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West Virginia New River Gorge Photo Workshop

West Virginia New River Gorge Photo Workshop

Join Instructors Geoff Livingston and Marie Joabar in wild West Virginia at the New River Gorge area for an amazing springtime photo workshop. We've chosen the ideal location for beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, and night sky opportunities.

Just five hours to the west of Washington, DC by car, this gorgeous park offers photographers a wide variety of photo opportunities. Invigorate your photography with new scenes and dramatic vistas in West Virginia! We’ll be capturing the iconic New River Bridge, Sandstone Falls, Concho Rim Overlook, Canyon Rim and so much more in one of the most beautiful parks on the East Coast for this unique workshop focused on Landscapes, Nature and Astro Photography. 

Each day we will explore areas that offer the best photographic opportunities for lighting and composition. With three nights and three mornings, we will photograph the park in regions, moving through each area to ensure we have time to enjoy photographing nature, birds and small wildlife, and some of the most iconic landscapes possible. We'll do an early morning sunrise, and we'll make the most of the blue hour and into the night for astrophotography as weather permits.

Skill level: All photographers are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their cameras and have some basic knowledge of the exposure controls; ISO, Aperture and Shutter speeds. 

Equipment recommendations: DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses from 16 to 200mm (wider and longer is fine if you have that). If you intend to photograph wildlife, you will need a lens at least 500 mm in length. Consider renting. 
Astro photographers would benefit from a wide angle prime lens around 14 to 20mm. A sturdy tripod is a must. Filters would include circular polarizer and ND filters.

Fitness: Physical activity will be medium to high. In order to participate in this workshop, you should be in moderately fit condition and be able to hike on rocky terrain and climb several flights of stairs with your gear to get to the best vantage points for photographing. We will be walking several miles per day along trails, some that are paved and others that are rocky. We recommend good trail shoes or hiking boots with ankle support. If you have questions or concerns about this please contact Marie Joabar and she can discuss with you.

Instruction: This workshop is specifically designed to maximize our time in the field photographing, learning in a hands-on, real world fashion.
- There will be plenty of in-the ​​​​​​-field instruction together with in-field image critiques. We will also have via Zoom, a pre-workshop preparation meeting and a post workshop image review.
- The group size is purposely being kept small at just 10-11 students with 2 instructors so that everyone will be able to get questions answered and have time for one on one instruction.  
- We will be shooting on Thursday evening. Each day we’ll get out very early to make the most of the morning light and we’ll work in a sunset too.
- There will be a little down time in the afternoon when you can relax or take a nap.

Accommodations: Lodging is not included in the price of this workshop but rooms have been set aside for our group. The prices is about $130 for 2 queen beds. Details about this will be in the confirmation letter.

Transportation: Getting to and from the workshop is not included in the workshop fee and participants are responsible to get there on their own. If driving, it’s about a 5 hour drive from the DC area. In the park we'll try to carpool to save on parking spaces.

Meals: We would like to dine as a group as often as we can but meals are not included in the fee for this workshop and participants will pay for theirs separately. 

Dates: The Workshop begins on Thursday, May 2, at 4 pm and concludes on Sunday, May 5, at 10 am, after our morning shoot. There will be an introduction and orientation session on a weeknight evening prior to the workshop via Zoom. 

We specifically chose this weekend in May with beautiful weather so we can maximize our daytime photo ops and night skies.

-A refund or a credit towards another workshop or class (less a $100 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 60 days from the scheduled workshop.
- If cancellation notice is given less than 60 days, no refund or credit will be given unless another person fills your spot. If so, we will give a refund or credit less $100.
- If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 60 days or less and no one fills the spot, no refund or credit will be given.
- If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a workshop due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future workshop or class.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at


Instructor: Geoff Livingston and Marie Joabar

Geoff Livingston and Marie Joabar

Geoff Livingston is an award-winning photographer and author specializing in photojournalism and landscape photography. What he really likes is to take pictures every day and is happiest behind the lens. It is by being mindful and present that great captures happen, says Geoff.

Marie Joabar finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and technology, and break the information down into easy-to-understand nuggets to share with others. Marie enjoys landscape, cityscape, night photography and loves sharing her knowledge with others to further their photography skills.

Date: May 02 2024

Time: This is a multi-day event: May 2-5, 2024




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