Are your pictures usually unique and memorable? Are your pictures filled with your personality? Do they speak of how you feel about your subject, or merely what it looks like? Have you discovered your voice in photography? If the answer to one or all of these questions is “no,” then consider the possibility of traveling to the captivating and inspiring city of San Miguel de Allende and joining Reid Callanan to change the answers to “yes.”
Cameras don’t take pictures, people do. And the most important aspect of this realization is that people don’t create memorable and insightful photographs with cameras, they do so with their imaginations, sense of curiosity, and their hearts. In this workshop, we make the leap from taking pictures to making and creating images that express the way we view the world and feel about our lives. We explore ways of using our cameras to discover the outside world and expand our creative eye.
San Miguel de Allende is a perfect place to embark on a personal adventure of photographic discovery because it offers a vibrant cultural environment with more than enough magic and spirit to be a truly inspirational muse. In this special setting, Reid guides you on a joyful week of creativity and exploration, allowing you to fully realize and embrace the power of the image. Early mornings and late afternoons are devoted to exploring and photographing San Miguel, 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, and perspective. Daily group critiques of new work reinforce these photographic principles.
Reid uses his extensive knowledge of the history of photography to share images daily from photographers who have changed the face of the medium and hopefully will serve as inspiration for images this week. He also uses one of his favorite books, The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery by Joseph Dispenza, as a guidebook for this week’s personal journey.
Our goal for this week is to develop a broad base of knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for the power of the photographic medium while developing the ability to produce strong personal images imbued with meaning, grace, and clarity.