Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2021

Dates: October 2nd - 10th, 2021

Price - $1399*

Max occupancy: 8

This workshop will focus not just on capturing amazing images of the balloon fiesta, but will also work on improving your photography from every aspect. Just because this is the most photographed event in the world, does not mean it is easy to come away with great images! There are a number of challenges here including crowds, light, windy conditions, and most importantly, composition! All of these unpredictable elements come together to really challenge any photographer, and we will work together to show you the best methods and techniques for dealing with these tricky issues. We will also go over timelapses and night photography as well.

During the workshop, we will not just be going to the actual Balloon Fiesta grounds every day to shoot. The best thing about the Fiesta is actually Albuquerque, and the surrounding areas from which to view the balloons taking off and flying. We will spend multiple days at various locations around town that each offer unique views of the balloons. We will visit the volcanoes of the west side, which offer incredible views looking east over the Rio Grande, the city, and the Sandia mountains, with the balloons overhead. Will will also spend a day from the east side along Tramway blvd. This area offers fantastic sunset views, vistas of the city and the volcanoes to west. Each presents unique lighting and compositions. We will also be spending at least two days inside the fiesta grounds to work on capturing the balloon setups and flights from up close. And lastly, we will spend a night in the grounds shooting the balloon glow and the fireworks ceremony, and learning all about night photography!

The other main aspect of this workshop actually has little to do with photography, and that is cultural immersion. Albuquerque, and New Mexico overall has an amazing, vibrant, historic and very unique culture, and the Balloon Fiesta showcases it all. You will come away from this experience not only with great images, but also with memories you'll never forget! As native New Mexicans and having lived in Abq for many years, Brittany and I will make it our personal objectives to make sure you see the very best Abq and New Mexico have to offer! Also. . . there is no better place on this earth for amazing food!!!

Note bene* This workshop is extremely weather dependent! And by that I mean wind dependent, as the balloons won't go up if it gets too windy, which can happen this time of year. In the past there have sometimes been up to 2-3 days of the fiesta being cancelled due to high winds. Because of this our schedule and locations will be entirely based on wind and weather for each day. We will have 4 planned days of shooting, with 2 days as contingency days.

During the days we will shoot inside the fiesta, we will mostly likely utilize the Park & Ride services into the fiesta grounds to avoid extreme traffic, unless you wish to drive yourself (which is perfectly fine).

We are also working on securing an indoor conference room type location for some editing and post production workflow class time. As soon as this is finalized, the information will be updated.

*All Fiesta admission fees for the days we will be inside the fiesta will be included in your workshop tuition.

*Things not included in the price: Travel to and from Albuquerque, Lodging, Food.

Each participant is responsible for his/her own physical condition.


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