Photo Expedition

On Assignment: Sun Valley

Travel Photography Workshop by Jonathan Kingston and Krista Rossow

On Assignment: Sun Valley

October 9 – 12, 2014 | Ketchum, Idaho

The Workshop

Enroll-Now On Assignment: Sun Valley is a workshop that teaches you how to photograph a travel magazine assignment from the perspective of two industry professionals – former photo editor at National Geographic Traveler and photographer Krista Rossow and National Geographic Creative photographer Jonathan Kingston. Whether you want to take your travel images to the next level or begin approaching travel publications, you will learn how to go beyond simply showing what a place looks like to capturing what a place feels like. This workshop is timed to coincide with the famous Trailing of the Sheep Festival to allow for ample variety of subject matter and activity. During the four days you’ll pick a specific story angle and work on your theme each day during critique sessions, culminating with a tightly edited final story. Throughout daily lectures we will discuss how to research and plan for a successful shoot, what art directors are looking for in the images they receive, and how to get the best shots while on location. Using the festival as inspiration, you’ll delve deeper into the local culture to tell the story of what it means to visit the Ketchum/Sun Valley area.  
The following are our planned intentions for the class. Our schedule is set up to be flexible in order to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Intentions – 4 Days

Day 1 – Thursday

Arrive in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area and check into your hotel. At 4pm we will gather at the Haute Wrap Studio – which will serve as our classroom for the workshop – for introductions and opening lectures by Krista Rossow and Jonathan Kingston. You will also receive your Sun Valley photo assignment this evening – so plan on bringing your notebook! Afterwards, enjoy a dinner with your instructors and fellow photographers at a restaurant in Ketchum. (Please note meals are not included in the workshop fee)

Day 2 – Friday

Rise early to take advantage of the crisp autumn light on the landscape surrounding Sun Valley and capture the character of this classic mountain town. Mid-morning we will return with our laptops to the classroom for a technical lecture from Jonathan on using Lightroom as an editing tool to manage and sort the best files from the field. The lecture will be followed by an edit and critique session where you will have 1-on-1 time with an instructor. After breaking for lunch we will return to the classroom for a quick group critique of everybody’s work from the morning, followed by a lecture from Krista on how to plan and prepare for travel to ensure you make the most of your time on location. Plan on eating a late dinner as we will be photographing at sunset.

Day 3 – Saturday:

Rise early to travel out-of-town to photograph some of the sheep herders on the hillsides who will be trailing their sheep through Ketchum on Sunday. After breakfast we will meet in the classroom for a technical lecture from Jonathan on obtaining better exposures and using natural light to maximize your photographic opportunities. The lecture will be followed by an edit and critique session where you will have 1-on-1 time with an instructor. After breaking for lunch we will return to the classroom for a quick group review of everybody’s work from the morning, followed by a lecture from Krista on how photo editors choose images at National Geographic Traveler. We will then eat an earlier meal and use the evening to gather for a night photography session. Be sure to bring warm clothes and your tripod!

Day  4 – Sunday:

In the morning we will meet at the Haute Wrap Studio for our wrap-up question and answer session. Around 10am we will head as a group to the downtown Ketchum area to photograph the parade preparations for the Trailing of the Sheep – which begins at noon.  After the parade finishes we will head back to the Haute Wrap Studio for adult beverages a and slide show of each participants completed photo story. The workshop will conclude around 6pm.


$ 850 – Minimum 6 – Maximum 16 participants.

A non-refundable $250 deposit will hold your place.*  The enrollment fee includes instruction only.  In order to keep the workshop fee as low as possible, participants are responsible for their own accommodation, transportation and meals.

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$850 for 4 days in Sun Valley with two great instructors!

We expect this workshop to fill very quickly so don’t hesitate to get your deposit to hold your seat!

    • A non-refundable $250 deposit will hold your place.*
    • The balance of your registration – $500 – is due September 22nd.
    • Cancellations after September 22nd will forfeit the complete registration fee, unless the space can be filled.
    • Due to the limited space available we recommend registering as soon as possible
    • ***Note***: We highly recommend travel insurance like Travel Guard. Anything can happen and you can recoup expenses if you are insured.

Questions? Email Jonathan Kingston

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About the Teachers


Jonathan Kingston

Portrait of National Geographic Creative photographer, Jonathan Kingston.Jonathan Kingston is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Creative and is currently based in Bend, Oregon. Since 2002 he has been traveling the globe, making images of our world that have appeared in various publications including National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Adventure magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Geo Saison and The New York Times. Jonathan also teaches a number of photographic workshops around the country dealing with all things digital, including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom  as well as general workflow and color management issues. He began his career as a photo educator teaching young emerging photographers at India’s first school devoted to image making, Light & Life Academy. Jonathan specializes in cultures, underwater and adventure photography, which dovetail with his passions of seeing the world, diving and spending time in the world’s wild places. Jonathan simultaneously completed degrees from Brooks Institute of Photography and Virginia Tech in Commercial Photography and Mass Communications, respectively; and, his work has been recognized in both PDN and Communication Arts photography annual competitions. When not working, Jonathan likes to spend his time rock climbing, surfing and snow boarding. To read about his adventures visit his blog at

Krista Rossow

krista-rossow-headshotKrista Rossow is a photographer, photo editor, and educator currently based near Eugene, Oregon. She was a photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C., for seven years, during which she worked with many talented photographers to shape department and feature stories. She also photographed for Traveler magazine, covering everything from wine in France to design in Cape Town. Krista has served as a judge for multiple photo contests including PDN’s professional “World in Focus” contest. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting locals, and exploring the natural world. She has taught weekend photography workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. She is a National Geographic Expert and instructor on photography expeditions in the Galapagos Islands for National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative. Follow along on her travel blog at By Land & By Sea Blog.

What to bring for the Photography

Participants in this class range from professionals to beginning shooters. Krista and Jonathan recommend that you bring whatever camera gear you have to the workshop including but certainly not limited to:
    • Your digital SLR camera.
    • Your tripod.
    • A flash for your camera.
    • Extra batteries and a battery charger.
    • Ample memory cards and hard drive space for lots of images.
    • A laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom installed.**
    • A backup hard drive for your laptop computer.
    • A card reader for your camera.
    • Your iPhone or other camera phone
    • Warm clothing for crisp fall mountain nights

Travel Recommendations & Accommodations

There is a great information on how to get to Sun Valley on the Sun Valley website HERE.  You can check accommodation in Sun Valley HERE or if you would prefer to stay in a house, you can check on HERE. For those of you flying into Sun Valley, Alaska Airlines is currently offering a deal.  Save 15% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city (excluding Hawaii, Mexico and Prudhoe Bay). Book by October 1, 2014 and enter the discount code EC5130 in the discount code box at Restrictions apply. See site for details.


We highly recommend travel insurance like Travel Guard. Anything can happen and you can recoup expenses if you are insured.


Classes will take place at HauteWrap Studio located at 336 Lewis St. #3, Ketchum, Idaho behind the Cox Cable building. *If the class does not meet the minimum number of 6 students, the class will be canceled and your money will be refunded. ** If you do not wish to purchase Lightroom you can download a free 30 trial of the software a week or so prior to beginning the workshop.