In Light of Nature
Photography Workshops

January 18-21, 2018

Bosque del Apache Winter Photography Workshop

Bosque del Apache Winter Photography Workshop

  • 4 full days
  • Aimed at seasoned beginner to advanced photographers
  • $925. Couples and student discounts.
  • Class limit is 6 photographers
  • Timed for the unique winter light at the Bosque del Apache NWR
  • Field sessions and classroom sessions on post-processing

March 9-11, 2018

Monte Vista Crane Festival One-Day Photography Workshops

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Crane Festival One-Day Workshops

  • One day workshops
  • Aimed at beginner to intermediate photographers
  • $125/photographer/day
  • Class limit is 8 photographers
  • Photographers can only sign up for one of the 3 days
  • Proceeds help the Monte Vista Crane Festival

March 15-18, 2018

San Luis Valley 4-Day Nature Photography Workshop

Our Approach to Teaching Nature Photography

We emphasize:

  •  Teaching digital photography technique that is practical
  •  Developing robust nature photography strategies
  •  Understanding the fundamentals while also embracing the latest technology
  • Individualized attention to help you advance the skills you are interested in improving
  • Continuous learning and skill refinement

We integrate the art and science of photography:

  • You will learn how to capture the emotion of a scene to tell an interesting story.
  • We do not separate “landscape photography” from “wildlife photography”.
  • The best images convey the context of the natural scene while also capturing emotional behavior of the wildlife in that scene.

We help hone your understanding of wildlife behavior to improve your photography

  • You will learn how to anticipate wildlife behavior to capture exciting images
  • We teach you how to photograph wildlife in a relaxed and non-invasive manner
  • You will learn how to optimize the quality of your images in challenging lighting situations

About the Instructor

  • Ed MacKerrow is a full-time professional nature photographer
  • His images have been published internationally, including magazine covers, winning first-place awards in prestigious photo contests
  • Ed has a Ph.D. in Optics and has published multiple research papers on light
  • Ed has published research on raptors, and conducts official scientific surveys of wildlife

The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks
— John Rooney


“The instruction was great! I learned quite a bit camera settings even for my small camera. Ed was very helpful and answered all questions.”

“It was a well valued experience. I look forward to my next opportunity to be out in the field with you.”

Ed packed a ton of information into his one-day workshop that you’d normally get over the course of a week. He gave me a fresh way to capture a location that I had previously photographed several times over the years. In fact, one of my images from that workshop was selected for a competitive exhibition in Denver just a month later.”

“Ed’s technique as an instructor is caring and supportive and not just technical in nature. He really wants his students to succeed. He goes above and beyond the workshop description. I continue to recommend his workshops to all.”

“Ed has a wealth of knowledge about nature photography.  I look forward to more workshops with him in the future”

“Ed gave me great individualized attention and helped me advance my photography in a comfortable way”

Just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your articles “Photo Ops” in the Bosque Watch Newsletters.  I am just starting back up my long dormant hobby of photography and find your articles both informative and inspirational.  I was just there this past week and can’t wait to get back, too bad it is such a long drive from Denver.

“During and after Crane Fest I heard many positive comments about how nicely you and your photography workshops worked out, …, and your donation on top of that!  Thanks so much.”

I wanted to let you know I’ve had an incredible run in 2016-17 in my photography and your workshop was a key to that success. I have been accepted into juried competitions from New York to San Francisco and from Chicago to Houston (about a dozen all together). And one of the photos from your workshop has sort of become an “iconic” one of mine that has been selected several times for shows.

Recently attended one of Ed’s classes and was very pleased with the way he coaches and interacts with his students. I relearned how to use fundamentals of exposure and focus to greatly enhance my skills in bird photography, from an obvious expert in his craft.

In Light of Nature operates ethical photography workshops with official permits from the relevant US agencies and is specifically insured for photography workshops.