Northern New Mexico Fall Colors Photography Workshop, October 13-17, 2021

4 full days, small group size limited to seven participants.

Northern New Mexico Fall Colors Photography Workshop

Based in the heart of “Georgia O’Keefe Country” — Abiquiu, New Mexico

Landscape photography of beautiful fall foliage in a stunning landscape

Wildlife photography sessions

Small group to provide ample individual focus on your photography goals

Field sessions and post-processing sessions

Required COVID-19 Safety Practices for All Participants

  • All New Mexico laws regarding COVID-19 safety must be followed.  Masks are required indoors.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required since we will be spending some time indoors and in vehicles with each other.
  • If the COVID pandemic worsens to the point where we cannot safely conduct our workshop, I will refund your registration fee.


  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Thursday – Sunday, October 14-17, 2021

    • 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
      • Sunrise photography in the field
    • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Breakfast break and photography instruction in the field
    • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
      • Photography in the field
    • 12:30-2:30 PM
      • Hands-on post-processing instruction
    • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
      • Break (naptime)
    • 4:00PM –  7:30PM
      • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field

Skills you will learn and refine

  • Manual exposure to beautifully expose difficult lighting situations.
  • Exposure bracketing and post-processing to create realistic HDR images
  • Moonrise planning and implementation in the field
  • Focus-stacking for deep depth of field landscapes
  • Landscape panorama field and post-processing techniques
  • How to acquire a sharp focus on birds-in-flight
  • How ethically photograph wildlife and minimize disturbing them

My teaching approach focuses not only on how, more importantly, on why.  If you can learn the reasons for using a given technique, you will apply them for years to come — versus memorizing settings.


Landscape photography and wildlife photography sessions each day.  We will plan and implement moonrise photography on at least two days during the workshop.

Wildlife photography sessions.  Our wildlife goals include birds in flight, bighorn sheep, river otters, and waterfowl.

Photography of historic churches and ruins in Northern New Mexico.

Hands-on classroom labs on post-processing, composition, and strategic planning of  your photography

Classroom sessions will be in Abiquiu.

Not Included

Airfare, transportation, lodging, or meals.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided in the field sessions.

Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu, New Mexico

The Abiquiu Inn has reserved a block of rooms for our workshop.

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Please ask for one of the rooms held under my name, Ed MacKerrow, when booking with them.

Please book your lodging soon as the Abiquiu Inn fills up quickly for the fall season!

For those interested in camping there are nearby locations in the National Forest and campgrounds along the Rio Chama

Please contact me for more information on camping locations.

Suggested Photography Equipment

  • A zoom lens 100-400 mm, or 70-200 mm, or 70-300 mm
  • Wide-angle lens 24 mm
  • A long lens with a maximum focal length of 500mm – 600mm (optional, for wildlife)
  • Camera body(s)
  • A sturdy tripod(s)
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop, card reader, external hard drive

Workshop Level

  • Experienced beginner to advanced photographers
  • Curriculum:
    • Strategic planning using solar and lunar calculations, and light conditions
    • Manual Exposure
    • Exposure Bracketing
    • Hand-held and Tripod Bird-in-Flight Photography
    • Autofocus settings and technique
    • Lightroom and Photoshop Post Processing
    • Ethical wildlife photography practices
    • Finding wildlife for photography

Fitness Level

  • Able to walk 200 yards with photography equipment
  • Able to stand in the cold (sunrise and sunset) for  1 hour
  • We will be close to our vehicles.
  • Altitudes ranging from 6,500 – 10,000 feet



  • Please read the terms and conditions, and the COVID-19 requirements, and then check the boxes that you have read these, and then the payment dialog box will appear.
  • Upon registration and payment, you will promptly (1-2 minutes) receive an e-mail confirmation.
  • This confirmation e-mail includes important directions and links to workshop material. Please let me know if you did not receive the confirmation e-mail.
  • If you have trouble with this registration form, please contact me and we can register you over the phone.
  • Thank you for registering for your photography workshop!

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