Bali Exploration and Photography Expedition
December 3-7, 2011

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Turn Your Everyday
Snapshots into Cash

This Coming December in Bali, You Can…

Save $1,000 and reserve your seat
for just $599 down with our
easy payment plan today

More details below…


If you're intrigued by the prestige of seeing your photos in magazines… if you long for a career or sideline that lets you travel whenever you like and live wherever you prefer… then this is, hands down, the best place to begin your adventure.

Join us in Bali this winter and spend five full days learning from and exploring paradise in the company of a professional photographer ready to share his hard-won insights and secrets.

Join us in paradise… and discover
for yourself the adventure and romance
of the photographer's life.

What better place than the verdant rice fields and volcanoes of Bali to learn about great photography? You’ll be presented with photo opportunities at every turn.…

Masked dancers and musicians, artisans in front of their shops whittling away at wooden sculptures...women walking along the roadside, expertly balancing baskets of fruit and straw on their heads…

… Picturesque rice fields clinging to the hillsides and villages peppered with statues, temples and incense… spectacular food and themed dances… and a trip through the Balinese countryside.

Of course, you'll be there in the company of a professional photographer, too…

You’ll walk away with amazing photos and memories of your travels and the know-how to sell them when you return home.

Attendees of these live workshops boast great successes -- and you needn't have a lick of experience to join their ranks.

Our presentations on selling and reselling your photographs include everything from taking the right kinds of photographs… to knowing and understanding which market will be most likely to buy them.

What’s more, every workshop participant will have access to pre-recorded videos when you return home that show the ins and outs of photo-editing software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop -- so even your less-than-perfect shots can be sold for a by-line and a check.

Whether you have little experience and modest equipment or you’re already a talented amateur photographer, you’ll benefit from this program. It will teach you the tricks the pros use to take photos editors buy… and teach you, too, how to turn your snapshots into profits again and again.

I assure you, not only will you come away with a real passion for Bali -- having discovered it with a photographer's eye -- but you'll also learn all the ins and outs you need to take amazing photos... and sell them.

Activity Level

High activity. Most of this workshop will be spent out-and-about on foot through beaches, rainforests, and rice fields. Taxi service is not provided on the walking tours. You must be able to walk on sand and grass without difficulty.


There are no prerequisites. This workshop is for people of all skill levels and experience and the concepts discussed are doable by anyone. Point and shoot cameras are welcomed.

Your Itinerary
December 3-7, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th

East-Coast flights depart the U.S. (Details about a $700 flight credit to help you pay for your flight are below.)

Thursday, December 1st

Cross the international date line and lose a day on your calendar.

Friday, December 2nd

Arrive Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali. Transfer and check into the Ubud Village Hotel in Ubud.Your hotel is included in your workshop fee.

This day is at your leisure to adjust to the time change, enjoy the fresh fruit, and maybe see some of Ubud or join your fellow attendees for dinner. Flights from the East Coast arrive in the evening.  The Ubud Village Hotel is conveniently located on Monkey Forest Street where there is lots of shopping and small restaurants.  Spa treatments are also cheap and plentiful in this area.  If you are tired and tense from your trip, perhaps an hour-long massage will help relax you for the night.  Expect to pay $15-$40 for a 60-minute treatment.

Saturday, December 3rd

8:00 a.m. You’ll get right down to business by learning everything you never knew your camera could do and what it takes to create a saleable photograph.

You’ll spend some time getting to know your equipment (digital cameras only). Then find out how to use yours to turn an average vacation shot into a photo worthy of wall space and a magazine cover.

At noon, you’ll grab your camera and get a taste of the freelance photographer’s life as you experience what Ubud can show you about capturing a saleable photo.

Ubud, our jumping off point for this expedition, is the artistic capital of the island… the centre of art and dance with several museums, the monkey forest and lots of arts and local artisan shops.

Our first outing will be to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Mandala Wisata Wendara Wana, to see and photograph the long-tailed macaques and surrounding temples.

Back in the classroom, you’ll also get an introduction to Adobe Lightroom and find out how to turn your shots into marketable photos… even if you took less-than-perfect photos all day.

ATTENTION Repeat Attendees: Already know how to get your pictures off your camera and on to your computer? Skip this class and head into town. Or put your feet up and take a break. There’s no stress here in Bali. Just good pictures and a lot of fun.

In the evening, we’ll head to Café Lotus and set up for a night shoot there, where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a traditional Balinese dance called the Legong Dance, with music by the Gamelan Orchestra, across a moonlit lotus pond.

Sunday, December 4th

Today you’ll get a full-day Bali tour.

This is the perfect introduction to Bali's fascinating culture, handicrafts, and picturesque rice fields and villages, and a spectacular lake and volcano.

With a local guide, we’ll stop at the stone carving village of Batubulan to see (and photograph) another colorful and exciting dance performance, called the Barang dance.  If there’s time before the show, we’ll sneak backstage and get some shots of the dancers as they apply their traditional makeup and don their costumes.  Theater and dance is an important part of Balinese culture. And Balinese dances are famous all over the world.

Then, we’ll drive through the Balinese countryside to a nearby village to meet the local craftspeople in their homes, including a stone carver.  We’ll stop for a view of the beautiful Tegallalang Rice Terraces along the way. 

At lunch we’ll visit and photograph the Pura Tirta Empul, which means “Temple of Holy Water” and is a temple located on a volcanic spring.  The Balinese people have come to bathe in its purifying waters for a thousand years and we’ll most likely see locals taking a dip in the bubbling waters.

As a final stop on our way home, we’ll check out a local coffee plantation, where you’ll learn about (and even get to sample) one of the world’s most expensive varieties of coffee, known as Kopi Luwak.

We’ll wrap up Sunday’s activities with a group review of the day’s photos. And you’ll get a more in-depth view of editing photos so that you can sell them to magazines, newspapers and as fine art in Adobe Lightroom.

Monday, December 5th

Today is all about food. You’ll learn about typical Balinese cuisine and how to photograph it in a special cooking class. 

After taking a tour of the local market and nearby rice paddy, you’ll learn how to prepare several traditional Balinese dishes with fresh local ingredients.  And then you’ll spend the rest of the morning sampling and photographing your delicious creations.  You’ll even get to take your new recipes home with you so you can recreate the menu once you’ve left Bali.

At the end of the day, we’ll end with a group photo review and a lesson on the secrets professional photographers use to convince editors to buy their photos… how to set your fees… and how to sell your photographs in galleries, on coffee shop walls and more.

At this point in the workshop, you’ll already notice a significant change in your photos. It’s amazing what just a few tricks, a little practice, and a couple photo reviews can do for you.

Tuesday, December 6th

Bali's best-known attractions are its countless Hindu temples. Each village is required by law to construct and maintain at least three temples.

So today you’ll get even more hands-on practice while you take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit the Sidemen rice fields on the way to the Besakih Temple, or “Mother Temple” which is Bali’s most important temple.

For lunch, we’ll stop at a restaurant with amazing views of Mt. Agung, which is the tallest mountain in Bali, with expansive rice fields at its feet.


Wednesday, December 7th

By this point, you’ll be well trained in the art of taking and editing saleable photos but you’ll still want feedback. In the morning, we’ll host a group review and talk about some more advanced Lightroom features that’ll make tracking and selling your photos a breeze.

We’ll also spend some time talking about selling your photos in a recession.  2011 is going to be another great year for freelancers.  You’ll learn how to set yourself up for success the minute you get home.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon will be at your leisure to relax or explore Ubud.  Attendees at our last event did a lot of shopping on this day.  And since we’ll be there in December this year, you can do most of your holiday shopping here and save a small fortune.  Silk scarves, sarongs, shoes, tableware, handbags, dresses, kid’s clothes, shorts and shorts for men and more are all at great prices. Most items in the market at the end of Monkey Forest Street can be purchased for less than $10.

We’ll meet back in the classroom just before dinner to finish up any last-minute photo reviews and then head to our farewell dinner together at a local restaurant with traditional Balinese cuisine.

Your hotel room on this night is included in your conference fee so you can leave your things in your room and check out late this evening before heading to the airport.  Or choose to extend your stay through the weekend.  We’ll send you options for doing this (along with recommendations from some of our previous attendees who extended their stay) once you’ve registered.

Thursday, December 8th

If you’re not extending your stay, this is the day your flight will leave.  But be careful.  Lots of flights leave Bali at 1:00 a.m. which means it’s technically Thursday, December 8 but you’ll likely leave Ubud around 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7 to catch that flight. 

If you want an extra day in Ubud to explore, make sure you either book a 1 a.m. flight on Friday or a flight on Thursday that gives you two hours to get to the airport plus another two hours to arrive early for your international flight.

In the air, you’ll re-cross the International dateline and regain the day you lost.

Note: Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

Bali Exploration and Photography Expedition
December 3-7, 2011

Pricing and
What's Included:

Full Price: $3,998 per person

Early Bird Discount + Flight Credit: Save $300 with our Early Bird Discount and get a special $700 flight credit, which you can put towards your airfare when you sign up today.

That’s right - we’ll take your $700 flight credit off the cost of your workshop seat so that you can apply it toward any flight you wish.  Using miles to get to Bali?  No problem.  You can pocket this $700 savings.  Find a flight that’s cheaper than $700?  Again, no problem.  We’ll take $700 off your workshop seat no matter your flight cost so you still save. 

The full price of this workshop is $3,998 but you’ll pay just $2,998* when you add the $300 Early Bird Discount to the $700 flight credit and register today.  That’s a full $1,000 in savings.

(*Note: Additional discounts may apply.  You can click through to the registration form at the link below to learn more.)

Easy Payment Plan: What’s more, if you’d like to take advantage of our easy payment plan, you can register today for just $599 down. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Reserve a seat at the workshop for just $599 when you put your name on our attendee list by Friday, October 21 at midnight.
  2. When you do, you’ll automatically lock in the discounted workshop price of only $2,998* – a full $1,000 SAVINGS for you! (*Note: Additional discounts may apply.)
  3. For each of the 4 months after, we’ll bill your credit card for $599.75. So you spread out the payments comfortably between now and when the workshop starts in December.

Your Registration Fee Includes:

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To register now please click below or call (202) 370-6459 or toll-free (866) 415-1425 Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00 Eastern Time. You may also email:

Cancellation Policy: All our workshops and expeditions are non-refundable before the event. If, however, you are unable to attend – and you give us at least 30 days notice – we will be happy to apply your payment toward a future workshop, minus a $200 processing fee for overseas expeditions or a $50 processing fee for state-side workshops like those in San Antonio, Chicago or Portland. Cancellations with less than 30 days notice may be subject to extra fees.

This workshop is for digital cameras only. You're welcome to shoot in film if you like but due to time and space we will only focus on the digital medium of photography and the publications that buy digital photographs. Point-and-shoot digital cameras are welcomed (and encouraged for first-time snappers).


Meet the Experts

Rich Wagner is a highly skilled digital photographer. His images hang in public corporations and private foundations from San Diego to Boston and in homes from the Americas to the Far East. He’s a master at teaching just about anyone with any kind of camera how to take better pictures. Rich will share his expertise in composition and editing, as well as pointers on selling locally to fund your vacations.


“Anyone who wants to become successful in this field should hear the AWAI instructors!”

– Marianne H

“These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to travel to a new locale and explore while learning a new skill.”

– Sandra M.,

“Rich Wagner’s depth of knowledge of photography has changed my approach to the subject.”

– Matt H.

“The workshop was fun. I learned a lot… I met interesting people and I became excited about trying to make money from photography. The workshop is an excellent value and provides information that is difficult to acquire in other ways. It was an excellent opportunity to try different kinds of photography.”

– Susan H.

“I learned more in three days than I have all year. Between Thursday’s photos shot and Saturday’s photo shots – it is like night and day.”

– Lynda I.

“Rich had a very nice presentation of the material as well as a willingness to answer questions along the way. I especially enjoyed the Keys to Selling Locally.”

– Pam W.

“I would definitely recommend this workshop to others. It’s a great way to explore a city and one’s own creativity.”

– Heather G.

“I would recommend this workshop to others, it was a great time, great venue, interesting people, I learned a lot, had fun, got great feedback and great tips.”

– Cheryl E.

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