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Big Bend Photo Classics

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Big Bend Photo Classics
with Mandy Lea

The Big Bend area of West Texas is known for fascinating geology, diverse biology, and vast open spaces. Rugged peaks, chiseled canyons, unique desert plant life, and the darkest of dark skies make this region a rare gem for photographers of all levels. Combine all of this with the unique culture that results from the area’s proximity to Mexico, and it’s hard not to fall in love!

Precision Camera is teaming up with professional landscape photographer Mandy Lea to offer an adventurous workshop capturing the stunning scenery of the Big Bend region of West Texas. Mandy will guide you to beautiful locations throughout Big Bend National Park; including classic views of the Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande River. If that’s not enough, you will also get the opportunity to explore other photogenic areas nearby, like the Terlingua Ghost Town and Big Bend Ranch State Park!

Mandy utilizes significant time in the field to help you understand the basics of camera settings, composition, and lighting. We will end the workshop with a few hours in the classroom reviewing student’s images and discussing basic editing tips.

Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

Adventure Days
Feel like adding a little more excitement to your trip to Big Bend? Then join our Big Bend Adventure Days Workshop immediately following the Photo Classics in both the Fall and the Spring. During these extra two days, we’ll journey to a few shooting locations that are a little harder to reach. Your effort will be rewarded with amazing views that not all park visitors get to see. We’ll even head south of the border to the small town of Boquillas, Mexico!

Learn more about Big Bend Adventure Days HERE.

Workshop Fee
The fee includes the workshop only. Transportation, lodging, park entry fees, food, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included. About a month before the workshop, all registrants will receive an email with a rough itinerary and planning details.

There will be a $100 fee for any spouse who wishes to join the group at our shooting locations, but does NOT photograph. Of course, our workshops include photography instruction, but they also include our guiding services and sharing our knowledge of the area.

Recommended Lodging
We recommend staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventures in Terlingua. The workshop will explore both the National and State parks, which makes Terlingua a great central location. In addition to the motel, this location offers the option of RV/tent camping with electric and water hookups.

Big Bend Resort & Adventures
53623 TX-118
Terlingua TX 79852
(877) 386-4383

It is highly recommended to stay in or as close to Big Bend Resort & Adventures as possible to facilitate early departures for shooting sunrises.

Transportation/Entry Fees
Transportation to/from Terlingua and during the workshop is the responsibility of each participant. During the workshop carpooling will be necessary due to limited parking at several of the shooting locations. We will do our best to help coordinate carpooling. There will also be a fee per vehicle for entering the National Park and per person for the State Park. National Park Passes and Texas State Parks Passes are accepted at each.

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
• Bug spray

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.

Please review our class & event cancellation policy below. 

Class & Event Cancellations

Mock Wedding, Big Bend Excursion, Special Events and One-Time Classes
You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Excursions, special events and one-time classes 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.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

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 two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

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.


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