An engaging visual edit not only sets a tone and drives a narrative, it also has the power to elevate a body of work. Photographers and photo editors alike are often daunted by the prospect of narrowing down, sequencing, and pacing a large volume of images, but these steps are essential for creating photographic projects that tell succinct stories.
A well-balanced edit should convey a point concisely while maintaining clear rhythm and logic. How do you craft an edit that succeeds on all these fronts? The most important element is a strong sequence, and during this two-day, in-person intensive workshop, photo editor Amanda Webster helps you identify strengths and patterns within a visual story.
With the help of hands-on exercises, she collaborates with participants to edit existing bodies of work for platforms both print and digital. Drawing from her experience at The Wall Street Journal Magazine and The New York Times, Amanda also provides practical guidance for developing and pitching project ideas, as well as promoting your work.
Whether you’re a photographer intent on strengthening your portfolio or a photo editor aiming to sharpen your critical instincts, you come away with the tools and skills to produce an eloquent narrative—not to mention a more finely tuned understanding of your own editing philosophy.
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 advanced workshop is for working professional photographers and photo editors. Students working in either field are also welcome.
Participants must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Bridge, and Lightroom. As necessary, participants will be given access to this Adobe software during the workshop.
The workshop is based in New York City; details to follow. Participants must bring a Mac or PC laptop computer with up-to-date operating system. This workshop is limited to 24 participants.
$695.00 includes instruction, classroom fees, and coffee service. Does not include meals, local transportation, or accommodations (if needed).
Amanda Webster is a photo editor at The New York Times, where she commissions and edits visuals for the Culture desk; prior to working at the Times, she was a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Her work has been recognized by American Photography and the National Press Photographers Association. Amanda holds a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, in her hometown of Rochester, New York. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.