Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October 8 - 11, 2013

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Albuquerque, NM 03-OCT-2011 Winston C. Hall $925 $955 Sold out

Discuss this workshop

Join us for spectacular Hot Air Balloon photography at one of the USA's most famous events.

Originally conceived as a competition with the balloonists performing challenges and being rated on their success, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta began in 1972, with 13 intrepid balloonists. Today the emphasis is on fun and good times. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with as many as 700 balloons participating in the 10-day festival.

The balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park -- a 78-acre launch site where spectators and participants mix and chat. In addition to the wildly popular mass ascensions, the fiesta offers eerily beautiful balloon glow evening events. As the light fades, these colorful and fragile colossi fill, lit from within by the blasts of flame. The balloons are tethered in place, and people walk through the glowing fantasy forest, some pulling out chairs and simply enjoying the spectacle.

This year Nikonians Academy will be in Albuquerque for both the Balloon Fiesta and a combination Nikon camera workshop and field photography activity during the fiesta. This workshop combination will give photographers the chance to learn more about their Nikon camera, photograph in the wonderful light of the southwest and spend a day shooting the colorful balloons. What a great combination!

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AM - 8am - 11am Orientation meeting at hotel

PM - 12pm to 6pm Balloon Museum and Petroglyphs Monument.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

AM - Dawn Patrol and Special Shapes

PM - Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AM - Dawn Patrol and Rodeo

PM - Evening Glowdeo and fireworks

Friday, October 11, 2013

AM - Dawn Patrol and flying competition

PM - Workshop Wrap Up

Note: In order to participate in this workshop you will be required to sign a liability release form before the workshop begins.

The workshop pricing includes the training and resources, but does not include food and lodging. You will need to book a room at our hotel (see venue list). We will be carpooling to and from our photo locations.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Workshop Development:

Content 45% - Learn

Motivation 10% - Inspire

Involvement 45% - Share

Workshop Cost

$894.00 per person paid in advance

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund your tuition except for a $90 fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund 50% of the tuition. If you cancel less than 15 days before the workshop, we cannot offer a refund.

  • You will learn

    • Field Photography
    • Developing your photographic vision
    • Digital workflow
    • Lightroom 4 Image editing techniques and workflow
    • Image critiques
    • Understanding the Exposure Trifecta
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Camera body
    • Spare batteries
    • Spare memory cards
    • Computer for viewing and editing your photographs
    • AC adaptor for your computer
    • Tripod and/or monopod
    • Wide-angle lens
    • Macro lens
    • Long zoom lens
    • All weather jacket
    • Rain pants
    • Layered clothing
    • Hat
    • Gloves
    • Plastic bags for waterproof protection
  • Optional

    • Additional lenses
    • Shutter release cable
    • Filters
  • What is provided

    • Guidance by our professional photographer instructor
    • Training materials from the classroom sessions
    • Amazing photo opportunities
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


A great week of amazing photography in a small class size of only 10 participants


Following Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October 8 - 11, 2013 workshops are organized in Albuquerque, NM:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
03-OCT-2011 Winston C. Hall $925 $955 Sold out
08-OCT-2013 Winston C. Hall $894 $994 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.