Southern Oregon Coast

Joshua Tree , CA

Urban San Francisco

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Zion Fall Color, Utah

Lake Tahoe, CA

Davenport, CA

Antelope Canyon, AZ

Death Valley, CA


At Photonerds University, we strive to give each participant the most educational and enjoyable experience possible. To that end, we keep group sizes small, offer competitive pricing, visit great destinations, and give you plenty of adventure! Whether you’re an amateur photographer looking to improve your photography or a professional looking to capture rare sights, Photonerds University Trips are here to help you.

How do we stand out from our competition? First, we only go out during the best times of the day for the locations we visit. If we find ourselves in harsh light, there is a reason, a purpose, and a lesson to teach. Second, we keep group sizes small. Third, we offer photographic instruction, critiques, and post processing. We are proficient with all models of Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras and many others.

Look at the joy on their faces! These groups are pure-goodness. Thanks again to all who’ve attended. We would be nothing without your support #pnfl (photo nerds for life)

Beautiful locations

A great way to travel safely as a group, get to beautiful locations and to get some great instruction from professionals

Awesome, educational, supportive, FUN!!!

I loved the timing of all the shoots, making the most of the light. Also, the camaraderie that develops, no competition just supportive attitudes by one and all. Awesome, educational, supportive, FUN!!!

A workshop weekend with Photonerds is time well spent!

Amazing! I am constantly learning and becoming a better photographer. Photonerds certainly knows how to make use of the time I have with them! Even though this is my third workshop with Photonerds (Mammoth and Brookings, Oregon), I’m always totally amazed at the amount of individual training I always get! Photonerds are always pushing me to go beyond my comfort zone! I thoroughly appreciate the fact that Chris and Adam make sure my experience is beyond the best. They scout the area making sure they know the best locations for scenery, sunsets, sunrises, star shooting, and more. Never once did I shoot under intense sunlight! During those times, I was “in the classroom” learning more! Then there is the day of processing and ending up with a print ready for my walls at home. Adam and Chris take you from your first hour of shooting to a final product! They truly know their stuff, and are so good at teaching us their skills. They are professional and personal. They make you think, and will never give up on you! A workshop weekend with Photonerds is time well spent! Can’t wait for my next adventure!

Terry L.

You guys impress me

Always well thought out and planned. Teaching portions are very thorough Instructors are ok. (Kidding!!!) haha Actually, you guys impress me. (And sometimes that’s hard to do. ??) I feel like you both go above and beyond to make sure all the details are covered and that everyone is having a good time. I wholeheartedly appreciate that. Always have a lot of fun on these trips and love walking away with a treasure in hand.

Monica B.


Based out of Roseville, California, we specialize in private photography education including trips around the United States. Trips can be arranged for the dates and locations of your choosing provided we have availability. It's best to book early to reserve your spot. When requested, we sometimes can combine 2 groups together to help meet the minimum group size. We are open to locations you may be interested in. There are many off the beaten path locations we don't list on our website but would love to travel too. Contact us for more information.


All trips have photography as the primary objective. With private outings, we can tailor them to your specific needs. Want to learn night photography? Want a long hiking adventure? Want an easy outing with little walking? No problem - we've got many spots you can choose from! The sky is the limit to what we can offer. We currently break our offerings into 3 categories:

Day Trips (1 day, scouted)
Field Trips (2 or more days, scouted)
Excursions (1 plus days, non-scouted, discounted)


We know you have many photography workshop operators to choose from. We are unique at Photonerds University since we cater to photographers of all levels and are willing to leave early or stay out late for the best photos. Many of our competitors travel in large groups or won't get you there at the best times of the day. You can't beat the advantage of small groups, individualized instruction, and a flexible itinerary. Book a trip with us today and see the difference!