Eddie Soloway takes his popular Natural Eye workshop on the road to Big Sur, California, south of Carmel. The rugged beauty of this coast has captivated such icons as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, and generations of nature and photography lovers. Inspiration is found everywhere—from mountain streams cascading through redwood groves, to wild beaches, to gloriously lit sunsets. If you love the outdoors yet find that your photographs keep looking like pretty postcards, join Eddie as he helps you see the natural world with fresh eyes, moving into the world of abstractions, reflections, layers, movement, and then deeper into the realm of concepts and imagination. “A Natural Eye” immerses you into creative ideas for making fresh images in the camera, practical insights into how to get what you see into a finished photograph, in-the-field sessions, and a chance to review your efforts. Eddie also schedules one-on-one meetings with each participant.
Our adventure begins at 5:30 pm Tuesday evening with an orientation and a presentation on “Pursuing Your Passion in Photography.” The workshop concludes at 10:00 am on Sunday. Complete details of what to bring, where to meet, and how to prepare, will be sent a month before.
At the end of the workshop, you find yourself focused less on objects and things, and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. You stop chasing the light and learn to enjoy the fine art of wandering. You learn that if you hear more and touch more, you will photograph with more sensitivity. In a world distracted by cameras, pixels, and software, spend a week building your vision.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).
This workshop is open to all photographers with a working knowledge of their camera, whether a DSLR, mirrorless, or an iPhone. If you wish to participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop or tablet, and a working knowledge of the digital workflow. This would include the ability to download your images to your laptop or tablet, make selections, size, name, and transfer images to the class computer.
Indoor sessions will be held in the conference center at the Big Sur Lodge. Upon registration you will be sent information on the group’s room block to secure a room at the Lodge.
Out of courtesy for registered participants, friends and spouses traveling with participants may not attend workshop meetings and events.
Upon registration you will be sent information on the group’s room block to secure a room at the Big Sur Lodge (bigsurlodge.com).
$1,695.00 includes workshop sessions and one group dinner. Travel to, from, and during the experience, lodging, and additional meals are not included.
Eddie Soloway is a photographer, teacher, and storyteller committed to opening our eyes to the natural world. He has taught photography and creativity for leading photographic institutions and schools around the world. He is the founder of Taproot, an online creative gathering. As an educator, Eddie has received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from CENTER and been named one of America’s best photography workshop teachers by Photo District News.
A popular workshop instructor, Eddie is also part of our Mentorship Program »