get to meet each other, discussing strategy and creative photography during the upcoming days.

Daily Sunrise, Sunset, and Classroom Sessions

Every morning before sunrise and evening for sunset we will take trips into the field to focus on creating images. During midday we will have classroom sessions at our host hotel where Nikhil will work with you on your images and teach you new photographic techniques so you can create your best images ever.

Day 1

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

Day 2-4

5:45 AM–9:30 AM
Sunrise field trip.

10:00 AM
Return to hotel for breakfast.

10:00 AM–1:00 PM

1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Classroom session.

3:00 PM–5:30 PM
Sunset field trip.

6:00 PM

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. Participants should be comfortable hiking 1–1½ miles round trip into the dunes.

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.
  • Early entry into the park.

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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