San Luis Valley Photography Workshop, Colorado. March 13-17, 2024

Limited to eight participants. $985

San Luis Valley Photography Workshop focussing on landscape and wildlife photography

Sandhill Cranes performing courtship and pair-bonding dance

Bird-in-flight photography of raptors

Small group to provide ample individual focus on your photography goals

Field sessions and hands-on post-processing sessions using Lightroom and Photoshop


  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    • 2:00 PM Meet and Greet at the Windsor Hotel, Del Norte, Colorado followed by late afternoon/evening photography in the field
  • Thursday – Sunday, March 14-17, 2024

    • 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
      • Bird-in-flight photography in the field
    • 12:30-2:30 PM
      • Hands-on post-processing instruction at the hotel
    • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
      • Break (naptime)
    • 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
      • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field
      • Blue-hour twilight 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
  • 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.


Wildlife and landscape photography sessions each day.  Three nights of moonrise photography weather permitting.

In-depth bird-in-flight (BIF) photography sessions

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

Classroom sessions will be at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, Colorado

Not Included

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

Windsor Hotel Del Norte Hotel Colorado

Fine dining is available at the Windsor Hotel.

Bistro Barbara at the Windsor Hotel, Del Norte Colorado

The Windsor Hotel is a beautifully restored historic hotel with large clean rooms

The Windsor Hotel has a discounted block of rooms for our workshop; please let them know you are with the “In Light of Nature Photography Workshop (Ed MacKerrow)” when booking with them. Please book your lodging soon as the Windsor Hotel does fill up quickly.

For those interested in camping, there are nearby locations in the National Forest and campgrounds in the San Luis Valley.

Please contact us for more information on camping locations.

Suggested Photography Equipment

  • A long lens with a maximum focal length of 500mm – 600mm
  • Zoom lens 100-400mm
  • Wide-angle lens 24 mm
  • DSLR 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 1/2 mile 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 7,500 – 9,000 feet

COVID-19 Requirements

  • Current COVID-19 vaccinations are required

Northern Harrier Photography Sessions

  • The workshop is timed well with the courtship period of N.Harriers
  • Multiple sessions on bird-in-flight photography of N. Harriers
  • Refining your focussing technique to capture sharp images
  • Harrier behavior
  • I have been photographing harriers in this area for 12+ years and it is my favorite location for them

Sandhill Crane Photography Sessions

  • Sandhill Cranes use the San Luis Valley to reestablish their pair bonding via an elegant dance
  • We will photograph the crane dance in front of a beautiful snow-capped mountain backdrop
  • In past workshops, we have been able to photograph the crane dancing at many different close locations

Great Sand Dunes Photography Sessions

  • We will photograph the Great Sand Dunes from a variety of locations to capture stunning landscapes.
  • The majority of our dune photography will be done using long lenses
  • For those interested, we can also wade in Medano Creek and do some dune hiking.  Bring extra water shoes/sandals for Medano Creek

Raptor Photography

  • In addition to the high density of Northern Harriers, there are lots of other raptors we will photograph.
  • Other species that frequent this area during this time include
    • Golden Eagle
    • Bald Eagle
    • Rough-legged Hawk
    • Red-Tailed Hawk
    • Great Horned Owl
    • Prairie Falcon
    • Peregrine Falcon
    • American Kestrel


This workshop is now full.  Please get in touch with me to be added to the waiting list.


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