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ON ONLINE & ON LOCATION WORKSHOPS in Santa Fe, New Mexico & San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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PAST WORKSHOPS 2022 & 2020
On Location in Santa Fe, NM!!!
July 25-29, 2022
TUITION: $1995 + Model and Location Fee of $150
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips, Santa Fe Workshops requires that all participants attending be fully vaccinated (per definition of the CDC) and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.
This workshop offers the rare opportunity to work alongside globe-trotting travel photographer Nevada Wier in her hometown of Santa Fe. The week is geared for all traveling photographers who aspire to be better at photographing in low light situations when hand holding their camera; and also want to master the use of on-camera flash effectively and creatively at different times of the day. Nevada explains and demonstrates how she manages to make natural and compelling images in low light and using TTL flash on the go. She helps you set up your flash for subtle and creative lighting, then offers her knowledge gained through years of experience using techniques for stopping action with slow shutter speeds and while panning, effective techniques for bouncing off walls and ceilings, when to use off-camera flash, and many other simple techniques that are sure to make a large difference in your images as well as your overall travel photography experience. In addition, Nevada reviews working with lighting accessories that are easily carried in your camera bag – small modifiers, reflectors, and handheld LED lights. There will be no big heavy cases in this workshop!
Your week with Nevada is a lively blend of lectures, discussions, and assignments while tackling the challenges of photographing in low light with a digital camera. The workshop includes group and individual image reviews and personal assignments. The historic town of Santa Fe is a perfect backdrop for our photographic forays. There are field sessions for demonstrations from Nevada and time to work on assignments at various locations around town and the surrounding high-desert countryside
The emphasis of this week is on expanding your creative vision in the realm of low-light photography and creative flash techniques to elevate your travel photography to a new level.
SFW Perspectives Series - an Online Seminar
Two 2-hour sessions
February 8 (Tuesday) & 10 (Thursday), 2022 (6:00 - 8:00pm MST)
ravel photographer Nevada Wier is well known for her intimate approach to photographing people during her travels. However, it did not come easy to her when she began photographing. Travel photography requires the combination of technical expertise, culture competence, intuitive awareness, curiosity, and a dash of panache to create fresh, personal images that reveal the spirit of a place and its people. Like many people, Nevada was unsure how to best approach people in different cultures – not speaking the local language. Over many years she overcame her reluctance and now considers photographing the people she meets along the way the most rewarding part of her travels. In this two-session program, Nevada imparts lessons and tips for how she approaches the technical, practical, creative, and social aspects to create natural, respectful, and unique portraits. She discusses approaching people honestly and directly, working with short lenses, how to create an environmental portrait with natural light, flash, or reflectors. She brings you into people’s homes, as well as joining them in a variety of outdoor environments.
In Session One, Nevada discusses how to overcome shyness in approaching people during your travels, techniques for building rapport, and how to integrate nonverbal communication into your body language. She discusses what lenses to use in different situations and how to creatively frame your image. She analyses what makes a powerful close-up portrait, and more importantly how to integrate the environment into a portrait.
In Session Two, Nevada discusses the power of a spontaneous moment and the times when it is important to know how to choreograph a situation authentically. She discusses how she approaches being at crowded markets and fast-paced festivals. And, lastly, she illuminates how she works quickly with on-camera flash, a reflector, or LED lights.
Join Nevada for four evening hours in early February that gives you the skills and confidence to engage and interact with people during your travels, as well as elevate your aesthetic vision to create portraits that not only express the inner spirit of your subject, but also of yourself.
SFW Perspectives Series - an Online Seminar
Two 2-hour sessions
November 15 (Monday) & 17 (Thursday), 2021 (6:00 - 8:00pm MST)
On location (YEAH IT HAPPENED!!!!)
September 30 - October 5, 2021
PACKAGE PRICE $3,095
A vibrant colonial town more than 400 years old, San Miguel de Allende is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The streets are rich in color, aroma, and sound, with the endless drama of Mexican life evident around every corner.
Our time in San Miguel coincides with one of the city’s most important historical traditions: the celebration of its patron saint, San Miguel Arcángel (the archangel St. Michael), which begins Friday evening, October 1. During this exhilarating three-night and day festival, people sing and dance in the streets all night long while mariachi bands play. Pilgrimage-makers from other Mexican towns join locals to honor the saint with parades, dances, and special performances, the most significant being La Alborada, which represents the fight of San Miguel against Lucifer.
In anticipation of the festival, we spend our first two days firing up our artistic juices and preparing for the unique challenges of capturing quick action at nighttime. Nevada offers a deep dive into technical, practical, and creative techniques for making images that transcend cliché. As we discuss ways to approach and photograph people, we cover strategies for working in all kinds of environments and lighting conditions, using natural light as well as fill-flash. We also engage in group and individual critiques.
Join Nevada for adrenaline-filled fun and once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, perfect for photographers who can handle late nights!
On location in Santa Fe, NM (YEAH IT HAPPENED!!!!)
July 26 -30, 2021
The best travel photography results from a combination of technical expertise, cultural competence, intuitive awareness, and curiosity—plus a dash of panache. In this workshop Nevada Wier helps you tackle the challenges of photographing with creative intent while on the move with a digital camera.
The historic town of Santa Fe and its environs provide ideal environments for the travel photographer, and participants spend part of each day photographing in the field as they develop travel stories. Before the workshop each student is responsible to research an idea(s) for a travel story to photograph and develop during the workshop. Using a lively blend of lectures, discussions, and assignments, Nevada discusses ways of combining technical, practical, and creative aspects of travel photography in order to capture an image that rises above the usual travel clichés.
Our sustained emphasis is on elevating your aesthetic vision and expanding your photographic skills. You learn to research and create compelling images that present a strong visual narrative. We also discuss ways to sensitively approach and photograph people, and delve into techniques for using natural light, as well as fill flash. During classroom sessions, Nevada offers daily feedback and guidance in one-on-one and group critiques.
As you master the essentials of telling a travel story, you create meaningful, personal photographs that reveal the spirit of a place and its people.
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with Nevada Wier & Eddie Soloway
April 6 (Tuesday) & April 8 (Thursday) 2021
Nevada Wier and Eddie Soloway share a love for wild and remote travel destinations. Eddie makes a point of seeking out blank spots on the map, while Nevada passionately explores cultures far removed from our fast-paced world. For two evenings online, these two friends share stories, photographs, and practical advice, comparing notes on an engaging array of personal travel topics.
Through photographic presentations and conversations, Eddie and Nevada chart the evolution of their aesthetic visions and examine the fluid demands of making photographs in the moment. Seeing deeply amidst the chaos and sometimes stillness of a place is essential for a thoughtful travel adventure. Equally important is the ability to tread lightly on the land and, if possible, to return periodically to a special location to deepen your connections. They touch on topics such as nonverbal communication, overcoming preconceived notions, and how to create evocative images that speak from your heart.
They also delve into the process of preparation for a thoughtful photographic journey, determining where to look, how to look, what to avoid, and which equipment to carry. They also take time to reflect on the experience of living through 2020, taking stock of the gifts received and the lessons learned, including the ability to embrace Plan B.
Join two seasoned travel photographers who share an enduring friendship and a wealth of practical experience as you learn how to overcome preconceived notions about a place and come home with much more than a photograph.
December (Tuesday)15 & (Thursday) 17, 2020
July 28, 30, 31 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 2020
March 7 - 14, 2020 (hooray we were able to squeak in this workshop!)