In Light of Nature Photography Tours

4 hour, 8 hour, and 12 hour tours originating in Santa Fe or Taos, New Mexico

Photography tours are a great way to explore the beauty of Northern New Mexico during your visit to Santa Fe or Taos.

  • Landscape, wildlife, nightscape, and historic Santa Fe tours
  • All levels of photographers are welcome
  • Tours originate at your hotel in Santa Fe or Taos
  • All tours include hands-on instruction and tips if you desire
  • Instruction/coaching on post-processing (8-hr and 12-hr tours)
  • Smartphone (iPhone/Android) photographers are welcome
  • Multiple-photographer tour options are available
  • Combined Landscape and Wildlife Photography tour options

Landscape Photography Tours

  • 4-hour tours, mornings or afternoons ($275/person)
  • 8-hour tours include either a sunrise or a sunset with a mid-day break ($450/person)
  • 12-hour tours, full-day includes sunrise and sunset ($675/person)

Wildlife Photography Tours

  • 8-hour tours include either a sunrise or a sunset ($450/person)
  • 12-hour tours, full-day includes sunrise and sunset ($675/person)
  • Photography of bird and mammal species in stunning settings.
  • Learn how to photograph wildlife ethically without disturbing them.

Nightscape Photography Tours

  • New Mexico has some of the darkest skies for nightscapes.
  • Tours timed for optimal dark skies
  • Lightning photography options during July and August.
  • Milky Way photography.
  • Moonrise photography is available on select dates.

Nightscape tours ($450/person) + sales tax

Geared towards more advanced photographers comfortable with manual exposure mode, moving, and photographing in the dark.  Nightscape photography tours go late into the night and are best suited for photographers based in the Santa Fe area, either living or visiting, in order to allow for safe driving after the tour.

Backcountry Photography edVentures

  • Explore the backcountry to photograph the solitude of the wilderness.
  • Backcountry ski/snowshoe, canyoneering, mountain biking, and high-altitude off trail photography adventures available.
  • Contact us to plan a custom backcountry photography adventure.

What is Included on Tours?

  • Full-day tours include a sack lunch, snacks, and drinks (no alcohol allowed).
  • Half-day tours include snacks and drinks.
  • Transportation from Santa Fe.
  • Entry fees to parks and reserves.
  • Instruction on field techniques you want to work on.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I bring a friend or spouse with me?
    Guests are not allowed on tours.

  2. What if I do not have transportation?
    Transportation is provided if you are starting your tour from the Santa Fe or Taos areas.

  3. How many participants are allowed on photography tours?
    Tours are limited to 1 – 3 participants.

  4. What if the weather does not cooperate?
    Tours are rarely cancelled due to weather as there are different location options available.  Stormy weather often adds to photo opportunities in this area.  If the weather conditions are unsafe and prevent us from traveling to our destination we will reschedule your tour, and if that is not possible we will refund your tour fee minus 10%.

  5. I have no idea about where to go, I have never been to these areas before, where is best?
    Please contact us to discuss different options that are best for a given season and your photography preferences. Please complete this pre-tour survey first.

  6. What is the difference between a photography workshop and tour?
    Workshops focus on learning new techniques.  On tours instruction is optional and up to you how much instruction you prefer on field technique.  Many tour participants are seasoned photographers who are looking for new photo opportunities and little instruction. Workshops may include classroom sessions on post-processing, tours do not teach post-processing. Tours focus on photography in the field only – no classroom instruction. On most tours the tour leader will be photographing alongside you and will answer questions you have on technique.

  7. How soon in advance do I need to make a reservation?
    Ideally we ask for at least two weeks advance notice, however if you are in the area and interested in a “last-minute” tour, please contact us to see if any slots are available.
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