Arizona Sonoran Desert Photo Workshop

March 24-25, 2018
April 7-8, 2018

Workshops limited to 4 participants

  • Workshop/Photo Tour

    Two day workshop at Desert Photo Retreat a 10 acre saguaro studded property nestled in the Tortolita Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. With emphasis on instruction and putting you in the best places at the best times.

  • Amazing Desert Landscapes

    We will concentrate on landscapes, birds, blooming cactus, wildflowers and wildlife. Everything from close-ups of individual flowers to broad landscapes. I have choosen these dates for a couple of reasons, one being the migrating birds that pass through the area and the cactus should be in full bloom.

  • Photo Instruction

    Workshops are limited to 4 people and I will be concentrating on teaching and will not be photographing myself. Sure I will have my gear there to demonstrate gear and techniques, but my time will be spent teaching, looking through view finders and talking all things photography.

  • Price

    2 days, $345

  • March 24-25, 2018
    April 7-8, 2018

I am excited to be offering a short, small group (limited to 4) workshop/photo tour at Desert Photo Retreat my 10 acre property in the Tortolita Mountains in Tucson, Arizona.

I call this a workshop because I will be concentrating on teaching and won’t be photographing myself.

I also call this a tour because I will be putting us in the best places at the best times.  I have spent this winter developing an enclosed photo blind with reflective glass offering the ability to intimately photograph the birds and wildlife that visit a water feature and perches designed to put the birds and animals in the perfect position for photography.

We will concentrate on desert landscapes, blooming cactus, wildflowers, birds and wildlife.

Flowers and mammals are unpredictable, but I have timed this tour to fall when the cactus blooms should be at their peak based on past years experience.  And this is also the peak for bird migration. Last year we saw several unusual species.

I emphasize teaching in this workshop and I will be available for any questions that may arise.  I will tailor the instruction to the ability of the group.  With 5 guests, it won’t be the one on one individual attention that you would receive from a private tour, but it is small enough for plenty of individual interaction.  Here are some of the topics I intend to cover.

  • Composition and the creative aspects of photography – this is the most important!
  • Light-the direction, quality and advantages of different light.
  • Exposure, histograms, metering methods and when to use aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual.
  • Focus-manual, servo and one-shot and hyper focus distance.
  • I will demonstrate tripod and ballhead use, along with various camera plates and even specialized panoramic heads.
  • Lenses.  I will have with me and can demonstrate and discuss the advantages of a variety of lenses including tilt/shift, fish eye, macro and telephotos.
  • Use of reflectors and diffusers-especially valuable for daytime wildflower close-ups.
  • Filter use- polarizer and graduated neutral density filters along with discussions on the trade offs between filters and digital tools such as HDR.  I will also discuss my techniques for capturing images to be used for HDR and panoramics.
  • Camera feature usage, mirror lockup, Live View self timer, etc.

What gear do I need?  A 35mm style digital camera with a normal to wide-angle lens is a must.  A tripod, a close focusing or macro lens, and a small reflector diffuser or two would be very valuable and would add to your overall experience.

What do I need to know?  A working understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture would be very helpful.  I can review these things and will talk about how I utilize these settings depending on the situation.  Prior knowledge of these concepts will help you get more out of the workshop.  In addition, you should have a working understanding of your camera and I would suggest bringing along your manual.  While I have worked with many cameras, I do not know how to work them all.

  • Guiding and instruction.
  • Weather permitting, dinner Saturday night.
What’s not included
  • Transporation to/from Desert Photo Retreat
  • Transportation during workshop (we will carpool to minimize our impact)
  • Meals or Lodging (Note: there are a number of hotels in Marana.  More information will be provided upon registration.
Day 1 :   We will meet at Desert Photo Retreat at 1:00 p.m., directions will be provided.  And will shoot past sunset, until the last light of day.  Weather permitting I will host a home made dinner at Desert Photo Retreat.

Days 2: Will begin before sunrise and will wrap up around 11:00 a.m.

Ron, your workshop exceeded all of our expectations and I really appreciate the time you took to answer my questions.  The extra time you took with me to look through the viewfinder to get the right composition as well as the many tips you provided to help us all understand how you get many of your amazing photos was greatly appreciated” Rick
“Thank you for a great workshop Ron – your tips for composition were great and it was wonderful that you had done the scouting for the best locations for us to take photographs so we could just show up and put our tripods in place”   Samantha
“I had a great time and hope to take another one of your classes again in the future.” Bret
“Ron thanks, I had a great time.  You did a really good job leading the group and I hope to see you on several more of these in the future.” Bob
“Add my vote for Ron as a wonderful photo tour guide!  After joining Ron in Anza-Borrego this spring, I am trying to figure out when I can coordinate my next trip.”
2 day workshop cost $345.00.


Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Payment may be made by check or credit card.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Checks should be made payable to Niebrugge Images, LLC and mailed to PO Box 1337, Seward, AK 99664.

No refunds will be made for cancellations. All payments to Niebrugge Images, LLC are non-refundable unless the workshop sells out and we are able to fill your spot. If the workshop is sold out and your spot is filled, we will refund any payment or deposits paid to Niebrugge Images, LLC less a $75.00 processing fee.