I attended my first photography workshop in the fall of 1993. It was a four day class in Yosemite. It rained almost the whole time and I still had a blast. Photography workshops are a lot of fun and I recommend anyone serious about photography enroll in one.
If you live on the west coast, and particularly in CA, I can recommend a serious of workshops taught by Mark Citret. Mark works with the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz with their adult continuing education extension programs. If you send him an email, he'll send you info about his upcoming workshops. I've lost track of the number of workshops that I've attended with him, but I've had a great time on every one.
I took the Sierra Mountains workshop with Ralph Paonessa in the fall of 2000. I also had the opportunity to visit Bodie, CA on my return home. Ralph's workshops are a little more hard-core than Mark's. We got up most mornings well before sunrise so that we could catch the best light. At Mono Lake, this was well worth it. At our other locations, I would just as soon have slept a little later since the skies were not particularly dramatic.
Islands, Nome Alaska, and Midway Island. But the eastern Sierras are in his backyard so he knows the area quite well.
Ralph is very knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. I would definitely consider another one of his workshops, and hope to go on one in the next year.