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Remove the lens caps from your eyes, pick up your camera, fully engage your senses, and join Reid Callanan this fall in San Miguel de Allende to discover a true sense of place through the creative photographic process. To capture the magic of this UNESCO World Heritage, we photograph the regions unique light and color, architecture, landscape, culture, moment, and its people. Meandering the streets of San Miguel — a place of color, tradition, mystery, and beauty — to create photographs that capture the essence of the city is one of the joys of this program.
Early mornings and late afternoons are devoted to exploring and photographing San Miguel de Allende, both on your own and on group excursions. In the classroom, we investigate the foundations of making strong photographs. Light and moment are the essential elements of well-seen images. We learn to see the many nuances of light and then develop the ability to capture the illusive, decisive moments that highlight our days as still photographers. In addition, we explore the graphic building blocks of successful composition, paying particular attention to foreground/background, framing, layering, perspective, and point of view. Daily group image reviews of new work reinforce these photographic principles.
Honoring lessons learned from Reid’s previous workshops, Cameras Don’t Take Pictures and Homescapes: A New Paradigm, this upcoming week in October we make the leap from taking pictures to making and creating images that express the way we view and feel about the world in front of us. We explore ways of using our cameras to discover the outside world and expand our creative eye.
San Miguel de Allende is also a perfect place to embark on a personal travel adventure woven with photographic discovery. This artful city possesses more than enough magic and spirit to be a truly inspirational muse. Reid guides you on a week of creativity and exploration, allowing you to embrace seeing a new world through a photographic lens. He has been visiting San Miguel de Allende since 2001, and looks forward to sharing it with you.
Added Online Component
To extend the benefits of the workshop experience and continue the camaraderie established by the group in San Miguel de Allende, Reid will host a three-session online portfolio development workshop after the in-person workshop ends. This online program will meet once a month for three months and focus on building a personal portfolio of images made in San Miguel or another body of work. This extended online program is optional for workshop participants and there is no additional fee for it.
Photographers at all levels of technical ability (even iPhone users) are welcome.
Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Participants should plan to travel to San Miguel no later than Wednesday, October 12. Workshop check-in will be Thursday morning, followed by breakfast and a brief orientation. The workshop ends on Monday evening with a final dinner and image presentations.
Visit the San Miguel Campus page on our website for details on accommodations, meals, transportation, and more.
Enrollment for this San Miguel workshop is limited to 14 participants.
For participants wanting to stay at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, double accommodations are $415 per person for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday, (for couples taking workshops and friends traveling together) or $830 per person, single accommodations for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday. Additional nights at the hotel can be arranged for participants; please discuss needs with the Administration Office in Santa Fe.
$3,095 (USD) includes tuition, breakfast Thursday through Tuesday, lunch Thursday through Monday, final dinner on Monday, and model/location/materials fees if applicable to the class. Hotel accommodations are not included in the package price; see details above.
Reid Callanan is Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Workshops, currently in its 31st year offering photography and writing workshops to the international imaging community. In addition to workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there are also educational programs in Havana, Cuba and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
In 1994 Reid founded the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography, now known as CENTER, and is currently Vice- President of its Board of Directors. He serves on the President’s Council for Texas Photographic Society; on the Board for American Society of Media Photographers Foundation; and on the Advisory Board for Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion.
Reid started photographing in 1974 during a semester abroad at Richmond College in London and has been making images ever since using a variety of photographic processes including silver halide, Polaroid imagery, and now digital capture. His photographic projects include a personal diary of images called HOMESCAPES, black-and-white portraits made in Cuba and Mexico, and most recently iPhone travel images posted to Instagram.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.