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White Sands Photo Workshop: The Landscape and the Stars | The Book Launch Workshop
Dates: March 4, 2018
Address: 903 W. Alameda St. #115, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-983-2934
Price: 950

March 4 - 8, 2018

with Craig Varjabedian

This is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. I place it on a par with Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon . . . .

— Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the National Geographic Society and editor of its magazine from 1899 to 1954.

Join Eloquent Light for a unique opportunity to visit one of award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian’s favorite places to take photos at – White Sands National Monument. Understand why he has been returning to these beautiful dunes over and over again and why he felt compelled to create a book dedicated to them — Into the Great White Sands. The workshop will include a special book launch event and each participant will receive a signed copy!

What: You will have the opportunity to dynamically explore the dramatic and fairy – tale like terrains of White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico, while fully immersing yourself in the legendary allure of rolling sand dunes and the stark beauty of landscape and sky. White Sands is a place that will not only leave you breathless, but also most certainly will inspire a whole new energy and passion within you while taking your photography to the next level.

Who: This workshop is terrific for all digital photographers who have a good understanding of their camera and are able to edit images on a laptop computer. You need to know how to use auto bracketing on your camera. You will need to have Lightroom installed on your laptop computer and have a basic understanding of the software. You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and hiking on sand, rocks and somewhat varied terrain.

Plan: Our incredibly journey will be based in Alamogordo in south central New Mexico, as we spend four days at White Sands National Monument exploring the rolling white sands. The challenge of this workshop will be in capturing the high-low contrast of this remarkable landscape. The intrepid photographer will be rewarded with indelible images of dream-like scenes and lost eras when a different aesthetic prevailed. Craig and Tye will provide hands-on one-on-one guidance in the field as needed.

During the workshop, we will be out photographing in both morning and evening light. As we have time and upon request, during mid-day hours we can be look at images on your laptop computer to provide feedback and further your progress.

Southern New Mexico is known for its great nighttime skies, especially for photographers. One evening we will be out late on the dunes photographing the night sky, weather permitting. Watch the video below and see what fun we had last year!

Background: Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live here.

What to Bring: Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and filters. A laptop computer with Lightroom software installed and working. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)

Questions: Have any questions, suggestions or concerns? Feel free to contact us anytime – our expert team will be more than happy to answer your questions! Call Cindy at (505) 983-2934 or email at


Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time.

White Sands Photo Workshop: The Landscape and the Stars | The Book Launch Workshop
  • 903 W. Alameda St. #115
  • Santa Fe, NM 87501
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  • Eloquent Light Photography Workshops, LLC.
  • 950