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West Texas Excursion

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West Texas Excursion
with Mandy Lea

The geography and culture of West Texas is beautiful and unique. Filled with rocky peaks, wild cactus, and desert grasslands, this region is a wonder to capture with the photographic eye.
Precision Camera is teaming up with photographer Mandy Lea to offer an adventurous workshop capturing the beautiful landscape of West Texas. Mandy will guide you to locations throughout Big Bend National Park including the Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande River. In addition to exploring the National Park, you will also have the opportunity to see the surrounding areas of the Terlingua Ghost Town and the Big Bend Ranch State Park.

In addition to helping you understand camera settings, composition and lighting tips, we will end the workshop with brief tips for editing and a photo critique. The fee includes the workshop only. Transportation, lodging and food are not included.

Once you are registered, you will receive an email with itinerary and details prior to the workshop.

Additional, optional "Adventure days" 

Have an extra large spirit for adventure? So does Mandy! Big Bend is enormous and you simply can’t see it all in a few days. We will offer an additional West Texas Adventure Days with more strenious hiking. While the first part of the workshop focuses on easier to reach vistas (nothing longer than a 1-2 mile loop), these extra two days will pack in a lot of adventure for those with a little extra energy. Attendees must have a valid US Passport to attend both days of this workshop.

Take just the two-day adventure days for $349 or add it on to the West Texas Excursion for $249. Just want to go on the adventure days? Find out more about the Adventure Days and purchase the standalone package HERE

We will shoot locations both days for sunrise and sunset. We will hike “the window” trail — a six mile round trip — during the golden hour. And if that isn't enough, we’re going to Mexico! There is a legal border crossing into the small town of Boquillas, a run down and nearly abandoned town that's chalk full of photographic opportunities. Plus, they serve a mean margarita! You MUST have a valid U.S. Passport to join on this day.

This workshop will be limited to 8 participants. Please note that there will be a lot of moderately difficult hiking, and the schedule could change based on weather. You can choose to sign up for only these two days, or save by adding it on to the earlier workshop.

Recommended Lodging

We recommend staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventures in Terlingua. The group will explore both the National and State parks and Terlingua is very central. This location also offers both the option of a motel or camping for those who prefer.

Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Route 118 at Route 170 - Terlingua TX 79852
(877) 386-4383

There are also several options if you enjoy camping in either an RV or tent. Contact Mandy if you would like to discuss these options.

While transportation is not included, we will do our best to help coordinate carpooling. There will also be a fee per vehicle associated with entering the National Park.

What to Bring​​​​​​​​​​

  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Memory Cards & Readers
  • Batteries & Chargers
  • Tripod
  • Laptop (or note taking supplies)
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Comfortable clothing (hiking boots, layers & rain gear)
  • Sunblock

About the instructor
Mandy is an adventurous spirit with an insatiable lust for travel and photography. She enjoys blending the technical aspect of taking a photograph with the experience of creating an image. This is what moves her to create art, and what she hopes to inspire in each person who she has the opportunity to share knowledge with.
After 17 years of working in camera stores and freelancing, Mandy took to the road. Supporting herself as a photographer, she now lives on the road out of her teardrop trailer. She shares her photography, passion, and adventure through her workshops and videos.

Class Cancellation 

Standard Classes

You can cancel a class registration up to 24 hours before the class begins and receive a full refund except for with some special classes and events such as the Mock Wedding and PCU Weekend. If you register for a class that we hold on a regular basis, and do not show up for the class, you will be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled once, if you do not show up for a class, your payment will be forfeited.


Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than 24 hours before the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

Free Basic Digital Photography Class

If you sign up for the Basic Digital Photography class with a coupon code and do not show up for the class, your class will be forfeited and you will not be permitted to reschedule.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class

Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.

PCU, Mock Wedding, West Texas Excursion, Special Events and One-Time Classes

You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, PCU Weekend or big bend excursion to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a class that we are only holding one time or a class that we hold rarely, your class registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. We will not offer a reschedule attempt to individuals who don't show up to the Mock Wedding Workshop due to the high amount of resources required for that class. 


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