Bill Ellzey’s
Teaching Background:

Bill Ellzey has been helping photographers come along the path of making better pictures since about the time he became a full-time working pro in 1972. From the most basic nuts & bolts of f-stops and shutter speeds, and now the exciting world of digital imaging, to examining what makes for strong compositions and truly meaningful images, to the delights of being in nature and sharing its beauty with others through photography, Ellzey’s down-home style, and experience, both as photographer and instructor, make him a highly valued workshop leader.

Beginning as far back as the early ‘70s Ellzey was invited to present programs for professional photographers’ conventions around the nation. A year after moving to stunningly scenic Telluride, Colorado he was handed the controls of The Autumn Eye photography workshop which, through Kodak grants, he developed into a large program under the name of Western Photo Workshops.

As director of WPW for eleven years Ellzey hired instructors in widely varied specialty areas and often filled instructor’s shoes himself. These workshops, as well as instructorships at Winona International School of Professional Photography, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and privately organized workshops to Egypt, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, Bhutan and Tibet have provided Ellzey the satisfying opportunity to share his passion for photography.

In 1995 Ellzey dropped out of the teaching scene for four years to build a rustic, southwest-style straw-bale house for himself in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Now, with the addition of a large studio he also offers private and small group workshops at home.

2016 Workshops


April 18 – May 3

A Patagonia Photo Safari…Autumn in the Andes

Part 1: Unknown Patagonia, April 13-26
Part 2: Torres del Paine,  April 26-May 3

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June 5-11

Olympic Peninsula Workshop

Instructors: Jay Dusard, Bruce Barnbaum, Bill Ellzey

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October 23-29

Eastern Sierra Wall Workshop

Instructors:  Bruce Barnbaum, Bill Ellzey,

Craig Ricahrds

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November 8-22

BHUTAN: Himalayan Kingdom

A Photo Workshop-Safari in Bhutan with Bill Ellzey & Tshering Dorji

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2015 Workshops


March 25 – April 5

Chilean Patagonia:  Torres del Paine Biosphere
Visionary Wild invited me to fill in on this workshop, Patagonia Vision, for my friend Jack Dykinga.
Other instructors: John Shaw, Justin Black

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April 13 – 28

A Patagonia Photo Safari…Autumn in the Andes

Part 1: Unknown Patagonia, April 13-21
Part 2: Torres del Paine,  April 21-28

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May 25 – 27

Three day photography workshop for COLORADO ACADEMY photo students

Private workshop in Crestone, Colorado and the Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park

Private workshop


July 13 – 17

Learning to See: Compositions in the Landscape

A Rocky Mountain landscape workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the Aspen-Snowmass area of Colorado

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October 25 – 31

Death Valley and the High Sierra: The Highs & Lows of the American West

A Death Valley & Sierra Nevada Workshop

Instructors: Bill Ellzey, Bruce Barnbaum and Jay Dusard

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2014 Workshops


April 14-29

A Patagonia Photo Safari…Autumn in the Andes

Part 1: Unknown Patagonia, April 14-22
Part 2: Torres del Paine,  April 22-29


September 29 – October 2

Telluride’s Autumn Aspen Landscape
Sponsored by Telluride Photo Festival

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October 13-26

A Photo Workshop-Safari in Bhutan with Bill Ellzey & Tshering Dorji

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November 17-23

The High Sierra to Death Valley: the Highs and Lows of the American West

Instructors: Bruce Barnbaum, Bill Ellzey, Jay Dusard, and Ben Silverman

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Nov. 30-Dec. 13

Springtime in Patagonia
A Workshop/Safari

Timed to coincide with the Lupine bloom in Aisen Region and killer light at the Cuernos and Torres del Paine

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2013 Workshops


April 6 – 9, 2013

Composition & Light
in Outdoor Photography:Desert Landscape
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

An intensive course in romantic Santa Fe New Mexico and desert environs


April 15 – April 29, 2013

Patagonia Photo Safari

Autumn in the Andes, A two-part photographic exploration of Chilean Patagonia

Part I, Unknown Patagonia
April 15 – 22, 2013
Part II, The Torres del Paine
April 22 – April 29, 2013


June 17 — 21, 2013

Composition in Outdoor Photography: Mountain Landscapes

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Developing a critical eye for compositions in the spectacular Colorado Rockies


Aug 11 – 21, 2013

Ireland with Bill Ellzey
Strabo Photo Tours

An in-depth photo exploration of Western Ireland with a native guide.


Sept 27-29, 2013

Autumn Landscape, Aspen Light
Ah Haa School
, Telluride, Colorado



Bill Ellzey Photographs
PO Box 362
891 Camino Real [shipping]
Crestone, CO 81131,USA
Phone: 719-937-7787

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