Northern Lights of Alaska

November 25-December 1, 2023 - only 2 spots remaining

The Northern Lights, or Aurora borealis, is one of the most magical and awe-inspiring subjects of the night sky. The excitement of photographing the flickering curtains of lights dancing across the sky cannot be compared to any other type of shoot, day or night. The vivid colors of greens, yellows, blues, purples, and reds moving through the sky are seen in the far northern latitudes, and during this workshop, we will be in the interior of Alaska, the location of choice for shooting Aurora because of the high percentage of clear days through the year.

Beth Ruggiero-York, instructor and author of Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography, has visited Alaska many times and will give participants practical, hands-on assistance in the best techniques for photographing the Northern Lights. Participants will also learn essential techniques for night shooting and composing.

Beginning in Fairbanks we will get our bearings for shooting the Aurora in sub-zero temperatures and learn the best techniques for capturing this magical display of lights in her opening presentation. After getting acclimated, the group will travel to Chena Hot Springs resort for three days of fun in the snow and capturing the Northern Lights at one of the best locations in the world. The resort has several winter activities available to fill any free time you have when you are not catching up on sleep after being up very late or into the early morning to shoot the Aurora. One night we will take snow coaches to the top of a mountain to take in the Aurora.

After three days and nights at Chena Hot Springs we will return to Fairbanks to photograph the Northern Lights above the Alaskan pipeline.

Check off this bucket list trip and take home amazing images of the Aurora Borealis!

Workshop Includes:

-Six nights lodging based on single occupancy*

-Roundtrip transportation from Fairbanks

-Water, snacks and a group dinner

-Entrance fees and tours

-Photographic instruction

-Pre-workshop webinar

-Post-workshop critique

*Companions traveling together who wish to have double occupancy, a discount will be provided.

This is an Arizona Highways PhotoScapes workshop 

Price: $4,195

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October 23-30, 2023 - Waitlist only

June 10-17, 2024

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A travel photography retreat with Beth and Ron York

Capture 'essence of place' in the Dordogne region of southern France while we  stay in Marouatte Castle and explore the charming medieval towns, castles, gardens, and surrounding countryside. Our castle home during this week-long workshop is set on 270 beautiful acres that offer endless photo opportunities.

Our week will comprise day trips to the surrounding towns, castles, monasteries, caves, markets and countryside,  photographing around the castle and its grounds, including night photography of the castle, instruction, and fabulous meals at the castle and in the towns we visit.

You will fly into Paris and take the bullet train to the local train station of Angouleme, where you will be driven to the castle by its owner, Miles Copeland.

Workshop dates:  June 10-17, 2024 and June 17-24, 2024

Pricing: $4,100 per photographer / $1,500/person deposit upon signing up / balance due March 9, 2024

A non-photographer partner sharing your room: $3,500 (meals included but not local transportation; local car rentals are available).

Payment is by personal check mailed to: 

Ruggiero Images LLC, 15948 E. Jericho Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

OR through Zelle to 508-241-4412.

For more information and to sign up, email Beth at or call Beth at (508) 241-4412  or Ron at (602) 810-8110

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