(see optional add-on Oct 24-26)
Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
The Big Bend area of West Texas is known for fascinating geology, diverse biology, and vast open spaces. Rugged peaks, chiseled canyons, unique desert plant life, and the darkest of dark skies make this region a rare gem for photographers of all levels. Combine all of this with the unique culture that results from the area’s proximity to Mexico and it’s hard not to fall in love!
Mandy Lea and Kendrick Callaway will offer an adventurous workshop capturing the stunning scenery of the Big Bend region of West Texas. They will guide you to beautiful locations throughout Big Bend National Park; including classic views of the Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon, and the Rio Grande River. If that’s not enough, you will also get the opportunity to explore other photogenic areas nearby, like the Terlingua Ghost Town and Big Bend Ranch State Park!
Mandy and Kendrick utilize significant time in the field to help you understand the basics of camera settings, composition, and lighting. We will end the workshop with a few hours in the classroom reviewing student’s images and discussing basic editing tips.
Feel like adding a little more excitement to your trip to Big Bend? Then join our Big Bend Adventure Days Workshop immediately following the Photo Classics. During these extra days we’ll journey to a few shooting locations that are a little harder to reach. Your effort will be rewarded with amazing views that not all park visitors get to see. We’ll even head south of the border to the small town of Boquillas, Mexico!
The fee includes the workshop only. Transportation, lodging, park entry fees, food, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included. About a month before the workshop all registrants will receive an email with a rough itinerary and planning details.
We recommend staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventures in Terlingua. The workshop will explore both the National and State parks, which makes Terlingua a great central location. In addition to the motel, this location offers the option of RV/tent camping with electric and water hookups.
Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Terlingua TX 79852
It is highly recommended to stay in or as close to Big Bend Resort & Adventures as possible to facilitate early departures for shooting sunrises.
Transportation to/from Terlingua and during the workshop is the responsibility of each participant. During the workshop carpooling will be necessary due to limited parking at several of the shooting locations. We will do our best to help coordinate carpooling. There will also be a fee per vehicle for entering the National Park and per person for the State Park. National Park Passes and Texas State Parks Passes are accepted at each.
What to Bring
- Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, or Smart Phone)
- Memory Cards & Readers
- Batteries & Chargers
- Laptop (or note taking supplies)
- Sturdy Shoes
- Comfortable clothing (hiking boots, layers & rain gear)
- Bug spray
Other Things to Consider:
Non-shooting spouses/friends: We understand this workshop may fall into your vacation time and you might have a spouse or friend you’d like to join along for sight-seeing, and we are thrilled to have them along! Considering the limitations of our operating permits and all of the work we have put into our scouting; we ask a $299 fee (50% of the photographing fee) be paid for each additional “non-photographing” attendee who plans to join the group on-location. Once you have registered yourself for the workshop, please contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org to take care of this fee.
Physical Fitness: Most shooting locations will be at or near parking areas. However, some locations may require a short stretch of easy-to-moderate, slightly uphill hiking on potentially rocky, uneven terrain. So, comfortable hiking shoes/boots are recommended.
Insurance: Travel insurance and/or refundable tickets are highly encouraged as weather or other factors may cause last minute changes or cancellations to the workshop.