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Travel Photography: Capturing the Essence of Place

with Krista Rossow

October 6 – 10, 2022

  • Package Price $3095.00
  • International Deposit $1000.00
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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.

Course Description

In an age where photography is ubiquitous, an engaged travel photographer uses their curiosity and camera to delve beyond the surface to reveal the essence of a place. We venture off of the beaten path, engage in authentic interactions with locals, and strike a balance between informed planning and openness to serendipity. By simply having the curiosity to explore, new worlds will unfold before our lenses.

San Miguel de Allende is a well-known travel destination, but during our five-day expedition, we slow down, connect with the rhythms of everyday life, and discover its secrets. Using the city as our muse, we develop travel stories and spend part of each day photographing in the field, focusing on human connections to build upon those stories. In the classroom, participants receive daily feedback from Krista in one-on-one and group critiques.

Krista's experience on both sides of the photo editing desk gives her a unique perspective, and she generously shares strategies for researching and preparing for an assignment, honing visual skills, and creating compelling images that tell a story. She also imparts her self-promotion strategies (especially concerning social media) and discusses approaches for distributing work.

By week’s end, you know how to make photographs smartly, efficiently, and more creatively, and you return home with an engaging visual narrative that captures the spirit of this magical Mexican town.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Participants should plan to travel to San Miguel no later than Wednesday, October 5. 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.


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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.

Package Price INFO:

$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.

Street Photography, Travel Photography
Krista Rossow

Krista Rossow is a freelance photographer with more than 17 years of experience in the travel industry. She has shaped compelling visual stories as a staff photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine. She regularly contributes to National Geographic Travel in the U.S. and U.K., as well as working with other travel publications and tourism boards. She has photo edited five book titles for National Geographic and judged multiple photography contests. Krista teaches photography for National Geographic Expeditions and in private workshop settings. Her experience as both photo editor and photographer make her uniquely qualified to help students hone their visual storytelling skills.

Instagram: @KristaRossow

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