White Sands - Keith Skelton


“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.” - White Sands National Monument

Join Keith Skelton to photograph one of the top photography landscape destinations in the world. In this photograph workshop you'll immerse yourself in the New Mexico wonderland called White Sands National Monument! It is filled with spectacular vistas, rolling dunes, alkali flats, and yucca trees that form all sorts of shapes and patterns. This opens one's imagination to endless photographic possibilities. This is a one of kind photography experience. What is a sensual landscape? It is about finding shape and form within nature - sometimes human form - created by light, shadow and personal vision. Composition and the quality of light will be our focus.

We will concentrate on both our color our black and white photography keeping some of the classic photographers in mind including Minor White, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. We will shoot both early and late taking advantage of a full moon rise over the open dunes! We will also do some night photography under the night sky with a special late/early entry permit.

Some of the topics we will cover include:

-Using light and shadow to create form.

-Texture and shape to make a composition.

-Black & White in two dimensions.


-Contrasting subject matter.

-Color or Black & White?

-Photographing during magic hour.

-Using long lenses to compress space.

Early spring/late winter will allow us to avoid the heat and take advantage of low directional light throughout the day. Also there should be better chances of dramatic clouds without precipitation.

Here are the weather averages. Highs should be near 65F and lows near 38F.

Your instructor, Keith Skelton, has over 30 years of experience as a educator and as a professional photographer. Keith is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography.

WORKSHOP GOALS We will strive to help you improve your technique and your photographic vision by studying color, composition, and light. We will also discuss Black & White digital techniques and panoramas. Our workshop will be organized for all to leave New Mexico with great pictures and with a new found knowledge. It will be a memorable and fun experience for all. Open to photographers with all levels of experience.

-We will meet you in the late afternoon at The Holiday Inn Express in Alamogordo NM. On this first day we will start with a park orientation and introduce each other..

-This will be a full day in White Sands. We will begin by rising before dawn to photograph the sunrise. 

-Once again, we will begin early in the morning with a full day of activities.

-This last day we will rise to photograph the park. By about 10 am the workshops will conclude.

ACCOMMODATIONS: You need to make your own motel reservations in Alamogordo NM. We will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Alamogordo Alamogordo, NM 88310 US +1-575-434-9773 http://hiealamogordo.com


From Las Cruces, NM: Drive time: About 1 hour Head east on Highway US-70 towards Alamogordo.

From El Paso, TX: There are two ways to arrive at White Sands from El Paso TX. Through Las Cruces: Drive time: 1.5 hours Take I-10 West towards Las Cruces. After 39 miles (62.76 km), exit onto I-25 North. Follow I-25 North for about seven miles (11.27 km) and then exit onto US-70 East towards Alamogordo. Take US-54 East towards Alamogordo. After 82 miles (131.97 km), turn left onto US-70 West towards Las Cruces. If flying, El Paso TX is probably the best airport option.

White Sands National Monument Web site: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm


Contact calphotoworkshops@earthlink.net for details.

There is a discount for previous workshops participants.

This class in limited to 12 people. Workshop reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Please provide a phone number and email address.

Important details: All permits have been secured. I also have training in both CPR and First Aid. However, you will be asked to sign a release form before attending the class.

This class is moderately strenuous walking and climbing dunes. All types of cameras are welcome. Sturdy tripods are recommended. Bring clothes for a mix of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Bring shoes that you are comfortable walking in over rough and sandy terrain.

Food and transportation are NOT included. We will eat meals together, but it is not required. You will receive an email with the exact meeting place and time approximately 2 weeks before the workshop. Included in fees are early and late entrance costs.

Regular price $989.00 - Former student price $859.00




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