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Are you ready to up level your black and white photography?
Black and white is a way of seeing and appreciating the world with insightful, illuminating, timeless consistency. In this workshop, we focus on the big picture, exploring the physics, optics, technology, aesthetics, and individual artistry that goes into creating evocative monochrome imagery.
We slow down during this special week in Santa Fe and peer through historical lenses, taking time to consider how the progression of technology has shifted the character of black-and-white images over the past century. By delving into key characteristics of light, you learn how to control your camera and digital editing tools to express your inspiration.
As we engage in a range of photographic experiences, you hone your style and focus your intention, deepening your concept of what it means to make a powerful black-and-white photograph. It is necessary to be familiar with your camera and with Lightroom. Briefly, we will use specific tools in Photoshop. Daily lectures and group discussions, image reviews, guest photographer presentations, and on-location photographic opportunities leave you with expanded vision, fresh inspiration, and a sense of mastery over the medium.
Immerse yourself in pure passion for the poetry, prose, story, and mystery of monochrome. If you already love black and white and want to dive deeper and push your work further, please join us for a magical week surrounded by the beauty of Santa Fe.
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Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images onto a thumb drive for daily group reviews. Cira will demonstrate processing using both Lightroom and Photoshop during the workshop, focusing on tools to express your creative intent. Familiarity with both software programs is important and participants should have the software installed on their laptop.
This workshop is sponsored in part by Leica. A representative from Leica will be on campus this week, providing the opportunity for Cira’s participants to use loaner cameras and lenses. Please note, you do not need to use Leica equipment to join this workshop — all camera systems are welcome.
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Cira Crowell is a photographer and artist whose work spans conceptual, adventure, landscape, cultural, documentary, and humanitarian themes. Her passion for black and white photography began thirty years ago with her grandfather’s film camera and darkroom work. She still uses many of the same forty-year-old lenses in her current digital workflow.
Cira travels the world, capturing evocative incidents of life and light to share in books, shows, talks, and online. Her journeys include Nepal, Bhutan, India, Japan, Germany, and Iceland. Her adventures include over 1,000 miles on foot in the Himalayas, as well as summiting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Fuji, and Cholatse, a technical, 21,130ft/6,446m peak in the Everest region of Nepal.
Her most recent project as expedition photographer and Executive Producer of “Dream Mountain” film, was honored as Best Mountain Film at London Mountainfilm Festival 2020. When not abroad, she teaches close to home at the Santa Fe Workshops.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.