2020 Bosque Del Apache & White Sands Photography Workshop

January 6 - 12, 2020

Bosque Del Apache & White Sands Photography Workshop

In this six day workshop, you will experience the best Bosque and White Sands has to offer.  The workshops will begin in the afternoon of January 6, 2020 in White Sands National Monument and end on January 12, 2020 in Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, with departures for home on the 13th of January. 


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. With vast expanses of white dunes the sunrise and sunset photo shoots will take advantage of shadows and light to highlight hidden wonders in the gypsum sands. Changeable weather could create excellent conditions to capture incoming weather systems. Wildlife abounds here as well and the patient photographer will be rewarded with many interesting opportunities.


Bosque del Apache NWR provides a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl and is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year. During spring and fall migration, the 57,331-acre refuge is a spot to rest and refuel for many birds as they follow the Rio Grande through the woodlands which hug the riverbanks, called bosque. This desert habitat contains thirty-thousand acres of wilderness and is home to jackrabbits, quail, and lizards, as well as creosote, sunflower, and mesquite. Our photo opportunities here include spectacular vistas of thousands of birds as they depart at sunrise to forage and return at sunset to roost. There are also opportunities to capture desert vistas, small wildlife, and local plant life.



WORKSHOP: Monday, January 6 to Sunday, January 12 – 2020 – Socorro & Alamogordo, NM

REGISTRATION FEE: $1995 / $800 deposit (non-refundable)



LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished professional landscape and nature photographer and teacher.  Lou’s images have been published in Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, North American Nature Photography Association’s Member Showcase and Chicago Wilderness Magazine and numerous other publications.  His photography has also earned numerous fine art exhibition awards.  Lou’s hallmark is his eagerness to share his professional experience while providing encouragement and humor in a teaching and coaching environment.

Todd Nettelhorst has had a passion for photography and videography much of his life.  His path to becoming a professional photographer began while documenting the honesty of his children’s lives as others asked him to capture that same spirit for their families.  His un-posed, unplanned, spontaneous style of people and his magnificent nature photography makes his portfolio unique.  Todd uses his unique perspective to enable his students to see the “pictures within pictures.”


All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, classes and lessons include their learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on your practice. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. This is a true photography workshop, not just a photo tour.  This means that Lou and Todd will be working with you throughout the workshop to help you improve your photography skills.  They will provide you with as much, or as little, coaching as you desire.  Their thoughtful, gentle coaching style will encourage you to take your photography to the next level regardless of your starting point.  The daily feedback sessions will include all participants and the feedback, like the teaching, is constructive, instructive and inspiring.

Participants will also learn techniques of bird, wildlife and general landscape photography tailored to their individual level of experience.  Lou and Todd are passionate about making great photographs. Their goal is to help you do the same.  They will make sure you get to the right place at the right time. To maximize photographic opportunities, the itinerary will be flexible to make the most of changing weather and lighting conditions.


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation. Please note:  This workshop is held rain or shine so participants should be prepared to shoot in all types of weather conditions.


Note:  These are recommendations:   Lou and Todd will work with the equipment you have.  A few Hoodman loupes, reflectors and diffusion disks, plus extension tubes for Canon and Nikon will be available for participants to use.   If you are considering purchasing equipment prior to the workshop or have questions, feel free to contact Lou or Todd for assistance: info@nettelhorstimages.com

  • Digital SLR
  • Lenses for various types of shooting
    • Wide-angle
    • Telephoto
    • Macro (or extension tubes)
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Polarizing Filter
  • Neutral Density Filter
  • External flash (optional)
  • Hoodman Loupe
  • Laptop
  • USB flash drive
  • Backpack or camera bag to carry equipment
  • Accessories
    • Extra batteries and chargers
    • Flash memory cards
    • Cable release/Remote control
    • Flashlight and/or headlamp
    • Knee Pads
    • Blower and lens cloth
    • Diffusion disk and reflector
    • Ground cloth
    • Camera manual
    • Sunscreen/Insect repellent


January temperatures can range from lower 20’s at night to upper 50’s / low 60’s during the day.  Come prepared for wet, dry, cold and warm conditions.  Check the forecast and plan accordingly. Physical requirements:  Appropriate for people in good health and moderate to good shape.  Minimal hiking and walking.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop.   Carpooling will be coordinated during the workshop to/from locations as necessary.  Breakfast cooler bags are provided for the included a la carte continental breakfast each morning.  All other meals are the participant’s responsibility.


Monday, January 6, 2020 (5:00pm) – Sunday, January 12, 2020 (7:00pm)

COST: $1995 / $800 deposit (non-refundable)

The registration fee is non-refundable unless the canceling party provides a replacement participant, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged.   Full payment is due at least ten weeks prior to the workshop start but no later than November 28, 2019.  No exceptions to the above policy.  Travel insurance is strongly recommended. All transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees and any other miscellaneous expenses are the responsibility of the registrant.

CONTACT: info@nettelhorstimages.com

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  • An overall fantastic workshop! This workshop has far exceeded my expectations, and really changed the way I look at photography. I look forward to joining you on a future trip!
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  • I liked that Lou was able to work with each person according to their needs, photographic challenges & interests, respecting each person for who they are, and retaining a sense of community while doing so.
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  • I like the organization of the program and that all distractions were taken care of making it easy to focus on photography.  I especially like the on-site feedback and daily reviews.
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