Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2022, 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.
Truly skillful street photographers are respectful and open, ready to respond to the serendipitous moments that transpire every day. Capturing the essence of a new location requires nimble camera skills, sensitivity, courage, and luck. Moments line up for those who are willing to take time and be present as light and forms change, and characters move through a place.
The friendly, welcoming culture of Northern New Mexico juxtaposes longstanding tradition with contemporary growth, and these aspects are on full display in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas. By exploring their streets mindfully with purposeful connection, we attune to the visual metaphor and irony that result in potent images.
Mornings and afternoons toggle between classroom sessions and time on location. The former yields valuable feedback as we review images, explore technical strategies, and practice hands-on techniques; the latter allows us to interact with the light that changes hourly. Throughout, we cover camera settings that facilitate decisive, creative, and fast framing, whether in SLR, mirrorless, or iPhone.
Spend five days immersed in the energy of the street, challenging your newfound skills and building your confidence. As the camera fades into the background and a scene commands full attention, you find yourself being offered a glimpse of the future a split second before it crosses the frame.
Participants need to be technically self-sufficient, as this is not a workshop to learn how to use your gear or editing software. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day. Digital SLR, mirrorless cameras and iPhones are all welcome.
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Tuition includes lunch Monday through Friday and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.
Jennifer Spelman is documentary photographer and member of the Jibaro Photos Collective. She is co-publisher of CubaSeen, a quarterly magazine showcasing photography and writing about Cuba.
Jennifer received her photographic training as an assistant with The Workshops, working with some of today’s most preeminent photographers: Jay Maisel, Norman Mauskopf and Joe McNally.
A sensitive photographer of people, Jennifer strives to create portraits with energy and insight. She is most at home on the streets of Havana and has worked with The Workshops across Cuba since 2011. Jennifer is a patient educator who has co- instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Romania, India, Mexico and Japan, in addition to Cuba.
A popular workshop instructor, Jennifer is also part of our Mentorship Program »
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.