Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October 8 to 11, 2013

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Albuquerque, NM 08-OCT-2013 Winston C. Hall $894 $1019 Sold out

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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

October 8, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Nikonians Balloon Fiesta workshop begins at the hotel meeting room with an overview of the workshop agenda and the Balloon Fiesta activities. Included are:

  • Discussion of the high desert area and Albuquerque, NM

  • Review of the Albuquerque area

  • Photography procedures and tips for shooting during the Balloon Fiesta

  • Safety procedures for being at the Balloon Fiesta

  • Understanding the Exposure Trifecta

  • Photographic composition tips

  • Pre-visualization techniques

  • Water, water and more water

    During the afternoon we'll head out for the Balloon Fiesta to take photographs of the balloon inflation and launch.

  • October 9, 2013

    Today is an early morning shoot of the Flight of the Nations and Mass Ascension Flying Competition followed by an afternoon session at the Hampden Inn Meeting room to back up and download your images before taking off to photograph a New Mexico Balloon Fiesta sunset.

    October 10, 2013

    Today is huge day for photographers. We'll begin by photographing the Special Shape Balloons and Flying Competition then we'll return to the hotel for a break before heading back to the Fiesta for the Special Shapes Glowdeo and fireworks show.

    October 11, 2013

    For our final day we'll photograph the dawn patrol launch in the early morning desert light. We'll return to the hotel to process your images from the morning shoot. The workshop will conclude with the slide show of everyone's favorite photographs.

    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

    • 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


    Other workshops in Albuquerque, NM:

    Topic Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October 8 - 11, 2013 03-OCT-2011 Winston C. Hall $925 $955 Sold out
    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October 8 - 11, 2013 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.