On Location
Santa Fe

The New Mexico Landscape and Lightroom

with Jean Miele

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Course Description

Santa Fe is our muse and Northern New Mexico is our playground in this in-person class. This landscape photography workshop with Jean ‘Gino’ Miele is about seeing beyond the surface of things and connecting the world we can see with the invisible world in our hearts. It’s about making the leap from taking pictures of what’s “out there” to creating images that come from “in here”… that express the way we feel about our lives and about the hidden spirit—the genius loci—of the landscape. 

The long summer days and dramatic monsoon season skies make for great photographic opportunities. Together, we explore the backroads, high points, and hidden gems that inspired so many artists to make this magical part of the world their home.

This workshop is grownup playtime for photographers. Think of it as a week of photo camp in Santa Fe! We make new friends, new pictures, and work on whatever the next step is for each of us, technically and aesthetically. Daily classroom time includes reviews of assignment images, lively group discussions, and Lightroom post-processing techniques specific to landscape photography. Together we focus on understanding the magic necessary to transform what’s in front of the camera into a stunning photograph and learn how to create stronger, more striking landscape images.

To further enrich our experience, in addition to field trips into the high desert, Gino introduces the class to local photographic luminaries, who share their own take on the photographic landscape. He also brings you to his favorite locations, helps you figure out what’s missing from your pictures, and teaches you the image-making and Lightroom techniques you need to take your work to the next level. 

Bring your own laptop with the latest version of Lightroom Classic, and join us for this special workshop! Develop the skills and insights to make photographs that reflect your inner vision as clearly as the landscape. Learn something new—about photography, and about yourself.  

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

This workshop is not for beginners. It is for photographers who are comfortable with both camera and computer, and with basic Lightroom workflow (downloading and selecting images, basic RAW processing.) Computers will not be supplied. You must bring your own laptop with the latest version of Lightroom Classic.

Activity Level:
To get the most from your workshop experience, participants should be in good physical (mobility, stamina) and mental health. Come prepared for the high elevation of Santa Fe, long days, and seasonal weather including high temperatures. You must be able to carry your own photographic and personal gear at all times, both on campus and on location. You are responsible for being open and honest about your physical fitness, and we reserve the right to remove you from the workshop if we find your fitness to be less than that which you have described.
Participants should be able to engage in moderate outdoor exercise for up to an hour or more at a time including off-trail walking on uneven terrain including sand, dirt, and loose rock. Location work is likely to include early morning and/or late evening shoots.

Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.

Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations, and daily beverage service are included.
Applications, Digital Workflow, Nature & Landscape
Jean Miele

Jean “Gino” Miele’s photographs explore the borderlands between fiction and reality, and reflect his lifelong interest in perception, spirituality, and mysticism. His images remind us that moments of perfection are possible, and that we create our own reality. He believes every photograph is an act of transformation, and that the photographs we make tell us more about ourselves than about what was in front of the lens.

Gino’s photographs have appeared in thousands of publications. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and acquired by collectors worldwide. Gino has taught at Santa Fe Workshops since 2003. His primary goals are to demystify digital technique and empower students to realize their own photographic vision.

Website: jeanmiele.com

Instagram: @jean_miele

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