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Winter Steam & Photography Workshop

January 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Railfans from around the world come to Ely to photograph winter steam in early February each year.

Photography workshops are typically intensive three-and-a-half-day experience that is based at photogenic Nevada Northern Railway, National Historic Landmark in Ely Nevada. Time stopped at the railroad. You will be able to hone your photography skills under the tutelage of well known rail photographers in the western United States.

The workshops offer an in-depth, hands-on photographic instruction in a time capsule that is essentially unchanged since it was built a century ago. The workshop will incorporate talks, edit-and-critique sessions, and photo assignments in each day’s schedule.

Learn how to navigate your surroundings and work with light, color, background, and other influences and challenges inherent in each unique setting. You will gain a better technical understanding of how to use your camera’s body, lenses, and various settings. You’ll have questions. The instructors are there to answer those questions and get you to look at the world with a new appreciation. They are there to push you out of your comfort zone.

The goal is to help you understand on how to create stronger, more interesting compositions using wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. You’ll have the chance to discover new ways to use color and pattern to add depth, emotion, and graphic power to your images. This will help you transition from just taking pictures to expressing powerful ideas through your imagery. Expand your ability to choose compelling subjects and portray them in more meaningful ways.

The highlight of the workshops might be the night photo shoots. Using “Hollywood” level lighting equipment, you will have the ability to photograph the night in a whole new way. You will have the chance to experiment with different settings, viewpoints and capture outstanding images that you thought would be impossible.

By the end of the workshop, you will be tired but will be leaving with a new comprehension of what it takes to “get” the shot. You should be more comfortable in using your and professional equipment. You will be looking at the world with a new awareness and judgment. Attending the workshop will make you a better photographer. You’ll have the best tools and use it with confidence!


January 10, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nevada Northern Railway
1100 Avenue A
Ely, NV 89301 United States
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