Are you ready to re-energize your passion for seeing the world through your camera?

Picture yourself in a Nick Kelsh Workshop

Each experience uniquely programmed for its time and place

Click through to see our past and upcoming workshops >

Mastering Manual Mode Workshop

New dates coming in 2018

Country Weekend Workshop

Farmstay and Photography in Rural New York

August, 2016

Fall Foliage in the Catskills

September 2016

Philadelphia Workshop

History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

December 2016

New Orleans Workshop

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

April 2016

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

Banff National Park

May 2016

Cape May Photography Workshop

"Jewel of the Jersey Shore"

Fall Foliage Workshop 2017

Autumn in the Catskills

Santa Fe Photography Workshop

Enchantment in the New Mexico

San Francisco/Pacific Coast Workshop

The City by the Bay & Carmel-by-the-Sea

Philadelphia Photography Workshop

History & Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

We invite you to join us for an intimate, inspiring getaway that will change the way you take photos forever...

Nick Kelsh Photography Workshops offer an amazing opportunity to become lifelong friends with your camera…and your fellow photographers! Each workshop has a carefully chosen photographic location with a program designed specific to the area and the season to create an overall experience in which you’ll expand both your photographic and cultural horizons. (In fact, because each place/season and group creates such a unique adventure with various new opportunities for learning, more than a quarter of our participants choose to attend more than one!)

Each workshop offers the opportunity to learn from Nick’s lifetime of photography in a setting abounding with opportunities to practice your photography.  Nick loves teaching photography, and participants in his workshops and online courses laud his ability to take his wealth of experience and present it in a way that is understandable and applicable, no matter what your skill and experience level. The workshops also give you the opportunity to dedicate time away from the daily distractions of life to focus on your passion for photography.

We gather in a group of a dozen or so people whose passion is making their lives and the world more beautiful with their cameras. We challenge and support each other for a period of days and come away enlightened and invigorated in a way that no internet experience can compete with. We are better photographers—and probably people—for it. Lifelong friendships are forged by a shared experience and memories that will last forever.

Nick has hosted hundreds of seminars, retreats, public speaking events, webinars, and written and/or photographed nine books and has come to the conclusion that the small group over a period of days may very well be the perfect teaching and learning format. There’s enough time for him to connect with every student personally and still allow time to be alone with the camera and exercise your mind’s eye—in other words, shoot great photographs.  He says, “For me personally, these workshops could possibly be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career.  A list of the great photographic experiences of my life would have to include some of these workshops. They were thrilling, and I’m incredibly proud that the attendees have repeatedly asked when we can do it again – and come back for subsequent workshops!”

In our 2016-2017 seasons, we hosted workshops in Upstate New York’s gorgeous summertime farm country and famed fall foliage landscapes, the snow covered Rocky Mountains of Banff, Canada, the legendary musical streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the charming Victorian seaside resort town of Cape May, the enchanting southwestern photographer’s mecca of Santa Fe, and the historic birthplace of our nation (and my own current hometown), Philadelphia, 

And now we are pleased to annouce our schedule for 2018, including repeats of our most popular destination workshops, plus some exciting new locations.  And yes! You have the chance to save your space for what turned out to be one of our most popular destinations – Santa Fe! Though the locations vary, the purpose is always the same: to change the way you see and photograph the world by helping you become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be.

Please take a look below and see which photo adventure speaks to YOU…

New Orleans

April 2-5, 2018

April 6 Add-On Option: Plantation Photo Tour

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

The  Big Easy…The Crescent City…The Birthplace of Jazz…

Situated in a bend of the mighty Mississippi River and home of the Vieux Carre, St. Louis Cathedral, beignets and Mardi Gras beads, New Orleans is a gem of a city.

We’ll photograph its many facets, ranging from the Spanish and French influences in the French Quarter to the elegant homes lining St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District, from the parks’ majestic centuries-old live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss to the unusual and uniquely beautiful above-ground cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead.”  A city of tradition, history and beauty, all melded together into one beautiful city full of photographic opportunities.

Capture the character and charm (not to mention the cuisine) of one of our country’s most desirable destination cities.

Optional Add-On Day: River Road Plantations Photo Tour

Travel back in time to the antebellum South as you travel down the Great River Road Scenic Byway and visit two of Louisiana’s famous plantations.  These beautiful mansions nestled among moss-draped oak trees along the Mississippi River offer a peek into Louisiana’s history along with plenty of photographic opportunities. 

Santa Fe, NM

October 2-5, 2018

October 6 Add-On Option: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

High Desert Enchantment in the Southwest

When the orange adobe meets the deep azure skies you melt. This is one of the classic destinations in the history of photography; it’s practically a pilgrimage. Santa Fe has been a mecca for numerous photographers, including the iconic Ansel Adams … and now it’s your turn to capture the beauty of the Southwest with this workshop.  

Optional Add-On Day: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Known as “the most photographed event in the world,” this spectacular show attracts thousands of professional and hobbyist photographers who come to to capture one-of-a-kind images… Join us to take your photos up, up and away!

San Francisco, CA

June 2018 (3rd or 4th week – exact dates TBD)


Photographing the City by the Bay & Carmel-by-the-Sea

As far as American cities go, San Francisco is practically in a visual class of its own. This city’s colorful neighborhoods, beautiful views, and famous fog provide intriguing opportunities to expand your photographic horizons—and a wonderful place to leave your heart.

We’ll shoot the cable cars, steep hills, eclectic streets, Victorian architecture, Fisherman’s wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. 

We’ll also move south on the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying the stunning coastal scenery along one of America’s best-loved drives.  Our destination will be Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its quaint European village ambiance, and the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, called the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world” by landscape artist Francis McComas.

Registration opening soon – Please check back!

Philadelphia, PA

November 26-29, 2018

November 30 Add-On Option: Longwood Gardens Christmas

History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

Anne and I are thrilled to invite you to join us in our amazing city at this wonderful time of year for a truly special experience. We offer you a festive city explored through our intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop—headquartered in a charming historic boutique hotel.  Picture Revolutionary Era architecture with halls decked, a bustling holiday buzz, seasonal sunlight bouncing off narrow cobblestone streets, Amish farmer’s markets, the “Rocky Steps” and more.

Optional Add-On Day:  Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Add a special day trip to the Brandywine River Valley, home of Longwood Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. We’ll capture its magnificent flowers and fields,  glorious holiday displays and world-famous illuminated fountains. Join us to photograph a flourish of fountains and flowers in this unforgettable botanical experience. 

Learn. Discover. Be inspired. Gain confidence. Make friends. Have fun.

Become the photographer you have always wanted to be.

About Nick Kelsh

Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show—whose programs have attracted a following of thousands of amateur photographers of all levels. 

Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun. He has shared his expertise and knowledge on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog, and Facebook page, as well as in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements. 

He describes his multi-day workshops as “possibly the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career” and would include them on “a list of the great photographic experiences of my life.

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Nick and the HTPYL team will be happy to answer questions you may have about the workshop programs and would be glad to speak with you on the phone to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Just let us know how you’d like to connect.

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