Taught by Terry Abrams.  Produced by Barbara Nelson.


This photography workshop will teach us how to see beyond the richness of a new environment, quickly adjust to many different subjects to capture unique images.  We will be working in a broad variety of photographic styles at all different times of day and low light.  Time is allotted for uploading images and critiques both individual and as a group.  Limited to 10 people.

Over 5000 years of history, Ecuador has the greatest biodiversity per area in the world, including 1600 species of birds and 25,000 species of plants.

On this trip into the pre-Columbian southeast part of the Southern Andes, we will base in two locations where we can experience both the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Highlands.

Bustling market towns, traditional crafts people, remote indijavascript:void('Cell%20Properties')genous villages, and pristine national parks far from the touring crowds. People just as diverse as the landscapes live peacefully together. 

Marcas (5 days)  A small charming river town.

  • Excursions to visit Shuar communities with their unique customs and beliefs - a subgroup of the Jivaro who have lived for centuries in the rainforests.
  • Explore the rainforest's landscape and diversity of natural life.
  • A spectacular drive in private coach from Macas to the highland's town of Cuenca.

Cuenca (5 days)  A 16th century colonial jewel of the south and a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Flower market, crafts market, cobblestone streets, churches, plazas and more.
  • Excursions to small villages where local artisans make and sell their fine works.
  • Handmade Panama hats originated here and are still its most famous export.

Barbara Nelson  bnelson2@earthlink.net

This workshop is for students who can operate their cameras on manual exposure and who want to go further with their photography. The class would meet daily for discussions, to view work and critique student’s work. We will be together photographing on some mornings from sunrise till late morning as well as afternoons, through the sunset, occasionally past twilight and into the evening. Students are expected to organize their digital images for review.

The class is built on a schedule of photographing and critiquing with some downtime planned for organizing your images. The schedule will be flexible for unscheduled special events, weather changes and such. The class will learn how to work with minimal equipment and maximum adaptability. We will work on analyzing the quality/direction of light, frame/compose the image and anticipate the unfolding activity. The diversity of Ecuador provides endless opportunities for photographers.

A list of suggested equipment and other travel needs will be emailed to all in the class.

Fee: $3450. 00 Single Supplement $180.00
50% deposit required with reservation.
Balance due June 19, 2017

Check or money order payable to Barbara Nelson.
Barbara Nelson 340 Haven Avenue #3J, New York, NY 10033


*Refund Policy


  • Hotels and breakfast, WiFi, and ground transportation related to the workshop. Local expert traveling with group.


  • Lunch, dinner, drinks and beverages. International air travel. Personal items and services.


  • As always, we strongly suggest travel insurance that gives good coverage for most circumstances including personal health issues that might occur with you or your family. It is also required that all check their health insurance to make sure it covers you out-of-country.


As my workshops are structured for small groups, I rely on your attendance to organize the workshops’ logistics. Additionally, most of the international workshops require a deposit at time of registration and full payment up to 60 days prior to beginning of the reservations.

If for any reason you decide to no longer attend the workshop please notify me and I will return the deposit less a $400 cancellation fee. If you cancel between 120 and 60 days prior to the workshop I will retain $800. If the notification is made less than 60 days prior to the start of the workshop no monies will be refunded.

If the workshop is cancelled by the organizers because of lack of registration, a full refund will be made. Please note that in case of exceptional and unforeseeable circumstances such as hurricanes, earthquakes, major floods, tsunami, a war or governments' change of policies in the countries in which I produce workshops and seminars, I will only offer as a refund a new workshop, equal to the value of this workshop, in any of the other venues during that same calendar year. No other forms of refunds will be available.

BARBARA NELSON, photographer, journalist and event producer.

Barbara's productions include custom workshops and seminars for visual artists and professional associations. A background in Radio & TV and magazine publishing, plus extensive international travel to explore many diverse cultures, helps to identify unique places for workshop locations. Each workshop is tailored to a specific theme for maximum learning experience in a stimulating environment.

TERRY ABRAMS is an experienced international educator, photographer and artist.

He has worked with both film and digital technologies in photography, and is just as likely to use an 8x10 view camera as a high resolution digital camera. He has studied with Paul Caponigro, Arnold Newman, Michael Kenna, John Sexton and others. He lived and taught photography in Europe for 13 years. Terry teaches photography full-time at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI (known for its photography department) and co-produced the Great Lakes Digital Conference, conducting workshops alongside Thomas Knoll, the inventor of Adobe Photoshop. He also conducts travel photography workshops in domestic and international locations, such as Morocco, Turkey, Italy, Iceland and Spain. His images and writing are reproduced in numerous books on photography, and his photographs have been exhibited in numerous
galleries. www.terryabrams.com

Feel free to contact Barbara Nelson with any questions.