First Light Photography Workshops

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

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Whether your passion is wildlife, nature, macro or landscape photography, First Light offers instructional photo workshops to many top spots in the United States and several other countries including Iceland, France, Falkland Islands and Chile with more destinations being added every year.

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EMAIL AND PHONE CALLS WELCOME

Email - firstlightphotoworkshops(at)gmail.com
Phone - (303) 601-2828

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY / FINE ART PRINTS

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For stock photography needs contact First Light for what you're looking for. Thousands of images available for magazine, calendar or any commerical or advertising use as well as fine art prints. Every image on the site is available as a print at various sizes.

WHY CHOOSE A FIRST LIGHT WORKSHOP

WE'RE GOOD AT THIS
Andy Long and the people he uses as seconds are great photographers. We love teaching and enjoy sharing our knowledge for making photographs.

NOT A FLY BY NIGHT OPERATION
Photo workshops are not something picked up after retiring from another job. First Light has been offering workshops since 1994 and Andy has earned money from his camera since 1980.

RATE OF RETURN PARTICIPANTS
Each year First Light averages close to 40% of participants having attended a trip before. If we weren't doing things right then that many people wouldn't keep coming back.

WE DO ALL THE WORK
Hotel, ground transportation and all meals are included in the price of the trip so all you need to do is show up at the designated airport.

OFFER SMALL GROUP SIZES
Small groups mean you get the best out of a location and the most help from the instructor.

LOTS OF INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION
Because group sizes are small, we have the ability to assist people and offer as much instruction as the participant wants. Questions are encouraged so everyone can feel confident about their abilities when they go home.

WHAT YOU TAKE HOME
Our aim is to help you create great images and learn new skills and ideas to help your photography, not just now but for later.

PHOTO EBOOKS
ORDER NOW

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Photographing the Aurora Borealis: How to Shoot the Northern Lights

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30 Examples: The Making and Stories Behind the Photographs

COMING SOON
Bird Photography Unlocked

Colorado Top Photo Locations eGuidebook

Design Elements in Nature -
A Study in Compositional Styles

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I had a fantastic photography workshop with you at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and White Sands. I learned so much about shooting sunrises and sunsets, birds in motion, and numerous camera settings. I can't wait to attend another photo trip and continue my learning. Jani G.

I want to thank Andy for a great trip. Andy is very organized and this trip is packed with photo opportunities besides the Aurora Borealis. We attended the World Ice Art Championships and a local sled dog race. The scenery on the Dalton Highway is beautiful and Andy did a fantastic job driving us safely. Vic N.

As expected, the Florida Birding Workshop was fantastic. Capturing birds in intriguing situations rather than static portraits is more challenging then I ever dreamed. But combining your instruction on bird habits, utilzing flash and continuous focusing certainly made for some excellent results. 4,000 pictures and 34 bird species later I am ready for the National Audubon Society! Thanks again! I am sure we will see you again sometime soon. Ned B.

I was fortunate enough to get in late for the Teton workshop and learned something new every day. He really knows how to find great shots and his workshops are a great value. He is a real workhorse, very fair and has amazing passion. Steve B.

WHAT'S NEW (Updated August 2016)

AURORA BOOK PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE - Pre-order your copy of Photographing the Aurora Borealis, published by Amherst Media, now. Visit https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Borealis-Andy-Long/dp/1682032086/ to order yours today.

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WHAT IS FIRST LIGHT

Award-winning photographer Andy Long founded First Light in 1994 when he put together his first photo trip. The first program was born when friend and newsletter publisher Bob Grytten asked me to put together a trip to photograph wildlife in Colorado for subscribers to his newsletter - F/8 and Being There - after my having moved to the state two years prior.

Having concentrated on sports photography and writing since 1976, I was lookinng for a way to transition into outdoor photography after having lived and worked in Jackson, Wyoming, and this first trip was the stepping stone into a whole new adventure in photography.

One trip the first year was followed by four the next year and now up to 20 workshops a year are being offered.

The plan for each trip is to primarily teach in the field because as photographers we are more visual and hands-on rather than sitting in a room. There are some in-room programs, but these are just a supplement to the teaching in the field.

As for the name First Light, well, that's when the best light is. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing on an upcoming adventure.